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Paso Robles, California
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79 reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The Sens hotel, they like to call it the French hotel, in Berkeley is in a great location. Tou can walk to so many places. The bistro attached to it is very good with well priced pastries. If you have ever been to France and stayed in a budget hotel you know they are not fancy, but that's what you... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Pervasive smell throughout of mildew and/or mold; rickety metal bedframe, thin mattress, rumpled sheets; no promised wifi in room; dirty, rusty, paint-peeling finish everywhere...in short, disgusting.

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

The staff is, indeed, friendly, my room was clean, and the bistro was great! The toilet needed a repair and the staff ignored me about this. Reaching into the tank to flush is not my idea of a working loo. The carpeting, a faded red, was actually worn through to the boards underneath; the same for the bathroom floor. The... More 

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Camden, Maine
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183 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

This hotel has so much potential to be a quaint little European style hotel. The location is in the heart of Berkeley with great restaurants nearby. Unfortunately it has not been been refurbished in the last ten years. The price is low but I would pay twice as much if it was upgraded to contemporary standards.

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Regina, Canada
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

The French Hotel definitely needs a face lift. Despite its wear, the bathrooms and linens are clean. The big advantage of the hotel is its location - there is a bistro on the ground floor and several amazing restaurants right outside the door. It is an 8-10 block walk or short taxi ride to the BART so access to SFO... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

A non-profit on whose board I sit made the reservation for me at this hotel. Had I known what it would be like, I would have stayed with my parents on the floor of their office, who live about 20 minutes away. It was like staying in a Catholic retreat center, except not one in a lush wooded area, and... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

Great location in an area with many interesting places to eat. Parking lot from a grocery is on one side, however, you cannot park there. Hotel does not provide parking, so you have to use metered street parking.

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Munich, Germany
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

We had to change rooms during our stay, due to the hotel's booking schedule, so we saw two rooms. The first was a bit nicer and bigger; but both needed a bit more maintenance. However, both were comfortable, and I felt it was a good value for the price. I believe you get a discount at the associated cafe, but... More 

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los angeles
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2014

Flat out, this place is pretty bad. Old key type room door greets you (two keys- one for dead bolt, one for door knob. Not labeled, so it's a 50/50 adventure every time) and once in the room my first thought was, "everywhere else was booked". Hard mattress that squeaked pretty loud when you moved. Kid you not, every time... More 

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Albany, New York
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014

I have had many trips to Berkeley since my daughter is a student at UCal. My room was large with 2 queen beds Decor was a little dated but everything was functional. At the time of my visit Berkeley was unusually hot with a temperature of 85 degrees F. No air conditioning, however box fans were provided for guests if... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
SenS Hotel & Bistro is centrally-located in one of the best food destinations in the Bay Area. The famous Gourmet Ghetto is renowned for its epicurean delights provided by restaurants like the world renowned Chez Panisse, the upscale Mexican restaurant Cesar, and the enormously popular Cheese Board Collective. The famous SenS Bistro is located on the ground-floor and serves the best espressos, lattes and pastries in town. Hotel guests enjoy complementary morning coffee as well as fresh pastries and bagels all while soaking up Berkeley's morning sun and catching up on-line with access to our complimentary Wi-Fi. Our three-level, historical hotel is centrally-located in one of the best walking neighborhoods in town. The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation featuring new amenities such as luxurious walk in showers, high end linens, and new flat screen TVs. Renovations will be completed in early 2017, but until then, you can enjoy our spacious, comfortable rooms equipped with cozy beds, cherrywood armoirs and writing tables. Several of our rooms have balconies. We are conveniently located close to University of California Berkeley and many Berkeley corporate offices. San Francisco is minutes away via freeway and BART. Both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport are a comfortable drive from our hotel. Our friendly staff will happily assist in any special arrangements that you might need. ... more   less 

Additional Information about SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley

Address: 1538 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1517 (Formerly French Hotel)
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range: RM491 - RM532 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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“Hotel is adjacent to a supermarket, so you'll hear the early morning (6:15 and on) delivery trucks and rack loadings.”
 of 5 bubbles 818traveler, 13 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Room 208; corner room, nice balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles MicheleR67, 21 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Stayed on the 1st floor. Would request that again since I'm not fond of elevators being from a small city.”
 of 5 bubbles IndiaofBirminghamH, 18 May 2013 | Read review
“If at all possible, ask to see a room before you book it (e.g., if you are booking a room for visiting family).”
 of 5 bubbles 509MargaretP, 1 Apr 2013 | Read review
“Higher floors are likely to be quieter. There is a nice grocery next door but there is trash pickup early in the morning”
 of 5 bubbles didskionce, 25 Nov 2012 | Read review
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