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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 August 2014

After a night in a cupboard-sized hotel room in central San Francisco, my husband and I arrived at The French Hotel with very low expectations due to the reviews on here. Luckily, we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is, indeed, very dated. However, it is clean, comfortable and the staff were super friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious, with...

3Thank SarahandCameron
Berkeley, California
Reviewed 15 August 2014

however, what it is..is a dump. A very well located dump. The only thing this place has going for it, other than location, is the fabulous coffee shop downstairs. What I don't understand is, with all the business this place obviously makes, why they cannot update/upgrade the facilities. The rugs are tattered, you have to manually crank plastic window shades...

4Thank grammie d
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 8 June 2014

The French hotel is in a great location if your visiting Berkeley but don't elect anything to fancy. The cafe down stairs is great with good coffee and great snacks. Te rooms are dated but my was clean and the bed was ok. The bathrooms were also dated but the shower was very good. If you looking for a easy...

2Thank Elliotbows
Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 21 November 2013

....and what it is is funky. Definitely run down, no doubt, but we were charmed. It reminded us of a hotel we stayed at in France. The balcony was probably the best part of the room; the bathtub was nice for soaking; the bed was surprisingly comfortable. The free morning coffee from the Cafe was a real treat. The location...

2Thank Michele R
new york
Reviewed 13 July 2013

This is my second stay here. I love the place. It is old and tired, definitely seventies decor, but I enjoyed both of my stays here. The rooms are clean, and the maids make up the rooms as well as you could want. Except for the fantastic cafe, I would not describe this hotel as European; it is old seventies....

3Thank frida f
Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed 18 May 2013

If I ever come back to Berkeley, CA, I will stay at The French Hotel. Right in the middle of the Gourmet Ghetto (Chez Panisse is across the street and, sadly, under reconstruction after a fire), This place is everything and more! Other reviews had me a bit worried, but either a) things have been made much better here or...

1Thank India of Birmin... H
Dana Point, California, United States
Reviewed 2 April 2013

I consider writing this review a public service because it's really, really bad. The reason this place has an average of 3.5 stars is that the French Hotel Cafe is veritably fantastic, and a lot of these reviews are for the cafe or are skewed by loyalty to the cafe. In fact, besides location, the only good thing about the...

9Thank Margaret P
Closter, New Jersey
Reviewed 14 March 2013

after the negative reviews for this hotel, i booked a stay at the french hotel for 4 nights this past february. the location was ideal, close to my daughter's condo and my grandson's pre-school. i was very pleasantly surprised by the comfort and convenience of this hotel. the french hotel is not a hilton or even a days inn. it...

2Thank obsessedtraveler299
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 30 November 2012

Carpet is worn out and ripped, walls are dirty, guy at desk kept talking to his girlfriend when I asked a question. One of the worst hotels I have ever had the misfortune to visit. Heat was a small radiator hidden under the desk -- I froze during the night. Stay away.

3Thank Ina K
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Reviewed 25 November 2012

This hotel has a great location in the area north of Berkeley. Great shopping and restaurants nearby. We found the room to be clean and bright. It is a bit on the worn side but was still comfortable and spacious and on par with many of the other Berkeley hotels. We found the staff to be quite pleasant and helpful....

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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: RM790 - RM1,112 (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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