European in flair but still American enough
The Bancroft is a beautiful hotel. The architecture reminds me of Europe and also some of the arts & crafts movement here. There is a lot of dark wood and old-world charm. The room that we stayed in was a reasonable size, facing Bancroft with a shared balcony. The only downside was the bathroom. It was very small, with a tiny tub - not big enough to take a bath. It took a while to get hot water, but it was plentiful when it did come. Linens and towels were clean, as were the carpets and drapes, etc. Again, it's charming but not luxurious. Perfect for visiting someone who's a student at Berkeley or a place to stay while seeing a Bears game. It was a bit noisy after football games as Bancroft is a main thoroughfare to get down from the stadium. Breakfast was well-stocked and very fresh, and the granola was fantastic. The staff are very friendly and willing to help out with whatever you need, and the location is central to plenty of restaurants and a brisk walk to BART. This is the first hotel we try to book whenever we know we're going to Berkeley.
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