The city home of University of California’s Berkeley campus has plenty going for it: a vibrant downtown, a bayfront facing San Francisco and hiking trails with spectacular sunset views. Book one of these stays on Culture Trip to experience it all.
Beyond its natural beauty, this Northern California city may conjure up bespectacled, slightly bohemian types, thanks in part to the 1960s Free Speech Movement. Berkeley, USA has long been home to artists, writers and academics who like to discuss important matters over a cup of coffee. But there are more – mostly organic – ingredients in this melting pot of cultures and identities. Berkeley gathers people from all walks of life – just check out the historic architecture, ethnic restaurants and cultural activities, like the famous Day of the Dead Festival. These hotels incorporate all the above, and then some.
This ecofriendly hotel is located in a historic craftsman-style building across the street from UC Berkeley’s campus. There are 22 remodeled guest rooms, all with queen beds and organic cotton, and many with balconies and views of Berkeley. The most impressive aspect of this hotel is the long list of green features – curtains are made from recycled soda bottles, and bathrooms have bamboo towels, plus organic soaps and shampoos. For an added dose of personality, artwork in the rooms are dedicated to different academic departments at the university. Breakfast is included in the rate, with items like house-made granola.