Beau (Blue) Sky Hotel
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Well...Back in Berzerkly again. This town has always occupied a very special part of my heart. When I was a young teen, my Grandmother and I would sneak out of the house while my Grandfather napped and walk down to the very "happening" part of Telegraph Ave. oh what wonders we would see...Acid-tripping bearded young men laying on top of their cars, pan handling young folks with their dogs...starry eyed young women with bouncing boobs smiling ...
... in Union Square called the Burrit Tavern ate delicious stake, drank chocolate moose with 10% fat milk and laughed at people ordering espresso at Starbucks.
During dinner, we had the most calming and much needed conversation on personality, team-bulding and life. My sister said something that will stick with me throughout this travel. She said that if you realize that everyone has something going on ...
... This was a really nice one and seemed new. Quickly seated we got breakfast sorted. Vanilla French toast, waffles and assorted yummy things were eaten with maple syrup. Angus also enjoyed the coffee almost as much as the bacon and eggs. It was going to be a long drive to San Francisco today.
We also had to stop at Wal-Mart. Angus was getting some new jeans and Rosie wanted to have ...
... our bikes and headed for a litte cafe called tuttis caffe for some lunch. The food there was incredible, we all enjoyed what we ordered, sitting out in front of the cafe in the sun eating and having a glass of wine as well. After lunch we went for a little exploring around the small town. The houses were really great, right on the water and up over the hills around the bay, there were lots of nice little boutique shops and cafes, a park with nice gardens, the kind of town you ...
... be something we would regret later. The players come out and the national anthem is sung with fireworks going off all around the singer. The game starts and the atmosphere is amazing. The crowd are really loud although we sat relatively closely to some really obnoxious idiot who was shout all sorts of things. He was getting worse the more drunk he got and at the end of the game he nearly got into a fight with some other fans who told him exactly what they ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Business Services
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Beau (Blue) Sky Hotel Berkeley
Pleased and will return
The Beau Sky is affordable, located amidst interesting shops, a short walk from the Berkeley campus; it provides off street parking, and the management and staff were cordial and very helpful. Likewise the staff of the in-hotel restaurant was cooperative and cheerfully provided service to us even though we were not dining with them. The room and hallways were clean. The hotel needs minor repairs and some painting; the restaurant should add flowers to the large porch. The continental breakfast needs a more imaginative approach. To their credit, the staff welcomed these suggestions. See you next trip.
Great and inexpensive for Beserkly
Very convenient near Cal location, close to funky Telegraph Avenue.
Hotel provides off-street parking in an area where parking is a premium.
Hotel has an Italian Restaurant downstairs. Odors of heavy garlic are heaven if you love it, hell if you don't. The bed in 209 was very comfortable (recommended if you can get it). Showers in the refurbished rooms are nice, with very hot water but a surprising shortage of towels. Two bath towels per guest are not always enough. Wash cloths were lacking two days out of four.
We might repeat our stay if the Golden Bear is unavailable, but the GB water was not nearly warm enough and the street noise of San Pablo was worse than the Beau Sky noise from Durant.
Gypsy Trattoria, across the street from the Beau Sky had cooked to order Italian food at fast food prices. Specials of chicken and shrimp with green peas and broccoli with cream sauce was excellent. Blakes Bar, at Telegraph and Durant was cozy and friendly, also with nicely priced food.
The worst service ever
After reading a few bad reviews of the Beau Sky Hotel I went to check the place out for myself. My mother had already booked a room but I did not want her staying any where dirty or unpleasant. Well Beau Sky was smelly, run down and with such a rude counterperson that I left the place in disgust. He informed me that rooms during graduation time were such a hot commodity that not only was my business was completely unecessary, but so was basic civility to any prospective or current guests. What a horrible place! It's convenient but your family would be more pleasantly accomodated in the hall outside your dorm room.
Wasn't that bad
This hotel was not too bad. The outside of the hotel was quite pleasant and there was no parking unless you wanted to pay a fee. The room was rundown and a little out-of-date, however it was the closest hotel to U.C. Berkely and right in the middle of town. I would consider staying here again.
In the heart of the UC area
We chaperoned a group of high schoolers to an event at Cal. We were booked into the hotel and we got online and read the reviews. Needless to say we were a bit concerned especially since we ordinarily book 4 star accomodations. We were pleasantly surprised. The hotel was clean, charming, and most importantly located right in the center of the University area and 1 block from the campus. We likened it to visiting a European city and staying at a local hotel with local style and flavor in the middle of everything versus a Sheraton or other chain. U.
C. Berkeley and its adjacent areas are unique and if you want to experience what it has to offer this is a great place to stay.
Convenient and funky
Trash in the halls and and zero parking ,but very convenient for visiting our son at Cal. Right in the middle of town. Definitely NOT a corporate hotel! Kinda Third-world actually. Very "berkeley-esque".
Trashy and stinky
This hotel (if you can call it that) was horrible. The outside was ok, but once we walked through the front door the horrible smell hit us in the face. You walk through a Thai restaurant to get to the front desk.
It was dirty looking and I dreaded seeing our actual room. The room was cold, but had a tiny electric space heater on the top of the dresser...
No iron, no hair drier, nasty shower, and the bed was gross too (i had to pull down the bedding to inspect it before i got in). I am a college student and wasn't expecting anything glamorous, but this place was just gross!!!
It was OK, but I would NEVER stay again. It's a nice old building with lots of potential very close to campus, but the area isn't very appealing. The room was spacious. They redecorated but it's discombobulated. There is a Thai restaurant downstairs, south western style bathrooms- complete with adobe-colored tiles with petroglyph-like etchings, maroon plaid americana rugs and junkstore furniture. The bed was uncomfortable and incredibly squeaky. I asked for an iron in the morning and they scrambled around for the 3-4 they said they had, then reported that they were all missing. The guy in charge of the the "continental breakfast" kept exclaiming that he "wasn't cut out for this" as the coffee machine overflowed, he crashed into my friend, and scrambled around frantically in order to put out the meager donut selection and the one pot of coffee. All in all, there's gotta be better places to stay.
Convenient and accomodating
One block away from the UC Berkeley campus, this hotel has fit me in when the town was booked. They are currently in the process of updating the hotel, so some rooms are better than others, but they make an effort to put you in the best room available for your visit. Best priced rooms so close to campus. Historical building, more spacious than a motel. Pleasant staff.
Never to be Repeated!
This was absolutely the worst hotel we have ever been in anywhere. The first room had a shower door that would not close. So they moved us to a second room. There was a bare light bulb hanging in the center of the room and heavy mold on the shower curtain. You didn't dare walk on the carpet in your bare feet. It appeared to be inhabited with creepy, crawly things. I hesitated to lie down on the well worn sheets. Everything felt, smelled and looked dirty and rundown. Next mornng, we skidaddled out of there and on to the Durant where we actually paid LESS for a room in a luxuriant, beautiful CLEAN setting. Don't make this mistake.