Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek Hotel
Very Very Nice.....
I brought my mother here for a Mother's Day Weekend Get-A-Away. We had a wonderful time. The staff was overly friendly and very professional. The room decor was beautiful and the beds slept heavenly. The restaurant was GREAT and not over-priced as some 4star restaurants can be. The gym was state of the art and they allowed hotel guest to use for free even without a membership. The only item I could do without is the valet parking. I have to say it was pain. Sometimes the wait was frustrating; I would definitely prefer parking my own car.
Our family just returned from a week long stay at The Renaissance Club Sport. Immediately upon entering the hotel, we felt like we were truly relaxed and on vacation. That is not a feeling easy to come by, say in San Francsico. The customer service is excellent, facilities- off the charts (hot tub, pool, snack bar, restaurant, gym, volleyball and basketball courts...). Our kids loved Club Kid- their day care/nursery. There was so much for them to do there while my husband and I enjoyed the Spa one afternoon. We can not think of one thing we were disatisfied with at this place. We will be back.
This is a most unique and excellent hotel, a beautiful facility, the gym is outstanding - the power yoga class taught by Angie C. is the best we have ever had. With friendly and well-mannered and highly professional staff, it's excellent. The only drawback is mandatory valet parking which we do not like but every other aspect is simply terrific.
I will only stay at the ClubSport when I travel to WC.
I've stayed at this hotel several times for business purposes. This hotel rocks.
The rooms are so awesome. It has all the basic hotel amenities and more. My favorite part is the bed, it has a feather bed mattress top and down duvet, soooo comfy. The bathroom is impeccably clean and modern. Plus I love the fact that this hotel has complimentary high speed internet, bottled water and fruit.
Near the lobby there is a smoothie bar that has great fresh squeezed juice, bar and restaurant. That area also has a huge flat screen TV which people like to hang out around.
On top of the typical hotel basics, this hotel also doubles as a spa and fitness center. The sports facilities are complimentary to all hotel guests and it's really nice. I've used the spa once (not complimentary), and it is pretty good.
Even still, the service in this hotel stands out above all else. From the valet, to the front desk, to the bar/restaurant staff, to the room service, to the spa personnel, everyone is extremely service oriented and professional.
All hotels in the world should be like this.
Just back from a stay here. Really funky rooms with large well appointed bathrooms including barbells for exercise. There is even free water and apples awaiting you in the room. The workout facilities are excellent and all complimentary to hotel guests. Raquetball courts, basketball, work out equipment, volleyball, whirlpool, sauna, steam rooms. The outdoor area has a large lap pool, a play around pool and even a kiddie wading pool. Lots of chairs and umbrellas. I highly recommend this place. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 is that the restaurant is not managed very well. On Sunday morning I saw a number of people standing in line for a table walk away because there was no greeter at the entrance taking names. It also took some time for tables to be bused and I saw a worker set down the doughnut plate (from the buffet line) on the floor while he wiped off the messy counter. The food served was OK, but for a $22 Sunday buffet...well...I've had better. Other than the restaurant the rest of the hotel is absolutely fabulous!!
This place is great. Good location for getting the BART into San Fransico, great weather (unlike SF), brillaint sport/health club facilities and excellent service - all at a very affordable price. Wanut Creek is lovely - good shops and restuarants. You would struggle to find a better place for making a base to do San Fransisco area.
Stayed overnight on a Friday. Room was very comfortable, especially the bed with the duvet/duvet cover and 4 pillows. Very art deco. Loved the bathroom and the sink area. Had complimentary fruit and 2 Dasani bottled water. Cotton balls and Q-tips came along with the usual shampoo/conditioner/lotion/shower cap. Was pleasantly surprised when we came back from dinner, and 2 little choc candies were waiting for us on the bed. Didn't know there was turn-down service.
Everyone was very friendly and helpful - from the valet service, hotel front desk, spa, club fitness front desk, the cafe. Valet parking ($11/day) turned out great. Didn't even have to wait at all. Called valet 5 mins before coming down and our vehicle was already waiting for us. Our check-out day, I forgot to call valet ahead of time, and we had the car in 2 mins.
Had the chance to use the R-Spa (felt very pampered) and the Club. Were able to join the Saturday morning water excercise class with the other club members. Wished we had more time to use the rest of the fitness facility.
Had one downfall, though. After we finished saying our "oohs and aahs" about the room, we opened the drapes, and we found a wall right in front of us. Too bad, we were hoping for a little view of the city, at least. We didn't bother moving to another room, although I was sure that if we asked, they'd gladly accommodate us.
Very much a 4* hotel and then some. Will go back again, hopefully longer next time.
Cool place! Love the pool/spa/health club and restaurant
Stayed here a few times and really liked it. Very cool place. Excellent brunch and dinner at the C Blue restaurant, LOVE the health club, spa and outdoor pool area where they have live entertainment on summer weekends. Beds are very comfy. Rooms are not large, but they are cute. They really went overboard with the modern art deco theme, it's almost overwhelming, but invigorating considering it's club sport. Great to take the family to the pool in the summer. Even available on Priceline - nice!
You'll love the Renaissance Club Sport
From information I've read on the Internet, the Renaissance Club Sport Walnut Creek is the first in a concept of combining full service health club and spa facilities with a first-class hotel, geared toward the business traveler. The next location appears to be Chandler, Az.
Living just down the street from the Renaissance, I've watched it's development from the ground up. Opening in November, 2002 I've been anxious to try and land a reservation here via Priceline. It took until June to do so as I had been bidding 4*. Finally, someone posted an award at this property in May, with the hotel being rated only 3*. With that new information, it didn't take long to "seal the deal."
Checked into the hotel around Noon, but waited an hour for my request for a king bed to become available. Was assigned a wonderful corner room on the 2nd floor. Another friend of mine who arrived later on a separate reservation was only able to get a room w/two double beds. No more kings available. As info, all rooms are non-smoking at this hotel.
Being new, everything is clean and in great shape. Room decor is accented with lime green and blue. May sound odd, but I found the contemporary design & decor very pleasing. Very large bathrooms, with glass counter top and white porcelain sink sitting atop the glass. Very deep bathtub with multiple speed shower head. Beds were very comfortable and on par with the Westin Heavenly Bed. Four fluffy pillows and a nice duvet. There is a desk/workstation with two-line phone and complimentary internet access. There is also Internet available via the TV for $10.99 Noon to Noon. Another two-line phone (cordless) on the night stand next to the bed. Other room accessories & amenities include hair dryer, cotton balls & swabs, sewing kit, iron and ironing board, robes, daily delivery of Contra Costa Times and USAToday, nightly turn down service w/candy and 24 hour room service.
Food & lounge service consists of C Blue restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast buffet is served when hotel is at 50% or greater capacity. Also brunch on Saturday & Sunday. Menu leans toward a California/Asian fusion, with American standards as well. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio outside adjacent to the restaurant. C Blue Bar serves traditional cocktails, beer & wines by the glass. C Blue deli is for quick take-out service...coffee, danish, muffins, fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches & desserts.
The Club Sport is an 85,000 square foot full service health club and spa. It is a membership club with hotel guests having complimentary access to all facilities. Activities include racquetball, tennis, swimming (Olympic-size pool). There are also various fitness and nutrition classes. Separate men/women locker facilities (carpeted!) with dry & wet sauna and jacuzzi in each. Lockers and towels provided to hotel guests. There are also two outdoor public jacuzzis adjacent to the pool.
Valet parking is available at $8 a day. The hotel/spa is located across the street from the BART rapid transit system. BART trains run every 15-20 minutes to/from downtown San Francisco. Downtown Walnut Creek, a shopping/dining mecca, is about a mile and a half from the hotel. The Iron Horse Trail which extends for miles through Contra Costa County is accessible from the hotel. It's a very nice walk downtown, without street noise and traffic lights to contend with. Also very safe in an upscale residential/business neighborhood.
This is a fabulous property! Although we stayed on a Wednesday night, no doubt occupancy levels are lower on weekends since it caters to the business clientele. Rates are typically $119 Friday/Saturday nights and $199 Sunday-Thursday. A true bargain on Priceline at $52, and definitely underated at 3*.
Excellent facilities, friendly service
We stayed here as an alternative to more expensive hotels in San Francisco. This hotel is modern, has excellent facilities including a huge health club with free classes and an outside pool. The rooms are interestingly decorated for a chain hotel. The most remarkable thing is that all the staff are so friendly and helpful.The hotel is walking distance to BART so travel to SF is easy, it is also within easy drive of Napa Valley.The only drawback is the lack of restaurants in the immediate vicinity.Overall this was great choice of hotel for a short break, particularly for fitness fanatics.