Rose Garden Inn
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Day of preparation for our road trip Headed to Kate's to do washing. While washing was in progress Steve and I walked all around the area surrounding Kate's apartment along a canal that housed some strange house boats and then along the docklands. Cooked dinner at Kate's and played a cool but complicated Firefly board ...
... 6:50 I texted Katie - "You're going to make it." At 6:55 they pulled up and the girls got out. They had the Camry but wanted to switch cars because they didn't think there was enough room for the 4 of us (1 in a walking cast) in the Mustang Convertible. I gave them the Camry keys, told them where the car was and said to leave my keys with the box office after they switched. The 4 of us went in to the theater and sat down just in time.
Wittenberg is ...
... surrounded by a nice little lake and some very expensive houses. Then we headed of to Fort Point which is under the Golden Gate Bridge for some photo op's. After that we headed around the Presido area. Originally a Military training centre which also housed the Buffalo Soldiers. Then we headed thru the Richmond area and into Golden Gate Park ( a gorgeous park in the middle of San Fran) and then onto Twin ...
Good nights sleep despite the rocking. Bit brighter today but still reeling a little, bit too drafty for deck 12 so we sat in the Crows nest after breakfast watching the water go by and reading. A talk in the Curzon later about the Mayan Civilisation which we hoped was to be interesting, like the Discovery channel live, unfortunately it was a naff presenter :-( Still no whales, they're down there laughing at us I'm ...
... followed by lots more pin points. I won't be doing any traveling about, except to a few local - ancient - towns for a scrumptious lunch (wine, cheese, pasta,and more wine) or shopping. I expect that as soon as the sun makes an appearance I, my friends, and neighbors will start the harvest which will last 3-4 days. Then, it will be time for Thanksgiving ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Rose Garden Inn Berkeley
I booked a room at this place for three nights at $107/night thru Orbitz. When I arrived, the Rose Garden had no record of my reservation -- even though I had a confirmation number. After a terrific ordeal, they finally gave me a room at the agreed upon rate. And they assured me that this problem would be investigated. On check out, I was shocked to find that not only had they not resolved the problem, but they put through on my Visa a room rate of 139/night plus tax. And -- the real shocker -- my Visa was charged a 'no show' for the first night as well. On check out they flatly refused to give me any bill or any documentation of any kind of this problem. They even refused to give me a receipt for the higher room rate charged to my credit card -- but they promised to send this all by fax later in the day. The predictable occurred -- no fax (they claim that the fax was down -- but now it is fixed -- still no bill). But the manager will call me (they promised) -- that was a few days ago -- the manager does not return calls -- and I have an ordeal to look forward to with Visa in disputing the higher charge. I would say that at a minimum they should treat their guests with some respect in a professional way -- but this view is not shared by their management.
The rooms are small and full of plastic flowers and other junk. There are a lot of stairs.
Delightful, Well Run
We were very pleased with our stay at the Rose Garden Inn. We arrived late (due to a flat tire) and the parking lot was full, but the staff took extra care to make sure that we parked safely and got settled in. The suite was charming, quiet, and comfortable. We even had our own private courtyard!
Breakfast wasn't gourmet, but good American fare-- very good and the fruit was all very fresh and delicious.
The Inn is fabulous if you're visiting a student at CAL. No getting in the car and trying to negotiate traffic-- you're just blocks from campus. I'm just sorry that our daughter is graduating soon and we won't be staying much in the future. We tried a number of hotels since she first arrived as a freshman, and I'm sorry this was the last one that we tried. If we'd gone here first we wouldn't have had to keep looking.
It was the staff that impressed us the most. At every turn they were friendly and helpful. Our last day there I got involved in a long battle with the car dealership who couldn't find a tire replacement-- and the Inn staff helped us by researching replacements on the internet and let us stay well past check out time while we arranged for the tire to be shipped.
Thank you Rose Garden Inn!
The Best place to stay in Berkeley
I recently spent the weekend at The Rose Garden Inn and found it again (we stay frequently) to be the best and most comforting place in the city. The room was very clean and a lot like home. The gardens the rooms surround are peaceful and well kept. All of the Rose Gardens staff were polite and very attentive. I reccommend this Inn to all I come in contact with. I will stay here again and reccommend anyone who ever has the chance to visit Berkeley to make their reservations at this Hotel.
My parents spent a night there and loved it. I was really impressed by the buildings, it reminded me of Disney Land , or the set of the idylic little town in the BBC show "The Prisoner" with Patrick McGewen (sp?).
The staff gave me some coffee gratis and were very nice, .
We had an equally lovely dinner at Le Bateau Ivre restaurant just a block or two down the street.
Friendly and quirky--just like Berkeley!
The RGI has a great location on Telegraph Ave, a leisurely stroll past great bookstores, ethnic restaurants, and old hippies to the UC campus. The grounds are a riot of flowers and the buildings exude old-fashioned charm. That said, travelers who are expecting deluxe B&B amenities will not find terry robes, chocolates on the pillow or nasturtiums in their scrambled eggs here. Our $149 room was clean, huge (actually a 2 room suite), with marble tiles in the bathroom. The front desk (Trisha and Kevin) were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was filling. A good choice for those who dislike the sterility of chain hotels.
Okay for a stay - some nice touches
We stayed for a Saturday night in November. Good points: 1. fireplaces 2. privacy 3. lovely gardens 4. free cookies in the afternoon (3:30-5:30, I think) 5. free breakfast (incl. eggs & bacon - of Leftover Buffet caliber, but better than, say, a motel's "continental breakfast") 6. nice front desk staff 7. great water pressure 8. price (for the area) 9. availability (didn't require 2 night minimum; short notice OK) Bad points: 1. The room smelled a bit funny - I picked some rosemary in the gardent to overcome that 2. Shower and closet all squished in - but great for steaming clothes 3. Breakfast staff surly, quite 4. Decor too fru-fru for us (pretend flowers not necessary when you're surrounded by real ones!)
Nice place, lame management
Very pretty buildings, sweet garden, some nice rooms, convenient location, but management is out to lunch. We wanted to have our wedding in the garden, but innkeeper stalled for weeks on our contract. On the day we arrived, we were told our deluxe room was not available. We were put up (at no extra expense) at the very nice Claremont Hotel, but the story we were given was an insult to our intelligence, something about the room "not working." And on the day of our wedding, there were no chairs being set up, no sign at all that an event was about to take place. The groom and other family members had to set up chairs half an hour before our event. It was as if we were the invisible clients.
Breakfast buffet okay, but the selling point is the Fay House and the garden. I'd say stay here if you can get a good rate, but don't expect top B&B quality.
Nice B&B in Berkeley
Gramma's Rose Garden Inn was the name when I stayed there. enjoyed it enough to stay again a few years later. And now planning another trip back soon. Location is very good on telegraph ave within real walking distance of campus (20 minutes at least). The large room upstairs is very nice ( I forget the name) with two large bay windows with build in beds for those with smaller kids. Nice also that they have small parking area available.Rooms are nice, not perfect, but not bad.