Rose Garden Inn
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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.
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!
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!)
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.
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.