COMING SPRING 2017
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At Graduate Hotels, we’re excited to make the historic Hotel Durant our new home. When complete, Graduate Berkeley’s design will pay homage to the collegiate digs of your glory days with a fresh worldly sensibility layered throughout (less the hammers and saw dust you might see now as we add the finishing touches).
Our hotel will remain open during the renovation; however, Henry’s will be closed. In lieu of Henry’s, we will be offering guests complimentary continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese hour.
For more than 80 years, our boutique hotel in Berkeley has been the hub where the city and UC Berkeley meet; the Hotel Durant is in the heart and soul of downtown Berkeley, and just steps from the campus. To better serve the community, our full service, green certified, contemporary hotel is a soulful reflection of the area’s history, academics, collegiate charm, and quirky humor. Complete with four-star amenities, our hotel near UC Berkeley campus provides both modern luxury and a historical Berkeley experience. The room specials provide everything you need to make us your home away from home during your next trip to Berkeley.
The History Behind The Hotel Durant in Berkeley is Unique as the Hotel Itself
Since Hotel Durant's opening day on September 29, 1928, it has been a hotel designed for the community, serving as a meeting place for locals and UC Berkeley academics alike. Our boutique Berkeley hotel, designed by the architectural firm of William Weeks
, opened with a gala celebration to introduce local residents, merchants, and civic leaders to Berkeley’s first luxury hotel. The cost to complete the initial structure was estimated at $400,000 – an enormous undertaking for its time. No expense was spared to make the Durant an attractive and desirable hotel. Every modern convenience was included to ensure guest comfort, including desk telephones, individual radio plugs, and elevator service amenities that were only found in the very best hotels of the era. The hotel was named after Henry Durant, the first President of the University of California. Though transformed since opening in 1928, Hotel Durant continues to be a local landmark that brings a distinct sense of classic pride and local Berkeley charm to every guest who walks through its doors.