The staff was very accommodating, and the breakfast adequate. The room smallish, as expected. The Wi-Fi reception (3rd floor) just adequate for internet searches and mailings, but lacking power for smooth VOIP. OK VOIP if I went to the lobby.
The "Bay View" was not. The only view or the bay was through a small foot-square patch of lighter foliage of the big tree that took some of the view. Mostly the bay view required Supergirl vision to penetrate through the derelict hulk of white brutalist concrete next door - a multi-floor hulk that was once an art museum. Just say "NO" to the up-charge for the Bay View. It is a sham. Unless you have superpowers. In which case you could see it from the other side of the hotel anyway. So even if you a member of the Super clan, it is not worth it.
I found the mattress very hard. So hard it made it difficult to sleep. My partner had no trouble with it. So this is a matter of taste. Then again, he could sleep soundly on a railway track.
No elevator. There are stairs.
Lots of athletic looking parents of Berkley students appeared at breakfast. It turns out this type is very quiet - so what I am assuming are thin walls were no problem.
I still give it 4 of 5 because it is a very pleasant hotel. Some lovely tilework on the lobby floor, and well maintained (you're not supposed to look down at the back entry to the kitchen at any hotel, so get over it if you do).
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