Unfortunately, Berkeley is not even close to being a good hotel town. Most accommodations are extremely basic motels and funky B&Bs. The one exception (though it's overpriced) is the Claremont Resort & Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley (www.claremontresort.com; tel. 800/551-7266 or 510/843-3000), a grand Victorian hotel, also on the border of Oakland, with a fancy spa and gym, three restaurants, a hip bar, and grandiose surroundings. Or you can contact the Berkeley & Oakland Bed and Breakfast Network (tel. 510/848-1431; www.bbonline.com/ca/berkeley-oakland), which books visitors into private homes and apartments.

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