Forget minimalism. Graduate Hotels go for maximum impact and a hyper-local approach, always in tune with the nearest center of higher learning — in this case, UC Berkeley, a less than a five-minute walk. Formerly Hotel Durant, the 144-room property housed in a historic building was newly branded in 2017. This hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously. A lobby mobile is made from books, the walls are decorated with yearbook photos and shower curtains are dictionary-themed. A gastropub inside the hotel is Henry’s Public House, named for the university’s founder, Henry Durant.Photo: Courtesy of Graduate Berkeley
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