Claremont Club & Spa
What it is
A 1915 Mediterranean-style grande dame overlooking the shimmering San Francisco Bay.
What it isn't
Granola. This may be the least hippy-dippy hideaway in Berkeley, and it was recently face-lifted by Fairmont.
What we think
Built on the site of a former Gold Rush castle, the Claremont still exudes gilt luxury today, from the 276 just revamped Hollywood Regency–style guest rooms (tufted headboards; Venice-inspired mirrors) to the spa, where you’ll find caviar facials, a eucalyptus steam room and a saline pool. Activities on the 22 acres of manicured, not-a-leaf-out-of-place grounds include fountain-fed outdoor heated pools and a tennis program that would likely impress Andy Roddick, with 10 lit courts and a master professional director running the USPTA award-winning facility. Sunday brunches in the Bay-view Meritage restaurant are nearly a religious experience. For proof, look no further than the caramelized banana bread with orange vanilla bean butter and brioche French toast dolloped with whipped crème fraîche.
You're here because
You want five-star city luxury within a Birkenstock’s throw of the original Peet’s Coffee and Chez Panisse.
As the sun slips down over the Bay, you head to the bar. The pink imperial raspberry sidecar, topped with Moët & Chandon, seems tailor-made for toasting the day.
The hotel abuts Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve (and its ridge-top view to the Golden Gate Bridge) and is just a 30-minute walk to UC Berkeley. But the real beauty is being ensconced in a leafy retreat that’s just 14 miles from San Francisco's Financial District and Embarcadero.
Restaraunts & Bars
Meritage - the hotel's signature restaurant ncourages you to explore and share with small and large dishes, featuring both local fare and artisanal ingredients sourced from around the U.S.
Afternoon Tea at the Claremont - Steeped in customs, our fashionable Afternoon Tea, served in the Claremont Lobby Lounge, will certainly leave nothing to be desired. Breathtaking views and an unmatched Tea selection is certain to conjure up new traditions for you and your family.
Bayview Café - Enjoy casual poolside dining with a menu focused on health and wellness.
Limewood Bar & Restaurant - Inspired by Bay Area artisans, Limewood is a vibrant, casual gathering place showcasing regionally-sourced cuisine and is complimented by a spirited bar where bartenders pour inventive cocktails and put their own twists on the classics.
Claremont Lobby Lounge & Bar - Paired with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, enjoy the perfect cocktail, wine and artisanal bites.
Chabot Observatory and Science Center - Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth.
Children's Fairyland - a timeless reminder of the joys of standing three-feet tall.
Oakland Zoo - Learn about wildlife conservation, see amazing animals, or attend one of our many interactive and educational programs.
Oakland Museum - Open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Brings together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one roof.
Lawrence Hall of Science - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's public museum. Participate in astronomy, computer and biology activities.