16-story hotel to open in downtown Berkeley in October



The Residence Inn Berkeley, a 16-story hotel, will open in downtown Berkeley in October in response to growing demand.

The Marriott-branded hotel will be the second new hotel to open in the city in the past two decades, according to Visit Berkeley spokesperson Daniel Marengo. Managed by Pyramid Hotel Group, Residence Inn Berkeley will offer apartment-style rooms with fully equipped kitchens.

“With the proximity to UC Berkeley and the revitalization of downtown Berkeley, the Residence Inn Berkeley is a fantastic addition,” Marengo said in an email.

Residence Inn Berkeley spokesperson Adrian Larick added that the hotel will be a gathering place with meeting and event spaces available, as well as a full-scale restaurant.

The hotel will help meet the demand for accommodation in Berkeley, noted Larick.

“The university had a lot of guests and conferences outside of Berkeley because there wasn’t enough meeting and hotel space, so I think there was a huge need for capacity. in and near the university, ”said John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association. .

According to Marengo, the city has a lot to offer visitors, including a “vibrant” local arts, food and shopping scene. Larick added that the proximity to San Francisco attracts tourists.

People also come to town to visit UC Berkeley’s “world-class” campus and explore the innovative space, according to Caner.

“Berkeley remains an iconic place for many who remember the free speech movement and the days of flower power,” Marengo said in the email. “The culture and the vibe at Berkeley are magnetic, and it all starts with the incredible energy generated by the Cal campus.”

The hotel’s location also makes it unique, noted Caner. It will be located on Center Street, across from downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and just one block from campus.

Larick added that the project will be a “win-win” for everyone involved, including residents with visiting family, Berkeley business owners, and those wishing to visit the San Francisco area.

“I think it’s going to be fantastic, I think it’s going to bring a lot of vitality to the city center,” Caner said. “This is going to have a really positive impact on the economic vitality and quality of life of residents and visitors to Berkeley.”

The hotel would also help the city by generating income from occupancy, sales and land taxes, which would go into the city’s general fund, according to Marengo.

He added that the hostel is expected to create more than 100 new jobs and become a social hub in downtown Berkeley.

“The Residence Inn will also help revitalize downtown Berkeley and provide a new venue for meetings and celebrations in the heart of the city and close to public transportation,” Marengo said in the email.

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