Berkeley Icon Hotel Durant To “Graduate” Next Year Following Design Refresh

This long time Berkeley resident will continue its legacy as a hip-luxe destination when it re-opens next year as a Graduate Hotel


Anyone that has ever visited Berkeley, California – and possibly everyone who was at one time a student at UC Berkeley such as this editor – knows the Hotel Durant. It’s that wonderful historic gem within walking distance of the University, and it the place to stay whether you’re a visiting student for Big Game, or a visiting, proud parent.

The Hotel Durant was recently acquired by AJ Capital Partners and will be “graduating”next year following renovations of the guest rooms and public spaces. Sometime in 2016 the Durant will launch as a new member of the Graduate Hotels collection. This will be the sixth installment for Graduate Hotels, who presently have “enrolled” in college towns across the US including Tempe, Charlottesville, Athens, Oxford, and Madison.  Ok, we may be a little biased but we think the announcement of a Berkeley location is unquestionably a winner. Game on.

The Durant, named for Henry Durant, founding president of UC Berkeley, is a local Spanish Colonial landmark dating to 1928, designed by California architect William H. Weeks. Weeks was widely known for his works in libraries and schools which, when you think about it, seemed fitting for him to conceive a hotel so closely tied to an iconic institution of higher education. His design for the Durant was in his time considered both fire resistive and earthquake resistive. It also had a basement parking garage. Not too shabby for 1928!

Previous upgrades to the hotel have transformed the Durant into a hip boutique destination for all visitors to Berkeley. The hotel is pet friendly, tech friendly, uber sustainable, and it even has a “parents club.” We hope that these and other unique features of the Durant will be part of the next chapter in its almost 87 year history.  If you happen to be in the area on September 29th, stop by the hotel as we’re pretty there will be some party going on.

 [Photo: Hotel Durant]