Price From $119
Two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus, Hotel Shattuck Plaza is just the kind of place grad students at the college's architecture school aspire to live in. The 1910 building reopened in June 2009 after a cosmetic overhaul of the 199 rooms: They now have bright new fabrics and vibrant red walls. The restaurant, Five—with its crystal chandelier and arched windows—puts a refined farm-to-table spin on comfort foods with dishes like orzo mac 'n' cheese.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $119.