What are the best hotels in San Francisco’s East Bay?

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Katie Sweeney

The best hotel in San Francisco's East Bay has to be the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, which has been serving guests in the area for the past 98 years. It has 279 rooms and no two are exactly alike — many of the rooms offer spectacular views of the sparkling bay, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Claremont was originally a private residence built by a Kansas farmer who struck it rich during Calirfornia's Gold Rush era. Today, the majestic hotel is a quiet escape from the bustling UC Berkeley campus and crowded Piedmont Avenue. The full-service spa and salon provides guests with the utmost in luxury services.

Maria Hunt

The best-known luxury hotel in the East Bay – which is just a 15-minute drive over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco — is Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel. The 98-year-old hotel on a hill is an institution for its grand scale, elegance and unparalleled views.  Each room is a bit different, but they all feature plush bedding, private-label bath amenities and TVs equipped with cable and video game consoles. As comfortable as the room is, you’ll want to go experience the cuisine at the Paragon Room or take one of the 60-plus fitness classes offered at the club. A bit further east in Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa has earned a fine reputation as a wonderful place to stay, dine and spa. The hotel’s façade has a quaint European appearance charm, inside clasically furnished view rooms feature marble baths and custom cherry furnishings.

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