The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

A family-friendly Bay Area estate
Situated just outside of San Francisco, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel offers everything from aquatic activities to tennis to wine tasting on its expansive grounds. Perfect for a romantic getaway and family vacations alike, The Claremont boasts two impressive on-property restaurants, Meritage and Paragon; a club with fitness classes and state-of-the-art equipment; meeting spaces; pools; and not-to-miss views of San Francisco and the Bay.

Entering the resort feels like stepping into an English estate; the pristine white façade, polished wood floors and rich rugs and upholstery immediately create a sense of sophistication, without being overly stuffy or pretentious.

While the property itself is historic, don’t worry about missing out on the comforts of modern living. Wireless Internet access, flat-screen televisions and gaming consoles can be found in the guest rooms, and the well-stocked mini-bar and coffee machine will ensure you stay fueled for the plethora of activities on property.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel is set at the foot of Claremont Canyon in the exclusive Berkeley Hills neighborhood in Berkeley, California. The property’s elevated vantage point gives you panoramic vistas of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Of course, the real draw location-wise is the Claremont’s proximity to San Francisco. Just 12 miles from the city, it’s a quick drive (the resort can arrange car service) or BART ride to San Fran’s restaurants and attractions.
  • The historic pictures, beautiful floral arrangements and relaxing music playing throughout the resort help make this a true escape — it’s almost hard to believe that a major city is just a hop, skip and a jump away when you’re relaxing in the overstuffed armchairs or strolling around the gorgeous pool.
Things to Know
  • Sitting in the lobby to enjoy live music at the grand piano is a highlight, as is sitting on the patio to take in an absolutely picturesque sunset.
  • The grounds are immaculately landscaped, and it’s easy to see why the busy season is May through November, when the weather is most cooperative.
  • The resort honors its tradition of hosting famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong by playing live jazz in Paragon Restaurant & Bar on Friday and Saturday nights. 
  • In the evenings, which can get cool in Northern California, small fire pits are lit at Bayview Café and s’mores kits are passed out.
The Rooms
  • You can choose from a variety of rooms at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, many of which have incredible views of the San Francisco Bay.
  • Though no two rooms are exactly alike, they’re unified in their traditional décor, warm gold, blue and rust color schemes and artwork depicting this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel back in time.
  • Classic rooms have one king or two double beds and hillside views; the Distinctive room with skyline and bay views.
  • The Spa Elite room is adjacent to the spa and features additional amenities such as double vanity sinks. The Studio Suite allows extra space to spread out and relax, while the Petite Queen is perfect for the solo traveler.
  • Almost all of the rooms have allergy-friendly counterparts featuring hypoallergenic bedding and air-purification systems.
The Restaurants
  • At Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel’s signature restaurant Meritage, chef Scott Quinn puts his own twist on the farm-to-table menu that offers small and large plates.
  • Sip on a glass of wine from the extensive but well-edited list at the mahogany bar before settling into a bay view table in the stately but cool dining room with its two-story high ceilings, white columns, green wallpaper and leopard upholstery.
  • The Claremont’s more casual Paragon Restaurant & Bar dishes out American brasserie-style meals made with local ingredients, such as the Berkshire pork chop with quinoa, mint, toasted pine nuts and grilled fruit relish.
  • Specialty cocktails rival the food, too. Sit on the panoramic deck and sip on a Botanical View, concocted with gin, cucumber, lime, simple syrup and soda.
  • Bayview Café is the resort’s third and most low-key dining facility. Located in the pool area, it offers quick bites and beverages while you lounge in the sun.
Getting There
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, California 94705
TEL510-843-3000 | 800-551-7266
SFO (28-35 min)   OAK  
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