Piedmont House is a 100-year old wood-paneled house that serves as a guest house. As such, the atmosphere at Piedmont House is one of lively interaction and cooperation. The best thing about Piedmont House are our guests: writers, scientists, tourists, musicians, artists, and students. You will find a daily changing community of diverse souls from all over the world. We're environmentally friendly, chemical free, and we recycle 'til the cows come home.
Our location is only 3 blocks South of UC Berkeley, and 3 blocks East of Telegraph Avenue shopping district . There are over 40 restaurants and cafes within 10 minutes walking distance. Easy public transit to the airports, San Francisco, and Oakland is available 24 hours per day. Several bus stops are within a few blocks.
The rate is for 1 twin size bed (for 1 men) in a room with 1 or 2 other men. NOTE: THIS BED IS IN A SHARED ROOM FOR MALE GUESTS ONLY, WOMEN SHOULDN'T BOOK THIS ROOM. The room has 2 or 3 twin size beds (for 1 person each), a desk, shelves and a place to hang your clothes. Blankets, towels, and linen are included (free of charge). The room is nice and clean, but relatively basic since most amenities are shared.
There's a big but cozy living room where we eat, read, sing, and jam. There are guitars, piano, books, games, etc. We have many private bathrooms in the house (but all are outside the rooms). There's a shared kitchen that comes with everything you need to cook a meal (pots, pans, plates, cups, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc) except for a microwave. We're both vegan and omnivore friendly (separate fridges, pots, etc).
There's free WiFi in all our rooms and common areas. And there's also a free computer kiosk. We have cheap coin-op washing machines and clothes dryers.
Parking is on the street, free, and time regulated on weekdays during the day. It is again free but un-timed during evenings and weekends
All our staff members live in the building, are Berkeley residents, and well-versed in the many treasures Berkeley has to offer: they can show you the best places to eat, party, shop, or have a cup of coffee.
it was good
I would NOT recommend staying here. This place should not be renting out rooms until a professional cleaning service is brought in to clean the common areas and disinfect beds and bedrooms. I stayed here several years ago and had a positive experience, but after staying one night there again last week, I would now rate this as by far the worst AirBnB I have seen. Here are the main reasons.
1) Unsanitary - after sleeping for 6 hours, I woke up with what looked like bed bug bites. Though I checked and didn't see any bed bugs, I was definitely bitten by something, and the bites are still itching several days afterwards. I know at least one other person staying in the dorm experienced the same thing..
Also, the hallway and common rooms on the 1st floor smell really bad - kind of like vomit. There is various clutter, boxes, old furniture piled up.
Afterward I realized there are multiple angry reviews on TripAdvisor and (website hidden) Maps that mention bugs at this place.
2) Inconvenient - there were no plugs at all in the dorm room, so I had no way to charge my phone.
3) No place to leave a bike - there was an old van completely blocking the driveway, and no place to lock up a bike except on the street.
Comfy bed, friendly people, wonderful atmosphere! Thanks very much for having me!
Stayed for one night and was convenient and safe.
dirty and old. hippy style.
Very nice people at Piedmont House. I enjoyed my stay, even though the dorm's bathroom was quite dirty.
It was nice to live there ... with good internet connections and friendly hosts.. also with nice cooking place......the best thing is...it is very close to UC Berkeley's depertments....
I was happy with my experience. My bed was comfortable and check on was easy. My emails were answered in a timely manner. The place may be a little shabby but everything worked well enough.
I really enjoyed my stay in Piedmont House. I met very interesting people and enjoyed my time chatting with them. It is just a few blocks away from the UCB campus that made it ideal for my stay. Overall, it is a good hostel to stay.
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