Historical Hotel and Spa Overlooking San Francisco Bay
The Claremont Hotel & Spa—a historical, Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond Award–winning hotel—overlooks the San Francisco Bay from a perch atop the Claremont Canyon. During the California gold rush, a private, English-style castle stood on the property. But after the castle burned down, real estate tycoon Frank Havens won the land in a game of checkers, and in 1915, he opened the sprawling Tudor-style resort that still stands today.
Of the many improvements made to the hotel over the years, none shine as brightly as the Spa Claremont, a 20,000-square-foot facility dubbed the Top U.S. Urban Spa by Vogue magazine. Beyond offering standard therapeutics such as facials and massages, the spa's staff administers body treatments, acupuncture, and water therapy, a means of relieving stress by wielding a seltzer bottle à la the Three Stooges. At the hotel’s fitness center, 60 exercise classes are scheduled every week. There are 10 tennis courts onsite and a number of swimming pools, whirlpools, hot tubs, and saunas.
Three restaurants provide a range of fine-dining options. The landmark Meritage at the Claremont, a farm-to-table affair, serves dishes such as the sweet-pea ravioli beneath a two-story ceiling while diners gaze out onto the bay. The more casual Paragon Restaurant—an American brasserie—offers hand-shaken cocktails, live jazz on the weekends, and outdoor deck seating. The Bayview Café serves up light fare poolside.
Berkeley, California: Eclectic College Town Full of Art, History, and Culture
Situated across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley is best known as the location of the oldest University of California campus, home to some 36,000 students and a still-thriving activist spirit. Residents are left-leaning and politically engaged, a legacy of Berkeley's role as one of the major centers of campus unrest during the late 1960s. Though things have settled down since the city's turbulent peak, public demonstrations still take place every now and then. Telegraph Avenue remains a colorful, free-spirit-friendly thoroughfare lined with cafés and smoke shops. During the school year it teems with scholars, bohemians, and vendors hawking tie-dyed graduation gowns. Over on Shattuck Avenue, a slew of bars and restaurants serves frothy microbrews and fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.
Those looking to sample Berkeley’s renowned folk-music scene can drop by the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, a venue that has hosted blues, bluegrass, and other Americana artists since 1968. For a night of world-class opera, theater, jazz, classical music, or dance, head to Hertz and Zellerbach Halls on the campus of the university.
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What You Get
- Stay for two in a classic king or classic double room
Policies and Fees
- Reservations: dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
- Cancellation policy & fees: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable.
- Taxes: 14.065% tax added at purchase
- Additional fees: $26 resort fee per day paid at check-in
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- Three pools
- 10 tennis courts
- Three restaurants
- 60+ classes in state-of-the-art fitness facility
- Award-winning Spa Claremont
- Kids’ Club
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- Dates cannot be changed once booked
- Valid only for night(s) purchased
- 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
- No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed
- Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
- No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
- Must be 18 or older to check in
- Credit card required at check-in
- Not valid with reward points
- $26 resort fee per day paid at check-in
- 14.065% tax added at purchase.
- Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
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- One king bed or two double beds
- Standard occupancy: 2
- Maximum occupancy: 4
- Adding occupants above standard: $35 per person per night
- Flat-screen TV
- Hillside views
- Check in: 4 p.m.
- Check out: noon
- Resort fee includes: wireless high-speed Internet, 24-hour business center, local telephone calls within a 19-mile radius, three hours of childcare for one child at the Kids’ Club, access to two lap pools and children’s pool and play area, and club and equipment access
- Parking: valet parking is available for $28 per day.
- Rollaways: available for no charge
- Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
- Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $99 per stay.
- Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
- Room upgrades: upgrade to a Distinctive room for an additional $30 per night, a spa elite room for an additional $60 per night, a studio suite for an additional $90 per night, or a one bedroom for an additional $150 per night.
- By plane: 14 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- By car: about 14 miles northeast of San Francisco
The Groupon Guide to: Partying Hard
There’s always one person at every party who’s having the most fun. Here’s how you can be the life of the party and make it an event that people will be talking about until they move on from the partying phase of their lives and buy a nice condo in an up-and-coming part of town:
- Knock over a bowl of Doritos.
- Introduce yourself to all of the ladies at the party as Dirty Vito.
- Tell the DJ you’ll be doing a guest set, then put two pizzas on the turntable.
- Dance on top of a table to get the crowd going, then forget where you are and start crying until everyone walks away.
- Kiss the host on the mouth and say “That’s for throwing such a beautiful party.”
- Take off all of your clothes and jump in the pool. Stay there until you feel like you’re starting to get an infection.
- Pass out on the couch until you’re woken up by the sound of your parents crying about their house.