The Fairmont Claremont? It's Happening in California's East Bay
UPDATE, 3.24.14: FHRI Hotels and Resorts, parent company of Fairmont Hotels, have made it official today.
The new owners will begin work on a multi-million dollar capital investment project to update the hotel’s facilities and enhance the Claremont’s stunning architecture, while at the same time preserving and protecting the character and local charm of the Bay Area landmark. Once the revitalization work is complete, the hotel will join the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts collection, an unrivalled portfolio of hotels that includes famed landmarks such as New York’s The Plaza and The Fairmont San Francisco.
Berkeley, California, known as a haven for free-spirited thinking and the intellect to back it up, may soon have a new sign on the door of one of its best-loved hotels. The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, a dedicated landmark about to celebrate its 100th birthday, is being courted by Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
That sounds great right out of the gate. We’re thinking… the Fairmont Claremont…..catchy name, yes?
This really could be a match made in hotel heaven. Fairmont Hotels has a legacy of giving new life and 21st-century luxury to its historic hotels. Comfortably nestled in the Berkeley Hills and within the City of Oakland, the 279-room Claremont Hotel, referred to as the “Elegant Lady,” is indeed a catch.
Designed by architects Charles W. Dickey and Walter Reed, it was to be a grand resort destination and a pride of the East Bay. Locals say it still is. The building is part Tudor Revival, part Classic Revival -- or put another way – all bets are off on designing the interiors. The hotel has a prominent park-like setting with serious views to San Francisco, where Fairmont can proudly point to its other property, The Fairmont San Francisco.
If every hotel has a story, so does the Claremont. Though it opened in 1915, it wasn’t until 1936 that alcohol could be served due to its proximity to the University of California campus. Well, leave it to a clever student (of math for sure) to successfully challenge the measured length of the 1-mile “dry zone” ordinance. The hotel was so delighted they offered her free drinks for life. No doubt this student had a lot of new friends for life.
Word is the closing of Fairmont's acquisition of the Claremont should happen around February 27th. The property will be managed by Fairmont starting then but it will probably take a little more time for all the Fairmont amenities and services to start showing up.
Learn more about The Claremont in this video interview with their top concierge