Our three-level brick hotel features brand new guestroom decor is centrally-located in one of the best walking neighborhoods in town. Rooms are equipped with comfy beds, microwaves, refrigerator, robes and work desk. Several of our guestrooms rooms have balconies
Sens Berkeley Hotel strives to provide inviting accommodations that are welcoming and accessible for all individuals, including persons with hearing, vision, or other impairment.
The Sens Berkeley Hotel was built in 1937 as a brick two story French Laundry. A third floor was added in 1981, but the hotel has maintained much of its original architecture. Located in the bustling life of Downtown Berkeley, the Sens Berkeley Hotel is a long-standing landmark within the city.
However, due to the historic nature of the hotel and building, the design of the building is such that it is unfortunately not fully accessible to those requiring wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids as the layout of the building is limited by physical factors that do not allow for the full clearances as per 1991 ADAAG standards.
The hotel lobby is mobility accessible, as is the Front Desk for ease of checking in and checking out. Although the second and third floors of the building and are serviced by an elevator, the elevator lacks sufficient turning radius for those in wheelchairs, although others who use canes or walkers may be able to use the elevator. Thus, guests may be required to walk two flights of stairs in case of emergency. All public hallways, ramps, and other routes have at least 36 inches of clearance throughout the hotel.
The bathrooms do not provide sufficient clearance for a wheelchair to turn around - specifically in the form of either a 60" diameter circle or a "T" turn. However, the hotel does have Room 101, located on the first floor of the hotel, which has some ADA accessible features such as grab bars around the toilet and bathtub, although the entry to the room is limited to 28 inches, as is the entrance to the bathroom. The vanity allows a parallel approach in a wheelchair.
The fire alarm system at our hotel has been updated and in compliance with City of Berkeley Fire Department and the hotel has rooms that meet the 1991 ADA requirements for people with hearing impairments. The fire alarm system both provides audio and visual notifications to alert guests of emergency.
The Vanne Bistro is located on the ground-floor, and is fully mobility accessible.
Our staff is happy to assist with any questions surrounding the accessibility of the building and lodging rooms, or any special accommodations needed for persons with disabilities. If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of our hotel for your specific needs, please contact us immediately with any questions via telephone at 510-548-9930, or via email through our “Contact Us” link and our staff will be happy to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.