There’s something thrilling about your first glimpse of Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel. With its soaring tower and gleaming white wood frame, this historic resort known as “The Castle on the Hill” has been a symbol of luxury for over 100 years. Claremont Club & Spa is an ideal retreat, with convenient access to two international airports. With stunning views of San Francisco Bay and 22 acres of lushly landscaped grounds to explore, Claremont Club & Spa is the perfect setting for a getaway with friends, a romantic couples’ retreat, or your annual family vacation.
Social media and FaceTime are great ways to keep in touch, but every so often you need to get together and reconnect with your besties. Claremont Club & Spa provides a posh setting for socializing and pampering. Check into a suite overlooking the bay, and then head down to the Sunset Lounge for a glass of Schramsberg sparkling wine. This delicious bubbly was crafted less than a two-hour drive from the hotel in beautiful Napa Valley.
Next, book a treatment or two at The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont. With 32 treatment rooms, the full service spa offers a menu of restorative facials, rejuvenating massages and tranquil water experiences. You and your crew can catch up while steaming in the sauna or soaking in an oversized, saltwater Jacuzzi. Keep the relaxed vibe going by heading to a casual dinner at Limewood Bar & Restaurant. You’ll discover the signature Berkeley smash burger and cocktails is a match for the panoramic views.
Start your Saturday morning with handcrafted pastries and artisan coffee at East Bay Provisions, the resort’s in-house café. Then make your way to the Club at the Claremont, where you can join one of 75+ weekly wellness classes or challenge one another to a match on the tennis courts. Those in search of an elevated experience can book a private spin class or yoga session in our expansive wellness studio. If golf is your game, head to the championship course at Berkeley Country Club, which is set against a stunning backdrop of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Mt. Tamalpais.
A Little Romance
If the way to your special someone’s heart is through shared adventures, then Claremont Club & Spa is the place for a deliciously romantic retreat. Each suite offers soothing decor and amenities that include a marble-clad bath with luxurious Le Labo toiletries. Many of our suites offer spectacular views of the bay. For the ultimate experience, reserve the Tower Suite, a luxe 600-square-foot aerie with private access to the iconic Tower and its 360-degree views.
Take some time to decompress together while lounging by one of the three pools or soaking away any lingering tension in the outdoor hot tub. As the sun slips behind the iconic Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance, choose a patio table at Limewood Bar and Restaurant for dinner. We suggest beginning with a glass of Ehlers Estate Sylviane rosé and local Marin Miyagi oysters with grilled lemon. If you’re feeling bold, consider one of the restaurant’s signature craft cocktails such as the Oakland Bramble or Le Jardin, featuring garnishes grown in thehotel’s backyard.
Start the next day with a guided morning hike through Berkeley’s scenic green hills and charming neighborhoods, playing pickleball or hitting the cardio equipment in the award-winning Club at the Claremont. Next, stroll hand-in-hand through the lobby pondering the collection of canvases, blown glass, ceramics and photography, which are part of the resort’s art collection. Time your arrival to be near the lobby precisely at 5 pm when Champagne is served each evening. With glass in hand, explore the vivid blue Hillary Tenzing Room, an homage to mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary and his intrepid guide Tenzing Norgay. It’s a curated gallery filled with exotic travel mementoes, including Hillary’s climbing axe.
A Family Affair
Named the “Best Hotel for Families in the Bay Area” by Forbes Magazine, Claremont Club & Spa offers endless activities, making our historic hotel the ideal destination for the entire family. In your guest room, your kids can feel like VIPs as they lounge in pint-sized terry cloth robes and feast on mac and cheese while watching special programming just for them. The cherry on top? Curling up with their new stuffed animal buddy, a gift from the resort.
There’s a special heated, saltwater pool with dancing fountains at The Club, and when you want “me” time, book an appointment for your little ones at the hotel’s Kids’ Club, which is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Your stay includes up to three complimentary hours of child care per room, and additional time can be booked to maximize your experience. You can relax on the property knowing your children are well cared for while you and your partner are playing tennis, dozing by the pool or enjoying a quiet dinner at Limewood Bar & Restaurant. Weekends bring popcorn and movie nights, with favorites like Frozen and Ghostbusters every Friday night. Families can also enjoy seasonal activities such as games on the front lawn in the spring and summer, or skating around Five Palms Ice, a popular East Bay winter destination. Extend your family adventure by exploring Berkeley’s nearby Tilden Park, where you’ll find beautiful hiking trails, a petting zoo and a steam train that winds through the woods. The Oakland Zoo’s iconic grounds beckon about 15 minutes away, and the Chabot Space & Science Center offers experiences guaranteed to transport you light years away. Long after you’re home, your family will cherish all the memories made at Claremont Club & Spa.