The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa (credit: The Claremont Hotel)

Its famous neighbor across the bay gets most of the attention, but the East Bay also has a nice share of luxury hotels. With the third largest Bay Area city and the nation’s highest ranked public university calling the East Bay home, both business and leisure travelers will be pleased to find luxury hotels with amenities even San Francisco cannot match. Here is a look at five of the best luxury hotels in the East Bay.

(credit: Randy Yagi)

The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 843-3000

The Claremont Hotel is the most distinctive and most famous luxury hotel in the East Bay. First opened in 1915, the historic property features 279 beautifully appointed rooms, a high-end spa and sports club and an award-winning restaurant. Guests can enjoy three outdoor pools, including an Olympic-size pool, 29 tennis courts, a full-service fitness facility and salon services at Spa Claremont, named one of the 10 best in the country by leading magazines. The AAA Four Diamond hotel has three dining options, including the signature restaurant Meritage at the Claremont, winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for nine consecutive years and with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay.

FIVE Restaurant at Hotel Shattuck Plaza (credit: Randy Yagi)

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 845-7300

This historic boutique hotel is conveniently located two blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and campus shuttle. The top-rated hotel in Berkeley from Trip Advisor, Hotel Shattuck Plaza has 199 beautiful rooms, including several luxury suites with splendid views of the San Francisco Bay or the Berkeley Hills, most notably from the Presidential Suite. The hotel’s FIVE Restaurant is an award-winning Michelin Bib Gourmand selection for six consecutive years, led by executive chef Stephane Tonnelier. Also onsite is the Lounge at FIVE, 8,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space and an onsite fitness center.

Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
3287 Mount Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA  94549
(925) 283-3700

Featuring French chateau-inspired architecture, this luxury hotel spa has been described as the “Crown Jewel” of hotels in the East Bay. Nestled within the rolling hills above the upscale community of the community that bears its name, the Lafayette Park Hotel has been honored with the AAA Four Diamond award for an impressive 27 consecutive years. Each of the spacious rooms offers elegantly styled furnishings and stylish bathrooms, some with vaulted ceilings and fireplaces. Also on the property is the Spa at the Park, hosting a wide selection of spa treatments with a poolside setting, and the Park Bistro and Bar, specializing in modern California cuisine using artisanal meats, locally sourced produce and sustainable seafood.

The Purple Orchid
4549 Cross Road
Livermore, CA  94550
(925) 606-8857

The Livermore Valley Wine Country is the intimate setting for the breathtakingly beautiful Purple Orchid. Located on a 24-acre Manzanilla olive orchard, the world-class resort features 10 rooms and suites, all equipped with fireplaces and Jacuzzi hot tubs. Each day, the resort offers a wine and olive oil hour showcasing the olives produced on the property owned by Derek and Rhiannon Eddy. The resort has an exceptional swimming pool with a waterfall, in addition to spa services, including massages, facials and waxing. At the time of its completion in 1996, the Purple Orchid was the largest Lincoln log structure of its kind in the country.

The Rose Hotel
807 Main St.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
(925) 846-8802

With a convenient location in downtown Pleasanton, the beautiful Rose Hotel is an excellent choice for business and leisure travelers in the East Bay. Owned by John Madden, the legendary former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and his two sons, this elegant boutique hotel features 38 rooms with plush furnishings and spacious bathrooms, some with a Jacuzzi and marble flooring. There is an onsite fitness center equipped with cardio machines, free weights and exercise balls but guests also receive complimentary passes to the nearby Club Sport, which has two swimming pools, massage services, fitness equipment and group exercise classes. The Rose Hotel offers a lavish, 600-square-food boardroom, with seating for up to 18 people, that’s available for business meetings and presentations.

Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on