New 16-story downtown condo/hotel project to appeal to empty nesters, visiting professors

The new developer of a 16-story hotel in downtown Berkeley plans to build up to 35 condominiums and include kitchens in every room so people can stay for extended periods of time. The Pyramid Hotel Group has extensive experience constructing hotels near universities, according to the company’s founder and CEO, Richard M. Kelleher, who was in Berkeley […]

Downtown hotel to feature condos, conference center

The developer of the proposed 16-story hotel on Center Street and Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley has nixed the idea of having office space in the building, but will instead include a conference center and condominiums, along with hotel rooms. Read more about tall building projects in Berkeley. Jim Didion of Center Street Partners LLC […]

Claremont Resort may go up for auction in November

The Claremont Resort and Spa may be headed for the auction block. The San Francisco Business Times reports that the storied 279-room hotel, an imposing presence overlooking south Berkeley, is caught up in a complicated billion dollar bankruptcy involving Government of Singapore Investment Corp. and the current owners, a partnership between private equity firm Paulson […]

Investment group puts Claremont Resort up for sale

The Claremont Resort and Spa, whose gleaming white presence is a defining feature of the East Bay Hills, is for sale once again. Paulson & Co., a New York based hedge fund, and Winthrop Realty Trust have put the $279-room hotel on the market for $80 million, according to a report by Bloomberg News. The […]

Josh Thomsen gathers talent for Claremont wine fest

Josh Thomsen knew from a young age that he wanted to be a chef and credits his late father, Jerry, for sparking his culinary interest. His dad would put in a long day as a stockbroker, come home, go to the market, and then cook up a storm — making a mess, using every pot […]

Claremont files for bankruptcy, operations unaffected

The Claremont Hotel & Spa, a fixture in the Berkeley hills since 1915, was part of a luxury hotel group that filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The Claremont and seven other resorts were part of a $6.6 billion acquisition by Morgan Stanley in 2007. When debt of $1.5 billion came due yesterday, lenders foreclosed on five […]

Joe Biden drops in on the Claremont

Security was tight at the Claremont Resort and Spa on Thursday as Vice-President Joe Biden made an overnight visit. The hotel was swarming with black-clad Secret Service officials. Cop cars from Berkeley and the Alameda County Sheriff’s office blocked the rear entrance and a mammoth mobile unit from Alameda County Bomb Squad stood sentry near […]

Claremont’s Thomsen named a rising star

Josh Thomsen (left), executive chef at the Claremont Hotel, has been named a rising star by online magazine StarChefs.com. Thomsen joined the Claremont last year to oversee the transformation of its previous restaurant, Jordan’s, into the Meritage. He also oversees the Paragon Bar and Cafe. He worked at the world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, as well as several […]

M’s Bed & Breakfast in the Claremont is up for sale

Mary Leggett’s famed Bed & Breakfast on Hillcrest Road is for sale. M’s B&B is something of a Berkeley institution: Leggett has been welcoming guests to her fantasy Tudor-castle style home for a decade. Leggett, 71,  only decided to close it down and sell it last week. She says she has loved running the guesthouse but she […]

Bites: Noah’s to Genova Deli space, Belotti on Piedmont soft opening, Fifi wines

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