The French Hotel 1538 Shattuck Ave./Cedar St. 18 rooms. Cafe; room service. No pets. Some free parking. In this European-modern hotel situated just across the street from Chez Panisse, all rooms have a private patio.
In the morning, this stretch of Shattuck is very busy with locals in search of caffeine and flaky pastries. One of the most popular spots to stop is just off the lobby, where the Espresso Roma Cafe--the hotel’s coffeehouse--has a cozy high-ceilinged, brick-walled interior plus sidewalk tables that are favored on sunny mornings. The croissants are as good as they should be, and so is the coffee, plus only-in-Berkeley moments might include seeing a Hare Krishna couple walk by ringing their bells while singing and chanting and giving out a BIG smile.