SenS Hotel & Bistro 1538 Shattuck Ave./Cedar St., Gourmet Ghetto. 3 stories; 18 rooms. Cafe; room service. No pets. Some free parking. Situated just across the street from Chez Panisse, this European-modern hotel was originally a French laundry. Renovated into East-West fusion style, its rooms all have a private patio.
In the morning, this stretch of Shattuck is very busy with locals in search of caffeine and flaky pastries. Van Bistro--the hotel’s coffeehouse--has a cozy high-ceilinged, brick-walled interior plus sidewalk tables that are nice on sunny mornings. Only-in-Berkeley moments here might include seeing a Hare Krishna couple walk by ringing their bells while singing and chanting and giving out a BIG smile.