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Claremont Hotel Club & Spa Review: This 22-acre resort is considered the ultimate East Bay luxury lodging destination. Built in 1915, it's a local landmark, and is visible in the Berkeley Hills from just about anywhere in the Bay area. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel is a perennial favorite for conferences and is also popular with romantics seeking refuge outside the city. All of the 279 guest rooms are individually decorated to reflect an old-fashioned San Francisco style --- some even have original touches such as crown moldings and footed sinks. One of the main attractions is the full-service European-style spa, offering health, fitness and beauty programs. Guests also have access to two Olympic-size swimming pools and lighted tennis courts. The Meritage at The Claremont restaurant serves California cuisine, while Paragon Bar & Café has an outdoor deck and features live music four nights a week.