Spruce Canyon

1176 Spruce Street, Berkeley, California 94707
Innkeeper(s): Ana Vertel
  • Introduction

    Ideal accommodations for guests seeking quiet, meditative, aesthetically pleasing lodging in a charming neighborhood; a perfect base for Bay Area explorations, and a place to be that will lift your spirit.

    Spruce Canyon - Berkeley, California

    Looking into the living area with morning sun coming in through the east-side windows, highlighting the central post-and-beam detail. Shoji screens, above the windows in their stowed positions, swing down to soften the light. Recessed fixtures in the window wells create glowing Japanese lanterns in the evening.

    An exotic, private garden level apartment in North Berkeley, California. Spruce Canyon is our name for this Santa Fe/Zen space, undivided and spacious, like a loft at ground level.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carol Vertel for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Visiting friends/relatives or attending UC Berkeley to learn or to teach something.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Spruce Canyon is definitely unique,a fully-furnished beautiful private and super-quiet apartment (not just a room) that has a gas fireplace, a full kitchen and a bath with a Japanese style tub, amazing collections of art, music, books and DVDs, an unusual garden and a neighborhood that is one of the most interesting in America...if you have time to walk around, you will be delighted!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Come to Berkeley because it is a totally captivating city with people who think deeply and who value art, creativity and individuality.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    There have been so many! People feel comfortably at home here, some have requested my services as an acupuncturist/massage therapist and absolutely loved their treatments feeling either very relaxed or highly energized afterward. One guest said it was nicer than the Ritz Carlton!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Take the time to investigate various neighborhoods by walking...you can see so much beauty that way! AND you will get some exercise (always good).

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    What to do in the area depends on your interests, of course. If you love nature, you can rock climb locally or play tennis nearby, spend time in the beautiful parks, stroll across the UCBerkeley campus to the outstanding art museum or go down to the water with a view across the bay from the Golden Gate. If you love to shop, you will have too many great choices.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    This is the heart of gourmet ghetto,so if you enjoy eating, you will be in heaven!This is where the healthy and delicious food revolution all began.The home of Alice Water's Chez Panisse, a mecca for food lovers and we are only a few blocks away. If you love coffee, Peet's original coffee shop is even closer and you can walk down for your morning wake up. We are also close to beautiful parks, some with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown Berkeley and other great shopping streets, UCBerkeley campus with its outstanding art museum, as well as local necessary services like laundromats, banks and a post office.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have many favorite restaurants and food places and will happily share our secrets with you. Just tell us what kind of food you enjoy or would like to try and we'll point you in the right direction.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    City of Berkeley

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Spruce Canyon isn't so easy to describe in terms of rooms....since our place is like a loft...just one very large open space, divided into separate areas.

    Do you accept pets?

    No pets are allowed as we maintain an environment that is as allergy free as possible and we use only non-toxic cleaning products.

  • Guest Reviews

    Spruce Canyon, kitchen

    “Great place and a completely relaxing stay”

    We visited Berkeley as our daughter has recently relocated there. in fact she found the place for us. Initially we were a bit reluctant as we usually stay in a hotel,but spruce canyon was walking distance from our daughters apt. and we decided to give it a shot. The on line reviews also made us feel comfortable with our decision. The moment we walked into the apartment Ana was there to greet us . We arrived late and she welcomed us, showed us around and made us feel right at home. The apartment was larger than we expected, fully furnished and equipped with anything one might need, including a fireplace, lots of books, music, and a modern kitchen with a great eating area where we enjoyed breakfast daily, .. There .was also a garden in the back which was a lot of fun to explore. Since this was a 1 week stay, we thoroughly enjoyed spending time in this wonderful space, in a great residential neighborhood that is walking distance from restaurants and stores. We felt right at home and by the end of the week, felt like residents of Berkeley. Ana was a terrific hostess.

    “Peaceful close-in fully stocked apartment - beautiful!!”

    I am not a person who likes to stay in B&B's - too much lace, scented potpourri, pseudo-Victorian furnishings and such. Not my thing. It was a delight to find Spruce Canyon in North Berkeley! The lower level of a stunning Berkeley Craftsman in a fabulous close-in neighborhood within walking distance of the Rose Garden, UC Berkeley campus, and the gourmet ghetto, the apartment is eclectic, quiet, open, very functional, and no lace anywhere.....Ana is a fabulous host, informative without being intrusive, and has a wonderful selection of books and music - I could have stayed a month and not have made a serious dent in either! And to have a fully stocked apartment with cooking facilities was very important to me - and hard to find. But the highlight has to be the bathroom - wow! A shower to die for, and soaking tub too! Quite luxurious. Lovely backyard, too. I will be sure to come again next time I'm in Berkeley.

    “You can have a home away from home”

    The previous two reviews just about say it all. As I was sitting by the fireplace,covered with a soft lap robe, listening to Bach on the CD player, sipping my chilled white wine and reading one of Ana's wonderful books, I realized you can go home again. I hadn't stayed in Berkeley since student days many years ago. The apartment is spacious, the kitchen fully equipped and the fun of exploration and discovery in all the nooks and cranies just a joy. Everything one needs to live comfortably is here. The garden is yet another place of treasures and surprises. Our four days here, during our granddaughter's graduation, assured us of another visit. Thank you Ana.