Hotel Claremont was striking when this postcard was produced,
as it was when these other old postcards and photos were issued (love the black and white ones) . .
However, its beauty today after major and ongoing renovations makes me sigh ahhhhhhh.
The following is only a portion of the hotel's history available at the website (don't miss the photo gallery) of the current Claremont Resort and Spa:
The Ideal Retreat with Hidden Historic Charms Born of a “golden” era, The Claremont Resort & Spa is perched majestically on a pristine mountainside in the Berkeley Hills, standing watch over the glistening Golden Gates of San Francisco Bay. Whether guests choose to partake in a fine meal and expertly poured cocktail at AAA Four-Diamond Jordan’s or casual Paragon Bar & Café, indulge in a “journey” from around the world in the 20,000 square-foot Claremont Spa -- named one of the nation’s top spas by Elle and Vogue magazines -- or spend the afternoon poolside at Claremont Club bathed in rays that once tanned Barrymore and Garbo, this classic landmark is defined through its culture and distinctive atmosphere. The Claremont is a tradition, an entitlement of generations and America’s quintessential grand resort: its 279 uniquely designed rooms have a AAA Four-Diamond status where guests luxuriate in the famously captivating bay views enticing them to explore San Francisco and California’s wine country.
Large enough to offer every convenience, yet not so large as to be impersonal, with charming, attentive service among its trademarks, this delightful East Bay property is a sanctuary from the chaos of daily life. It’s one of the Bay Area’s most fashionable addresses, and at the same time, is convenient to both the San Francisco financial district and the hub of East Bay business.
Some things you just know. Barring a lottery win, I know I'll probably never luxuriate at this truly beautiful place. Besides, there is a natural hot springs in the Nevada desert near the Nevada-Oregon border called Bog Hot. I soaked alone there one summer day (ahhhhhhh) and I believe I'd rather return to Bog Hot than worry about how I was dressed as a guest at The Claremont Hotel and Spa!