Early in June, I found out about The Graduate Hotel’s Hall Pass from a TikTok. It claimed that for only $500 you could stay at any of The Graduate hotels for the whole month of July! I read the fine print and found out that you could stay at any of their hotels for up to 5 nights each. Only three of the hotels had restrictions of Sunday-Thursday stays: Nashville, Roosevelt, and Providence. Since I live in Los Angeles, I planned a road trip staying at all three of their West Coast hotels: Berkeley, Eugene, and Seattle.
Buying the Hall Pass was a bit of a hassle. Their website crashed as soon as the Hall Passes became available. I waited 1 hour refreshing the website before I was available to purchase a Hall Pass. As soon as I received my confirmation email I booked my stays for my preferred dates. I booked 5 nights in Berkeley, 4 nights in Eugene, and 5 nights in Seattle. The booking website was very easy to navigate and I was able to book all my preferred dates. To make the drive easier, I booked different hotels in between each Graduate Hotel stay.
To avoid crowds, I decided to start our road trip after the Fourth of July holiday. We arrived at The Graduate Berkeley on July 5th. The rooms was small but had everything we needed, including a mini fridge. Parking was not included in the Hall Pass rate but was very reasonable for the Bay Area at $35/night. Due to COVID restrictions the on-site restaurant was closed. The Graduate in Berkeley is close to so many tasty restaurants with inexpensive college prices. Since it was Summer, school was out and the streets of Berkeley were empty. Some of my favorite places to eat, that were close enough to walk to, were Little Gem Waffles, Artichokes pizza and IBs sandwiches.
After stops in Ferndale, CA and Grants Pass, OR we arrived in Eugene, OR on July 13th . This was my favorite of The Graduate Hotels. The rooms were a bit bigger and the restaurant and bars inside the property were open. Underground self-parking was only $19/night. The bathroom was covered in duck print wallpaper and was larger than the other Graduate hotel bathrooms.
The downstairs bar at the Graduate Eugene is called The Trophy Room. The menu at the Trophy Room is very college oriented. They even have Jello-O shots, Adult Capri Suns, Frito Pies, and Chicken and waffles on the menu. The lobby was large and celebrated the history of Eugene. Just like the Berkeley location, The Graduate in Eugene is centrally located and close to many restaurants. Some must try eateries nearby include Jazzy Ladies Cafe and Chaiyo Thai Food Truck.
On July 19th, we arrived at the Graduate hotel in Seattle. Out of the three Graduate hotels we had stayed in, it had the best reviews, but was my least favorite. Although this location is close to many good restaurants and shops, the neighborhood was dirty and seemed dangerous at night. They only have valet parking at this location which is $40 a night. They park your car in a large hotel back lot with ample space for all hotels guests. The valet staff was very friendly and made a great first impression. The room was smaller than the Eugene location and this was the only hotel without a mini fridge or coffee in the room. The bathroom was tiny.
The Graduate Seattle has a rooftop restaurant called the Mountaineering Club. I made reservations to eat at the Mountaineering Club on the night we arrived at the hotel. Unfortunately, the food was awful. Our entree was undercooked and when we told our waitress she didn’t apologize and just gave us our check. I would not recommend this place for eating, but I would recommend it for the incredible view and some drinks. Some of my favorite places to eat nearby were Hiroshi’s Poke, Arepa Venezuelan Kitchen, and Aladdin Falafel Corner.
After our stays I would definitely buy the Graduate Hotels Hall Pass again! Especially if I lived in the Midwest or East coast, as they have many more locations to chose from. I will try to buy a Hall Pass next year, especially with their new Palo Alto hotel opening soon! We stayed in Graduate Hotels 14 nights in July 2021 and spent $500. Which is a nightly rate of only $36! Will you be buying a Graduate hotel Hall Pass in 2022?