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Chico, California
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Older hotel that has seen several remodels over the years, yet very comfortable and out of the way from the hustle and bustle of University Ave. This is the second time I have stayed here in the past 8 years, and would stay again. Very reasonable pricing.

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Reviewed 24 September 2015

Had a few days booked here recently. We flew in, went to bed. Woke up to screams from my co workers being bitten by bed bugs. We left in the the middle of the night and had to pay even more for a chain hotel down the street. We went back the next day, and even though we had this...

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TheBearGM, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for posting. I'm afraid to tell you that after calling in two professions to inspect your room, it was deemed clear of any bed bug. I recommend you contact the previous facilities you stayed as you acquired those little guys somewhere else and they appear to have traveled with you. Chris Koertge General Manager

W Hollywood
Reviewed 17 September 2015

She's a bit worn down with spartan amenities, but they staff and management do try their best. It is convenient given the event I attended and the area has some nice restaurants. The review is more for the property's condition.

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1Thank 100%Love
Boise, Idaho
Reviewed 8 September 2015

This motel is from another era and doesn’t meet modern lodging standards. There is no air conditioning, which means that you have to open the windows; then, noise can come in from a bordering highway that is about 20 feet away. The walls are thin and you may hear your neighbor’s conversation and romantic activity. The plumbing makes taking a...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

I was here for one night and left because I did not feel safe. I was in a room that backed onto a busy, noisy street. The entry door was on a courtyard. During the night, a confused drunk kept pounding on my door. As it was after midnight, the office was closed so I could not ask for help...

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4Thank MistyDayGirl
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Reviewed 16 July 2015

I have been staying at the "GBI" for several years now when I come to Berkeley to visit my son. I have NEVER been disappointed!! For the reasonable cost, it has been a home away from home. Each room contains a warm and welcoming decor (I have only seen the brown and beige scheme), clean and quiet with even a...

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Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 10 June 2015

This is a very old motel. Many of the rooms are about forty feet from a busy highway. If you want to take a shower, take it before 6 A.M.; there is simply not enough hot water. Also, when you are taking a shower, if someone flushes the toilet in another room, your shower will change temperature. The walls are...

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2Thank George M
TheBearGM, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I apologize for any shortcomings during your past stay. My only question and concern is why this has not been brought up to me or any of my staff during your many times here, dating back to 2005? I will take these comments to my staff and we will work to best fix whatever...

Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

Stayed here 4 nights while attending graduation at UC (many of the other guests were here for the same thing). Good: excellent staff, excellent job cleaning room, cool up and coming area (check out Acme Bread and the excellent coffee shop next door). Not as good: no A/C ( not really much of a downside in Berkeley), SD TV on...

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 19 May 2015

This was my second stay at the Golden Bear. If you are thinking of staying here, you already know it is not a first tier hotel. Within that context, I think it is a great place to stay, if you are on a budget. The price is right, and the amenities are about what you'd expect for a motel of...

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Morro Bay, California
Reviewed 26 February 2015

I made a mistake and booked this motel through Priceline and believing their examples of motels, and that I would end up in one similar--WRONG (gimmick.) I mean, please, one of their examples was the Comfort Inn. Anyway, we got there and it was hot. Was told no air-conditioning but that he would cool the room down. Came in, fan...

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TheBearGM, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. The shower you encountered does have a little trick to it. There is a handle that shuts down the flow of water from the spout and feeds it through the shower head. It's an older model as we try and preserve the fixtures that have made our property unique, dating back to 1946!! One of the...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our hotel was built around 1946 with classic Spanish architecture in mind. The Golden Bear Inn remains a part of the Berkeley landscape and is a well renowned place for travelers from all over the globe. With its unique style and comfortable facilities the Golden Bear Inn has kept guests returning year after year. Check in starts at 2 PM and ends at Midnight. For special arrangements please call the Front Desk. Check out is at 12 Noon on the day of departure. All cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the check-in date to avoid penalties. We appreciate your understanding and we look forward to your stay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn

Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range: €86 - €144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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Americas Best Value Hotel Berkeley
Golden Bear Hotel
Golden Bear Motel
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“Ask for a room in the back off San Pablo Avenue. It will be quieter.”
SanDiegoBJ, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else...............”
michael755, 22 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Front desk people are very informed on local events/attractions”
GordieSeaquist, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Come early, ask for a room away from the highway. If you call and ask for a quiet room, there is a good chance they will lose your request.”
sandymZ1665LW, 11 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Do the finger test like I did. [see pictures] And DON'T EAT POPEYE'S CHICKEN!!!!”
  • Needs paint!
  • Painted around Lamp [lol]
  • Filthy Furnace cover
  • Soap Dish with HOLE IN THE BOTTOM.
  • Door Jamb falling apart
Sissygrl, 4 Nov 2015 | Read review
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