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Americas Best Value Inn

1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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  • Golden Gate Fields
    1.5 km
  • 2 star hotel
  • Free Wifi
Reviewed 16 September 2011
Cute little place to stay
Cute and quaint motel with nice, spacious rooms and comfortable... more
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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 16 September 2011

Cute and quaint motel with nice, spacious rooms and comfortable beds. The person at the front desk was very helpful and gave us a map of the area. They were also very helpful in sorting out a problem with Expedia regarding billing. The rooms are nicely decorated, the beds are large, and everything is spotlessly clean. Plenty of towels and...

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New Park, PA
Reviewed 13 September 2011

Staff could not have been nicer and more helpful, unless they could have persuaded management to get in a carpet cleaner sooner. We were there over a week, prepaid on Orbitz so couldn't afford move to another motel. The mattress in the first room was old and saggy, so I asked for a room with a better mattress. The clerk...

Thank aubri9
Nanaimo BC Canada
Reviewed 6 September 2011

We stayed at the Golden Bear Inn on San Pablo Avenue while I attended a yoga workshop for more than a week in Berkeley. My partner was along for the trip to and from CA. The Inn provided us with a quiet room in their clean and well organized Motel. The courtyard is attractive with planters, red tiled roofs and...

2Thank Kelly M
Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 6 September 2011

Old fashioned motel. Charming. Very clean. Great prices. We will stay there anytime we're in Berkley or even if we just want to visit SanFrancisco.

1Thank TJ P
Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 1 September 2011

This is another case of the owner finding people to write positive reviews. The Golden Bear is somewhat run down with average facilities--your basic shabby motel. Not bad, but certainly not "quaint" or "cute." The microwave is very tiny and so is the fridge. The remote didn't work right--we had to stand two feet in front of the television to...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 29 August 2011

I just have to say, it was quite refreshing to find a place with good character, well priced, friendly, clean and well located. The rooms are cozy, and a breath of fresh air from the dull white on white hotel rooms that pronounce themselves throughout the country. The staff mailed me my phone charger sever weeks after I had left,...

1Thank Brian B
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 25 August 2011

For $80 a night in Berkeley CA, you can't expect to get a great night's sleep. This hotel has typically thin walls and is located close enough to a train track to hear nighttime train whistles. Otherwise, it met our needs. It is cute, quaint, clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. It has a nice California Spanish vibe,...

1Thank CKtravellor
Reviewed 19 August 2011

Off and on, I've stayed many times at the Golden Bear. It is an older motor lodge --- witness the great old-school neon sign in the courtyard / parking area reading "QUIET PLEASE". In the past, it was always the cheap "good enough" alternative in the area. But now, it's still a great price, but they've upgraded considerably. Still, obviously,...

Thank Yamhillbilly
Ashland, Oregon
Reviewed 16 June 2011

We stay here once or twice a year when we come to the Bay Area for an urban experience, since we live in a fairly remote area in Oregon. Golden Bear Inn is a cute old Spanish Revival style auto court, with pretty flowers. The rooms are OK: they are clean. They are basic. You can walk to a wonderful...

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Binghamton, New York
Reviewed 7 June 2011

I stayed at the Golden Bear Inn for two nights. It is a great bargain, especially given its location as well as the hospitality of the staff. The neighborhood was quiet and the hotel was right across from Cafe Fanny and Acme Bakery, which were a huge plus and more than took care of my breakfast and cafe-people-watching needs. Because...

2Thank sojournergu

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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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: €81 - €134 (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
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“Ask for a room in the back off San Pablo Avenue. It will be quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles SanDiegoBJ, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else...............”
 of 5 bubbles michael755, 22 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Front desk people are very informed on local events/attractions”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles 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
 of 5 bubbles Sissygrl, 4 Nov 2015 | Read review
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