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Americas Best Value Inn

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Ranked #15 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shady place with shady people, very very very noisy (think about car doors and room doors slaming all night), a lot of partying next door with paper thin walls, a homeless tried to break-in during the night knocking on window and playing with the door, etc. etc. avoid at all costs especially if with kids. We went to bed with... More

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

Hello emilie116 Thanks for taking the time to review our property. The last thing we want is for someone to leave unhappy with their stay with us. We will take your comments and go over these things with our staff to help correct any issues there may be. For the noise, keep in mind we are located in a college... More

Manhattan, Kansas
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I'm an aerial survey pilot that has seen almost all of the United States over the past few months. I've stayed in nice hotels and I've stayed in awful ones. This was by far the absolute worst. This is the only place in the six months of being on the road that I had to leave. I left one hour... More

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

Dear Aerial Survey Pilot (what an awesome job!), Our sincerest apologies on your experience at the Golden Bear Inn. At the Golden Bear Inn we strive for high quality customer service and cleanliness because well our hotel is an older building without the bells and whistles that our competitors have. The Golden Bear Inn was built back in 1946 and... More

15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is an old (1950's) hotel - that has been recently updated. The recent updating and the incredibly helpful and pleasant staff are the reason the hotel was better than expected. It is an old hotel and there is a big "Please be quiet sign" in neon at the end, suggesting that noise could be a problem - BUT I... More

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Boone, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I was staying at the Golden Bear Inn for a job interview the next day. Right when I walked into my room I found a box labeled “love cuffs” underneath my bed along with some make-up and goldfish. I don’t want to get into the images that were running through my head but it was a disturbing environment. I just... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We welcome many interviewees, such as yourself, on a pretty regular basis. This is the first time we've had any issues with the stay and we apologize for the inconvenience. I can assure you that no one, outside of housekeeping, entered your room as no one had access besides you.... More

San Francisco, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We love staying at this little hotel. The first room we were given...107...was old with bad shower. We asked to be moved and were given #112 which was updated and very pleasant. The hotel is always clean and so convenient to exploring Berkeley and Oakland.

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Yuba City, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The staff checking me in and out of the motel were very nice. The room was on the end by a main street but it was big with two rooms and 4 beds so it was pretty quiet. The furniture is dated and old, the beds just okay, wifi not so good and the room I was in smelled of... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about our property. I have shared your comments with my staff and will be working with them to help correct the issue. Attention to detail is something we aim to master and we will follow up with this to make sure it is rectified. Thanks again for the feedback and we hope... More

College Park, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

People here are very friendly and helpful. Especially, they are very trustful. I left my watch in the room when I checked out. Later I realized that I left it there. I contacted this motel and they were very honest and helpful in getting my watch back. Actually, it was my wedding watch so is very precious for me. In... More

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Plano, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Chris was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful at check in. Night staff also helpful. The exterior reminded me of the traditional motor courts with well-kept buildings and lovely decorative flowers and vines painted on the window frames. The room was simple but neat and clean. Refrig, microwave, decent bed, good sized shower. Clean, well-maintained. One-story, park in front of room. The... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This motel appears to have been built in the 1920's by the tile in our bathroom. Our room was very very clean, brightly painted colorful walls, comfy bed, some nice decorations on the walls. But it was the towels that I loved. Softest ever! The room was small by today standards but clean. The courtyard is right out of the... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stayed 1 night after flying into san Francisco before traveling on motel wasn't too bad but area looked and felt unsafe was glad only there to sleep before moving on.check in was easy and room had fridge microwave and coffee machine bed was comfy just a shame about the area.

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Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
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Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
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Golden Bear Hotel
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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 
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