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Americas Best Value Inn

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1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Ranked #17 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015
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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More 

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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... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 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... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 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... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 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... More 

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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... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I stayed here for 4 days while I put an offer on a house. During my stay, I was bitten by bed bugs. Since leaving the hotel, I now have a full blown infestation in my clothing and luggage. When I approached the manager about this, he flat out refused to believe me. He was unapologetic and uncompromising, accusing me... More 

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

Ms. Willow False accusations such as this one can be very detrimental to a small business such as mine. As I stated to you while you were here, my staff and I thoroughly inspected the room after moving you per your request. There were no bed bugs found and no traces found. I asked you to go along with me... More 

El Cerrito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I'm a recent import to the Bay Area. I moved across the country, and because I was completely unfamiliar with the area, I wanted to have boots on the ground when I looked for a permanent place (scams galore, especially in this VERY expensive housing and rental market!), so I needed somewhere to stay for an extended period. And three... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Firstly, I think a lot of the issues with this motel stem from outside noises; it's an older style build, with paper thin walls and single glazing. During a midweek, 3-night stay we had no such issues. The room was always clean and tidy; you just have to get past any issues with scrapes on walls and such. Take it... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

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
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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 

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