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Americas Best Value Inn

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1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've used this hotel for a number of business trips recently and found the rooms clean, and accommodating to my needs. I particularly like the refrigerator in my room, and that each room is unique. The front desk staff has been also helpful in recommending great places to eat around town. Easy on/off from the highway, and close to the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Homeless seem to stay here. There was a car parked next to ours that was filled with empty bottles. On one of the benches outside of the room, there was a barefooted homeless guy smoking a cigarette. In our room, it smelled strange. Our impression was that something happened in the room and they tried to use cleaners to cover... More 

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

Thanks, bradmF8277MY, for staying with us. While I can't speak on the car or person you mention, as we do not cast judgement on people or their property, I can speak on the room you stayed. We are constantly doing maintenance to upgrade and maintain the property. Your room was recently painted, which explains the smoke alarm being covered and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We used to visit friends in Berkeley often. Over several years, we used to stay at the Golden Bear Inn (also called “Americas Best Value Inn”. It was cheap and fairly priced for a marginal motel. With time, it has raised its prices but not increased the quality of the stay. For the price, it is simply a poor choice... More 

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

Sandy M Thank you for the feedback on your last trip. Yes, our rates have increased along with the rates of every property in the Bay Area. With that being said, we have increased the quality of stay as well. We recently replaced all the door locks for better security as well as replaced all the furniture in the rooms... More 

Los Angeles, United States
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

I've stayed at this hotel before and never had high expectations. Once a dive, always a dive. It's always been a matter of convenience, across the bridge from San Francisco--a cheap place to lay your head after a long day in the City, and then check out before you start noticing too much. The hotel prices in SF are ridiculous.... More 

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3 Thank Clifford W
TheBearGM, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for this review as I do have to apologize. It was our error in renting that particular room as it was supposed to be out of service for repairs. Unfortunately, you found this out the hard way and I do apologize for this. If there is something I can do to make amends, feel free to give me... More 

Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We had one night in this hotel and to be honest were glad that it wasn't any more than that. Our room was located at street level, was dark and had a dank smell. Cracks in the bathroom facilities and a broken bathroom door lock didn't inspire much confidence either. The location itself isn't great - it's central enough but... More 

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

Hi PuffleIreland Thanks for the response but I'm a little confused on one part. There's mention of a broken bathroom door lock yet when fixing it you became furious. Sorry, just a little confusing as to what you wanted done there. I'll mention this to my staff, see how we can get that right next time. We so have great... More 

New Mexico
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Hello again from the Accidental Traveler...In 2008 we traveled to Berkeley and I fell in love with the charm and cozy atmosphere of this Berkeley landmark, The Golden Bear. It may be 'America's Best Value' but it may also be America's Most Run Down. Back to this place in 2015, it seems almost like someone forgot to clean it since... More 

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

Thanks for visiting us again! While not up to par as your first visit, this feedback will give me an ample tool to work with while re-training my housekeeping staff. We do have a few new staff members and will benefit from this and improve upon our guest experience. Thanks again for writing, it's always helpful. P.S. Never eat at... More 

Blaine, Washington
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I booked with this hotel simply out of the need to save money. I had no high expectations. I am VERY pleased to say that the hotel staff went out of their way to take care of me, and were very helpful. My room was clean, and I'd say "quiet," but I am hearing-impaired, and everything is quiet to me.... More 

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Whittier, California
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41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The room is a lil dated but very clean and comfortable. The only thing is they had no a/c. The had a fan but it was a little noisy so we opened the windows. But overall good some of the walls need painting. A little TLC wouldn't hurt. The pizza restraint was delicious. Very friendly staff. I have really no... More 

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Hawaii
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45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is an older family owned pet friendly property where the staff was nice and everything worked as it should have. It was convenient to our destination in El Cerrito, we felt safe and the room was quiet. We would stay here again and recommend it to others.

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Chico, California
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 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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