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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2007
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2007

This motel was clean, the staff was friendly, and the bed ok. If that's all that matters to you, then a stay here is a bargin. However, we had to put up with stained carpets, difficult to close windows, and a sticking bathroom door. The thing that bothered us most was the thin walls, Neighbors could be heard talking on... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2007

The Inn was very clean, the rooms had charm and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definately stay there again on my next visit to Berkeley. The Golden Bear Inn is well located and has a special charm. Great place, Great Value!

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2006

I enjoyed my stay at the GBI. The rooms were a bit worn but they are being gradually updated, i.e. the showers. The carpets should be next on the list. The location was great - close to BART and on a major bus line. I spent most of my time traveling not lounging in my room. I was by myself... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2006

A sign at the entrance says that the hotel has been there since 1946 and it looks from that era. There are two stucco buildings---a one-story and a two story building. You park in front of your room, motor court style. I had a room in the one-story section. The window in my bathroom faced directly onto the San Pablo... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2005

As a returning Berkeley native, I picked this motel for it's location... across the street from Cafe Fanny, which has gotta be one of the best breakfast and lunch places anywhere.

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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2005

Although I had stayed at the Golden Bear Inn about ten years ago and had a good experience, I should have know there would be problems when another guest was throwing a fit as I checked in. The room we were assigned would have been acceptable if located in Guatemala City, but alas it cannot use that excuse. I had... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2005

If you are the type of snob or spoiled rich kid who needs to be pampered, then maybe The Golden Bear is not for you. If, on the other hand, you are in Berkeley to move kids in or out of UC or you are there to visit or attend college functions, this place is a great value in the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2004

This is my first time and will be the last time to chose this hotel. It's a small, non-friendly and charge too much hotel. I will never go back!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2004

The Golden Bear Inn has a very friendly staff, though it is an older establishment. The building is charming and the prices fit the quality. It is quiet and comfortable, and an excellent place for university related affairs. It is the essence of Berkeley.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2004

This is the worst dump I have ever stayed in: stained carpets, groty and chipped tile in the bathroom, tiny sink and shower stall, thin icky towels, cardboard walls -- I couldn't sleep because I could hear my next door neighbor snoring as if he were in the room with me! The bed was so lumpy I kept sliding to... More

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Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
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Americas Best Value Hotel Berkeley
Golden Bear Hotel
Golden Bear Motel

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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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