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“Cute little place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #14 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Cute little place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 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 shampoo and soap, coffee supplies and a little fridge and microwave. Ironing board and closet space and lots of drawers.

The only bad thing I have to say about it is that the shower pressure was minimal, and took a long time to get hot.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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New Park, PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 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 said the mattresses were in the process of being replaced and looked on the room chart for an available room with a new mattress. So we moved and had a good night's sleep. In the morning we discovered the bottoms of our socks were black from the filthy carpet. Staff was apologetic, said the carpets were cleaned every two weeks and we were moved into another room. The carpet was cleaner but still dirty and I asked that it be cleaned. So the next day it did get cleaned but that night when we got back we found it was only marginally better. The next morning we were told that their regular cleaner had been unavailable and the maid had cleaned it, but the professional would be there the next day. And so he was. This time there was improvement, but not really clean. Otherwise the rooms are clean and fine. Location is great--across the street is Acme Bakery with real baguettes, croissants, and a slew of other delicious breads. Also Kermit Lynch, a great wine shop; and Cafe Fanny for breakfast, if you like to stand in line to order at the counter and eat outside. A few blocks south on San Pablo is Cafe Leila, with really good food and a nice outdoor patio. I'd stay at Golden Bear again for the pluses, if I could be assured that the carpets would be clean.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nanaimo BC Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 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 covered walk ways.
The rooms are spotless and well maintianed.
One night we had anoisy neighbor and the Motel staff intervened for us and we were able to sleep.
We had a billing confusion and were overbilled but that was quickly corrected. All in all we were delighted with our stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 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 turn it on. One bedside light didn't work. There were used coffee grounds in the coffee maker, so the cleaning job wasn't the best. On the plus side, they're pet friendly--there's a narrow strip of grass in the back for a dog to use. Ample soap, shampoo, and lotion were provided. The office manager was very helpful and friendly.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 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, without blinking an eye. It's a great place to stay, and worth every penny!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 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, with hand painted ivy vines twining the pilasters and charmingly hokey interior decoration. The bathroom was clean and the bed was made crisply and sharply. The best asset is the very helpful front desk clerk who provided a map and the local cab dispatcher's number, gave directions to restaurants, and printed my boarding pass. It was a disappointment not to even have bagels or cereal available in the morning, but there is an excellent bakery (expensive, like everything in CA) across the street.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
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 
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Americas Best Value Hotel Berkeley
Golden Bear Hotel
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