I thought I could rely on the reviews, but alas, no, Checking in was easy, but it bothered me that the desk person kept on that my reservation was upgraded to a 2-Q room from a 2-single. I would not have made the reservation if it was 2-singles. So we went to our room and could not find it, apparently, the door was tucked underneath the stairs - don't get room 130. Upon opening the door, there was this blast of odor, a mix of smoky and the typical motel carpet odor. And this was a non-smoking room. The shower leaked and fixtures were old. The fan did not work nor the thermostat control set to recirculate the air. The beds were slightly soft and not too saggy. I can hear people dragging their feet up the stairs and their conversations. The room looked clean and made. The area around ABVI was not the nicest area in Berkeley and there is a statement in the keyholder about making sure your valuables are protected. Wifi was spotty, but once logged in, it was good.
I will not return here and will book at other hotels, even if for a few $$ more.
- 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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