We stayed here with our two children the night between seeing two S.F. Giants games. The property is vintage and has been in the area since the 1940s. It has a quaint, Spanish-style charm that our whole family loved. The staff (Chris at the front desk) was friendly, helpful, and accommodating (able to get us into our room almost 2 hrs early!). He shared ideas for things to do in the area as well as wonderful places to eat (Go to Acme Bakery across the street and 900 Grayson - delish!). We were within a few minutes of the freeway (I-80) and less than a mile from the North Berkeley BART station (approx 30-40 min ride into S.F.).
The property was quiet. We had a 2 queen bed room. While our room (130 under the stairs) was specifically mentioned in another review, we didn't have any of the issues they did. I was leery when given the room key b/c I had been on here reading reviews, but we didn't hear any neighbors or street noise. Beds were comfy and we all slept well. Our room was very clean (and I was looking for dirt, but couldn't find obvious examples of it), but was faintly musty when first entering. You will see chips in the tile and the towel bar was wobbly, but so is mine at home. WiFi was available in our room (I didn't have my laptop with me to try it out, however) and my husband appreciated the full size coffee pot. While aspects of the property could use updating (carpet most noticeably), we found the vintage fixtures, tile, etc. charming.
My kids thought the place was great! We'll absolutely go back! It's a great deal for a place to sleep while you explore Berkeley and/or San Francisco.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Americas Best Value Hotel Berkeley
- Golden Bear Hotel
- Golden Bear Motel