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Golden Bear Inn

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1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1393
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#17 of 20 hotels in Berkeley
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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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Spanish

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Grade: 82 out of 100
115Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
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Jacquelyn Z wrote a review Apr 2019
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I needed a quick place to stay for the night as I rented my home as an Airbnb. Clean, quiet and great location. $79 in Berkeley? Crazy cheap for this area. If you are just stopping through, I highly recommend for a good nights sleep.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from goldenbearinn, Manager at Golden Bear Inn
Responded Jul 28, 2019
Jacquelyn, Wow a perfect score...we are thrilled!!! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and more importantly we are happy that you enjoyed our great location and clean hotel. We strongly believe that we offer the best accommodations in Berkeley. Next time you visit Berkeley book directly at goldenbearinn.com for the best rates online. Thank You ABVI Berkeley Management
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anacs123 wrote a review Apr 2019
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom3 contributions
Noisy rooms from the facing road, the nearby train track and the mal functioning fridge. Bathroom was clean but the carpet of the room was dirty and threadbare. The blankets were thin but the room was warm. Good point: proximity to Casa Latina - great Mexican restaurant.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from goldenbearinn, Owner at Golden Bear Inn
Responded Jul 28, 2019
Dear Guest, We are sad to hear that you did not have a pleasant stay with us. From the sounds of it, the biggest complaint from you is our location. Our perfect Berkeley location is in the heart of Berkeley thus putting you close to many attractions and UC Berkeley. We hope you give us another chance, next time you visit book directly at goldenbearinn.com for the best rates online. Thank You ABVI Berkeley Management
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Jarko2015 wrote a review Feb 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,683 contributions2,987 helpful votes
I had an extended time at this property in 2015 and wasn't all that impressed. Since then, it has undergone a renovation and has improved, but they haven't fixed the biggest problem of all that makes staying here pretty dismal: NOISE! The property is very old, but it has had a face lift. Many rooms now have laminated floors, but some still have very old, very worn, threadbare, torn carpets. The furniture has been replaced and is in better shape and there's seating in each room as well as a desk, cabinet, drawers and hanging space. Rooms are surprisingly large for the type of property. The noise from room to room and from outside makes staying here really tough. Why there are walls at all is something of a mystery as they are so thin, they may as well be drapes or indeed, the entire property could be just one huge dorm. You will hear every sneeze, cough, fart, scratch and every conversation. That's not all. Every action in the bathroom or bedroom will be played out in your ear. Quite why they don't fix this is a mystery. Also noise from the parking lot is incessant. Vehicles come and go throughout the night and day, many of which seem to be parked here for local businesses and as they leave at 5AM, the revving engines and the incessant reversing noises will wake you daily. As it's a no smoking hotel, many guests stand on the communal veranda to smoke, talking, using their phones and adding to the further noise issues. The beds are comfortable if a bit hard and the linens reasonably clean. There is daily house keeping and they do a reasonable job. There's free WIFI which is very reliable and a flat screen TV. Coffee maker, microwave and fridge are all provided and there's free tea and coffee in the check in room, where there's also a computer and printer free for use. The rates reflect the run down nature of this basic hotel, but wherever you stay and whatever you pay, privacy and noise should be considerations and this is the biggest let down for this motel.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Room Tip: All rooms have sound proofing issues.
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Response from goldenbearinn, Manager at Golden Bear Inn
Responded Jul 29, 2019
Dear Guest, First off we are happy that you are a repeat customer. The hotel is under new ownership and will be doing improvements on a regular basis to improve our product thus ensuring our guests have the best hotel accommodations while visiting Berkeley. Next time you visit Berkeley book directly at GoldenBearInn.com to get the lowest rates online. Thank You, ABVI Berkeley Management
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James D wrote a review Nov 2018
Eureka, California112 contributions26 helpful votes
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This was a good choice for us. A nice area and easy to navigate. Plus parking space, a plus in the city :). The room was nice, hard wood floors, clean and comfortable. We had a fist floor room which was nice with my children. The room had a fan, nice touch for warm night. Close to amenities of the city and Mountain Mikes pizza right there on the corner. Close to highway for easy on and off navigation. Will stay here again.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from goldenbearinn, Manager at Golden Bear Inn
Responded Jul 29, 2019
Dear Guest, Thanks for the kind words about our clean and comfortable hotel and our amazing location. You are right we are in the heart of Berkeley; in addition, we provide complimentary parking to our registered guests thus allowing you to park your car in a busy city and go to various attractions without the hassle of finding parking. Next time you stay with us book directly at goldenbearinn.com for the best rates online. Thank You ABVI Management
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Renato L wrote a review Nov 2018
San Diego, California187 contributions72 helpful votes
I stayed in this hotel for three nights and did not experience any problems including the safety of my family. I have a room which is fully renovated, nice and very clean. no complains at all. the staff were very friendly and courteous. it will be kind of noisy at night because its beside a busy road - san Pablo avenue, so what did you expect from this. I will be staying here again.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from goldenbearinn, Manager at Golden Bear Inn
Responded Jul 29, 2019
Renato, You are correct...there is no hotel in Berkeley that can beat our value. We provide clean and comfortable rooms at an economical rate in the heart of Berkeley. We invite you and your family to come stay with us again while you visit Berkeley. Next time we will make sure we earn a perfect score from you. Book at goldenbearinn.com for the lowest rates online. Thank You ABVI Berkeley Management
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PRICE RANGE
$82 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
americas best value hotel berkeley, golden bear hotel, golden bear motel
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Americas Best Value Inn
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaBerkeley
NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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Frequently Asked Questions about Golden Bear Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Golden Bear Inn?
Nearby attractions include Fourth Street (0.4 miles), Takara Sake USA (0.7 miles), and Sur La Table (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Golden Bear Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and bicycle rental.
Which room amenities are available at Golden Bear Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
Is parking available at Golden Bear Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Golden Bear Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bette's Oceanview Diner, Iyasare, and Acme Bread.
Are pets allowed at Golden Bear Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Golden Bear Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Golden Bear Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park (4.3 miles) and Chapel of the Chimes Oakland (4.0 miles).