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Northern California
Reviewed February 14, 2010

We had a reservation for 2/13/2010, guaranteed with our credit card. We called the day before our arrival to say we would not be checking in until 9-10 p.m. "No problem" we were told. Wrong. We arrived to be told they had overbooked and only had a smoking room available. Very smelly. GB sent us to Capri for a non-smoking...

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Naperville, Illinois
Reviewed April 30, 2009

My wife & I spent 8 nights here while visiting our daughter's family in El Cerrito. We were attracted by the price and the close location to our daughters home. It's an old style motel. It is conveniently located with access to public transportation. The rooms and grounds are clean and the staff friendly and attentive. However, there is no...

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Washington State
Reviewed March 28, 2009

I stayed here to attend a family party in Berkeley. My family had five rooms for three nights. We chose this hotel because it was inexpensive and the location was good for where I was going. Unfortunately, the walls are so thin that I could hear my neighbors even when they talked in normal voices. Heard them using the restroom,...

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ckoertge, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments regarding the thin walls. A good night's sleep is something we aim to provide and I apologize that this was not the case here. Having an establishment built in 1946, there can be some things that we will address to make for a more enjoyable experience. Thanks again for the input.

Reviewed February 10, 2009

It was my Second Stay in 4 years and enjoyed Both, No Problems staying again, and I will hopefully do that next year, Highly Recommended, down town Berkeley just 2 BART stops away.............Staff very Helpful with any needs and Local Info. Roll on Next Year............

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cleveland, ohio, u.s.a.
Reviewed October 23, 2008

The Golden Bear is a well-preserved '50s-era motel with simple, well-maintained, spacious rooms. I was surprised to find a mini-refrigerator and a microwave, which would have been great had I stayed longer. The location is convenient to several city bus lines, and there's a nice coffee shop right across the street. My room was clean and everything worked just fine,...

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N.E Wisconsin
Reviewed October 8, 2008

This is a well maintained motel with an attentive staff. Room rate was reasonable and I plan on staying there again when I am in the area.

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ckoertge, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a response. We are glad to make your stay enjoyable as we aim to give good customer service, hopefully the best, and a nice clean room to stay in. Thanks again, we look forward to your next visit! Chris Koertge and the Golden Bear Inn Staff

Reviewed June 19, 2008

If you want cheap, this is your place. It's run down, everything needs to be replaced- its either broken, stained, lumpy, cracked, chipped, warped, musty and just plain discusting. I stayed one night and that was all I could have handled. There was a big group of us staying there for my brothers wedding, and one room had a crack...

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ckoertge, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review my property. I want to personally apologize that your stay was not up to your expectations. At the Golden Bear Inn, we strive to give our guests the very best experience when on the road away from home. We will continue to work to improve our property where needed and suggestions like...

Reviewed June 12, 2008

This is located in a cute, multi-cultural, hippie part of town. Lots of great little restaurants and shops nearby. We came just for a cheap place to stay while we visited San Francisco, and it was much better than we expected. The staff were very nice, and the architecture looked like an old, Spanish courtyard. Of course the rooms were...

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New Mexico
Reviewed June 11, 2008

Our trip to the Bay Area was a long time coming. We travel on a budget. So while we were saving, I used my favorite Trip Advisor to narrow down our options. I am diligent in my search for a three star hotel for a one star price. I poured over my fellow reviewers observations and found a motel that...

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washington, dc
Reviewed June 4, 2008

I was in CA to visit some friends and needed a local place to stay. A friend recommended the Golden Bear Inn based on its centralized location and affordable rates. Its appearance reminded me of being in an old Spanish-style building with its white exterior walls and red tiled roof. Benches provided ample seating outside the rooms to allow guests...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Multilingual Staff
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 

Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn

Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range: $96 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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Also Known As:
Americas Best Value Hotel Berkeley
Golden Bear Hotel
Golden Bear Motel
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Ask for a room in the back off San Pablo Avenue. It will be quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles SanDiegoBJ, Sep 25, 2016 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else...............”
 of 5 bubbles michael755, Sep 22, 2016 | Read review
“Front desk people are very informed on local events/attractions”
 of 5 bubbles GordieSeaquist, Mar 27, 2016 | Read review
“Come early, ask for a room away from the highway. If you call and ask for a quiet room, there is a good chance they will lose your request.”
 of 5 bubbles sandymZ1665LW, Dec 11, 2015 | Read review
“Do the finger test like I did. [see pictures] And DON'T EAT POPEYE'S CHICKEN!!!!”
  • Needs paint!
  • Painted around Lamp [lol]
  • Filthy Furnace cover
  • Soap Dish with HOLE IN THE BOTTOM.
  • Door Jamb falling apart
 of 5 bubbles Sissygrl, Nov 4, 2015 | Read review
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