This is an old (1950's) hotel - that has been recently updated. The recent updating and the incredibly helpful and pleasant staff are the reason the hotel was better than expected.
It is an old hotel and there is a big "Please be quiet sign" in neon at the end, suggesting that noise could be a problem - BUT I noticed no problems at all (though I would not recommend this place for a romantic weekend, unless you are either an exhibitionist or celibate).
Also, because the climate in Berkeley is beautiful year round, they have no A/C in the rooms, so on a warm day (like when I arrived) I needed to leave the windows open before the room cooled. I am a freak for air-conditioning so this was a big minus - but by bed time the temperature was perfect (after leaving windows open).
There are restaurants within walking distance that are good.
Overall a great choice on a budget!
- 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