A sign at the entrance says that the hotel has been there since 1946 and it looks from that era. There are two stucco buildings---a one-story and a two story building. You park in front of your room, motor court style.
I had a room in the one-story section. The window in my bathroom faced directly onto the San Pablo Avenue sidewalk. I thought the hotel was fairly noisy. I could hear traffic from San Pablo all night and conversations and TV sounds from both my neighbors. Not all rooms face San Pablo, so ask for one away from the street.
Room was reasonably clean and good sized. Shower had good hot water and strong pressure. Hotel has free highspeed wireless but I couldn't stay connected for longer than 2 minutes at a time, and switched to their dialup connection. Cable TV had lots of stations.
This motel isn't in the college part of Berkeley and I wouldn't walk around this area myself after dark. The motel keeps their office door locked even in daylight and you have to get buzzed in.
I really wasn't too impressed with this place, but there aren't many options in Berkeley. I paid $68, which didn't seem like a good value to me, but the Berkeley hotels that I liked better were over $100.
- 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
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