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Americas Best Value Inn
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Reviewed March 23, 2006

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.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Centralia, Washington
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Reviewed November 1, 2005

As a returning Berkeley native, I picked this motel for it's location... across the street from Cafe Fanny, which has gotta be one of the best breakfast and lunch places anywhere.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed October 2, 2005

Although I had stayed at the Golden Bear Inn about ten years ago and had a good experience, I should have know there would be problems when another guest was throwing a fit as I checked in. The room we were assigned would have been acceptable if located in Guatemala City, but alas it cannot use that excuse. I had read the "mixed" reviews on Trip Advisor before my stay, but thought I'd give it a chance . . . a mistake in hindsight. The room we were assigned was filthy (esp. the carpet) and smelled like it was a regular stop for chain smokers and weary San Pablo Avenue prostitutes. Given our late arrival, finding another place to stay was out of the question, so we had to stick it out for the weekend. I will not choose the Golden Bear Inn for lodging unitl it receives a MAJOR facelift.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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8  Thank oski6754
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Reviewed July 19, 2005

If you are the type of snob or spoiled rich kid who needs to be pampered, then maybe The Golden Bear is not for you. If, on the other hand, you are in Berkeley to move kids in or out of UC or you are there to visit or attend college functions, this place is a great value in the otherwise very expensive "Bay Area" -- and it's all you need. I don't go to Berkeley to spend time in the hotel and, if you do, you are missing the entire point of the town. All you really need is a comfortable place to crash after seeing all that Berkeley has to offer and The Golden Bear fits that bill. I found the staff to be courteous and helpful with everything. The place might seem "bare bones" to some, but it's clean, safe and well located to the University and BART system -- and it's part of Berkeley history. I'll be going back. You won't find a better location for the price. To those who have bashed The Golden Bear I would just like to say, "Get out and see Berkeley". Thanks

  • Stayed: March 2004
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10  Thank kathh79
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Riverside, CA
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Reviewed November 28, 2004

This is my first time and will be the last time to chose this hotel. It's a small, non-friendly and charge too much hotel. I will never go back!

6  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Napa, CA
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Reviewed July 1, 2004

The Golden Bear Inn has a very friendly staff, though it is an older establishment. The building is charming and the prices fit the quality. It is quiet and comfortable, and an excellent place for university related affairs. It is the essence of Berkeley.

  • Stayed: July 2004, traveled on business
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3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed February 23, 2004

This is the worst dump I have ever stayed in: stained carpets, groty and chipped tile in the bathroom, tiny sink and shower stall, thin icky towels, cardboard walls -- I couldn't sleep because I could hear my next door neighbor snoring as if he were in the room with me! The bed was so lumpy I kept sliding to the middle. Furniture is banged up, walls are scarred, and a noisy party was going on all night outside.
HATED IT! Pass this place up, I don't know how there can be good reviews of this dump.

8  Thank TeresaEBethesda
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Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn

Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1318
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range: $90 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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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