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“Don't stay toward the street!” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Berkeley Rodeway Inn
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Jamaica
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't stay toward the street!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

The first time I stayed at the Rodeway Inn was wonderful. The room was clean and I really enjoyed my stay. Fast forward 6 months and I grabbed the last room available. What a disappointment! The room was on the street side and had not been renovated. It smelled of mildew and some sort of noxious plastic. It was so bad I couldn't sleep but there were no other rooms.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank A O
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Dear A.O,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Berkeley Rodeway Inn on a second visit. We are displeased that you were unhappy with your accommodations on this stay. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you will give us another opportunity to welcome you back in the future.

Best Regards,
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Omaha, Nebraska
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

Not many frills here, but a solid, affordable, clean motel with a very helpful and courteous staff. The breakfast bar was adequate, and the coffee was excellent! I was impressed how quiet the room was, given the fact that the motel is sited on University Ave., a major Berkeley street. The flowers and planting in the parking lot were a nice touch, and well-maintained. The parking lot itself was ultra-clean, as well. A nice bonus---just next door was an excellent Thai restaurant, and within 2-3 blocks were equally wonderful Indian, Italian, and other restaurants. Finally, I happened to lodge here on the weekend of Cal/Berkeley homecoming---I was braced for extra-high rates then; they were a bit higher, but certainly not outrageous.

Hal H.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jerryama
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Dear Jerryama,

Thank you for choosing the Berkeley Rodeway Inn for your stay. We are pleased that you were comfortable with your room and amenities and that you enjoyed the various options for dining surrounding our Motel. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for your 5 star review! We hope to welcome you back on a future trip to Berkeley.

Best Regards,
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Vashon Island, WA
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a visit to Berkeley and to see family. We were pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and pleasant area surrounding the parking lot with hanging baskets and roses still growing in November. (We're from Seattle) The bed was very comfortable, the room was a good size for two and we were not walking into each other or climbing over each other to get to the rest room. The Manager? Owner? was friendly and helpful in every way. The breakfast was much more than is usual in a motel atmosphere. Healthy bread, yogurt, cereal, English muffins, and more and great coffee. (Again, we're from Seattle.) We stayed for three days and have zero complaints. We're thrilled to have found this jewel and plan to stay for our next visit to Berkeley. Thank you Rodeway Inn management for giving us a perfect experience. AND FREE PARKING

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank vashonbarb
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Dear vashonbarb,

Thank you choosing to stay at the Rodeway Inn during your recent visit to Berkeley. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, amenities and breakfast selection
Thank you for your comments and 5 star review. We welcome your feedback and look forward to your next visit from Seattle!

Best Regards,
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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73 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have been in this hotel before during previous vacations. Nothing really changed. It's not the most luxury accomodation but it's at a good price. The rooms are quite clean and have everything you need if you're just staying for the night and discovering Berkeley and SF during the day. I love the fact that there is a bART station a few blocks away so you can get into SF without any problem. Service is friendly and check-in and check-out were efficient.

If you want to have a good coffee and breakfast with some fresh pastry or other delicious treats I can recommend Fellini just around the corner of the hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank GerhardvN
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Dear GerhardvN,

Welcome back and thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Rodeway Inn for your visit to the Bay Area. We are glad your stay was clean, convenient and everything you needed. We hope to welcome you back on a future visit to Berkeley.

Best Regards,
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Perth, Australia
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

This is a little surprise! An ultra clean, well-run property, conveniently located to the centre of Berkeley, and quiet. Flower baskets hang from verandah posts and are well tended - yet another sign that the managements takes presentation seriously. One of the day managers, Mr Raj, a quiet but efficient man has his finger on the pulse of his charge. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom beyond reproach, the audio-visuals excellent with HBO, free wifi, and modest breakfast facilities were a boon. The North Berkeley BART station is a short walk away. After a two night stay, I recommend this property as a great place for reasonable value.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Meath_C
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Dear Meath_C,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Rodeway Inn during your business trip. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found the Inn to be “Clean, convenient, quiet”. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to the Rodeway Inn on you next trip to Berkeley.

Best Regards,
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Carlsbad CA
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed at Rodeway for two nights in early October. We were there to see our son who attends university there and take in a college football game. I've stayed at other area hotels previously but they were all booked up this weekend. So our first stay at this motel.

The grounds and staff are pleasant enough. I've been to Berkeley enough times now to know that hotel prices are ridiculous on football weekends. This was no exception. This motel is in the old motor court fashion. The motel surrounds a parking area. One nice feature of this hotel is it is all one story. So no one is keeping you awake from above. The room is quiet.

Problem areas:
Breakfast area - It's in a small area located within the lobby. Simple enough. Problem is that people hover over their toast and God knows what else and thereby it doesn't allow others to get their grub and go. Must wait. An annoyance.
Beds - Our beds had noticeable craters at their centers. Really bad. The beds, at least in our room, must be replaced. More than annoying.
Smell - The owners must have their living quarters behind our room. The smell of curry and oil emanating into our room was quite strong. Unbelievable.

Unless I know for certain that these things have been cleaned up, I won't be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Stephen U
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear Steve U,

Thank you staying with us at the Rodeway Inn in Berkeley and taking the time to give us your feedback about your stay. It is disappointing to hear that you were not completely comfortable with your accommodations. We are reviewing your comments about your stay so that we may better serve our guests. We hope that if you are in the Berkeley area in the future you will give us another chance.

Best Regards,
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Chester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and i stayed here three nights,its very central for Berkeley.Our room was clean and comfortable.The breakfast was adaquate,I didnt find the receptionist very helpful,but we didn't need much help as stayed in Berkeley last year while again visiting my stepson who lives in Berkeley while at university there.Hotel prices in Berkeley are a bit more expensive,for some reason,so this is one of the least expensive for the area

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank gerard q
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ManagerDM, Manager at Berkeley Rodeway Inn, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear gerard q,

Thank you choosing to stay at the Rodeway Inn while visiting your Stepson in Berkeley. At the edge of the San Francisco Bay, the city is diverse in rich culture, where visitors stay for the food, and depart with their imaginations. We appreciate your feedback and hope you will stay with us again on your next trip to Berkeley.

Best Regards,
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Property: Berkeley Rodeway Inn
Address: 1461 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1508 (Formerly Berkeley Travel Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Berkeley Rodeway Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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