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“Mixed Bag” 2 of 5 stars
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Americas Best Value Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1421 First St, Livermore, CA 94550   |  
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Ranked #13 of 16 Hotels in Livermore
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41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Mixed Bag”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

It’s a mixed bag.
Their strongest and most appealing feature is the price. We paid around $60 per night and that is 35% to 50% less than what we would have paid at our usual Livermore area stay. The room has no bugs and water pressure of the shower was strong and their free Wi-Fi worked great.
As for the not-so-good stuff, the list is longer: worn out and scratchy sheets, a noisy in-room refrigerator, noisy plumbing sound from neighboring rooms (it woke me up one night), a clogging sink. The soap was rough and they provided very minimum number of towels; one wash cloth, one hand towel and two bath towels.
Water from the faucet tasted horrible and they only supplied us two mini bottled waters per day. It is an old building and their keep-up efforts are not successful; using a touch up paint that is several shades off and adding a dangling power cord to accommodate multiple electric appliances in the room. Free breakfast was supposed to be available but none was offered/mentioned to us although I saw some cereal and apples at the office when we checked in at night (they didn’t look fresh).
We knowingly picked this $60 per night establishment and expected to experience $60 per night level of amenity and comfort and we did. What do I say after the three nights stay? I am afraid the $60 level of amenity and comfort were not quite enough for me. But I am not expecting my financial status to improve anytime soon so I might have to learn to like (or tolerate) it. I could/will try this place again if I needed or feel like it but will try to find a $65 per night place first elsewhere and give it a try (I am kidding).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank SWMDL60
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
thank you for your kind thoughts. please do try us again :) and ask for a room with a king bed.
you'll be surprised. rooms are nice, clean and quite.
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Veere, The Netherlands
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

i stayed with my husband and daughter of 22 for 2 weeks in a double room with kitchen. We had the fridge filled, icecream in the freezer, i even bought pans and stuff for cooking. It was so good and cheap we did not bother to check out when we left the place for 5 days to tour north california. The twobedroom place is big, very comfortable, it's quiet and in the center of Livermore.There is a nice little swimmingpool and apart from the spacious rooms another huge advantage of this hotel over other hotels in livermore is the location: at walking distance of a great movietheater where you can dine while watching the movie, and many restaurants and shops just minutes away. the beds were very comfortable as well. and the television had clear sharp vision. and every day ample clean towels, soap and shampoo. The staff at the receptiondesk is very friendly and service oriented, so is the cleaninglady and the maintenance man. There is a good washing and dry machine for 1 dollar. The only negative point is that the rooms, fridge, curtains and beds ecc. are really very old, torn (curtains) and dirty (stains on the outerbed, carpet, curtains) eventhough there is cleaning every day the place is beyond cleaning really. Sheets and towels were clean though so we did not mind so much the rooms being that rundown.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank mariska129
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, September 29, 2012
the maid and maintenance man are very grateful for your nice response. they are hoping to see
you back soon. thank you.
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

As the other reviews mention, it is an older property with a small shower. No problem with me. The room was very clean and comfortable, and although on a fairly busy street I found it to be quiet. I had no problem sleeping at all. Room had fridge, microwave, wifi. The staff was very friendly and allowed me to print my boarding pass on their office computer. It was perfect for my stay between visiting the Blackhawk auto museum in Danville, and heading to the San Jose airport the next morning.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank C H
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
ask and you shall receive - you asked for a printer and you got it- hope you had a safe flight home !!
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Idyllwild, California
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Extremely grateful to Mike for his kind help in canceling an e-reservation while we were on the road and couldn't easily navigate the cancellation system for a reservation not made directly through the hotel website. We selected the hotel for proximity to Pleasanton to visit a friend in a nursing facility there. We also liked the responsiveness to other comments posted on this website. Due to changes in the trip itinerary we didn't end up needing to stay on the day planned but while passing through the area on another day drove by and definitely liked the looks and the location, near Trader Joe's, downtown, etc. We would not hesitate to book again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank mountainlight108
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
the outside good looks (blooming flowers) is waiting for you to see the inside (rooms). hope your GPS will lead you to this motel in the near future.
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Livermore, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the staff is very professional, friendly, and they make you feel right at home. It's nice to check into their room so quickly and have everything waiting for you when you arrive. They have complimentary coffee, cereal, waters, granola bars, and a nice fridge/ freezer cooler for your own food if you need it. Location is very central as well to downtown Livermore, with a ton of restaurants and a grocery store right across the street. Excellent value and comfortable setting made for a somber experience. Will definitely return next time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank CharlesW84
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
thank you. big ones are not always nice as expected. small ones are just as good.
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The motel is older however it is clear that the ownership is commited to cleanliness and modernization. I stayed for one night in Room 102. The room was very attractive There were four very new full pillows with crisp new pillowcases on the clean, comfortable bed. The room had a small refigerator, coffee maker and microwave, a large T.V. with remote, and easy-to-connect high speed wireless internet. The owner/manager was very friendly and helpful.....just the type of small businessman whom I feel has earned my support. I slept with the windows open because I enjoy fresh air and it was quiet and peaceful all night even though the motel was full.

I walked into quaint downtown Livermore, about four blocks and had dinner at an excellent Indian restaurant and watched a movie at one to the two movie theaters that is within short walking distance. There is a CVS drugstore, a Noah's Bagels and a Starbucks directly across the street from the motel.

I would absolutely be willing to stay at this hotel again and would anticipate a carefree stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank PeterR23
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
thank you Peter,
yes, the building is old but everything else is modern.
wish we could offer you a bouquet of flowers on your next trip - put them besides your open window at night and enjoy the scented breeze...thanks once again.
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Santa Barbara, CA
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

It's an older hotel, but well maintained, clean and quiet. I appreciated the free Internet, refrigerator and microwave. The location is excellent, with a Starbucks directly across the street, with Safeway and Trader Joe's nearby. Up the street a short distance is a small but pleasant downtown. The only drawback was that my room only had a shower, no tub.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
Thank rebreid
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mikeshah, Front Office Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
next time around, let us know and we'll try to work with you assiging a room with a tub.... thank you
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Property: Americas Best Value Inn
Address: 1421 First St, Livermore, CA 94550
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Location: United States > California > Livermore
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 16 Hotels in Livermore
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Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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