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Americas Best Value Inn
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Reviewed 20 July 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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Riverside, CA
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Reviewed 29 November 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!

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Napa, CA
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Reviewed 2 July 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, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 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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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 28 January 2004

What a nice motel ! Cleaned rooms and a great service ! Close to the shopping area in Berkeley and very quiet location in the night time. I highly reccomend the Golden Bear Inn to anybody who might stop in Berkeley for the night.

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Reviewed 28 January 2004

A great place with a great staff. The rooms are small but cleaned and the place is in a quiet location. If ever back in Berkeley I will definately stay at the Golden Bear Inn.

2  Thank Spax71
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San Jose, CA
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Reviewed 6 October 2003

After they totally screwed up on our reservation which I had called to confirm, they "upgraded" us to one of their cottages. WHAT A DUMP!
There were cigarrette burns in the blankets and another hole in the middle of the sheet which I won't mention what I thought it was used for. The place was dirty and just a dump. Mold in the bathroom, fingerprints everywhere (looked like a crime scene), and everything seemed to be moist. Save your money, go to motel 6 or anything else....

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Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn

Address: 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1318
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Centre 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: £66 - £98 (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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