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Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco
Ranked #1 of 1 Corte Madera B&B and Inns
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worst stay during our USA trip”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

The room was horrible and at 10pm the toilet flooded. The lady in charge said we couldn't use the toilet the rest of the night (and we paid 110US$ for this 'room'!). We didn't accept that. She gave back our money and were sent away (at 10:30pm) without any other alternative. BEST VALUE INN NEVER AGAIN!

  • Stayed September 2013
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Tiburon, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2013

I am a native of San Francisco and a Marin resident for over 40 years. I recently had a fire at my home and have for the past 4 weeks had to stay at a hotel while my house is restored. As my insurance would only cover a small amount each week my agent suggested this hotel. I was not happy with this pick as I have never stayed in such a place like this and would have picked someplace 3 or four times this cost however i said I would try it for one week.
What I found was best said by the old saying; "never judge a book (or hotel) by its cover".
The room was clean, with a desk, flat screen TV with more channels then I have at home. The bath room looks new and nice. The bed is comfortable and free of any issues. Although I would have never put any friend visiting me from out of town in this hotel before this I will now suggest it to all family and friends as one of the best deals in all Marin. Yes it is not a Ritz however I have stayed at many, many 4 star hotels all over the world that far over promise and under deliver on their service and quality. The staff here is a family and that is exactly how you feel, if this small place was in Italy you would call it colorful. The maid service is so kind at least to this old guy. There is some freeway noise because it is next to the freeway but that is also a plus if what you want is to get around marin and or the city. Shopping and restaurant are all within walking distance. I have NEVER felt the need to write on one of these type of sites before but thought it was such a great surprise that it might help someone not from here looking for a clean, safe value. Oh and you can get free coffee and tea in the morning... That a Nice Surpise

Room Tip: I think most room are the same
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

The worst hotel ever! Don't stay here. I felt like bed bugs were bitting me. Woke up with bite marks on my leg. Had people yelling right outside our hotel. Could not sleep at all with all that noise. The room was dirty and the pillows were stained....If you don't mind on sleeping on stained pillows then stay here. As soon as we walked in the room smelled horrible. The door looked like it had been broken into the door had a big gap even when closed. No ice machines. NO breakfast. Manager was cursing in the back when we first arrived to get our room too. :/

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

We arrived in the SF area late at night and didn't have a hotel reservation so we just picked one of the motels visible from the 101, accepting that would probably not spend the night in the lap of luxury. We did hope for some basic cleanliness though- and were disappointed.

Our non-smoking room had a strong musty smell with more than a trace of cigarette smoke. It was very small and with our bags on the ground, we could barely move. One of the queen size beds blocked 3/4 of the door to the bathroom. At least the shower cabin was clean and the water pressure good- that's the only good thing I can think of to say about this hotel.

Given the stench of the room, I didn't trust the sheets to be really clean, so I slept in my clothes on top of the sheets.

The noise was awful, though to be fair, it's kind of what you have to expect when a hotel is located right next to a busy freeway. On top of the freeway noise, I was woken up once by loud backup beeping, and very early in the morning, someone operated a leaf blower.

We paid almost $80 for one night in this dump and will certainly remember the name "America's Best Value Inn".

Room Tip: Stay away from this hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

If you are ever traveling through the San Francisco area and need a place to stay, whatever you do, DO NOT stay a America's Best Value Inn Corte Madera. This 2- property is literally 100 yards away from Hwy 101. The only way to sleep here is if you are drunk and passed out. In addition the T.V. did not work, they said it was a problem with Dish Network, but I think it was more of a problem of them paying their bill. They did not mention this until we arrived and offered no discount and charged $100.00 for room that was worth at best $50.00. On top of all of this the room was above the on-site living quarters of the owner/manager and all I could smell was curry and stench of bad food! I would have stayed elsewhere but it was late and there were no other rooms available in the area. The very fact that this place is called "Americas Best Value" is an oxy-moron on America!

Room Tip: Simply do not stay here! Sleep in your car if you have to!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Eurotripper_8
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ABVImillvalley, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We appreciate your comments. We apologize for any inconvenience that you may have experienced during your stay at our Inn. We hope you will come back and give us another opportunity to be of service to you.
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Roseville, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

The unmistakable greeting of the stench of mold, mildew and cigarette smoke was bad enough...unfortunately, stepping in the door and looking around led to a further steep decline in appreciation. In addition to the mold/mildew in the carpet, the shower curtain was smattered with black mold and smelled like my Nikes from high school that I wore all summer long with no socks. Although it was supposedly a non-smoking room, the smoke smell developed from the outside door that did not seal. The neighbor's cigarette smoke wafted in freely as if the door wasn't even there. Worse yet, was the urine smell in the blankets as I crawled into bed.

No wash cloth, no hair dryer, no alarm clock, heater did not work. The furniture looked pretty new, the bathroom floor and countertop looked pretty new, the bed was mostly comfortable.

I hope I never have to stay here again!!

Room Tip: Go to a different hotel!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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2 Thank quest1966
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ABVImillvalley, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
Thank you for your comments we appreciate your taking the time to give them to us. We are sorry that you did not find our Inn up to your expectations and apologize for your inconveniences.
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sagamore hills, ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We have stayed at other America's Best Value hotels and have always been satisfied. This hotel unfortunately doesn't have a clue what travellers are looking for. The room was noisy (traffic from 101) but relatively clean. There was no ice, no continental breakfast, a coffee machine in the lobby that didn't work, no hairdryer in the room, a television in the room that didn't work. The manager did fix the television, but I would recommend staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank nenelinda
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ABVImillvalley, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
We apologize for the conditions that you experienced while staying at our Inn. We appreciate your comments and use them for providing additional training to our employees and evaluating the need for future renovations.
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Property: Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco
Address: 1595 Casa Buena Dr, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1730
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Corte Madera
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Corte Madera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco 1.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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