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Americas Best Value Inn
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Nanaimo BC Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“We felt at home and well cared for”
Reviewed 7 September 2011

We stayed at the Golden Bear Inn on San Pablo Avenue while I attended a yoga workshop for more than a week in Berkeley. My partner was along for the trip to and from CA. The Inn provided us with a quiet room in their clean and well organized Motel. The courtyard is attractive with planters, red tiled roofs and covered walk ways.
The rooms are spotless and well maintianed.
One night we had anoisy neighbor and the Motel staff intervened for us and we were able to sleep.
We had a billing confusion and were overbilled but that was quickly corrected. All in all we were delighted with our stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2011

Old fashioned motel. Charming. Very clean. Great prices. We will stay there anytime we're in Berkley or even if we just want to visit SanFrancisco.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

This is another case of the owner finding people to write positive reviews. The Golden Bear is somewhat run down with average facilities--your basic shabby motel. Not bad, but certainly not "quaint" or "cute." The microwave is very tiny and so is the fridge. The remote didn't work right--we had to stand two feet in front of the television to turn it on. One bedside light didn't work. There were used coffee grounds in the coffee maker, so the cleaning job wasn't the best. On the plus side, they're pet friendly--there's a narrow strip of grass in the back for a dog to use. Ample soap, shampoo, and lotion were provided. The office manager was very helpful and friendly.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 August 2011

I just have to say, it was quite refreshing to find a place with good character, well priced, friendly, clean and well located. The rooms are cozy, and a breath of fresh air from the dull white on white hotel rooms that pronounce themselves throughout the country. The staff mailed me my phone charger sever weeks after I had left, without blinking an eye. It's a great place to stay, and worth every penny!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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61 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2011

For $80 a night in Berkeley CA, you can't expect to get a great night's sleep. This hotel has typically thin walls and is located close enough to a train track to hear nighttime train whistles. Otherwise, it met our needs. It is cute, quaint, clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. It has a nice California Spanish vibe, with hand painted ivy vines twining the pilasters and charmingly hokey interior decoration. The bathroom was clean and the bed was made crisply and sharply. The best asset is the very helpful front desk clerk who provided a map and the local cab dispatcher's number, gave directions to restaurants, and printed my boarding pass. It was a disappointment not to even have bagels or cereal available in the morning, but there is an excellent bakery (expensive, like everything in CA) across the street.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn

Property: 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 (per night): ₹ 6,901 - ₹ 9,481
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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