"This little travel lodge was quaint and cozy located 10 minutes from campus. My daughter attends the university and we needed an affordable place to s ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 06 Oct 2015

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Hotel Description

Motel near University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley

In suburbs

Within 2 miles (3 km) of this well-placed motel, you'll find University of California, Berkeley and Berkeley Marina. San Francisco Bay and Greek Theater are also within 3 miles (5 km).


A restaurant, free self parking, and a 24-hour front desk are among this motel's amenities. WiFi in public areas is free. Express check-out and a computer station are also provided.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 38 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Coffee/tea makers, free local calls, and ceiling fans are also available.

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$104 per night

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, Non Smoking (1 Queen Bed, 3 Twin Beds)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.5 out of 5 2.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn

Everyone (4) Family (2)
4 out of 5
Cute small motel. Clean, and very comfy bed. For being right on San Pablo (busy street), it wasn't as loud as I thought it would be. Kept bathroom door closed bc alot of sound came in bathroom window. Good wifi.. Only real downside was light in the bathroom, which automatically went on when you walked in, whether you want all that flourescent or not. Great for a sleep

Posted by , from Chico, us on Mar 20, 2019

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4 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018

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1 out of 5

We froze

Our rooms heater and tv did not work. My adult daughter and I had to share a bed even though our room had 2 queens.. The bedding was so light it did not comfort us much. The staff did nothing to reciprocate for the huge inconvienencw. We checked in just to sleep but we couldn't sleep in because it was 52 degrees in our room.

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

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2 out of 5

Would not go back

The heater didn't work and the bed only had a very thin blanket on it. We called the office but nobody answers after hours. We didn't sleep at all and had an event to go to the next day. The bathroom was not clean. There was mold and if someone else turned on their shower ours would go cold. We left early to go to our event so tried calling all day but only got an answering machine. When we got back they took us to another room but they couldn't get the heater to work there either. We returned to our room to find the heater working if we keep it at 90 degrees. We were told we had a newly remodeled room which as you can tell was not the case. The light in the ceiling would flicker when we'd turn it on. This is my first time going thru Travelocity and am sad it didn't work out. I was looking for a company I can trust and go thru for my travel needs. I don't mind quaint but I need clean & warm for that kind of money.

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015

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4 out of 5

10 minute drive to UC Berkeley

Pros: Affordable and close to UC Berkeley:)
Cons: No air conditioning-when we first entered the room it was a bit stuffy but once we turned on fan and opened the windows it cooled off.
Location: San Francisco across the Bay, Berkeley and Oakland nearby. Whole Foods is just down the street and Trader Joe a few blocks away.
This little travel lodge was quaint and cozy located 10 minutes from campus. My daughter attends the university and we needed an affordable place to stay. The motel is old but clean. The staff was very nice and accommodating. I heard another guest comment that they were staying in "the cottage" so that might be something to explore for next time.

Posted by , from So California on Oct 6, 2015

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3 out of 5

Cheap and the room needs new carpet. Cute exterior

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
Cons: Noisy
The room was not very soundproof. I thought it was clean and there were nice touches to the exterior of handpainted flowers around the windows. The room was very clean.

Posted by , from New Mexico, USA on Jun 7, 2012

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2 out of 5

Cheap and Clean

Pros: no idea
Bed comfortable, walls thin, shower hot. Nothing fancy in any regard. Wish they would have mentioned how to turn on the heat, in that I arrived pretty late. Overall, just fine for sleeping, showering and leaving.

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA on Jan 26, 2012

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1 out of 5

Overpriced, out dated

Pros: Free Internet
Cons: Nothing close, Noisy, over priced, not clean
This is a small motel with about half of the rooms along a busy street. Unfortunately, there are no close places to eat breakfast and the motel only offers free coffee. There has been an attempt at updating an essentially 50s motel by adding microwaves, small refrigerators, and free wifi. Unfortunately, the wifi only erratically reaches about half the rooms. The rooms are not well cleaned. It is a poor value; perhaps at half the posted rate, it would be OK for a day or two.

Posted by , from Toronto, Ontario on Aug 19, 2011

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1 out of 5

At Least the Rats Didn't Have Knives

NO AIR-CONDITIONING!! Room smelled like a sewer. Stains looked like previous occupant had dirrhea/bowel problems and loosed themselves upon the bed and floor with ineffective clean-up. Seriously gross!! Felt it neccessary to wear shoes at all times. 1950's throw-back cheap motel. Moldy shower. Even TV had non-functioning remote. Office staffed by teen-agers. Would give rating of "0" (zero)-Stars, but doesn't seem to be that option. Location in relation to our visit ws only major plus. Would have left if room was not prepaid

Posted by on Oct 12, 2009

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2 out of 5

Needs better management

Hotel office did not open until 8 am. No one actually showed up until 8:25 am. Heat was on all night in our unit and others. Had to keep the fan on and keep windows open since no one could turn it off. Only price and proximity to UC Berkeley were worthwhile.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2007

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About the Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn

Location 1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn also features multilingual staff, coffee/tea in a common area, and express check-out. Free self parking is available. This Berkeley motel is smoke free.

  • 38 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • Built in 1946
  • Dining venue
  • Business facilities
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Front-desk safe
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) (26.7 km / 16.6 mi)
  • Train station: Berkeley Station (1.5 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking and RV/bus/truck parking

Room Amenities

Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn offers 38 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Premium cable television is provided. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms include showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in January 2017.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Mountain Mike's Pizza - This restaurant specializes in pizza and serves lunch and dinner. A children's menu is available.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10 per stay.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No elevators


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50.00 per stay

The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

The resort fee includes:

  • Internet access
  • Parking

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10 per stay
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Americas Best Value Golden Bear Inn
  • Americas Best Value Golden Bear Inn Berkeley
  • Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn
  • Americas Best Value Inn Golden Bear Inn Berkeley
  • Golden Bear Inn
  • Americas Best Value Golden Bear Berkeley
  • Americas Best Value Golden Bear

You should know

  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.