While his hotel is not perfect for the typical business traveler, because the property is old and the walls are thin, there are otherwise many amenities and positives to offset the few detractors.
The outside grounds are like a resort, the breakfast buffet is pretty good and the different old-timey building which house the rooms are very charming, with grand sitting rooms decorated opulent surroundings. Definitely something unique, and better value than a chain hotel.
Given the very reasonable price, you can't not try this out, in comparison with what is available in this price range for the Berkeley area.
Traveller from Chicago
Situated in the historical district, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of People's Park, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film …More
America's Best Value Inn Golden Bear was surprisingly good. The outside facade may be a bit subjectively dated and it is adjacent to a pizza joint, but the inside of the rooms really removes any doubt that you made a good choice. The beds are comfortable and seemingly clean. My room had 4 beds, two in a separate smaller room next to it, an iron, coffee machine, television, phone, and other little things you'd expect from a hotel. The shower was clean and comfortable and the staff provided plenty of soap and towels to wash up. My only gripe was the lack of parking. I came in late at night and was too mentally exhausted to bother checking whether I could park on the street. I spoke to the staff at the front office and they told me I could park in the handicapped spot, which I did. I later decided to go to the nearby grocery store and upon coming back, I took the only non-handicapped spot which had become available.
Traveller from San Diego, CA
This Berkeley motel is 0.8 mile from a BART station, 2 miles from the UC Berkeley campus, and about 2.5 miles from Memorial …More
The Marina Inn was a nice place to stay if you're on a budget. The surrounding area is a little run down---not the kind of place you would choose to vacation. But if you're here for work or just on a budget, it's a good choice. There are some good restaurant choices nearby and there is a bus (51B) that runs regularly to downtown Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus. The room I stayed in had a remodeled bathroom. The staff was helpful and friendly.
Situated in Berkeley, this motel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Berkeley Marina and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of California - …More
The city’s radical spirit has endured at least on Telegraph Avenue by the UC Berkeley campus. Upscale shops have moved into the once industrial Fourth Street district. Foodies flock to the Gourmet Ghetto, which began in the 1970s with Chez Panisse. Berkeley Hills’ residents enjoy bay views and access to Tilden Park’s 2,000 acres. Visitors to the marina can stroll on the pier and explore the parks.