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“No Exercise Room Needed” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Monterey Hotel
Ranked #23 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Santa Barbara, CA
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111 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“No Exercise Room Needed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

Our top floor room was 69 steps from the lobby. No elevator because this is a "historic landmark" and the owners don't seem inclined to activate the obviously historic elevator visible in the lobby. The rooms are so noisy the management leaves ear plugs on the bed stands. The sounds of seagulls penetrate the windows and the noise of neighbors penetrates the walls. The bed was not uncomfortable, the linens were adequate, the towels were a bit less so (one tore as I used it), the showere was hot and water pressure was wonderful. Also on the positive side, the location is on a main street which feels less touristy than most Monterey hotels. One can walk to the wharf and even to the aquarium if energetic (though the climb up to room will make you hesitate to venture to far out). There was a farmers market going the day of our arrival which required us to park behind the hotel to check in but the ambiance of the street scene was lively and appealing. The included continental breakfast was adequate but not memorable except that the coffee was better than expected.

Room Tip: It is probably quieter in rooms facing the back or to the south. Carrying luggage up the stairs can...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Ahmed was one the best things the hotel had to offer. He would carry everyone's luggage up 4 floors! Very loud street noise. No elevator. Breakfast was ok. Top floor haunted or something.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

great location - its just over one block to the conference center and walking path. Very cute/clean boutique hotel. The continental breakfast was an added convenience, comfy beds and earplugs provided in case a snorer stays next door.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arroyo Grande, California
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47 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

We purchased two nights using Travel Zoo special. We were surprised by the lack of an elevator, but were told it was "historic" and could not work (not sure how it passes the ADA).

Carpets were quite dirty in public areas. Some stairs were literally unsafe as the edges were giving way.

Room was OK. The need to get some real TV's (old ones and poorly working). Bathroom adequate. The need to replace toilets with larger bowls and higher ones...(being over 6'1"...it was a challenge.

Walls are paper thin. The street and other noises had to be a problem to many. The earplugs were a clue.

Breakfast lacked. A few added things would make it passable. Suggest...sausages, bacon or waffles.

It was a delightful setting...my wife loved that aspect.

Note about parking. If you park on the street during the day, one hour limit. If you find a place after 5:00 PM you can leave it until 10 AM...and it seems to be safe. Homeless people around, but not a problem. Walgreens open 24/7 just down the street.

Room Tip: Get one facing the street. If you can afford a suite all gets better.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Burlingame, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

We booked this hotel through a Travelzoo deal. When I called to make a reservation the staff was friendly and accommodating . I asked if we could have a room with a view of the bay. He said he would try to get us one. Upon arrival we checked in and we were given an upgrade to a small suite. We were also given several vouchers for wine tasting, a $25.00 certificate at the cute little Italian cafe across the street and a coupon for a local restaurant. This hotel does not have a working elevator so pack light for the climb up the stairs. The room was small, but comfortable. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was large and comfortable. It reminded me of a European hotel.
The staff was charming and had great recommendations about where to go and where to eat.They did serve a continental breakfast which was nice. The location is right in the heart of the historic district.

Room Tip: The top floor should be quieter. We had one floor above us and we could hear those above move aroun...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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86 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

Great little hotel right on Alvarado St where there are many restaurants and pubs. Great service and a great price. Bellman even carried my luggage over to the Monterey/Salinas Airport Shuttle a block away. No elevator is a minor thing, but there is always a bellman on duty for luggage assistance.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hafa670
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

We stayed for 4 nights at the Monterey Hotel. We stayed in a standard double room which was small compared to rooms we had stayed in at various motels on our trip. The bed wasn't greatly comfortable and there wasn't any seating space to speak of. However it was clean and had nice Victorian style decor. The shuttered windows looked out on to walls, though which wasn't particularly exciting! The hotel itself is attractive, however, and there was a good spacious room for breakfast (a standard buffet breakfast). There was free -wifi in the rooms, but there wasn't a coffee machine. The one major thing the hotel had going for it was its location. Just a few minutes and you are at the harbour. The surrounding area has lots of restuarants (the best one being the Italian opposite). You have to pay for parking which I think may be standard in many centrally located hotels. However we did get our room at a very good discount internet price so perhaps if we were willing to pay more, we may have enjoyed our room more.

Room Tip: Pay a bit more to get a larger room
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Monterey Hotel
Address: 407 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2705
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #23 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Monterey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
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