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Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Marina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 August 2014

This was my first time staying in a simple American motel chain, so I wasn't sure what to expect - But what I got really was beyond my expectations. The room was big and clean, the bed comfortable, the breakfast basic but had all the necessities, the shower had a good pressure and hot water, and the towels smelled great. Overall, a very good experience.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2014

Amit A
Thank you for both choosing us for your stay and taking the time to write a review. Yes we are a "chain" hotel but we are independently owned and operated. We have a great location close to all of the Monterey Bay sights from wineries, the aquarium or the ocean and beaches. Sarah and her team keep our property clean and fresh while serving a very complete "continental" breakfast. Thank you again for staying with us at our Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We had a great stay! The mini fridge in the room came in handy. Having the gas station attached to the hotel may be odd for some, but was convenient for me.
The staff was very accommodating when we booked our two rooms. They made sure to put them next door to each other.

We will stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Mac150
Thank you for choosing us for your stay and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are a travelers choice motel, close to all of the beautiful Monterey Bay sights. Sarah and her team keep the large rooms clean and fresh while making sure to provide our customers with a home away from home. Thank you again for staying with us at our Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We traveled very easily to Monterey and Carmel from HoJo's. The desk attendants were gracious upon check-in, and extended the breakfast (since we had arrived just as it was closing). After seeing some of the hotels I considered in Carmel and Monterey, I was so happy I chose to stay in Marina! It was a nice place to return each evening. We did venture further north from Marina to ride horses on the beach (again, a good location to be stationed in Marina). When we headed to Big Sur (our final day), we grabbed sandwiches across the street (Thymes Cafe?) which were perfect for the 3 hour road trip south. Another convenience, was filling our car with gas before we left! The rooms were very clean, grounds well kept, safe area. The breakfast was enough to get us on our way (coffee was excellent!).

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Laney14
Thank you for staying with us and thank you for your impressions on your stay. We are lucky to be located close to all of the Monterey Bay venues be they north or south of Marina, there is so much to see and do. Sarah puts out a very nice breakfast daily and her team keep our rooms fresh and clean. Thank you again for staying with us at our Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

I had the pleasure of spending 4 days at the Howard Johnson in Marina CA. It was race week, and Monterey was very busy. Check in was easy and fast. The rooms are spacious, clean, bright, and smelled good, which is very important to me. Sarah and her team put out a very nice breakfast at 6:30. Thank you so much Sarah and I will see you next year. Tom Evans

Room Tip: All rooms seemed to be good.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Tome317
Yes Sarah and her team are terrific! A home away from home. Large fresh and clean rooms, great breakfast. I am very happy that you took the time to write a review. Hope you had a excellent race weekend. Thank you for staying with us at our Howard Johnson Marina.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Sure, it's just a motel, so the five stars are relative, but we found everything we needed, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. They provided some nice extras, like fresh cookies and free water as a welcome at the reception. The breakfast was also a cut above the standard free motel fare, with items not typically found, such as blueberries and other fruit as well as sausages. The only downside is that the breakfast room is small and gets crowded, but you can bring your tray from the room and take breakfast back to the room.

The rooms are good-sized, with the sink separate from the toilet and shower, which is always helpful when traveling with more than one person. Everything felt nice and clean.
The manager/owner (?) Sarah really seems to care, and it shows.

It's about a 15-20 minute drive to Monterey and about 5 minutes to Moss Landing, for kayaking, whale watching and the like. There are some restaurants and a Mexican market in walking distance, but nothing fancy.

We'd happily stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2014

Cartwheeling
Thank you for choosing us for your stay in the Monterey Bay area and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are fortunate to be located close to all the the Monterey Bay sights. We are a travelers hotel with people from all over the world that stay with us and then go out and explore. Sarah and her team are dedicated to serving you our guests and it puts a smile on Sarah's face when she gets feed back from you. August is a bit crazy in Monterey because of all of the events, Autoweek being the biggest. Thank you again for staying with us at our Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 416 Reservation Rd, Marina, CA 93933-3320 (Formerly Days Inn Marina)
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Region: United States > California > Marina
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Marina
Price Range: £61 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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