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“Very good affordable hotel”
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Monterey Bay Lodge
Ranked #30 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Reviewed 3 September 2012

Really nice budget motel. Very helpful and friendly staff, nice rooms-- the upgraded rooms are *really* nice. Most importantly, very affordable for Monterey, especially when you consider the free parking.

Location: Yes, it's a long walk to the aquarium, but there's a nice pedestrian/bike trail that runs along the coast and makes the walk much easier. Easy walk to Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, and the Convention Center, where you can catch the free tourist shuttle bus up to Cannery Row. By car, it's very easy to get back to Route One, which is nice for day trips.

Food: Our only big complaint was that the on-site restaurant was closed. It's apparently been closed for awhile, but the AAA listing hasn't been updated.

Room Tip: There are several upgraded rooms, ask about those if you care about having a fireplace or a particul...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

Staff were very friendly and helpful
However, rooms were very stuffy on a warm day with no air conditioning. The room cooled down at night with the windows open but then the road noise was a factor. This noise was eliminated by closing the windows as they were double glazed.

Room Tip: Great location.
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

Peeling paint, tired room,, and what really prompted me to write review---the droopiest, softest, collapsed mattress I have ever slept (or tried to) on. Can you say back ache in the am? For $100, this place would suffice--okay pool, clean enough. But for almost twice that---go elsewhere!

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Reviewed 28 August 2012

My husband and I needed a room for one night and this fit the bill! Larry checked us in and he was very quick and friendly. Room was only $99 plus tax. It was very clean, bed was comfortable and was a 10 min walk to fishermans wharf. What more coul we ask for?

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

We booked just one night, 15th August, at the Monterey Bay Lodge. I agree with some previous reviewers that the photographs are very carefully taken. Close up, the place looks a bit worn and tatty. However, it was clean, the bed was comfortable and it was nice to have the sliding door at the back. It was good to be able to sit outside on the shared balcony in the afternoon, although that could have been a very unpleasant experience if other guests had chosen to avail themselves of the ashtrays. Why on earth have non-smoking rooms and then allow people to smoke just outside? It was fortunate that nobody did.
The motel is in a very convenient spot. It took about twenty minutes to walk to town and there were lovely paths along the sea front area. The price (we paid 189 dollars) seemed a bit steep compared to other places we had stayed in California, but comparatively reasonable for a stay in Monterey. It was certainly an improvement on our accommodation in Big Sur and would be a good base for visits to other places in this part of California.

Room Tip: We had a room upstairs; this was probably quieter than a downstairs room.
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Monterey is very expensive, but this option is decent if you want to save a few bucks and be close to the Wharf and downtown. It seems to be an older motor lodge that has been updated by new owners. The bathroom was very modern and the amenities therein were nice (soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.). The room had a refrigerator, cable TV, dvd player, fireplace and king bed. Decor in the room could use some updating but typical of a motor lodge or motel. We walked to the wharf for dinner but had to drive to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Also close to the restaurants and bars downtown. Gas station and convenience store right next store was great. If you are traveling up the PCH and want to stop in Monterey for a night this place is affordable, convenient and comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Nice older hotel with a pleasant staff, perfect location near the beach and about 150 yards from the Dennis the Menace park.

My wife compared prices online and we saved well over $100 a night compared to other hotels in the area. Conveinence store across the street was handy. Solid value for the money. Other area hotels seemed to want to exclude kids. My little ones were welcome here.

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Additional Information about Monterey Bay Lodge

Address: 55 Camino Aguajito, Monterey, CA 93940-3396
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
Price Range: £60 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Monterey Bay Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The meticulously maintained Monterey Bay Lodge is located in a quiet, residential area across from Lake El Estero, only 150 steps from Monterey State Beach and within a 10 minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf and Downtown. We are constantly working to maintain our property and our level of service at a standard not typically found in today's lodging industry. Our focus is in giving our guests a consistently pleasurable lodging experience. ... more   less 
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