We stayed one night at the lodge during our trip along the coast. I would probably classify the lodge as an hotel/motel rather than bed&breakfast as it is quite large, run as a normal scale business and as breakfast is actually not included.
The Monterey Bay Lodge is located just at the north-eastern entrance of Monterrey, facing the sea. The location is great for walks on the beach. For restaurants and downtown activities you would probably however go for a short drive.
Check-in took place without problem and parking was complimentary, as well as internet. A pool was also available for guests.
The room was clean and comfortable but missed a bit of charm or home touch. The bed was good and we slept well, not being disturbed by the coastal road (apparently quiet at night).
For breakfast we got from the hotel a $2 discount voucher that could be used at the restaurant next door for purchases of breakfast dishes exceeding $5. The two of us ate together several smaller dishes for a total of $18 but our second voucher was rejected with the argument that only one single dish exceeded $5. This did not really make sense to me and we left a bit irritated from the restaurant after what had otherwise been a quite nice stay... I'd recommend the lodge to modify their agreement with the restaurant on this point: it is not worth making a customer displeased for $2.
Overall this would be a 3.5/5 rating - better than average and reasonably priced considering the market in Monterey. For a stay in this town, the lodge is a good choice if you are not looking for luxury. On a future trip, I'd probably stay somewhere else than Monterey in order to get a more charming hotel at the same price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Monterey Bay Hotel Monterey