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Monterey Surf Inn
Ranked #42 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Reviewed 20 September 2010

This is the most e pensive hotel we have stayed in in California and by far the worst. The basics are covered - clean and okay location (though a longer walk to the coast than expected, 30 minutes). Rooms are dark and smell of stale cigarettes and mould. Not inviting at all. I'd be surprised if anyone has ever used the tiny pool right next to the main road and breakfast was dire - pre-packed bread products and nothing gluten free. Come on, a packet of instant oatmeal would have been fine!

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights in August. Rooms were clean and tidy, and nice bathroom. Pool was good for the kids, but it is right next to the road, which does seem a bit odd at first when sitting next to the traffic. Breakfast was quite good for a small motel like this, with cereal, toast, waffles and danish. The reception staff were OK, although we didn't see them very much. This is well placed for visiting the aquarium, which is a short drive away, and there is a large shopping centre just up the road.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

We stayed at the Surf Inn one night during our recent trip to California. We toured during the day and used the room late at night for sleeping. The room was cheerful, clean and comfortable. It looked like it had been completely remodeled recently.
Most of the other places along the highway were priced higher.
We found the front desk clerk very friendly and helpful. We did not have time to swim in the pool, so can't comment on that.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

We chose the Surf Inn because of its location and price, and were very happy with it. Service was good, the room was clean and comfortable, but we really enjoyed the make-your-won-waffles station in the morning as well as the heated swimming pool.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

You could tell they spent some money renovating this older hotel and it looks great. They have a nice flat screen TV, marble showers with good water pressure, the beds are comfortable. The location is perfect, within walking distance of a mall that houses PF Chang's and California Pizza Kitchen. The property is clean as are the rooms. The staff are very pleasant & helpful. They also give you a little souvenier, a Monterey shot glass - a nice little touch. I would definately recommend to family & friends and plan on staying here again in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

This is a well priced room within easy reach of downtown Monterey. The room was clean and although rather small contained all that was required for a short visit. The only complaint was that reception was not open 24 hours a day and therefore the complimentary breakfast could not be obtained prior to leaving at 0645.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

Stayed at the Surf Inn for 2 nights as we explored the Monterey / Carmel area. Throughout our trip to California we stayed in hotels and this was our only "motel" experience. When we arrived we were given Room 29 which was stuck in the corner. The room was dark and dismal. On opening the blinds we had a view of the back yard which looked more like a junk yard. We immediately requested to be moved to another room. The desk clerk had no problem in moving us to Room 16. This room was clean and bright and basically comfortable with a view to the front parking lot - which all the other rooms bar # 29 had. The breakfast room is tiny and the choice is limited. The Surf Inn is situated about 5 mins from the centre of Monterey and about 10 minutes from Carmel so it's a good location for exploring both towns. It's also across the road from a shopping mall where there are a couple of good places to eat. Would I stay here again ? ...... No ! I would pay a few dollars more to stay in a hotel. As they say........you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1200 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-6107
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
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Free Parking Swimming Pool
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Monterey
Price Range: £42 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Monterey Surf Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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