Reviews for this hotel on various sites tend to be quite polarized. Mine's polarized toward the positive, because I just had a great 3-night stay there. The location is great, especially for an easy walk to the Monterey Conference Center or to Fisherman's Wharf. The staff is friendly and well-informed. The free wifi worked well and never cut out. The (included) continental breakfast in a lovely room is very convenient. The guest room furnishings are extremely nice, including beautifully carved wooden headboards and dressers. The place is clean and doesn't smell like Lysol.
The downsides will be for those who travel heavy, and are therefore inconvenienced by the fact that this is an older hotel lacking an elevator. Also for light sleepers who can't use earplugs, because this hotel is in a downtown area near theatres and restaurants. And finally the parking is either valet ($17/night with unlimited in and out) or public ($7 per entry two "short" blocks away). But those facts are well covered in this review and others, so if you would find these things troublesome but book there anyway, then that's pretty much on you!
Even though my room fronted directly on the main street (Alvarado), I slept soundly, enjoyed the conveniences mentioned above, and found it a bargain for my business travel stay. Colleagues stayed there too and enjoyed it as well. I'll be staying there again next time I'm in Monterey.
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