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“Historical Gem”
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Monterey Hotel
Ranked #21 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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“Historical Gem”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed here Sunday, March 23rd on a booking from Expedia for $60/night. WOW. The Hotel was built in 1904, the decor is replicas of beautiful carved beveled mirrors, chairs, fainting couches, 8' tall secretaries, side tables, gorgeous headboards. We stayed in room 303. There is no elevator, so it is a little hike up beautiful carpeted steps, you can take a breather on the landing, maybe faint on the couch or sette. Room was small, bed comfortable, marble floor in small bathroom. I think it was considered huge "back in the day". Shower flows like Niagara. Shower wall mount dispenser has shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, but not bar soap. With California drought in full force, this place could use some lo flo shower heads. Breakfast was in a large room with fresh roses on each table, a great selection: Seattle's Best coffee, cold and hot (instant oatmeal) cereal, apples, great selection of teas, big bagels, jelly, honey, cream cheese, assorted delicious muffins, oj, you get the picture. NO PARKING, need to use the all day park for $7 in parking structure. A little considered as we brought our bikes on a rack. It does have charm, you are a walk away from the wharf, shops, restaurants, just enjoy like! Walls are thin if the neighbors are noisy, you can hear a lot of hallway noise, and the light from the hallway lights up your room at night, but there is no elevator noise. Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Very pleasant stay. The room was extremely small, just enough space for a bed and 1 person to move around it, very clean and comfortable and conveniently located. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Skip breakfast.


  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We weren't sure what to expect after reading the mixed reviews of this hotel. We decided to go for it because they had rooms available for our last minute get-away. We were not disappointed. The hotel was located a few blocks away from Fisherman's Wharf, so we walked everywhere after parking the car a few blocks away (for $7). There is a great walking/biking path nearby which we took to get to most places. No, there is not an elevator, but we knew that ahead of time because we read their website. We stayed on the 4th floor and didn't mind taking the stairs. We were also aware that we would have to park a few blocks away. Upon arrival, we were able to pull up in front of the hotel and park for 1 hour while we unloaded the car and got settled in. The room was clean and we were able to see a little bit of the ocean from our window, which I thought was a nice surprise. The breakfast included fruit, bagels, croissants, muffins, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, OJ, etc. So it was plenty for us to eat to start our day. The staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel is located near a bar so there was some noise in the evening. I wore earplugs but my boyfriend didn't - we both slept great. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return to this classic hotel.

Room Tip: We booked a room on the 4th floor in order to be further away from the street noise.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Monterey
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Ok so it's old which they translated into quaint. What I experienced was no parking, no elevator (I was on the 4th floor), cable kept going out, wifi wouldn't work, lights out in the bathroom and just to top it off, the power wouldn't run my blow dryer. Not my idea of a good experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

Great location to walk downtown and fisherman's wharf. We have business we have to visit in Pacific Grove a few times a year. We usually stay there but now stay at this hotel for the location and old charm. Beware no elevator but they offer assistance getting to your room. We usually upgrade to the 1 bedroom suite with fireplace on the 3rd floor. We like the exercise. Try not to get a room on Alvarado street as it can be noisy. We ask for one off the street. Continental breakfast in morning included. Plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. Street fair on Alvarado St Tuesday nights. We have stayed in the more expensive hotels but tend to migrate back to this one.

Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

Monterey hotel is conveniently situated in a hustle and bustle area of Monterey. It is walking distance from a few restaurants and bars, and a Walgreens for those forgotten toiletries. They offer a continental breakfast the next morning and the rooms were clean, although I happened upon a used candle under the sink and a shirt on top of the armoire. The oversized armoire doesn't quite fit in the small room, so you have to maneuver a bit, and they don't provide coffee makers in the room. It is an older hotel, so, if you are sensitive to noise, this wouldn't e your first choice; although, they do offer ear plugs. I would stay here again simply for the convenience and price factor. Oh, an the staff is quite pleasant!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Monterey Hotel
Address: 407 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2705
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #21 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Monterey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
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