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“old world charm”
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Monterey Hotel
Ranked #19 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Monterey Hotel is perfectly located in beautiful Monterey. An easy 10 minute stroll around the waterfront to the Aquarium and pier.The staff,dressed in period costume, were very helpful and add to the charm of the hotel. Rooms were spacious and well maintained. Breakfast was generous and served in the charming old world setting all at a very reasonable price!.Plenty to do and see in the area so spend a couple of nights.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

A very quaint hotel with a lot of character. The room was very comfortable and clean. It had free wifi but no fridge or coffee maker though. Breakfast was included and had a good selection of bagels, muffins, yoghurt, cereal, fruit, coffee, juices etc. There's also a microwave and packets of porridge and a toaster.The location of the hotel is excellent next to bars, restaurants and shops and within 5 mins walk of the pier. We opted for valet parking at $17 which we thought was well worth it (its $10 to park anyway). Be warned though that there is no functioning lift for guests! We were on the fourth floor. The porter took our cases up and down for us. The lady on reception was very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: I room on a higher floor is quieter but be aware that there is no functioning lift for guests.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

I very pleased with this delightful Hotel. It has old Time charm. Very clean, smell good and remodel
beautifully. The staff was very nice. The Location is great within walking distance of Restaurants and shops. We enjoyed staying there very much.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Very nice older hotel with character. True, it doesn't have all the mod cons of a modern hotel but the charm and friendly staff make up for this and our room was very comfortable
Breakfast is good with a good selection of bagels, muffins, yoghurt, fruit, coffee, juices etc.
Very good location with bars, restaurants and shops right outside the door and within 5 mins walk of the pier.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We were in Monterey for a convention. Because the host hotel was booked up, we stayed at the Monterey Hotel one night. The hotel is close to restaurants and eateries and tourist destinations. It is a short walk from the beach and short walk from a city park. It is a charming quaint hotel which brings you back to the turn of the century. The downstairs lobby is a great gathering place to talk with friends or other visitors.

We were on the fourth floor in a rather small room with a limited view of the street. The hotel is not modern and up to date. We walked up four flights of stairs as there was no elevator, but we found the hotel to be an interesting excursion into another time period. The hotel was fun to explore. The bath was simply furnished with white granite tile. There was no hair dryer nor was there a coffee maker which would have made the room more inviting and livable. The room could be more favorably furnished and painted.

We were pleasantly surprised by the large breakfast provided in the morning. The breakfast included a wide range of fruit, cereals, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, toast, rolls, juices, coffee and tea.

All in all, the Monterey Hotel was a good value for the price.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the main street if a view is important.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days while he was on a business trip. The Monterey delivers exactly what it promises. Comfortable beds, pleasant helpful staff. We were upgraded to a fireplace suite room on the 3rd floor. True, the elevator doesn't work, but who can't walk up a flight or two of stairs? Help with luggage was offered. Breakfast was nicely presented, great coffee, but simple. Location was perfect - right on Alvarado Street, a block from where his meetings were, 2 blocks from the wharf. I loved feeling like I was in old time Monterey, not in a "big box" hotel that could have been anywhere. Free, high-speed internet is included. As a 110 year old building it has charm. A little walking noise from the room above could be heard, but it was negligible. Valet parking was convenient and timely, we followed their recommendation of giving 15 minutes notice, usually took much less than that. I would go back.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite and a quiet room.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

I was in town for the Big Sur Marathon and was looking a hotel close to downtown and the Expo. The Monterey hotel was the perfect choice. Very much has the feel of a bed & breakfast. The staff was friendly, very customer oriented and accommodating to my needs. Lots of smiles and very helpful.
A couple of items of note, no elevator so if stairs are a problem this might not be the place for you. Very small, old TV in my room and was located in a shelf high up on the wall. Made it difficult to watch much of anything but that was not a huge concern for me since I was in town for the Marathon. Only other note, there was some hallway noise on my first night which did wake me up but quieted down fairly quickly.
Overall still a definite recommend and I would not hesitate to choose again!

Room Tip: I had one of the petite rooms which was fine for just me and the fact I was not going to be in the r...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 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 ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Price Range: £72 - £206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Monterey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you're looking for boutique hotels in or near Monterey, California, look no further. The Monterey Hotel offers Victorian-inspired accommodations with details like hand-carved wood furnishings, ceiling fans, and plantation shutters. Coupled with all this elegance are modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, premium cable TV, and a business center. A delicious complimentary continental breakfast served each morning features locally baked pastries, organic coffee, and Tazo tea. We're also only steps from the Monterey Conference Center and minutes from Old Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Tuesday Farmer's Market also takes place just outside our front door each week. ... more   less 
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