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Otter Inn
Ranked #5 of 11 Monterey B&B and Inns
CA
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26 reviews
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“Nice clean friendly place”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here this past Labor Day weekend. We selected this hotel because it's centrally located to Cannery Row and the ocean. We called the front desk clerk because we were arriving late and were worried that it being Labor Day our room would be given away. The desk clerk said it wasn't a problem and we arrived at about 7:00 pm. The hotel is right across the street from Cannery Row and 1 block from the ocean. The basic room was very clean and comfortable, however there was no Air Conditioner. I thought it would be a problem at first with all of our shuffling about to get settled, etc. Once we settled in, however, there was a nice ocean breeze and we realized we didn't really need the AC after all with the window open (safe on the 3rd floor). The beds were extremely comfortable and the hotel rooms and other hotel guests were quiet. The ONLY caution that I have is that there are seagulls perched everywhere squawking all night long and one morning I even awoke to a barking sea lion, but it's not the hotel's fault and I actually loved being near the ocean. All the hotels along Cannery Row have the same problem. Also, the bands from the nightclubs are very loud and music goes until Midnight. None of these are the fault of the hotel. But if you are the sort of person that needs complete peace and quiet to sleep, then stay in one of the larger hotels away from Cannery Row.The free parking, in-room refrigerator, reasonable price and goodie basket were a nice touch. Staff were very helpful and nice and I would definitely stay there again if I didn't want to stay at a fancier place.

Room Tip: If you want a room with less "seagull" noise, probably select one of the north-side rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Yes, this is a basic hotel, but certainly above a Motel 6 style. The location is great and why I booked this property. It is close to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Canary Row and has a free of charge Monterey shuttle close to the hotel that will take you to any of these, to Fisherman's Wharf, or downtown Monterey. A free goodie basket was provided upon arrival and refills were offered willingly. Free covered parking is a major plus in this area. I have a mobility scooter and had no problem getting around the property. They have an elevator. Some of the rooms on level 3 & 4 have ocean views. I have already recommended it to others who are planning on a Monterey trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Fresno
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

A basic hotel but the location (1 block from Cannery Road), covered parking(free) and a friendly staff. What more could you want? Arrived late in the day but because I had a reservation there were no issues, on a holiday weekend everywhere was sold out. When I checked in there was a steady stream of disappointed travelers. I grabbed my basket of goodies and opened the window to be seranated by the locals (seagulls, as I said right up from the ocean). The great advantage of this location is a short walk to the whole cannery row and a short drive to anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Kfar Saba
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

You can't miss the blue structure that looms over Canary Row. It looks and walks like a typical motel, but the rooms are good, the staff very friendly, and the location is great!
Also, it's much more affordable that the other hotels in Monterey

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2013 via mobile

Nothing fancy about this hotel but location was good and man at reception was helpful and friendly.
The room was clean with coffee facilities . Free parking . We were given a goodie basket on arrival with biscuits and nuts and cake. Samples of products were left daily in our room for us to take/ try. Go to the trail side cafe for breakfast ( across from hotel , green gate down steps ) . Do visit the Aquarium buy tickets from reception (cash only) as you get 2 days admittance for same price as one and you don't have to queue to get in.

  • Stayed June 2013
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2 Thank MCooper3rd
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Perth
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Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

A perfect choice if you are after a no frills affordable place to stay near Cannery Row in Monterey.

Check in was a breeze, friendly and our room was ready early. Parking is free too which is a great bonus considering its around $20 a day around the hotel.

Walking distance to all the attractions of Cannery Row and a free shuttle trolley gets you in to downtown, Fishermans Wharf.

The room was dated, but clean, spacious and comfortable. We were only there to sleep or relax so it was fine. We were on the fourth floor near the gulls and their babies - cute watching them each morning and night.

Overall don't expect lavish interiors, go for location! Exactly what we went for and were not disappointed. I would recommend and stay again. Thanks for a pleasant stay!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

I spent 2 nights at the Otter Inn in May. It was wonderful. The Reception staff for very friendly and helpful, most welcomoing after a long drive.
Very comfortable room, large bed, clean and tidy bathroom, towels changed daily, excellent view of the bay and within walking distance of Cannery Rowand Fishermans Wharf.
Safe and secure parking on site was also much apprieciated.
I would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Otter Inn
Address: 571 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1426
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
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Ranked #5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Otter Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel will be closed starting February 26th to undergo a full renovation. We look forward to welcoming you to the property in June 2017. ... more   less 
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