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“Great location, clean, very nice” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of HI Monterey Hostel

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HI Monterey Hostel
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Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Great location, clean, very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2010

Stayed here for two nights in May 2010. Having never stayed in a hostel before, I didn't know quite what to expect. The best way to describe this is that it feels like a college dorm. Stayed in the large bedroom area -- bunk beds and maybe 6-8 people per room.

Upon check-in they give you two shower tokens per day. These are good for four minutes each in the shower (i.e., eight minutes per day). Supposedly due to water conservation measures. For a guy like me, eight minutes isn't a problem, but I can see how it could be for other people. All showers seemed to be private with locking doors. Bring your own toiletries and shower sandals.

Also, bring earplugs for the night. People come and go at random hours -- though I heard that the front door of the hostel locks at 1 a.m. (you can't get in at all after 1 a.m.). I liked that they had a fridge and kitchen so you could get a few groceries and prepare your own meals. For breakfast they provided pancake/waffle mix and griddles for you to make your own pancakes and waffles.

I'd stay here again. Paid $110 for two people for two nights.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Louis, MO
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2010

This hostel is perfect: centrally-located, within easy walking distance of everything in Monterey, large but cozy. The staff is friendly but hands-off and I've met a ton of really nice people here. The beds have memory-foam mattresses and there's a big common room with a piano, two large dining tables, and plenty of space to socialize! The best part is the kitchen-- there's lots of leftover food and people are always willing to share. I can't recommend this hostel highly enough!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TravelingMandolin
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Geel
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2009

A lovely hostel, located near the heart of Monterey. Very friendly staff and a very welcoming and cosy living room. The breakfast is a lot of fun, you can bake your own pancakes and waffles. What's a bit less, you have to use tokens to take a shower. Every token is 4 minutes, so that's just about enough... But, that's the only downside. Further on, a lovely hostel.

Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank 1BDE
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
154 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2009

This is my favorite hostel so far.... in America.
It was clean, spacious, hot water, clean bathrooms, clean rooms, clean sheets, clean towels, good staff, centrally located...

My teenage son and I stayed here for 4 nights back in April. It was cold, rainy, and totally Monterey while we were there.. They put my son in a boy's room, and me in a girls room. they gave us tokens for the showers and told us the kitchen was free reign.

they offered us pancake batter every morning and waffle and pancake grills.
they offer coffee all day long.

I bought our groceries at Trader Joe's and cooked in the kitchen along with other travelers.. I was surprised at how many older, solo travelers use hostels.
Most of the older people would get up early in the morning and sit in the great room on all the plush comfy couches and chairs and drink our coffee and get on the free wireless internet while the rest of the hostel slept.

The showers were clean and the water was hot.
Everyone we met at the hostel were interesting people on their way somewhere, visiting, coming back from somewhere.. everyone had a neat story to tell....
(that's why i love hostelling... people talk and interact with one another in hostels.. people don't talk to one another in elevators in hotels)

Most of the people staying at the hostel were there for the aquarium and for sightseeing.
I was there helping my ailing mom that lives in Monterey..

Beds were clean, everyone was considerate of noise levels, lots of games and conversation in the clean great room...
People are helpful towards one another... We had one physically challenged woman staying at the hostel and all of us made sure she was taken care of... we cooked pancakes for her, got her towel, helped her with her walking...

people are just nicer in hostels than in hotels...
unless you're the type of person that would rather not interact with other travelers.........

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank LynneDear
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UK
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

What can i say?... 1 am curfew, No Alcohol rule (which is fine) a sign on the back of the dorm door saying that if you snore you should consider staying somewhere else (no, seriously... like you snore on purpose) and lights out at 1030 - quite literally... they just go out.

When we arrived the gentleman that greeted us explained that they dont have a lot of water in Monterey (despite being on the coast) and therefore the government requires them to give out shower tokens to guests that allow you to shower for 4 minutes at a time....

Why lie????? Why not just say, we are trying to save water therefore we will give you a token for the shower? Had the chap have been honest then this wouldnt have been a problem... but as he lied - it was a problem.

Very very strange. Stay here only if you cant find anywhere else to stop.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank littlemissnaughtyUk
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Kew Gardens, New York
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2009

This is a clean, well-located hostel, and would probably be ideal for older budget travelers and families. It is not the kind of hostel that many young travelers may be used to or looking for. It is not a party hostel. There is a no-alcohol rule that is taken very seriously, and a 1 am lock-out curfew. That said, I had no problem finding other travelers to go out with there, and the common room is very conducive to reading, eating, and (sober, well-mannered) socializing. There is a large central kitchen with plenty of appliances (though no range top) and even a good array of food for cooking. The pancake breakfasts were very nice. This hostel is quiet and the common area is well-lit, open and airy. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Myradith
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Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2008

This is a good hostel, the staff was really nice and friendly. The dormroom was spacious with comfy beds. Bathroom was good, quite big and superclean! The kitchen was also really clean. Didn't like the showertokens (- too few!), the curfew and that the hostel was closed during the day (what's the point of having a hostel if it's never open!?). They were not superstrict with the rules though, so it wasn't as bad as I'd thought. Good value for your money, hard to find something this cheap as this place around Monterey. Would go back.

  • Liked — The cleanliness
  • Disliked — Too few showertokens, the curfew and that the hostel was closed during the day
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Anna-Maja
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Property: HI Monterey Hostel
Address: 778 Hawthorne St, Monterey, CA 93940-1102
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Monterey Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The fun and economic way to visit Monterey Bay! Just 3 blocks to the beach, Aquarium, Cannery Row, restaurants, nightlife, recreation trail, there's plenty to do and see here. Bike, hike, dive, surf, kayak, museums, art galleries. Private rooms, dorm beds, and group dorms. Free parking, WiFi, and pancake breakfast all included. You'll be pleasantly surprised! ... more   less 
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