We found this to be a very reasonable mid-market hotel of which there don't seem to be many in Monterey. The room was spacious even for our family of four, clean, and reasonably quiet. The free WiFi worked fine and the business center let me use a printer which came in handy. Their outdoor pool is good size and heated to at least 80 degrees which was key since the day temperature never rose above 70. It was a great way to relax after a day of hiking in the Pinnacles or around Big Sur. I was also pleasantly surprised by the gym which is equipped better than what I expect from a hotel of this class.
On the downside the hotel's design feels dated and its overall aesthetics actually suggest a worse experience than what it delivers. I don't mean that it's run down, quite the opposite, it seems in fine shape. It's just that the layout and appearance are clearly from another era. Not much can be done about that.
To end on a couple of random positive notes: there is a big playground (the Dennis the Menace one) within a 10-15 minute walk, the staff was very friendly and helpful throughout, and the hotel has easy access to Hwy 1 without suffering any noise from it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Garden Inn Monterey just completed a full property renovation April, 2013 and sits nestled among majestic Monterey Pines and mature Live Oaks in a dramatic and colorful garden setting. We are conveniently located near California's scenic Highway 1, 1/2 a mile from the beautiful beaches of Monterey Bay, and less than three miles from Monterey Peninsula Airport. Our tastefully appointed hotel guestrooms and suites offer: Individually controlled heating and air conditioning, Private outdoor balcony, In-room refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access and 42 inch flat screen hi-def TV's.Self-parking is available to all guests for $14/day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn Monterey Hotel Monterey
- Monterey Hilton Garden Inn
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