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“Stunning location, questionable value for money”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Monterey Bay Inn

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Monterey Bay Inn
Ranked #5 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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“Stunning location, questionable value for money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2009

We stayed here for a week, the room we had was the best in the house 220, the views are superb, and the room is large and very comfortable. The sealife is very visable. Value for money NO. We paid $500 to $600 a night and the service was equivalent to a 3* if you're lucky! Prior to this we have stayed in Monterey Bay before, using the Monterey Plaza and the Marriott, both offer good value for money and reflect in the service the price you are paying for the seafront location, unless you get the hotel at a rock down bargin price, my suggestion, try the other, much better.

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2009

I don't even know where to start. Everything about this hotel was five stars--the staff, the view, the accommodations! Beautiful balcony--waters of the bay directily underneath. Spa-type bathroom with two sinks, lush accessories. Most comfortable feather bed with million-dollar sheets. (I wish I could have spirited it out to the car to take home!) Delicious continental breakfast delivered to the room when requested. Binoculars provided for bay-watching. CD player with "ocean sounds" CD's. This was our first visit to Monterey and we lucked out choosing this small, cozy, and quiet hotel--I would never stay anywhere else in Monerey again, and neither should you!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2009

My husband and I stayed at Monterey Bay Inn for two nights and were sad to leave! We requested an ocean view room and were upgraded (for free) to a corner ocean view room! The view was amazing; we could see sea lions and otters swimming in the bay below from our window. The exterior is nothing to write home about, but the room was very nice and clean (granite countertops, corner fireplace, soft bed, etc.). The staff was very friendly and the continental breakfast delivered to our room was a nice touch (and yummy). We hope to stay at Monterey Bay Inn again in the future!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2009

When I originally booked the Monteray Bay Inn for one night, I received a confirmation email stating I would be billed the full room charge up front due to a special event in town that weekend. Well, I didn't see that anywhere when I was making the reservation via their website. So I immediately wrote an email back to then asking to clarify. They got back to me within one day and were very apoligetic, saying they had neglected to set up their system to notify customers prior to finalizing the reservation online, and they would make sure not to charge me upfront. I was very please with their response to me before I even stayed with them.

Now on to our stay...my new wife and I stayed for one night, July 2, as part of our honeymoon which spanned several locations in California. The hotel appeared just as it was in pictures when we drove up. Upon checkin, the gentleman at the desk was super friendly and kind, and offered plentiful information about Monterey as well as the location of everything in hotel (not that it was so huge that we would get lost, but it was nice to know nevertheless).

We booked a park view room, so that is exactly what we got (unfortunately it was the first room closest to the street). Still, even in this location the view was very nice, you can see across the waterfront park to the water and down to fisherman's wharf. The only drawback was the noise from the street and below in the garage below the hotel (we were on the second floor). For the price it was a decent room. The main area was fairly standard. The bathroom was above and beyond many bathrooms in hotels much more expensive. Very roomy, modern and clean.

The breakfast that arrived in the morning was a very nice touch and was just enough to keep us filled until lunchtime. Checkout was very easy, though the woman at the desk this time was almost over-the-top friendly, though this is preferred to the reverse! Only other drawbacks were paying for internet and parking, but I guess you can't have it all!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Orangevale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2009

My husband and I come to Monterey every year for the MotoGP race. We have tried other hotels, even pricier ones, but never returned as we either did not like the hotel, its location or the staff. The Monterey Bay Inn has it all. The location is great....Cannery Row but at the end so it's close enought to walk, see all that is going on but still have some peace and quiet when you want to sleep. The rooms are beautiful and spacious. We always wish we could bring the bathroom, bed and hot tubs home with us. The views are great. You can even see the ocean from the park view room. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They always try to do the little things that help out the most...like finding a phone charger for you to borrow when you left yours at home, allowing your friends to use the hotel parking while we go to dinner, suppling window cleaner and rags near the motorcycle parking to get the bugs off and keep your bike looking its best. It is very nice to be remembered from the last time you were there and be thanked with chocolates and Perrier water. We would definately recommend this hotel whether it be for romance or MotoGP.

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california
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2009

we recently stayed for our anniversary and they gave us a great room with full ocean view and brought us a bottle of wine a box of chocolates and a card the room was great and the staff was helpful and the hotel was very close to everything

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2009

Great location and very nice room facing marina. Beautiful and spacious bathroom, although not the best ventilation in the toilet stall. Well designed and furnished room with DVD player and ample mirrors.

Outdoor hallways not level and have water stains on carpet. Not inexpensive to stay here. INTERNET ACCESS NOT INCLUDED in the room rate!! ;- (

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Monterey Bay Inn
Address: 242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1437
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#4 Family Hotel in Monterey
#4 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#8 Green Hotel in Monterey
#11 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Monterey Bay Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The inviting Monterey Bay Inn sits high above the tides at its magnificent site on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Your private balcony provides a ringside seat to the ever-changing show-the delightful wonders of one of the world's richest marine regions. The Inn's 49 rooms, most with stunning ocean views, include a balcony, mini-refrigerator, king size bed, flat screen TV, Keurig coffee maker, CD and DVD player, usb charging ports, bath robes, hair dryer, and wireless internet connection. Two outdoor hot tubs, and a fire pit on the terrace complement your stay, as does the convenient parking. Complimentary continental breakfast is delivered to your room each morning. ... more   less 
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