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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Ranked #11 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

The worst hotel we stayed at in one of the prettiest towns!!!! The rooms were dirty, smelly, old, poor decor, cold swimming pool and the staff were a bit clueless. Beds were really hard with latex padding which didn't help. After all the research we did this was a let down and far too expensive for the quality. No air con, old CRT TVs, WiFi was a pain as you had to re-boot all the time, and the restaurant had no vegetarian food on offer. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone except my worst enemy.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Having never been to the Monterey/Carmel area, it is always difficult to truly know what you're getting into when you book a local hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by Casa Munras. The place reminded me of more of an exclusive "complex" with a regal entrance from the road, and several well-kept buildings making up the "campus". After experiencing the craziness of LA, the grounds were quiet and peaceful. The hotel is older, but in good repair and you can tell it is kept up well. We were in just a basic room with 2 double beds. It was a bit small for our liking, but filled the need for the one night we were there. The hotel is located in an area that made it easy to get to everywhere, however, you do have to drive to get to most places like Cannery Row and the 17 mile drive. We had our own car, so getting around wasn't an issue for us. There was nothing earth shattering either negative or positive about Casa Munras, but for those who haven't been to the area before, you should feel comfortable staying here. Quiet, clean and a nice staff.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Twice we've stayed at Casa Munras in Monterey, CA.
It's a great value for the quality of the rooms and property.
Excellent beds with comfy bedding and mattresses.
The rooms are fine, with nice bathrooms and separate make-up areas.
Request a second floor corner room to get double windows and breezes from the ocean.
There is no AC, but the ocean breezes are nice... when the wind blows.
In the summer this could be an issue.
It's only two blocks from the bus and shuttle station.
The location is good, and it;s quiet.
Other than the lack of AC... it's a great value.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I booked this room based on reviews and room pictures. What we got for $210.00 was an extremely musty smelling, funky, tiny old room. The carpeting looked about 40 yrs. old, room
was about 12x12, with a narrow bathroom. We had to leave the door open to air it out, seemed
like it hadn't been opened for a while. It seems they have a newer area somewhere, but we must
have been given the bottom of the barrel in rooms. No free breakfast, although Denny's is right
across the street. I would never stay here again.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Casa Munras is conveniently located in downtown Monterey which once was the capitol of early California. It's central location is a great "base" to use as you explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf or historic Cannery Row. It's family friendly and easy to find.
The restaurant, Esteban's features tapas and is cozy; the chef does a wonderful job and the staff are friendly and eager to please.
Casa Munras is a MUST if you're traveling to the Monterey Peninsula; it's adjacent to Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Seaside and Marina with numerous activities for the entire family

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Casa Munras is a great little spot to stay when visiting Monterey. The lobby was beautifully decorated which included a nice fireplace. The pool is heated and large (unfortunately no hot tub), the rooms are spacious, and landscaping is nice. Parking is free and you are able to park right outside your room which is very convenient. The location is perfect...you are a short walk from everything Monterrey has to offer; Fisherman's Wharf, the Aquarium, and other numerous Monterey attractions.

We tried breakfast at the onsite restaurant and took it to go - it was simple, delicious and reasonably priced. We had some tapas at the restaurant at night and enjoyed the lovely ambiance of the patio which included a fire pit.

Most of all we appreciated the service of the staff, especially the front staff we dealt with who was so friendly, professional and helpful (ex. when we arrived we were given coupons for a free appetizer to a restaurant we had a reservation to already and I forgot my sunglasses at a restaurant and didn't realize till I returned to the hotel so the staff called the resturaunt to make sure they kept them safe until the next morning for me to pick them up) - its all about the little things and they made our stay very welcoming and nice.


Stayed August 2013, travelled with my husband.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Very nice hotel and close to all the things we wanted to do while in Monterey. The hotel was in a nice area and it was quiet. Would stay there again when in the area. Have already recommended this hotel to family & friends.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Address: 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-3110 (Formerly Casa Munras, A Larkspur Collection Hotel)
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#9 Green Hotel in Monterey
#12 Family Hotel in Monterey
#22 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range: £92 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of picturesque Old Town Monterey, the historic Casa Munras Hotel & Spa holds the distinction of being the first hotel in Monterey. True to its Spanish heritage, the hacienda-inspired design of this charming property embraces the California outdoors with relaxed, expansive grounds, creating a captivating environment for warm, welcoming accommodations. Whether traveling on business or enjoying a well-deserved vacation. ... more   less 
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Larkspur Collection Casa Munras
Larkspur Collection Monterey
Casa Munras Garden Hotel

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