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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Ranked #12 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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“Decent place in Monterey but ... there's better!”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

I stay in Monterey quite often because of business travel and have tried various hotels in the area. Unfortunately, this hotel is not on the top of my list. Even though there is nothing "wrong" with the hotel per se, also nothing stands out.

There are a few "PROs" with free parking and free internet. That said; parking is limited and I never got my VPN to work during the 4 nights I stayed there. It's been a while since I've been in a hotel with WiFi that did not support this. Rooms are decent size and they have a nice area to sit down and have a beer (although small, so it does get crowded). It is also conveniently located near "downtown" Monterey.

The "CONs" are that the rooms are outdated and don't give you that clean feeling most modern hotel rooms do. Again, a big con to me was the inability to go on the VPN (business travel). Bathrooms are outdated as well ... we've survived the 70s and 80s, these bathrooms are still living in that era. The rooms are also quite noisy, so if you are a light sleeper, this may not be the hotel for you.

Next time I'm in Monterey I will certainly look for the many alternatives there are,

Room Tip: If you must stay here, stay on the 2nd floor because of the noise issue.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

We had a great stay at the hotel. It was quiet and clean. The staff was very friendly. The location is great too, walking distance to the Wharf ( but not to Cannery Row). The place is bigger that is looks from the street, but parking is easy, usually right in front of your room. Heated pool and outside seating at the restaurant with fire pit.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Syosset, New York
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed for one night (it was our second time there in four years) and it was as we rememberd. The rooms were clean and neat. We went with our two older kids and their spouses so I had rented three rooms. The rooms have no A/C and it was a minor problem as it was a bit warmer that usual in Monterey and for this reason I might not stay there again. The management was very understanding and sent a nice guy with a fan over to our room right away and also to my daughters room. The bathrooms in our Cozy Quenn rooms were very small and slightly out dated but very clean. The food in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast is excellent!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This hotel was easy to find off of the freeway and the location was very quiet. It was about a 15 minute walk to the Wharf and a 25 minute walk to Cannery Row. Free parking was a plus. Like most hotels in Monterey, this is an older hotel but it was one of the more charming hotels we saw. We had a room downstairs in one of the 2 story buildings and so it was a bit noisy from the people above us and some parts of the room looked worn, but it was clean. The rooms have had a facelift with some modern features and the bed was comfortable. The room was a good size as well. One morning when we got up the parking lot appeared to be very full with cars parked in non parking areas so there may be issues with limited parking though we didn't experience that. The only issue we had is on the 2nd night the shower cut out a few times; it just ran out of pressure. It came back on within a few minutes, however. We didn't use any of the amenities or the spa, but the pool looked nice. Also, we didn't bring our dogs but there was a large grassy area that people were able to take their dogs too. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Two story building can be noisy on the bottom floor but the rooms were large and came with a firepla...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kent, UK
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

This hotel with a heated outdoor pool and spa facilities consists of a number of 2 level building motel style. Very friendly and helpful staff on reception so we were soon parked in front of our ground floor room. Very large room with 2 queen beds and bathroom with bath tub and shower over. Room was very clean with nice linen. Only downside was there was a room above us and the guests there were heavy footed.
It only took some 15 minutes to walk down the Main Street where there was a good selection of restaurants to reach the wharf with another great selection of eateries.
We would certainly stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stilwell, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2013

We found Casa Munras on the Internet on our way down from Santa Rosa. There seem to be two types of place to stay in Monterrey, chain motels on the highway or really expensive chain hotels on the Bay. CM is a unique place in this market. From the outside it looks like an older model motel, with two story buildings and parking at your door. The windows actually open so you can feel the cool breeze! Those plain buildings are strategically located on beautifully landscaped grounds with a gorgeous heated swimming pool, an on-site spa, a first class restaurant, friendly attentive staff and it's quiet and mid-priced. We stayed there 4 nights. We ate in the restaurant twice for dinner and once for breakfast. The dinner menu is tapas/small plates and the waitress patiently explained all the unique dishes to us. Everything we tried was yummy and the service was always excellent. There is an outdoor dining area with a fire pit, and a full bar inside. There's a business center with computers in the main building. Our last night I had two services at the spa. I lounged in the outdoor jacuzzi first. That patio has a privacy fence and a fire pit. First I had a hot stone massage from Florence which was heavenly. Later I had a youth glow facial from Kelly. Kelly did recommend a few products after we were done but it was a very soft sell, not like most places, and I appreciate that. While it is not on the highway, getting to and from the highway to the Casa is simple as is the short route to Cannery Row and the Aquarium. There's a mall with a cinema close by as is the 17 mile drive and Carmel. We would stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Good location in Monteray. Lovely room and suited our needs as we travelled through California. It had some good amenities including a pool, gym and dvd's to borrow.. We didn't use these as were only staying for a night and exploring the town.

The staff were friendly and helpful. all in all a good comfortable hotel

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Address: 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940 (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
#10 Green Hotel in Monterey
#13 Family Hotel in Monterey
#22 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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