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Monterey Fireside Lodge
Ranked #55 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Calif.
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Way overrated on your site, considering price.”
Reviewed 27 November 2010

This motel is very dated, with no attempt to modernize. Threadbare, cigarette-burned blankets, no real decor. Office hours posed at 9am to 10pm, however both mornings we were there office wasn't open by 9, which seems very late to open the front desk. No network TV channels available to watch news or GMA or Today show in the morning. Terrible lighting over bath vanity. Good points were convenient, quiet location, comfortable beds, cleanliness, nice landscaping, micro & refrig. We felt that the price for Sat. night was out of sight, considering the quality.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 November 2010

I was looking for a deal for 1 night stay for next year's Red Bull moto GO in July. Used their website and got a room for $129 Satuday only. They called later to tell me the room was available for $149 per night and a 2 night minimum. All of that would have been reasonable if on their website, kit wasn't! they are crooks. They didn;t want to try and deal just said it was the busiest weekend of the year and those were the rates. I told them to cancel my reservation and that they better fix their web site to reflect the pricing and minimum stay. Do not patronize this place!!! BAD NEWS!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Northern California
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2010

The place is dirty and rundown. The carpets are stained, there are marks on the wall, and the owners have obviously not spent much on maintenance for 20 years. When we complained about the unit, the owner gave us another room (same size) that was in a little better shape, but CHARGED US $50 MORE! The bed was old, lumpy and hard. The “fireplace” was gas with a trickle of flame through fake logs. There was no iron, hair dryer, coffee maker, and no dishes or silverware, other than a few items left by previous guests, even though the unit had a microwave and fridge.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2010

I booked to stay here for 3 nights and ended up extending to 5. I was really comfortable here in a clean and spacious room with everything I needed. (I've read some of the other reviews and it's true that the cooking utensils are a little lacking but I also know that anything specific that is required would be provided on request.)

The owners are extremely helpful and provide a very friendly and flexible service. As a solo female traveller, I think it's also important to mention that I felt very safe and secure. I would definitely stay here again and wouldn't have left if I didn't need to!

Thank you Fireside Lodge!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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SF Bay Area
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Reviewed 30 September 2010

Probably a pretty nice place 40 years ago. Everything in the room was worn - big cigarette burns on the carpet, busted lock on the door, leaking toilet. Though there was no coffee maker or coffee in our room, the coffee mugs provided looked as if they been bought at a garage sale, one from the Red Cross (was it a hint?), and the other from a local real estate agent.

Oddly there was both wet and dry cat food in one of our cabinets, and a random selection of unwrapped plastic implements taken from several fast food restaurants.

The Welcome notice in the room said there would be an extra charge for turning on the fireplace, and "don't play a dumb roll" by not telling them about your pet, because they would then charge you 10 times the fee if they found out. (We didn't have a pet)

If you insist on staying here, reserve over the internet. While I was waiting at the desk, I heard the tight fisted owner quote people a rate from 50 to 75% more than I paid (which was obviously still too much). The owner also plays dumb to avoid any issues.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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, Manager at Monterey Fireside Lodge, responded to this review, 2 October 2010
We most certainly want people to come to Monterey and enjoy themselves. Not feel bitter about where their staying. If people have a problem with their room, we would appreciate the opportunity to make it right. Some folk decide to critique everything including things that don't even pertain to them. We are currently trying to acquire coffee cups that say Fireside Lodge on them.

We do have some concerns when people accuse the "tight fisted owner" for quoting rates which are not necessarily for a similar room or customer. Our customers comfort is important to us and we endeavor to provide the utmost value and service to accommodate each persons needs.
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victoria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 September 2010

Not only were the rooms clean and quiet with cable TV, the hotel is well located. The place is owned and operated by a lovely family who are ready and willing to give advice about where to go and what to see. I felt very welcomed at the Fireside Lodge and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2010

I had to go to a seminar at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. The Fireside is the closest hotel to the school, and an incredible bargain! It's about a TWO MINUTE walk to the gate!!!! The room was very large, very comfy, with lots of thoughtful little touches... the plugs were actually where you could USE them with a laptop! The wireless signal was strong, no hassles logging on, and it didn't boot you out every 24 hours. The bed was super comfortable, the room was sparkling clean, the shower and bath facilities were topnotch, the place was quiet... WOW. Not only that, but the staff was incredibly friendly. I guess it's a family-owned place, because it's so cordial. The lady who apparently owns it has done a stupendous job of landscaping, with beautiful low-water-use plants that show a real touch of creativity in their placement.

I plan to bring my wife up here to the Fireside when we are on vacation. Incidentally, they HAVE a fireplace in the room. How awesome is THAT???

<Incidentally, sorry, I didn't take any photos>

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Monterey Fireside Lodge
Address: 1131 10th St, Monterey, CA 93940-3638
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #55 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Monterey Fireside Lodge 1*
Number of rooms: 28
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