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Borg's Ocean Front Motel
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Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

Super friendly staff, great location but low standard. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. The rooms were ok but unfortunately not aired enough - it didn't smell nice in it! One of the cheapest place we could find in Monterey area but still not that much value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Mikaelfanny
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

so let me start by saying i did my homework, read the reviews and had a pretty good idea of what to expect THAT is why it got a " good" review. it is very good for what it is, hopefully that makes sense. it's better than average in some ways, great in a few, but not so much in others.
when people say it's basic they are NOT joking even a little.

our old tv was on a dresser NEXT to our bed, so it was difficult to watch (not that we did much anyway, just news and shark week).

the shower earns a -1 star rating, it is so small, i'm only 5"7 and under 140 and the shower head hit me in the middle of my head, and it can't be more than 3ft x 3ft. i can not express how hard it was to shower, forget shaving your legs. if you turn around with your elbows out expect them to hit the walls. the bathroom window is the old fashioned type where there are glass slats that open with no screen and if someone were out there they could see in. our view was of the empty building next door's trash and yuikk. there is a heater light in the bathroom if you are cold. the sink area is basically freestanding with NO work area, a tiny shelf big enough for a brush and contact solution.

like another reviewer we used this room to sleep and shower .. THAT is IT. for what we needed it worked fine as we had an idea of what to expect.

our sheets were clean as was the room, it felt and smelled very fresh each day.
yes, you need your own shampoo, but i take my own anyway. so no big deal.
the towels seemed average size to me.

there is plenty of parking, and it's right outside your door so you hear all of that along with every noise your neighbor makes. we slept with our fan (personal) and noise maker going all night and could still hear stuff.

the room lets in TOOOOO much light. we asked for a blanket to cover the top part of the window where the curtain didn't reach.. it was still too bright at night.

this is not a restful place in my opinion. we were close to the front, but even walking the beach we could barely hear the waves, maybe it's different in the winter when they are crashing harder. i would not count on hearing them as there is also traffic to cross from the hotel to the coast.. not really even a beach.

the location is truly the saving grace. you can easily get on the very nice walking path and go for miles along the pretty shore, Cannery Row or if you are incredibly ambitious Monterey Bay maybe. there are places to eat in Cannery Row, primarily seafood. there is also a good aquarium to walk to but it's really pricey. the views are pretty and the coast exploring is great.

no microwave, fridge or 3 prong outlets in the room (3 prong in bathroom)

it's in a quieter area, except for the traffic noise during the day and a little bit at night. is traffic heavy, no, but traffic is traffic.

the man that checked us in was very helpful and kind. there were 2 women at other times and they were just ok..

cell service here is horrible! we had to text our room number to my sister so our kids could call, well the front desk doesn't always answer due to short staffing so they only got through once after trying multiple times.

the MAGIC question ~ would i stay here again? NO. but i don't regret staying here for the $100 a night due to location and a just staying a few days. we were on a budget and this fit the bill. so why the 3 star, good rating? because it was very good for being a 2 star hotel due to its location, cleanliness and location and yeh, location :)

Room Tip: uhhhh.. this is hard. IF you only need a place to crash, know what to expect then i would only do the $100 a night room. maybe if you are towards the back you would have less street noise?
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank klf5
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stuffed up our booking for Monterey and inadvertantly booked the Seven Gables in St Louis! By the time we realised this it was after 10pm and we had to find alternative accommodation at late notice. Found the Borg's hotel just around the corner. Friendly staff member assisted and gave us room 129 which was on the second floor corner. The room was neat and clean and it wasnt until we woke up the next morning to look out the window that we saw the amazing views! The location is brilliant. Had views of seals lying around on the rocks directly outside the room. The value of this location was great and the room very comfortable.

Happy to recommend the Borg's hotel. Just when we were checking out another couple quizzed us about the hotel as they say mixed reviews online and we were more than happy to show them the room and they were sold! My suggestion is to pay a little extra ($20-30 I think) for the sea views on upper level. You wont be disappointed!!

Room Tip: Book room 129! Its on the upper south corner so you get a side window for extra light
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Pandy65
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Great location. Good coffee and cocoa free in the morning. Met people from other countries staying here. Nice staff. Bring your own shampoo. Went here to tide pool and bike ride. Stunning views. Very basic rooms at a great price. No pool or fitness center. Walk to great restaurants.

Room Tip: Ask for the 2 bedroom suite if you have kids. It was perfect for the five of us. One kid slept on a mat. Closed the door and didn't have to listen to them at all, but just the surf.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank dentistmom
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is not a fancy place to stay by any means, but you honestly can't beat the location, the rooms were clean and the beds comfortable...AND the price was right! We could literally hear the waves and see a picturesque view from our window.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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7  Thank karlafromcali
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