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Borg's Ocean Front Motel
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Rooms are very simple, dated, but clean. Hotel staff was friendly and let us pick from available rooms. If you choose ocean front second level as we did, you will have a breathtaking view. The hotel faces north, so the view allows you to see sunset and sunrise. I think the price for high season $169.00 is reasonable. Now for the negatives, which are not really the fault of management, but still a factor in choosing to select this hotel or not. I like view AND ocean front sounds. Unfortunately, there is a road that separates motel and ocean. Traffic is very constant until close to midnight....so you probably will not hear anything other than cars. That being said, it is possible at different times of the year, when traffic is less and wind is higher, making bigger waves and more crashing waves sounds, that you might not get the same opinion.

In the summer, if that is important to you, check the wind levels and you will notice Monterey Bay is almost like a lake, with little movement. Also, there is no air conditioning or fan in the rooms, so I would pack a fan just to have some circulation and drown out traffic noise.

I don't think I'd spend the extra $60-70 for ocean front next time, just because, it might even be quieter in the back. There is a beautiful walking trail that you can pick up across the street from motel and it's only about a mile walk to Monterey Aquarium.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Newland, North Carolina
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66 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

The rooms were clean through some furniture was dated. Mattresses and pillows were very comfortable. Bathrooms in main building facing the water have been updated and are nice. Street noise was minimal after the day-trippers went home and the street pretty much cleared. In-room coffee would be a plus as would small refrigerators. Also hairdryers for the ladies. Try an upstairs waterfront room for one of the best views on the coast! Good value for a waterfront room.

Room Tip: Check to be sure the bathroom has been updated!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Jim R
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Cathy B, General Manager at Borg's Ocean Front Motel, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your stay! Please know for next time that we have hair dryers on loan at the Front Desk.
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New York, NY
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We were in a crunch for a one night stay during our drive from San Fran to Santa Monica along the coast, and Borgs came to the rescue. A bit dated, but for the price and location (and one night) it was perfect. The rooms are big, and clean, but again dated. Free wifi was a plus (considering the Hyatt in Santa Barbara charged for use for 24hrs). Free coffee and tea in the am too. We'd definitely recommend it for a night on a PCH drive.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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46 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

The Borgs hotel is a clean, no frills place to stay right on the lovely coast of the Pacific across from Lover's Point. The office staff is friendly and welcoming. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the AM. Beds are seem comfortable. You can hear the television through the walls but it is not something to keep one up at night. Televisions are antiquated but after a week with no TV at the Alsimore up the street it was perfect. Free wifi.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Trevose, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

I've seen this motel for years, but this is the first time that I've stayed there. It's a small motel, it is kept up, but certainly not modern. They have the office with staff that are helpful, free coffee in the morning, and an ice machine...not much more. We had a room for 4 that was upstairs. The room was a good size for us, it was clean, with two comfortable queen beds, a table, no frig, no microwave, no pool, no fitness center, but best of all was the picture window. This is why you have to stay here...the view from the window was amazing!!! We were able to watch Otters an Seals play, and then several times we were able to see whales breach, and spotted quite a few spouts! I've never been able to sit in my room and watch such amazing creatures!!!

You can walk across the street to a pretty park and the ocean. You can walk to several restaurants. Pacific Grove is a beautiful town, and you are right around the corner from Monterey.

I would rather stay at Mom and Pop's motels, rather than the chains. They don't offer all of the amenities that the chains can, but what they do offer out weighs those things! Will I come back again??? Without a doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Get a room with a view!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank HrComsTrbl
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Nevada City, California
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed at Borgs for 3 nights, it is right across the street from the beach! It was clean and simple. Grounds were kept nice, well worth saving the extra money for a fancy hotel and have more spending cash to do other fun stuff ;) Staff was friendly, no complaints, we'll be back!

Room Tip: I wish I would have made earlier reses to get a room with a view!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Balilight_13
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Roseville, California
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Okay, so back in April of 2012 I paid for a room, Room 126, one of my favorites. I had to cancel my reservation many many times. Frank honored my payment and this coming weekend I will be using that reservation, I know many may think this is an old school place but who cares, the rooms are clean, the staff is wonderful and caring, plus you can not beat the location. Room 126 was not available, but room 128 was, I can't wait to have a cocktail while looking down into the ocean and enjoy my coffee in the morning. Pacific Grove .... here I come.

Room Tip: Upstairs facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Borg's Ocean Front Motel

Property: Borg's Ocean Front Motel
Address: 635 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2232
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at Lover's Point overlooking spectacular Monterey Bay; across from beach and park. Many unobstructed ocean view rooms. Monterey Bay Aquarium, golf, restaurants and historic downtown Pacific Grove are all very close by. Free WIFI in all rooms. ... more   less 
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