We needed a cheap place to crash overnight before exploring Monterey. This place does that, and no more. Got this for $64 including tax from Hotwire secret hotel deal. The description said it included free parking, free wifi and free breakfast, which seemed attractive for the price (and pretty common for similar chains, as we found out).
It's not that near to the main attractions, but we were driving so it wasn't a big deal. The free parking made up for it. Free wifi was a bit of a stretch - seemed too overwhelmed for us to login the first time. After a few calls to the front desk and a reboot of the router, we managed to log in but it went real slow. Free breakfast was passable - it's Continental. Muffins, toast, cereal, banana, apple, concentrate juice, coffee, tea were served in the reception area and some available throughout the day (until 11 pm or something, which was handy when we needed hot water).
Room was of decent size and had everything that you might need: microwave, fridge, tv, hairdryer, table and 2 chairs. It's clean with some footnotes, like the towels were so old that they're either yellowish or off white, limescales part blocking the stream from the shower head.
Service was good; check in and out process was quick and they responded well to the wifi issue. No smile, but not grumpy either.
I've tried similar motel chains before, and would say that this one is slightly below average for the aging finish. It's time for them to refurbish maybe? But they delivered what they said they would, on the core facilities and services at least.
Next time I'd probably try to explore inns inside Monterey - spotted a few during our visit (looked new and nicer) which could be economical option as well.
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