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Villa Franca Inn

900 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940 (Formerly El Dorado Inn)
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Ranked #13 of 53 hotels in Monterey
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From the moment you arrive, the friendly staff are very happy to help....the room was clean and had all you need...breakfast was very good (muffins and oatmeal get a big thumbs up) and they even recycle !

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rolled in to the El Dorado Inn at 11pm after the office was closed. Sharon, the innkeeper, called, emailed and contacted booking.com to tell us how to get in when we arrived. Of course my phone had died on the road so I didn't receive any of those messages. She had also left a note on the door for... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for expressing so well, just what we are about...basically, we are built like a motel, but work very hard to give each guest a feeling of being at home away from home. It's really important to us to have clean, fresh rooms and a friendly, caring atmosphere. I've traveled quite a bit, and used those experiences to help... More

Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In early July 2014 we staying 2 nights at the El Dorado Inn, it was great. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The name is changing I wish I could remember what the new name is going to be. The free breakfast each morning was good, no meat on the menu that I recall. If the owners happen to... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

I enjoyed reading your comments...our new name is in place now and it is Villa Franca Inn. That is the last name (Villafranca) of the family who has owned the inn for over 30 years. The name means, "honest, frank, direct and the country home of a middle class gentlemen". That's much more in alignment with how we choose to... More

Collierville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a wonderful stay for just one night in Monterey on out way down Highway 1. The hotel was cute, service was great thank s to Sharon! What a great host - let us check in early, good recommendations on things to do, restaurants, etc, even let us borrow a couple jackets as the evening weather turned a little... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

I've only been managing Villa Franca Inn (formerly El Dorado Inn) since June 8, 2013...in that time, I've met some of the nicest folks from all over the world.! You have left a lovely memory of your visit in my heart...and am very grateful for opportunity to show you a bit of what America is like, not the glitzy part... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I found this hotel through Tripadvisor. I was looking for a reasonably priced hotel within the Monterey Penisula and was overwhelmed by the choices and the locations. Learning that Monterey is a good central point for seeing the area, I began to search Tripadvisor. I happened upon this inn and spoke with Sharon, the office manager, about the location, etc.... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time and effort to write a review about us...I happen to love TripAdvisor and the freedom it give all of us to compare and look for what we need. Monterey, (in my estimation) is more than just a spot to spend a night..it's a destination..and can be an event if you are able to garner... More

Santa Clarita, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is not a five star hotel with concierge, valet parking and a spa. But I didn't think it would be. It IS however, a super clean, well maintained and comfortable motel run by a very personable woman who clearly cares about her guests. My husband, daughter and I stayed for two nights over the 4th of July holiday and... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

I'm so glad you didn't expect us to be a 5-star resort!. In a town our size with the ocean/coastline, great food and mild temperatures, of course you have a number of choices for lodgings. Villa Franca inn fills a specific need in this area..we are small by some standards (15 rooms), have only 4 employees, including me and is... More

Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Not worth more than $100/night and I have stayed at a lot of hotels of varying ratings over the years. We arrived to bikies in the driveway. The country cottage feeling of the exterior is met with very tired rooms. The minimal amount has been spent in 30 years and we could hear the pele n the room above walking.... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

In responding to your comments, I needed to go back and reevaluate room 6. I measured the room first of all. The main room has two queen beds (new as of 8 months ago), a dresser, night stands, flat-screen TV, new microwave and refrigerator. With all that, the room might seem small, but is actually measures 12’ x 16”, minus... More

Alta Loma, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My family would like to thank the El Dorado Inn for being so understanding. We booked a room to celebrate our Anniversary as we started up the coast to celebrate our two oldest grandsons graduations!. A week before we were to leave on vacation ( my husband is retired and I've been teaching 44 years) we got word my 89... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

Thank you! I've met so many really wonderful people this past year as the manager of the inn. My vision for our little place, is that it will be clean, warm/friendly, and a good place to come and just relax. Though we aren't a full bed and breakfast, the homemade breakfast and casual, friendly atmosphere hopefully helps us meet that... More

Mandeville, Louisiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

First, let me say that Ms Sharon is amazing! Her delicious muffins in the morning are a great start to the day! We (family of 4) stayed for a week and it was truly our home away from home. Ms Sharon told us where to eat, where to wash clothes, what is the best times to visit, everything! The rooms... More

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Sharon C, Manager at Villa Franca Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to our little inn and leaving such a wonderful gift of yourselves with us. My granddaughter wrote Zoe loves Timmy on your rock and we put it back in the garden as lasting memory of your visit...come agina anytime and visit...blessings, Sharon and Elvira More

Ozona, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stayed one night and the lady at the desk (manager/owner?) was very friendly and helpful. She made an amazing homemade breakfast, and I haven't stopped thinking about her muffins! I may have to ask for the recipe! The room was clean and comfortable, with a recently updated bathroom. The beds were comfortable, too. What more could you ask for!... More

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Address: 900 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940 (Formerly El Dorado Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
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We are an independently owned, 15 room inn. We have microwaves and refrigerates, TV's, hair dryers in each room. Our WI-FI is a commercial grade quality. Free parking and a delicious homemade boutique breakfast is included Check in is from 2-10 pm and check out is 11 am. We're 4 blocks from downtown and 9 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. We can order 2-dayAquarium tickets for you online with a valid credit card. For a bit of hominess, come stay with us!. ... more   less 
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