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Villa Franca Inn

900 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940 (Formerly El Dorado Inn)
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Ranked #11 of 53 Hotels in Monterey
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this as the El Dorado Inn but it had changed its name by the time we got there. What a lovely, spacious room. Equipped with fridge and microwave. Sharon was so welcoming and couldn't do enough to make our stay great! We were worried it might be a bit noisy as it is on a main road crossing,... More

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Sacramento, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I selected this gem after seeing the reviews and we were thrilled. We even stayed an extra night. It us a motel but with a b&b feel. The rooms were well furnished with a mix of new and old. The beds were comfy and everything was spotlessly clean. Nowhere in Monterey has a/c so we left our windows open for... More

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

What a lovely way of expressing what we are all about here at Villa Franca Inn! I've tried to figure out the difference between a motel, inn, and a bed & breakfast. At first glance, it seems obvious. it's different levels of services implied. Our rooms still lean a bit to the motel side, though we have upgraded our bedding,... More

NC Smokies
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first thing travelers need to know is that no one has air conditioning in Monterey, so you can't close out noise in your rooms. Villa Franca is convenient to everything and the only reason my husband and I cut short our vacation here was that we did not realize how BUSY ( and loud) Monterey is...ESP to people from... More

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

It was a real pleasure meeting and visiting with you folks...yes, Monterey can be a very busy place..with the ocean, beaches, mild weather in summer, casual atmosphere and easy access to much bigger cities..we have alot of activity going on, especially in summer and early fall. I advise folks to come prepared..bring your favorite earplus (we offer free ones also),... More

München
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute little motel on highway one. The friendly innkeeper made us feel welcome right away. Close to the main attractions in Monterey, comfortable rooms and a surprisingly good breakfast with homemeade muffins and oatmeal.

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

Thanks for the good remarks...yes, we are handy to highway 1, downtown Monterey and all the neat things to do in our little town. We have a surprising amount of special events in Monterey and it's best to book ahead and/or check our local events during the time of your stay with us...availability is based often on those events..I'm glad... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked online in the morning for the evening and were lucky to land a last minute cancellation. We got the biggest room (7) with 2 queen beds. The beds and bedding are lovely and comfy. Great breakfast of homemade muffins and jam with toast, boiled eggs, fruit... A great stop within private parking and walking distance of the seafront.

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

Thank you for your lovely stay with us! We are still in the process of adding a few touches to the room, but we always strive to have nice, clean rooms with good quality bedding plus microwaves and refrigerators in each room. We have personal coffee makers available on request also. Your right, #7 is a larger room, with a... More

London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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

Thank you! You noticed...and you were willing to take the time and effort to report what you experienced here at Villa Franca Inn! Yes, part of caring for this lovely piece of paradise we live in (and many visit) is to be responsible recyclers...When I'm baking the muffins in the morning or checking on something we still need to upgrade... More

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 August 5, 2014

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 July 29, 2014

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
45 helpful votes 45 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

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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
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