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2.5 of 5 Motel   |   3290 Dunes Drive, Marina, CA 93933   |  
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Good place to spend the night as is very well located, just off the main highway.. Keep in mind this place has no elevator, no room service and the walls are very thin. Front desk personnel were very friendly.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Marina, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

great location near beach; modest highway noise; older redecorated rooms; on expensive side for the property but a racing weekend; breakfast adequate and same as all other economy type hotels; walls thin but guests considerate.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Modesto, United States
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I have been staying at this hotel for over 30 years and this is the first year I've been disappointed. The room was dirty and when I asked for a ground floor room which it technically was I still had to walk up a flight of stairs to reach it from the parking area. I am very obviously pregnant (6 months) and it's not easy walking up stairs several times with luggage. I don't think I will be staying there anymore.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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Modesto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Great location. We have stayed her various times to visit the beach, aquarium, CSUMB, and to visit the wharf and walk the beach. Always friendly staff and a great price. Walking distance to the beach.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We had a very nice stay here. I wasn't expecting much, as it was the cheapest rate I could find in Marina. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. The room was good sized (there were 4 of us in the room) and clean, the beds were very comfortable, the shower was good and hot and had good water pressure. There was a decent sized refrigerator in the room, the staff was very friendly and helpful, they were quick with the extra towels and blanket we requested, and the cleaning lady was eager to please - remembering every day to keep us supplied with extra towels. The breakfast, (standard free hotel brekkie - yogurt, fruit, make your own waffles, bagels and muffins, sausage, eggs and biscuits etc.) was decent and clean, and while the room was often crowded, they were in no hurry to get you out, so they were generally open an hour later then their posted hours. There is a hot tub in the courtyard, which was nice in the cool evenings.
The beach is either a decent walk on a path over the dunes, or a short drive to the parking lot. Either way - this in NOT a kiddie swimming beach - the waves are big, the current strong. But its nice for a cooling dip or wading, and the beach itself is lovely for walking, and the dunes huge and the sunsets are fabulous. And because you are right off the beach, it doesn't get so hot back at the hotel.
There is a Denny's just down the road,which has good food (for a Denny's), and a Walmart - good for picking up the whatever-you-needs. This hotel is about a 15-20 minute drive from the attractions of Monterey: The Wharf, the Aquarium, 17 Mile Drive, Carmel, and not a bad drive for Big Sur.
My best tip? if you like Indian food, go to Ambrosia in Monterey. YUM!

Sure, you don't get any of the fancy stuff, but then you weren't paying for that were you?

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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fresno, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We did not have the best western experience at this hotel. The cleaning staff were yelling across the courtyard at each other, only one of the beds was remade for our second night. The shower dripped, the sand outside our room was never cleaned up. It is close to the state beach which is nice, and the breakfast lady was great. The dining area is small and cramped.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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Friant, California
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

If you are looking for a view of the ocean you will not find it here. You can walk down to the beach but it is easier to drive and park in the free parking lot. It is posted to not swim in the ocean due to strong currents. The town if Marina is about a 45 minute drive to Santa Cruz or a 20 minute drive to Monterey. Hotel staff was friendly. They have a hot tub but fairly small if there are already others in it. Only shampoo, lotion and soap in the room. No conditioner. Small coffee maker and fridge in the room. Breakfast is the normal buffet type with scrambled eggs, link sausage, make your own waffle, cold cereal and yogurt. Breakfast and wi- fi is included for free.

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Address: 3290 Dunes Drive, Marina, CA 93933
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Location: United States > California > Marina
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Marina
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 84
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