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“Decent, out of the way motel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay

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Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   416 Reservation Rd, Marina, CA 93933 (Formerly Days Inn Marina)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Marina
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The Hotel was clean and nicely furnished, However it also hosts a gas station and mini mart. It was a bit confusing as a sign indicated you check in at the mini mart, but in actuality the office was poorly marked around the corner. I have to admit I was right next to the office and could hardly get wifi to show up and when it did it was really slow.
Weak Shower heads made for mediocre shower.
Other issues were the multiple dogs across the street that would howl when an ambulance would go by. Sort of like the kennel from hell when what sounded like 20 dogs started to howl. The other issue was the chair outside our room, became the smoking and chatting chair of locals visiting the mini mart. I woke up an found an ash tray of butts and a few beer cans.
Breakfast was minimal, yogurt, banana, cereal, and cheap packaged danish. The coffee was served through the Mini mart and you had to go out of the small office are and to the mini mart and back. I really give the place a 2.5 stars. But it was clean.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
We keep our motel clean and try to provide good service to our customers. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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San Jose
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

New furnishing , new flat screen tv ,conntinental breakfast but, wifi not working It was okay we had pleasant stay with my wife.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for the kind review. We think the Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay is a great location at a great price. I have been working on balancing the internet service and I am sorry that you experienced difficulties. At one time during your stay we had over 60 connections and I did not have the bandwidth properly allocated. We do have direct connections in the rooms and the front desk has ethernet cables.

Again thank you for the kind review and we hope to see you again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The rooms are large and recently renovated. The only complaint on the rooms I have, is the toilet paper dispenser makes is hard to unroll the tissue. The service was excellent with the exception of checkout through the convenience store. I am sure that will be taken care of when the Lobby renovation is complete. Mercedes and Sarah were very helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Yes the lobby is now finally open at our Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay. We are now serving a continental breakfast and Sarah is much happier working at an actual front desk. We now also have two computers with printers available for our customers in the lobby. We have finished the upgrade to LED lights for the overheads in the rooms. Thank you for the taking the time to write a review on our property and we hope to see you again soon.
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Turlock
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

1st of all I do realize that they are doing some rennovations to their office area so the check in between fuel customers was different, 2nd, There was a man who smoked on the balcony 2 doors down and the smoke from his cigaretts seemed to go right into our room. 3rd, housekeeping knocking on our door at 8:30am? why? our checkout isn't until 11:00am. 4th, we leave to go have some breakfast at about 9am. returned at about 10:15 to discover we are locked out of our room and housekeeping had entered. This is very unnaceptable!! when I went looking for a manager to speak with in regards to these issues there was not one available. i called the next day from our home to speak with a manager at which time I spoke with Sara who was very appologetic and acknowledged my concernes refunded 50% of my bill. which is all well,but my wife and I should never had endured cigarette smoke or the invasion of our privacy well before checkout time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Terry B, Owner at Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
March 29, 2013
We are very sorry that you had a problem with other guests who smoked. All of our rooms are non smoking, but as you experienced people still continue to smoke. Sarah did her best to help resolve your issue. She additionally talked to all of the room support staff to make sure that they do not begin cleaning the room too soon. As you noted the rooms are kept very clean but in this case they started too soon. We value your business and are very sorry that you had problems with your stay.
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Address: 416 Reservation Rd, Marina, CA 93933 (Formerly Days Inn Marina)
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Location: United States > California > Marina
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Marina
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Marina at Monterey Bay 2*
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