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The Jabberwock Inn
598 Laine St, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #2 of 13 Monterey B&B and Inns
Illinois City, Illinois
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“Great house, wonderful hospitality!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I spent a lot of timing reviewing different B&B's in the Monterey area for our babymoon. The Jabberwock Inn did not disappoint! We had only 1 night and I wish we had more. The house was wonderful, cocktail hour was a great time to meet the other guests and get recommendations for dinner, the evening cookies and milk were great, and the morning Jabber Juice is to die for!!! So good it should be bottled and sold. We were so surprised when we arrived and actually got a choice between 2 rooms, upgrades, yeah!! The B&B was not full that night so we got an unexpected upgrade, couldn't have been more perfect for our babymoon. We chose the Mome Rath room, corner room on the second floor with a small ocean view. We got a choice between that and the Toves. Both very nice rooms. The Toves is on the lower level next to the kitchen, but has a small outside private garden. Great location, about 5 blocks from the ocean and Cannery Row. May be a while before we return with the little one on the way, but if we get the chance we'd most certainly return!! We had a wondeful time, highly recommended!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I have stayed here about 7-8 times through the years, and have never been disappointed. The staff, the accomidations, the food, the evening cheese and sherry, the evening milk & cookies .... all first-rate. The location is a short walk from the heart of Cannery Row & the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Having flicked through the rest of the reviews there is not much to add except that the vast majority of them are accurate - a truly lovely place. I'm prompted to add a review because I turned up with a food allergy (gluten) and they could not have been more accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble, it was a really nice experience. I'm send my parents there in March next year (2013). Just lovely.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

With our "hospitality" industry's scientific, standardized planning of hotel rooms down to the soap bar size, it can be a wonderful respite to enjoy a highly rated, homey B&B in a beautiful place like Monterey. The Jabberwock has been in business for many years (five under the ownership of the current innkeepers) in an early 1900's, large arts & craft mansion. Cannery Row and the world-famous Aquarium are only four easy-walking blocks away. The breakfasts are top-of-the game, and it's nice to have sherry in your room and home-baked cookies always available. But what makes the Jabberwock very special are the people: the innkeepers and the guests. You will not find a more friendly, caring and efficient pair of innkeepers--John and Dawn--who instantly remember your name (it's also on a white board along with your residence city for all to see). Although we were only there two nights, the guests we met both at breakfast and the evening social hour were a delightfully interesting mix of people from all sorts of places and backgrounds; conversation flowed about both serious (politics even given the recent national election) and fun topics of the day. That's probably our biggest reason why we deviate from hotels from time to time, because we like talking with interesting people. Like all B&B's in big, historic houses, there is a wide variety of rooms (and prices) to pick from. Reading the inn's website and talking with the innkeepers will lead you to a room that you will like. We happily stayed in a mid-sized room with a gas fireplace and a great view of the bay. A bonus to all of this is that unlimited, on-street parking is almost always available in front of the inn.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Inn for our honeymoon and it was amazing! Everything you would want to see is a short walk away; John and Dawn made us feel right at home. With the delicious breakfasts, hor d'oeuvres, and cookies before bed we felt absolutely spoiled. We will never forget our perfect honeymoon and will definitely be staying at the Inn again in the future.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
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Petaluma, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

What good fortune that we found this beautiful place to stay for our elopement. Dawn and John add a new dimension to hosting, and it's clear that they genuinely enjoy their "work". This delightful inn is superbly appointed with antiques and whimsy; the spacious bridal suite features a lovely view of the bay and the most awesome bathtub on the planet. We particularly enjoyed the imaginative and tasty treats from the kitchen: breakfasts were extraordinary, as were the hors d'oeuvres at 5, the homemade limoncello and cookies after dinner. Even as newlyweds we enjoyed the company of our fellow Jabberwockers during meals and while sipping wine in the parlor. Everything about this place exceeded all our expectations!! Dawn even offered to be the witness and photographer for our wedding ceremony at Lovers' Point! Thank you for creating such a magical experience for us- one that we look forward to repeating each year.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We recently stayed at the Jabberwock while on a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco celebrating our 40th anniversary with another couple. We were only able to stay one night but from checkin to checkout, our experience was superb. The owners went out of their way to make our short stay memorable. The afternoon wine and appetizers were a nice touch. We were on the third floor in two rooms with a shared sitting room. Although these two rooms were small, they were very comfortable. The inn is within walking distance to the aquarium and the waterfront. We are looking forward to returning to Monterey and the Jabberwock. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: 598 Laine St, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This craftsman-style home awaits you, gardens entice you, rooms overlook the bay, some with fireplaces and Jacuzzis, down comforters snuggle you in, and faint sounds of sea lions bark you to sleep. Imagine awaking to hints of breakfast wafting up the stairwell, 5 o'clock sherry and nibblers, cookies and milk at bedtime. Imagine...walking to the Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman Wharf or biking along 17-Mile Drive, browsing Carmel shops. Imagine...falling into the rabbit hole and finding The Jabberwock. ... more   less 
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