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“Great buy, stay and location for a travel savvy mom.” 4 of 5 stars
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Monterey Bay Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   55 Camino Aguajito, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #31 of 54 Hotels in Monterey
San Francisco, CA
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great buy, stay and location for a travel savvy mom.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

The rooms at this quant, next to the bay and lake hotel are not high end but the bathrooms were upgraded recently, all was very clean and it seems like a very safe neighborhood. You can walk to downtown and fisherman's wharf in less than ten minutes. if you are a walker you can also get to the cannery area. The pool was HEATED! this is not a norm in northern CA. Jacuzzi was also great. free wifi and computer in lobby and the restaurant attached to the hotel great for breakfast. If you have kids the famous Dennis the menis park is across the street. Ideal for couples, singles or families :-)

Room Tip: Rooms on inside less road noise. Poolside rooms have double sliding doors.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for two nights on room only basis. The facilities were good, comfy beds, Tv with plenty channels, & free wi fi access along with fridge, microwave & coffee/tea making facilitries and toiletries too. Ideal for couples, singles or families :-)

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We were a little skeptical when we drove up cuz it's looks a little bit like a shady motel at first. We chose it last minute based on the affordability and trip advisor pics and reviews. The lodge is right by the wharf, like a short 5 minute drive. The rooms are actually quite nice, very clean, large and well decorated. Bathroom was nice. There was a fireplace in the room and a restaurant attached to the lodge for breakfast in the morning. For the price it was very nice.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Costa Mesa, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I was traveling alone with my kids and booked the suite with a king and sleeper sofa with kitchenette. That worked out great for us. We used the pool (warm enough for a night swim), the jacuzzi (a little heavy on chemicals), and ate at the restaurant on-site for breakfast (delicious & awesome service). We were pleased with it all! I felt very safe there and had easy access to my car which was packed for our long road trip. I only noticed that the hotel sits underneath the landing flight path to the airport the morning after we arrived but was only slightly aware of that noise for the remainder our stay.

The location was perfect to walk to the Dennis the Menace park, the paddle boats, the beach, the wharf, and the trolley stop that takes you to the aquarium and Cannery row. It's also a short drive to the shopping center/movie theater. I was not informed that I could have bought tickets in advance to the aquarium through the hotel - could have saved us some time standing in line (I ended up purchasing them from my phone while standing in the long line, so saved a little time there).

The only real annoyance was resolved right away - all of the rooms are non-smoking and shortly after arriving and opening windows to let fresh air in, my kids and I began to smell cigarette smoke. We peeked outside and saw it was one of the hotel employees - I politely asked for him to not smoke there as the smoke was blowing right into our room. He apologized profusely and I noticed future smoke breaks were taken out front. Thanks!

Room Tip: I called before I booked and spoke w/ the staff to assure I could book a room that could fit 3 peopl...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The motel is located within walking distance of all the major attractions in Monterey. The room is extremely basic but clean. There is a heated pool and small hot tub. Our room was on the first floor, had a small patio with chairs and right across from the pool.
The restaurant onsite had a very good breakfast and delightful staff and the staff at the front desk for the motel were very knowledgeable and friendly.

Room Tip: Request a room on the second floor. We heard EVERY step the family above us took!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paphos, Cyprus
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The room was fine, it was clean and had everything you needed, it was just a little on the small side. It was very quiet though, so we got a great nights sleep. Location good, out of Monterey centre, but you could walk to the free trolley stop, just 10 minutes stroll. Wasn't very impressed with the breakfast at the diner which was part of the lodge. That said, the price for the room was very cheap for the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We used this hotel for a couple of days before heading north. I chose it because of the tripadvisor reviews. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the main restaurants and attractions and right next to a lovely park. Great for jogging around in the morning. We had breakfast at the adjoining restaurant which was very good. You can get vouchers from reception to give you a couple of dollars reduction. Ate some fantastic seafood in Monterey, saw some whales out in the bay and drove along the coast which was stunning down to Carmel (charming but very pricey). The hotel was a great base for two to three days but a bit limited in facilities for a longer stay.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 55 Camino Aguajito, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 54 Hotels in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Monterey Bay Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The meticulously maintained Monterey Bay Lodge is located in a quiet, residential area across from Lake El Estero, only 150 steps from Monterey State Beach and within a 10 minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf and Downtown. We are constantly working to maintain our property and our level of service at a standard not typically found in today's lodging industry. Our focus is in giving our guests a consistently pleasurable lodging experience. ... more   less 
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