We stayed at the Colton Inn in Monterey, California on August 24, 2006 as part of a quick getaway out of the Sacramento Valley heat. My family (wife and teenage daughter) have stayed here before and have always found it clean, fairly quiet, reasonable priced, and within close walking distance (several blocks) to downtown and the wharf area.
The staff are friendly and the hotel offers a nice continental breakfast (muffins, croissants, fruit, juice, etc), although it does not have a swimming pool. Some rooms have fireplaces and more elaborate furnishings, but our standard room (AAA rate of $134/night) had two queen beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, and some type of stovetop burners (which we didn't use--who wants to cook in a room anyway?). The rooms don't have much of a view (so if you're looking for an ocean view, then you'd better try somewhere else and expect to pay more $$). On balance, this is just a reasonably priced, comfortable motel.
If you're staying there, I would recommend trying a wonderful neighborhood restaurant called Rosine's (located at 434 Alvarado Street a couple of blocks from the motel). It is owned by the Culcasi family and the homecooked style food is excellent and they serve large portions (try the minestrone soup). To satisfy our teenage daughter, one night we also had dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen, located in the Del Monte Shopping Center--more of an upscale restaurant with younger patrons, but the prices are still reasonable (three dinners for $40). In the DelMonte Shopping Center, there is also a Whole Foods Grocery Store, where you can buy sandwiches and other items and have a picinc at the beach in Pacific Grove or Asilomar and watch the ocean and surfers.
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