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El Castell Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   2102 North Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #22 of 54 Hotels in Monterey
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“Great Motel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

So it's a motel, and I am going to review it on that scale. No concierge or anything here. However, I kind of laughed to myself because this hotel has more "free amenities" than most larger hotels. Namely, free wifi and parking. Anyway, I booked this from my phone just an hour or so before arriving to Monterey. When I arrived, someone greeted me promptly. I noticed the lobby was very clean, which was promising. Walls were a little thin, but there was no noise at night, so I was okay with that.

Our room was very clean and smelled really nice and had a flatscreen TV. The AC is serious business in that it chills the room very quickly, I was shivering, but my hubby is a polar bear and loved it. The wifi was a little slow, but I was still able to stream Amazon videos, so it wasn't terrible. It also appeared to be recently renovated, in that it didn't scream 70s, but more of an attempt to look like a traditional current hotel room. The price was excellent for the cleanliness and comfort. I have paid more for much less quality. I would definitely recommend this motel!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AJ P, Front Office Manager at El Castell Motel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at El Castell Motel with others! I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our staff to be friendly and inviting. Our rooms are recently renovated and we are constantly updating our facilities as the quality of our guest's stay is very important to us. Which is also why we offer complimentary WiFi and a continental breakfast every morning. We look forward to seeing you the next time you visit Monterey!
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Good value. Good location, though a distance from main attactions; however we do have a car.
A very good breakfast facility and friendly staff. Although we didn't use the pool, it sounded to us like a fun place for the kids. Good laundry as well. No complaints at all on this one.

Room Tip: Excellent value compared to other motels on this trip. Location was convenient; though not close to...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AJ P, Front Office Manager at El Castell Motel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you for your review of El Castell Motel! I am truly pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.
As you mentioned, we are about a ten minute drive from Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This allows us to provide quality service at a competitive price.We, here at El Castell Motel, look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Monterey Bay!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We weren't completely sure about this motel until we got there. Nicely surprised. The outside looks kind of Spanish style. Check in was easy and the girl there on a Sunday was very sweet. We stayed in the back section on the second floor. The rooms have been remodeled so, everything was pretty modern. Tile floors by the bathroom sink leading into the bathroom. The refrigerator and microwave were great since we always have left overs when we eat out. The indoor (kind of ) heated pool was to cold for everyone but my teenage son. The breakfast was kind of what you would expect. Coffee,juices,pastries,toast and cold cereal. One nice surprise make your own waffles. I had fun watching people learn how to use the wafflemakers. The maids were fantastic. Changed our beds everyday we were there and cleaned the room. Restocked everything like when you first get there. Give them a bonus!!! I left a small tip wish it would of been more. We did have one small problem. Leaky faucet caused water to drip under sink. Owner offered to move us but I said no big deal just put a bucket under the sink. They fixed the problem the next day while we were out. Thanks.. We had four of us in the room and we all got 3 wonderful nights of sleep. Great place for the money and a good location to get to all of the local places. We will be staying here again.

Room Tip: Stayed on the second floor in the back.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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AJ P, Front Office Manager at El Castell Motel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you for posting your review of your stay with us here at El Castell Motel.
We are delighted that you chose to stay with us! It's wonderful to hear that you had a great experience, as our staff strives to make each guest feel right at home. We can't wait to host you for your next trip to Monterey!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Great value in Monterey!!
Excellent sized room, good breakfast, big pool.
Very clean hotel and friendly staff.
We purchased a sale on Expedia and were happily surprised with the hotel.
Convenient location off highway.
Would stay again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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AJ P, Front Office Manager at El Castell Motel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you very much for sharing your experience at El Castell Motel.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and
we look forward to hosting your next stay in the Monterey Bay area!
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Was nice to find this motel , was in walking distance to some delicious restaurants . Safe area , good value & was clean , had microwave & mini - refrigerator !!'
Will definitely stay again when visiting Monterey

  • Stayed February 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We had a good time. Hotel was nice & clean (my FIRST priority), the pool could have been better heated, the kids swam for a little while before getting too cold. We have 5 kids and the room next to us with 4 kids we couldn't hear them at all. I prefer a place with a hair dryer, but it wasn't a deal-breaker. The breakfast really needs some fresh fruit or something other than just carbs, the waffles were good, the cereal wasn't stale & the milk was cold. Overall I'd say yes we would stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The hotel room was bigger than we expected. The rooms were clean, and nice. No complaints.. The indoor pool was a favorite for the kids. The breakfast was o.k, it could have offered more, they just had bread waffles, and cereal for a main dish, no fruit or anything non carb. related. It was pretty packed in the morning at breakfast, so get there early.

Room Tip: The pool was great for the kids. Rooms in the back two stories were a bit loud with car noise at nig...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2102 North Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Castell Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The type of the rooms include 1Q bed, 2Q beds and family suites. Rooms with a kitchenette are available as well. We are a 100% smoke-free hotel.Amenities include refrigerator, microwave oven, iron, iron board and hair dryer.The facilities also include free continental breakfast in the morning, free wired/wireless access to internet, free local & long distance calls, an indoor pool and guest laundry.It is close to restaurants, Safeway, Monterey Fairgounds, Monterey Downtown and many other attractions like Del Monte, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Convention center, Cannery Row, Pebble Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Moss Landing, Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Carmel village and Monterey Wine County.Nearby major schools include California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Monterey Peninsula college (MPC), York Academy and Santa Catalina School. ... more   less 
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