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“Business meeting that felt like a get away weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-3838   |  
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Ranked #33 of 53 hotels in Monterey
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Berkeley, California
1 review
“Business meeting that felt like a get away weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

I can't recommend a better place in Monterey to stay for a business or leisure trip. We hosted an event there and had a great experience. Sales representatives went out of their way to cater to our needs included the many last minute changes we needed, catering and chef were tentative and accommodating to all food restrictions, the set up of our meeting room, and any onsite support we needed. The business center was great for last minute hand outs. Their entire hotel staff were more helpful than any hotels I've ever visited. They are also a union hotel! Treating their workers fairly was one of our main reason for choosing this spot and from talking to a couple workers, seems like they're all very happy to be working there. The ocean view lodging, ocean view meeting room, ocean view banquet room, the deliciousness of the food, all unbeatable. Monterey Beach Resort is a hotel that makes you feel welcomed, appreciated, and important. We're definitely coming for our next event! It's also the only beach front hotel in Monterey! Can't beat that.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 26, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m glad you enjoyed your conference and we could be part of its success. We have a great team of professionals working in our Sales and Catering departments that do a terrific job putting together great programs for groups from 2 to 400 people in size. We look forward to hosting your next event.
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  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Spent the weekend in Monterey and stayed here 2 nights. I expected little from a Best Western, but it turned out to be better than expected! Situated only a few miles north of cannery row, I would prefer to stay here again due to convenience and beachfont location.

Pros:
-Pretty beachfront 4 story hotel complete with beach-view restaurant, cafe, banquet rooms, -panorama lounge overlooking the beach with lounge chairs galore
-rooms service (available but did not personally try)
-away from the noise and hubbub on Cannery or the wharf
-Shell station with car wash 100 yards away
-Starbucks, Chili's, McDonalds 300 yards away
-right off of the 101 off ramp
-pet friendly with a small dog grass area
-in room fridge very useful
-good restaurant
-free wifi
-in room coffee maker
-right on the sand
-only a few miles on del monte to cannery row, the aquarium, etc.

Cons-
-rooms a bit dated (had large flat lcds though)
-3 earwigs (roly poly's) came out of somewhere in the bathroom


It's not the cheapest hotel, but if you need to stay on the beach, this is a great bet.

Room Tip: beach view is well worth it. NorCal beaches can be cold at night, so watching the waves and the Mon...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Thanks so much for the comprehensive review. I know other travelers will appreciate your insights. FYI we often have live music in the lobby lounge as well that makes it a great place to watch the waves, enjoy a beverage, and relax by the fireplace. I’m glad you all enjoyed your stay and hope you can visit again soon.
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Hollister, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This is our absolute favorite place to stay in Monterey. Not just ocean views, but right on the beach!!! So relaxing. Restaurant dining, Best lounge service with fabulous pianist, "Stan, the Man" and room service.
We wanted to thank, Lonnegan for going out of his way to accommodate my company with detailed reservations and special requests. Such professionalism!! Thank you!!!
What a wonderful place for weddings, banquets, company meetings, etc.
This is now our pick for business and pleasure, they take care of everything!!!
Thank you, Lonnegan, Nicole, Maria, and Stan for always taking care of us,
Debbie S.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 26, 2012
I will pass on your compliments to Lonnegan and the rest of the team. They love to see that their efforts are appreciated! Thanks!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

The entire staff was awesome for allowing my wife and i to stay there and celebrate our birthdays. There were balloons and a card in the room waiting. That was awesome

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday(s)!!! I’m so glad we could be part of your celebration. All the best for many more!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We wanted to write this review to thank you for our wonderful time at your facility. We initially discovered you on-line and arrived without a reservation. Upon entering, we spoke with Hugh and were very impressed with his professionalism and his desire to please us. He immediately made us feel welcome, arranged for us to see a room, and made sure our special requests were met. Thank you, Hugh, for your patience!!

Everyone we came in contact with showed exceptional customer service. It was a pleasure to meet Sophia, our housekeeper. Each morning she greeted us and made us feel very special (along with keeping our room exceptionally clean).

Originally we had planned to stay one night and then look for other accommodations elsewhere. Needless to say, our one-night stay turned into a three-night stay. The lobby, the grounds, the ocean views, the beach, the restaurant, & the staff were all first class.

This hotel was even more than what we were looking for when we arrived in Monterey. Please thank everyone for making our “little get-away” such a positive experience.

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The only item we would suggest improving would be the shower head. Since it was installed so low, perhaps there is an extender that could be added to create additional height.

Room Tip: Higher floors on ocean side are awesome.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
Dear Mr. C, it was great to meet you last week. I really appreciate that you took the time to personally share your experience with me. I know we talked about Hugh’s great service, but I’m happy to see your comments about Sophia as well. I doubt she would have mentioned it, but she was our employee of the year for 2011! We are currently replacing all the shower heads in the rooms, but haven’t made it up to the 4th floor yet. By the next time you all visit again we should have them all switched out. Thanks again for sharing your story! We look forward to welcoming you all back.
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Citrus Heights
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stay here everytime we visit Monterey almost 6 times a year :) Most amazing Hotel ever ! we want to get married on the beach here! I think you guys should have a loyalty program other then the Best western one ! Nice to hear you are changing the bathroom doors they are not that great also have you ever thought of putting microwaves in the room? Thank you and see you soon !!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
Thanks!! I know our Sales team has already reached out about your wedding and we’d be honored to be part of your special day. Let me know the next time you all are coming down and I’ll make sure we return your loyalty!
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Orange, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

I made the mistake of not booking ahead and therefore overplayed for just average accommodations. After touring the area I realized there were other more desirable hotels. I would have liked to have been walking distance to a restaurant or bar besides what the hotel had to offer. I was also hoping I would have a private balcony to enjoy the amazing views without people walking by my front window. They do provide a privacy shade but it is akward and obstructive. IOverall the room was clean and provided the basic needs, but for the money paid I expected more of a resort style hotel. Next time I will either stay near Cannerey Row or up the highway at the resort near the dunes.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Don D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
Thanks for letting us know about your stay. We know there are good points and not so good points about every location. If you want a retreat after a day of site-seeing with a beautiful stretch of beach at your doorstep then we are the place. I’m not sure what your rate was, but we do have some great packages and promotions throughout the year that are a great value. If your travels lead you back to our area I invite you to contact me directly to make sure that we get you a great room at the best rate available.
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Address: 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-3838
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Green Hotel in Monterey
#13 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monterey's only beach-front full service hotel, The Beach Resort Monterey boasts some of the most expansive views available of the Monterey Bay. Blending California beach casual with superior comfort and professionalism, the Beach Resort Monterey offers a relaxing alternative from the distractions of downtown, with the convenience of being only minutes away from the areas favorite attractions. ... more   less 
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