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“Great location - close to everything but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row

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Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   443 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #9 of 54 Hotels in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
perth
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great location - close to everything but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We arrived late at night and ready for bed. Check in felt like it was faster than lightening and before we knew it we were upstairs in our room. The Hotel has a really lovely ambiance - it really feels like a small quaint inn. Only a couple of blocks walk from the aquarium and Cannery row - the location was fantastic - best bit was it was far enough away from the tourist sights to be whisper quiet too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you so much! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the hotel so well, and also so glad that you were able to get to your rooms so quickly. (I know what it's like when you've been traveling a long way and just want to get some sleep!)

Very glad to know that the hotel suited you so well. Please come back and see us again soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Livermore, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We were visiting Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and just wanted a decent place to stay. We weren't after the spa experience. The Holiday Inn Express fit the bill nicely. About $100 less per night than fancier places, but no more than a block or two from Cannery Row. There are a number of cheaper places in Monterey, but you lose the convenience.

The room we got was clean and quiet. It was small, with two double beds crammed into a room that seemed to be meant for at most one queen. But it had enough space for the three of us, since all we were doing there was resting our feet and sleeping. Breakfast was nice; the usual cold cereal, fruit and yogurt, plus sausage, eggs and pancakes. Didn't use the free Wifi, and so I can't comment on its speed. Another nice thing for us was that you can buy aquarium tickets in the lobby, and you get a two day admission for the price of one.

The lobby staff were also very friendly and helpful.

Overall a nice compromise between convenience and price. We'll likely go there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
So glad to hear that the hotel fit your needs so nicely and economically! Thanks so much for letting us know, we're glad that your family enjoyed their stay at the Holiday Inn Express Cannery Row. Please come and stay with us again!
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shanghai
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35 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

You would think that a budget hotel in a tourist destination would be a forgettable experience, but I was very happily surprised by the Holiday Inn Express Monterey. It is a chain hotel, sure, but it doesn't feel like one. Tucked back from the street in a residential neighborhood walking distance to Cannery Row, I appreciated that the hotel fit into its surroundings and didn't ruin the quaint street. The lobby has a welcoming feel and the friendly desk clerk was better at his job than most hotel staff you find in fancier hotels. The rooms are spacious and the amenities good quality. The only real drawback is that the common area/lobby is small and also serves as a passageway between the front door, the front desk, and the rooms' area. So during breakfast and the wine and cheese service it's too crowded and busy to really relax. But you're in Monterey after all, so you probably don't want to be hanging around your hotel anyway. If you want good value for money, no pretentiousness, and comfort, this hotel is highly recommended.

Room Tip: back of hotel faces a fairly noisy street so try to get a room off that street.
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you SO much for your very generous review, and especially for your compliments to our staff. They work very hard to make our guests feel welcome and it is extremely gratifying to hear back from you on this! So thanks very much for taking the time to do that.

We're very happy that you were pleased with the hotel's location, design, and value and thank you for letting others know. We hope that you will be back to stay with us again next time you're in Monterey and thanks again!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were looking for a comfortable one night stay with 2 children. The reception was friendly and very informative. They made great recommendations for dinner away from the usual touristy traps. The rooms were recently done up and there was plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 children with an abundance of luggage. The bathroom was in good shape and the shower pressure was great. The only minor complaint would be that the heater/air conditioner was very loud and would wake us up when it was turning on and off so we just rugged up and turned it off. Breakfast was included. It was simple but had enough variety for everyone in the family. It was within walking distance of everything and parking was free. Everything was easy from checking in to checking out.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Wonderful, we're delighted to hear that you liked the hotel so well, from our location on Cannery Row to the free breakfast in the morning. Thanks so much for a wonderful review and we hope that you will be back to stay with us again!
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Manila
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The hotel is in a very good location. Ideal as a jump-off point for exploring Monterey. Lots of secure parking spaces beneath the property. Nice rooms with blackout curtains for that extended sleep-in. Join the wine and cheese cocktails at 5:00 pm, then walk out to cannery row for dinner. Perfect! My soulmate (who's into 5-star hotels) says: "It delivers". Enough said.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We're so glad that the hotel fit the bill for both of you... high praise, indeed! :) Thanks so much for writing in, we're glad that you found us and really hope that you will be back to stay again.
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Dearborn, Missouri
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

It's in a great location...easy access to all shopping and restaurants. Pretty typical hotel. Nothing fancy but just fine if you need a one night stay.. price is a little steep but that's because of it's location. Pretty kid friendly, no complaints. Bed was extremely comfy and room was clean. Have stayed here many times in a pinch.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
So glad that the hotel is able to meet all of your needs. We look forward to seeing you again next time.
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Wilmington, DE
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Holiday Inn Express in Monterey near Cannery Row is a hidden gem. It has a great location and is easily accessible to all of the area attractions and near the Bay. You can hear the sea otters! It is within walking distance of the Aquarium and shops. The rooms are spacious and lovely, and parking private available under the hotel. The complimentary breakfast is good and acceptable, and the rates are reasonable for Monterey. We definitely will return to this hotel and can recommend it. The only caution is if one has trouble walking, unless you request a ground floor room, there are a lot of steps. Staff is friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and recommendation .We are so happy you had such a great time while visiting our area and were even able to enjoy the sea otters. We will pass on to the staff your great compliments and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again.
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Address: 443 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Monterey
#10 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steps to the Pacific Ocean and historic Cannery Row - some rooms with ocean view! Luxurious boutique-style hotel completely remodeled summer of 2010. ... more   less 
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