I decided to book this place since it is walking distance from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (about 10 minutes away). This was our first trip with our five month old daughter, so my husband and I didn't want to deal with driving and parking throughout our stay. This hotel offers free parking, and as mentioned in previous reviews, you can leave your car in the parking garage even after check out, which is a nice perk.
I called the hotel directly the day before we arrived, and informed the representative that we needed a room near an elevator. This is a three story hotel, with tons of stairs, but not every room has access to the elevator. I didn't want to walk up a bunch of stairs with our baby, playpen, stroller, and luggage. The guy I spoke to said he would put in the request. We ended up getting just that: a room on the third floor directly in front of an elevator. I was so thankful.
The room itself is a decent size. We had booked a double bed room, and it contained small couches at the foot of the beds, along with a separate chair and foot stool. With the three of us, I thought it was a good enough size.
The only negative parts about our stay were the following:
1. No microwave: It would be convenient to have in the room in case guests have leftovers from the nearby restaurants.
2. Complimentary breakfast: It was disappointing because the biscuit from the biscuit and gravy portion was rock hard. Not cool, especially if you are starving.
A special note: There is a koala care (diaper changer) in the hotel lobby for families. Great perk for us:-)
Overall, it was a pleasant stay, and I think we will stay again for the night.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row Hotel Monterey
- Holiday Inn Monterey