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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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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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“Grate location bar none.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Location, location, location; the HIX Monterey California is just one block from Cannery Row and the ocean, now that is sweet! The property is not a large one, with 45 rooms and what I think is a very nice design; it fits right into the atmosphere of old Monterey. They offer underground parking, but it is designed for compact vehicles only. Midsize and larger vehicles have five parking spots outside the lobby, of which two are handicapped designated; otherwise you will have to park on the street. You enter the lobby, tiled not carpeted which makes perfect sense being by the ocean. Here is also the small breakfast and sitting area and if I remember correctly a computer for guest use. The elevator from the underground garage opens onto the lobby and there continues up to the second and third floors, or you can choose to take the stairs located next to the elevator. Our room, a one king with sofa bed, was located off the Patio Garden just outside the lobby. Upon entering the room is a closet to the left with a sliding frosted door, next to that behind a sliding frosted glass door is the mini frig and room safe, no microwave. To the right is as nice full length mirror. Next is the desk and chair with a light on the desk. The light had two outlets which is a big plus for charging phones, cameras and out electronic “stuff”. The dresser has four half drawers and the bottom drawer is the full width. A flat screen TV sits on top of the dresser. A round end table sits next to the large sofa that is a sofa sleeper. The floor lamp between the round end table and the sofa you turn on by lightly stepping on the floor button. The king size bed faces the dresser with the flat screen TV. The two bedside tables have a desk/table top that pulls out from under the top, than be low that is space for putting some of your stuff, like glasses, books, whatever and then two drawers. Each bedside table has a lamp with more outlets, can’t have too many outlets in this day and age, plus a clock radio on one. The bathroom is on a smaller size and has a pocket door. The lock on the pocket door does not work, but was no big deal for my husband and me. The towels and linens are good; towels I can wrap around myself after a shower are a big plus. BEST YET, the large magnifying makeup mirror AND great lighting in the bathroom for putting on make-up. I don’t use much make-up but what I do I prefect to not look like I just joined the circus as a clown. The Patio Garden outsider the lobby has a small raised area above the “lower” Patio Garden. Tucked in a corner of the Patio Garden is the Ice and Vending Machines. The front desk clerk and the breakfast room attendant were very friendly and accommodating. This managers evening reception is crackers, cheese, wine and beer; we did not attend as we had dinner reservations with relatives. As with all the HIX we have been too; the breakfast is the stand HIX fare; I would prefer so additional low calorie/low sugar/low fat choices but it is not realistic for a company to please just a few rather than the many. I would return to the HIX Monterey Row again, you can’t ask for a more than this reasonably priced, superbly located property. NOTE: No pool, no on site guest laundry no fitness room. You have the ocean, who wants to do laundry on vacation, see the front desk to have e laundry sent out and for fitness get out there and walk there is so much too see and do right outside the lobby door. I was going to mention free Wi-Fi, but you'll be too busy having fun.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
WOW! Thanks so much for such a thorough review. We're so glad that everything was to your liking, and that the hotel and its amenities fit your needs so well. And that you were able to enjoy walking all over Cannery Row! I agree, it really is terrific to be able to just step out the door and see so many things.

Thanks again for your great comments, we look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Monterey!
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  • Sleep Quality
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Nice, clean and within easy walking of Cannery Row the bay and aquarium. Be care full of room requests if you don't like steps our room required going up a few steps but had a sliver view of the bay and a sunny room though a little noisy. The staff was all nice and did a good job of keeping our room clean and the breakfast area clean and stocked. If you haven't been to this area before bring a jacket even in the summer

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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, June 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the hotel. We appreciate your feedback and hope that we will see you again soon!
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St. Croix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

It's a funky little hotel but it's a pretty cool place, seems new, very clean, really friendly staff, and very very convenient to Cannery Row. Yes even with the elevators you may have to traverse a couple of short flights of steps (not all rooms would require this) but, having read about this in an earlier review we were ready and had very little baggage anyway. Free parking is a big bonus. While we chose to have Sunday Brunch elsewhere the free breakfast being offered when we checked out looked to be as good as any HIEx. Would definitely stay here again.

PS I gave the pool 5 stars but I don't know if they actually have one. Checked it by mistake and you can't (un) check it here.

  • Stayed June 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, June 4, 2013
I'm not sure we've been called funky before but I like it! Thank you for your great comments, we're very glad that you liked the hotel so well and appreciate your letting us know. Glad to hear that the steps were not a problem... and no, actually we do not have a pool at the property (unfortunately strict water restrictions in Monterey prohibit building one).

Please come and stay with us next time you're in town! thanks again for the review.
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folsom ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Love this hotel. We have stayed several times in the room with 2 doubles and pull out queen sofa bed. Room spacious, over sized, great bathroom, fridge is a plus. Simple breakfast but perfect start since our big meals are lunch and dinner when vacationing. Fruit available in lobby through out day. Didn't do the happy hour but its a nice touch for wine drinkers, cheese and crackers included. Also, there is a free trolly car from aquarium to wharf that runs till 7 pm..so you can have an early dinner and drinks and not worry about driving..

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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, June 3, 2013
We're so glad that you enjoyed your room and the hotel so much - and thank you for letting us know! Thanks for the tip on the trolley, and particular thanks for your tip on calling the hotel directly to make reservations. This really is a good idea, for exactly the reasons that you pointed out.

Thanks again for your feedback, we hope to see you again soon!
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed at this hotel one night on our way from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. The hotel is located along the quiet Wave Street (almost at the Cannery Row and Wave Street junction). It is an excellent location as the Cannery Row waterfront with great dining and Monterey Aquarium is just around the corner. The hotel building structure is quite lovely with a simple garden courtyard in the centre. They have 43 rooms spread over 3 levels. We stayed in Room 315, this is a Twin Room with two comfortable double bed. Our room is large and overlooks the antique store next door.
What we liked about the hotel :
1) FREE indoor parking (basement) with elevator access
2) FREE breakfast - sufficient and decent
3) FREE wifi
4) Quiet location but very close to the main attractions of Monterey (5-min walk)
5) Easy and friendly check-in and check-out
6) Nice, clean, comfortable, cosy rooms
7) In-Room Safe
8) Decent-sized Fridge in room
We enjoyed our one-night stay in Mar-2012. I would choose this hotel again if we do return to Monterey for holiday.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Thank you so much for your very nice review! It is really terrific to know that you enjoyed the hotel so much, found it to be clean and quiet and the location so convenient to Cannery Row. We certainly hope that you will be able to come and stay with us again, and thank you again for writing.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Pluses: Location + free parking (walk 10 minutes to the aquarium!)
Minuses: Service + mostly gross free breakfast

For a holiday weekend, we paid the rack rate per night through Orbitz. Upon check-in, Sanjay was extremely unhelpful and told me that I would get no points for our stay. He refused to even look up my priority club number. For the price we paid, we could have paid just $50 more and stayed at the Intercontinental down the street (and gotten points for our stay, and had a 4 star experience).

The room was small, but adequate. The bathroom was clean. The walls were a bit thin, so you could hear other people in the adjoining bathroom. I hate wall AC units because they're noisy, so we turned the air off and opened the window (we were on the 3rd floor), but the gulls had a fight about 2am (and again at 5am) and woke me up.

Would I stay here again? Maybe? Maybe not. It certainly wasn't a good deal for Memorial Day, and I feel like we didn't get our money's worth.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
I'm very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your stay, although it does sound as though various aspects of the hotel did suit you well. Regarding the service you received at the front desk, Sanjay has been with us for years and honestly he gets so many wonderful reviews... I apologize that your experience was not the best, perhaps we were exceptionally busy when you arrived or there was some type of miscommunication? In any case, once again we really are sorry that your welcome was not what you'd expected.

We're glad to hear that your room was clean and comfortable and that you enjoyed our close proximity to Cannery Row and the Aquarium. We do appreciate your feedback, and thank you for writing in.
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Worthington, Massachusetts
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Monterey CA because it has a wonderful location, walking distance to the Aquarium. The place is like most Express hotels, clean, fairly priced and with a real breakfast. The staff at this hotel were exceptional. My only complaint is that some of the rooms in the back require dragging your suitcase up some stairs. Tough for an old guy.

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  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, we are so happy to hear that you liked the hotel and hope that you will come and stay with us 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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Monterey
#12 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row 2.5*
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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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