This might be a bit long, so bear with me. I really enjoyed my stay at the Monterey Bay Inn, but there were just a couple of glitches. I reserved and paid in advance for an ocean front room and called in advance to ask that I be given a room on the 4th (top) floor because I read that it was the quietest. I spoke with Quinn who was very accommodating and said he would also note that in my reservation and request a room with an open wrought iron balcony for better viewing. Very nice, right? But when I tried to check in at 2:30, Wendy said that check in time was 4pm, and essentially tried to tell me to come back at 4. I had just seen her check in a couple right before me and she gave them an ocean front room with a fireplace. Why were they checked in immediately, but I (as a single female) was given the run around? I protested a bit and she then searched through her computer (for quite a while) and said that the only ocean facing room available was on the 2nd floor (apparently the family floor where most of the folks with kids stay). She also said that they don't hold or promise special room requests. I put up a bit of a fuss, so she called housekeeping, and then came back with a room on the 3rd floor. I really just wanted to check in, so I accepted the room. Unfortunately, the room had a balcony with a solid wall, which had limited viewing when seated and felt claustrophobic. So not only did I not get my 4th floor room, but didn't get the open balcony:(
The room was nicely decorated, had all the amenities you could ask for including Aveda products and wonderful bathrobes (which you can purchase for $90), nice linens, plus binoculars for viewing the wildlife. I did see lots of seabirds and some sea otters, but never caught site of any sea lions, although I could hear them in the distance. Also, had a very nice bathroom. Nice turn down service and continental breakfast delivered to your door - Breakfast was fine - slice of orange, grapefruit and melon, plus a small croissant and rasberry danish pastry plus pot of coffee, and orange juice. I would recommend going to First Awakenings for breakfast one morning in the American Tin Alley down the street - fantastic breakfasts, best scratch pancakes ever (gigantic, only order 1). The hotel staff seemed very accomodating and very friendly other than my initial check in experience. Overall, a nice place to stay - I would definitely recommend it. It has a smaller, more down to earth feel than the Monterey Bay Plaza and the Intercontinental down the street. Both were bigger and more luxurious looking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The inviting Monterey Bay Inn sits high above the tides at its magnificent site on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Your private balcony provides a ringside seat to the ever-changing show-the delightful wonders of one of the world's richest marine regions. The Inn's 49 rooms, most with stunning ocean views, include a balcony, mini-refrigerator, king size bed, remote control TV, coffee maker, CD and DVD player, bath robes, hair dryer, and wireless internet connection. Two outdoor hot tubs, and a fire pit on the terrace compliment your stay, as does the convenient parking. Complimentary continental breakfast is delivered to your room each morning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monterey Bay Hotel Monterey