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Monterey Bay Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #4 of 53 Hotels in Monterey
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

I had high expectations from the other reviews I had read and wasn't disappointed. We had a gorgeous room, very airy and spacious which looked out over to the harbour. We could be in bed and see the sea, it was perfect. The bed was huge and the most comfortable yet ( this was hotel no 5 on our road trip.) We would have liked another day in Monterey just for the room!
The staff were friendly, the carpark is right by the hotel, although there is a charge.
Just a shame there was no sun!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We recently stayed here with our young family on a spring break vacation. The rooms are older but very clean. The beds are comfortable. It a safe and quiet area. .We stayed pool side next to the hot tub.. It was a dream come true.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 days at this lovely hotel for her birthday. It is charming, romantic and very scenic. We were in room 320 with spectacular views of the bay. Very quiet and inviting. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money for room 220 or 320 (corner rooms with excellent views)
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  • Stayed August 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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Fairfield, Connecticut
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33 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This hotel is nice and quaint right on the water in Monterey. We had a room on the second floor facing part street and part harbor. I would suggest asking for a room on a higher floor and closer to the ocean so you can get away from the street noise and fully enjoy the water. The room was nice, the bed very comfortable and the bathroom nice and spacious. I did notice there was no fan in the actual small bathroom where the toilet was which I found a bit odd. Especially when you vacation with a man - you notice when you need these more than ever. We slept with our balcony doors open to hear the sounds of the water, sea otters and other wildlife and unfortunetly since our room was literally above the entrance we got to hear the people leaving for the airport at 3am talking SO LOUD about the car, the flight and everything else possible.

Check in was smooth but they do charge for parking which I find very interesting. Where else would we park the car? In the ocean? It should be part of a hotel stay to include a car - I feel that should just be part of the room prices. The continental breakfast is just that. Fresh fruit, boiled eggs, stale pasteries and coffee. We went down to the bakery towards canary row and got real coffees and better pasteries.

I would stay here again if I was coming to Monterey but honestly the city has nothing to offer me other than the bacon butter at Restaurant 1833 (which you must go to).

Room Tip: Pick a higher floor and asked to be closer to the water
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The hotel is nice with a great location overlooking the beach and cove. Get a balcony room with a view, not inexpensive, but worth the view! The hotel is a non-smoking facility, which they don't mention on their website, and will charge you $125 if they catch you smoking in a room or on the balcony. The continental breakfast is delivered to your room, which is nice, and you can eat it on your balcony.

Room Tip: Get a balcony room overlooking the ocean (higher room numbers are better), it's not inexpensive...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Torquay, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This hotel was just perfect for a trip to Monterey. We had a sea view room with a balcony. It comes with binoculars which were useful in watching the dolphins, seals, otters and even a whale! Great to just chill out on the balcony watching all the marine life, right from your hotel room! Jacuzzi on the roof terrace was great too. Close walk to the centre of Monterey tourist attractions. You have to pay to park at this hotel but it's worth it. Hotel rooms were spacious, bathrooms spacious and luxurious. An all round great place to stay. Worth spending the extra money for a sea view balcony room, trust me! I didn't even need to go on a boat trip to see a whale! It 'jumped up' right outside our balcony ! Amazing!

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  • Stayed September 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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The hotel was in a good location but it all felt a bit depressing. Although having booked an ocean view room we were given a side view! With 2 children in tow we were too tired to argue. Breakfast not good - coffee, juice, boiled eggs - nothing else, not even bread or butter. Would not have wanted to stay for more than 2 nights. Much preferred the town of Carmel a few miles away.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#4 Family Hotel in Monterey
#7 Green Hotel in Monterey
#13 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Monterey Bay Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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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