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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 54 Hotels in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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114 reviews 114 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“lovely location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Stayed here for two nights enroute to San Francisco. This is a smalllish hotel, located right in the centre of the town with all the main attractions, including the acquarium, in easy walking distance. Helpful staff, always there to guide and advise on things to see and do. Good breakfast, served in your room. We had an ocean view room, looking out over the fishing harbour complete with some very noisy sealions. Lots and lots of good places to eat and "the 17mile drive" is a must: seabirds, pelicans by the score and acres of seals and sealions.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Small hotel, sweet, right on the water. Felt like I was in another country and yet it's right in the middle of everything. It's an easy and beautiful walk to downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. It's not fancy, just really, really nice - and roomy! My favorite part was sitting in the morning sun on the balcony - drinking my coffee overlooking the Bay, then reading by the fire in the evening.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We loved our stay at the Monterey Bay Inn and really felt pampered and well cared for. We had a Ocean front room with a balcony and the view was just fantastic. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and we enjoyed all the chocolate chip cookies, the complimentary wine and sardine chocolates and the delicious breakfast tray delivered with the morning paper, fresh fruit, juice and homemade pastries. We would highly recommend this to all of our friends as the value for the money was outstanding. I might also add the mattress was fabulous together with the sound of the ocean waves we really got a relaxing full nights sleep. 100 stars !!!

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Green Features: recycle ... green all the way . We had the choice oaf rehanging towels to save water. Loved the basket of fresh apples in the lobby ...always a green nutritious treat.
  • Stayed November 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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Galt, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This was our third trip here and our second time staying at this hotel in the last 7 years. Monterey bay inn never fails us and the ocean view rooms have beautiful views. You can hear the ocean crash against the rocks and hear the sea lions by the wharf.. Which we love! This hotel is in the middle of everything, is a short distance to cannery row and the wharfs. The spa on the fourth floor is small but a great view surrounding you, overlooking the ocean. The only thing I can complain about is the continental breakfast doesn't have much to choose from but its great they bring it up to your room.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I came across this hotel by chance after a long days drive. As soon as you enter the hotel you feel relaxed due to beautiful location, trendy decor and low key friendly welcoming staff. Great room, good beside lighting which is rare. Very comfortable bed and nice little balcony. Best bathroom ever with again great lighting. To top it off, they delivered a free breakfast to the room with very good coffee! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed here the night of 11/2/13. I looked at many hotels in Monterey and I think this is the best value and nicest place for the price. Our room was contemporary with an updated bathroom. The Aveda toiletries were a nice touch as were the fluffy towels. Bed was very comfortable and there was a mini fridge as well to keep your water and wine chilled. Beautiful view of the water/beach and marina. The hotel is within walking distance of Cannery Row and many restaurants and shops on Fishermans Wharf as other posters have commented. So overall a great location, good hotel with friendly staff and breakfast delivered to you each morning. An A+ in my book! Would definitely stay again and would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We stayed only one night, on a side trip from our week in San Francisco. It was a Friday night, Nov 1. The view from our 3rd floor king suite of the harbor was very scenic and I think better than the ocean view rooms. The hotel was built in, I am guessing, the 70s. I however, it has been upgraded (probably many times) and is very fresh and quite stylish. The room and furnishings do not disappoint.
We left the terrace door cracked open all night to hear the sea lions and the waves. Traffic noise was minimal to none. The location at the end of the row of buildings and next to the park and beach is probably the best on Cannery Row. It is actually about a 2 block walk to Cannery Row.
Parking cost was minimal, only $15.
All in all, the location and the view were well worth the price. No on site dining available. I prefer that as it makes us stroll down and back to dinner.

  • Stayed November 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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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 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#4 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#5 Family Hotel in Monterey
#7 Green Hotel in Monterey
#10 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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