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“Convenient location & great views” 4 of 5 stars
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Monterey Bay Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ocean View King w/balcony
Ranked #4 of 53 Hotels in Monterey
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“Convenient location & great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lovely hotel with excellent standard of rooms. Rooms with sea views give an opportunity to see the amazing array of wildlife. The hotel thoughtfully provides binoculars to assist. Very helpful reception staff who seamlessly sorted out a problem with our booking. Complimentary continental style breakfast served to the room if requested.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a 7 day California trip, and my favorite memory of the entire trip is the accommodations we had at the Monterey Bay Inn. Spend the extra money and request an ocean view room--during the evening and night you can hear the waves crashing on the rocks, the seals, and watch the fishing boats from your room. It was absolutely perfect. The accommodations were very comfortable and clean, the rooftop hot tub was an awesome experience, watching the fishing boats at night from inside the hot tub was very special. The fron desk staff was very nice, and answered questions if you asked, but they didn't volunteer too much, and not as friendly and welcoming as the other 2 places we stayed. Not really a negative, but not a plus either. The rooms were cleaned up promptly and well, and the turn down service with chocolate was awesome. I wouldn't even look at different accommodations if we went back, this one was absolutely perfect.

Room Tip: If you love the sound of the water, choose ocean view, the balcony and room were always filled with...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Monterey Bay Inn, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Thank you for sharing your amazing review. We were all pleased that the Monterey Bay Inn was the best experience you had during your recent travels to California. Our ocean view rooms are something that we hope everyone gets to experience, as nothing quite compares to hearing the ocean waves right outside of your window. Regarding our service staff, we were pleased that you found everyone to be friendly, but were disappointed that we fell short of providing you with a personal and attentive guest experience, which we hope to share with all our guests. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to not only provide you with excellent accommodations, but also with world class service.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We stayed in an oceanfront room (complete with binoculars to watch the charming sea otters) and it was lovely. The location was excellent as well. The scenic walkway is right outside the main door which made it easy to walk to the piers without worrying about traffic. The front desk staff and housekeeping staff were all very friendly; they even make it easy to purchase two pillows from the hotel.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Staying here at moment leave 7/28 location good, room clean, TV a nightmare to use and breakfast is poor. I'd say this hotel is good for $200 a night only because of the location but don't be duped as I was about the online description because it certainly isn't a $300-400 a night hotel, it's a cleaned up Holiday Inn

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Monterey Bay Inn, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry that you did not find value in your recent stay with us, as we always try to create value for our guests with our Cannery Row location, ocean views, accommodations, amenities and services we offer. Being a 49 room boutique property we do offer a more intimate environment for those guests seeking personalized and attentive service. Pricing does reflect demand and seasonality on the Monterey Peninsula. Other months of the year we do offer many different pricing options, as we want everyone to be able to experience the Monterey Bay Inn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights in July. The location was nice - on the beach- but be aware that it is at the end of Cannery Row so it is a bit of a walk to restaurants and shopping. Our room faced the water and had a nice balcony and we could see Fisherman's Wharf. The room was clean and well appointed. The room didn't have air conditioning and it was unseasonably hot but there was a large portable fan in the room. We left the patio door open one night and could hear the waves which was nice. Breakfast was included everyday and it was nice. The desk staff were very helpful. They had 2 hot tubs which we didn't use but looked nice. Be aware that the parking lot is tight so it could be a challenge if you have a truck or suv. They had cold lemon water in the lobby all the time and cookies in the afternoon. They also had a book in the lobby with menus from all the local restaurants. We would recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were booked into this hotel by our initial hotel that had a booking issue. The location is great and there are very good restaurants locally. The staff were helpful and friendly unfortunately the lift was out of action when we arrived but fixed in the morning. The sounds of seals outside was a novelty. Downside was that they decided to some maintenence at 8am on a Saturday morning which involved drilling and banging which is not how you wish to be awoken on your holiday. The room was pleasant and served our needs and the breakfast is served in your room which is nice.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Elevator was out for our entire stay
The hotel is over priced.
Our room was 400 dollars a night plus tax. Not a good value for a glorified motel. The room was dark. The location is very good. Services are very limited. No real attempt was made to help with the luggage or significant apology for the inconvenience.

Stayed July 2014
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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Monterey Bay Inn, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
We are all disappointed to read your review regarding your recent stay at the Monterey Bay Inn. Our elevator was put out of order while an emergency repair had to be performed. Our management and staff did make calls to all of our upcoming guests to inform them that our elevator would be under repair and offered to find them additional accommodations should they wish. Additionally, during the elevator repair we did staff more bellman to assist our guests with their luggage to and from their guest rooms. I apologize that we were unable to reach you directly and that the voice mail our manager left was not received prior to your arrival.

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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:
#4 Family Hotel in Monterey
#4 Romantic 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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