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Spindrift Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #2 of 53 hotels in Monterey
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“The best hotel to stay in Monterey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

My husband, myself, and a couple of my friends stayed at this great hotel. My husband and I stayed in a corner ocean view room. The views were great. I LOVED the bay windows we had in our room. They even had binoculars for you to use. Also, we loved using the wood-burning fireplace. It was pouring down rain that night so it was an awesome way to unwind. The bed was pretty comfortable. You cannot beat the location of this hotel as it is right on Cannery Row. The service was excellent at this hotel. The complimentary continental breakfast was okay but cannot complain because it was free. We plan to stay here whenever we come to Monterey.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The Cannery Row location is both a blessing and a curse depending on what side of the hotel you choose. The ocean side is priced at a premium. The street side is discounted, not only because of the view but because of the noise.

Be ready for the bar music until past eleven thirty. And the morning will bring the sound of the city crew emptying the trash at six AM. The bright lights will also stay on all night so close the curtains. On the other hand, if you like people watching instead of wildlife watching this is the choice.

The free continental breakfast and afternoon wine treats are a great bonus.

The room decor has the pleasant look of a European hotel. It may not appeal to the Modernist traveler but it is amazing how cozy and comfortable it can feel after a walk in the damp and cold weather.

The free wi-fi is solid for the most basic of net demands. It can handle a livestream broadcast with some occasional re-buffering. The download speed maxed out at 100kb/sec. Use your own wi-fi hotspot for heavy-duty downloads.

The hotel is one block away from the Aquarium and ten minutes from the Wharf. The municipal garage is across the street on Wave. Same with the recreation trail.

There are few shortcomings for this boutique hotel. The excellent service and prime spot are reasons enough to make the Inn a regret-free experience.

Room Tip: Cannery row view for people watching. Pacific ocean view for wildlife watching.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This was our second time staying at the Spindrift, and each time we have been treated as if we were special. All staff were exceptionally kind and courteous, close to shopping and fine dining. Whether wondering through the shops or sitting and watching the marine life in the bay, you cannot beat the location or service. Was nice to wonder on the roof top garden to relax and get a larger view of the bay and surrounding towns.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are larger, but the view is priceless!
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  • Stayed December 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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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed here last weekend for part of our honeymoon...what a treat! A perfect blend of ocean cottage and classic elegance. All staff members we encountered were friendly, professional, and accommodating. The hotel had a bottle of champagne on ice in the room upon our arrival with a post card congratulating us on our marriage. Our room was on the 2nd floor facing Cannery Row and we took full advantage of having drinks on our good-sized balcony while people-watching. The in-room fireplace is WONDERFUL; set a very romantic tone. Very comfortable bed and having Directv was an unexpected surprise. In-room continental breakfast was a nice touch, especially since we don't usually make it out of bed in time for breakfast on our vacations. ;-)

The only negative I can think of is the road work across the street was too audible in our room, waking us up in the early morning hours (it had rained significantly the few days prior). But that would likely not be an issue for any other trip to this hotel.

We will definitely make this our hotel of choice when visiting Monterey in the future-- our anniversary destination! Thank you, Spindrift Inn!

Room Tip: 2nd floor street-view rooms are the only rooms with outdoor balconies.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Staff was helpful and courteous. The rooms with wood burning fireplaces are very romantic and the beds are soft and so comfortable you don't want to get up! Its within walking distance of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Room Tip: Try and get a room facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This was our second stay in as many years at the Spindrift Inn. Great location - close to restaurants, Fisherman's Wharf and the trail. We like the oceanfront rooms - you can sit in your window seat and watch sea otters frolic, which is such a delight. The rooms are spacious, clean and well-appointed. Breakfast is brought on time and is always fresh. All staff are super-friendly and helpful. I love this place, and always hate to leave. Looking forward to my next visit!

Room Tip: Go for oceanfront view if you can.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atascadero, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My husband and I first stayed here when it was brand new, maybe 20 years ago? We LOVE using the wood burning fireplace while listening to the waves crash along the beach, the complimentary wine and cheese reception each night, in room breakfast, and being within walking distance to great shopping and restaurants. It certainly has not lost its charm, but is in need of functional and cosmetic upgrades. Maintenance was prompt and did their best to fix a slow draining shower, but ultimately was unsuccessful. We will definitely stay here again, but I am resistant to give it 5 stars until some attention can be paid to bathroom and shower upgrades.

Room Tip: The ocean front rooms are absolutely the best!
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Also Known As:
Spindrift Hotel Monterey
Spindrift Hotel
Address: 652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#3 Business Hotel in Monterey
#3 Family Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Spindrift Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Cannery Row, directly on the beach, Spindrift Inn offers an atmosphere of romance, elegance and gracious hospitality. The Inn's distinctive two-story lobby, with its hand-tiled floors, Oriental carpets, charming antiques, original art, and wood-burning fireplace, invites quiet conversation or private reflection. The 45 comfortable, luxurious rooms-half with breathtaking ocean views-are uniquely decorated and include wood-burning fireplaces, down comforters, feather beds, honor bars, TVs, CD & DVD players, wireless internet connection, marble baths and window seats or private balconies. Complimentary silver-tray continental breakfast is served in-room, & an afternoon wine and cheese reception is held daily. Valet parking is available. ... more   less 
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