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“Super Location, Great Value” 4 of 5 stars
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Borg's Ocean Front Motel
635 Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950   |  
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Ranked #8 of 17 hotels in Pacific Grove
Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Super Location, Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This older, classic style motel is in the absolute best location on the Peninsula, Lover's Point. This is a peaceful, scenic area right on the water with a walking path flowing right through, and you can walk to Cannery Row or to Asilomar Point and beyond. Downtown Pacific Grove is a few blocks up the hill, where you'll find restaurants, a movie theater and a grocery store.

Rooms are just basic with telephone and TV set, but they're clean and functional. They have basic WiFi that works. The entire property, though older, is in very good condition. It's not a hotel, not the Hyatt, but your date won't call you out as a cheapskate because the rooms are truly decent and clean. Spend your day outdoors, bring a deck of cards and some food and beverages back to your room at night and let the sound of the ocean put you to sleep.

Rates are super-reasonable. Staff is very personable and the entire property has a non-corporate feel to it. Great place to keep out-of-town relatives during the holidays. And you can open the door to your room and throw a rock into the Pacific.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Oakland, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This motel has a FABULOUS location, right on the water at Lover's Point halfway between Monterey and the beautiful stretches of beach in Pacific Grove. And yes, you can hear the waves from your window if you're lucky enough to have a room right on the front of the motel. But emphasize the word "motel", as in "motor hotel", as in you drive right up to your room and a slice of yesteryear. There is absolutely nothing fancy about this place. No shampoo in the bathroom, no coffee makers in the room, no hooks on the back of the door. The pillows are hard, the mattresses worn, and the walls paper thin. Just know what you're going for -- the location, really easy access, and friendly folks in the front office -- and don't expect more.

Room Tip: Second floor in front unless you have mobility issues (in which case first floor in front is perfect...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moraga, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

You can't beat the location. It really is right on the water and you can hear the roar of the waves from your room. I stayed in an ocean front, second floor room and the view was beautiful. The price, for the location, was reasonable.
However, the room was tired and getting a little shabby. I had cold air coming in through the door jamb and the window. The heater worked most of the night. There was also the ubiquitous mystery stain on the bedspread. : (
The bathroom was clean though and did not present any issues. I was only there one night and did not use the shower.
My feeling is that if you want the California coast experience stay here. You won't find the views for the same price in Monterey. But if you like a little luxury this is not the place for you.
There was coffee and tea in the lobby in the morning but I did not avail myself of this offer.

Room Tip: I don't think it worth staying here if you don't have an ocean front room.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed at this hotel after our room did come available at another. It has an excellent location on the waterfront where there is a pathway which can be taken to get to the aquarium. There are sea otters out front. It was basically clean but suffered from the slightly musty odors associated with an older property. The bathroom was again clean but out of the fifties. If you are happy with this these deficiencies it is worth staying at if you can get a good price. They charged us $175 for an ocean front room. The window to the sea was the best feature. You were paying for the view as by other standards it was pricey.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Borg's is located right at Lover's Point where a park and picnic facilities are right across the street. The view here is fantastic. Otters, sea lions, shore birds are all there for pictures and enjoyment. Borg's is kind of bare-bones, but a real bargain. I've stayed there many times and plan on staying there again...soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here on our first trip to Monterey together. I was a bit skeptical about Borg's Motel (the name didn't sound quite right) but my husband, having stayed here before, assured me that it would be a great place to stay. Plus, it was pretty cheap compared to the rest of the places we tried. The rooms were very neat and decent enough for the price. And the view! Oh my God! Right in front of the hotel was the Pacific blue, and so close to the beautiful Lovers' Point. We stayed here for two days and I never got tired of the view outside. The motel was relatively quiet, and we had no problems at all. Apparently, the place is pretty popular (not surprising, considering their million-dollar view!) and you might need to call and book your room in advance. But, definitely the best place in Monterey for an economical price, yet great location.

Room Tip: Book early and ask for ocean view room!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

If you are looking for a clean, comfortable room with friendly staff and great location, this is it!

The motel is dated, yes, but we found it clean and well maintained. We stayed here seven or eight years ago, and we hope to return next year.

We stayed on the ground floor, non-ocean view (although we could see the ocean from our window!). The hotel is close to Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive, and also to Cannery Row and Monterey.

In short, a great value.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Borg's Ocean Front Motel

Address: 635 Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 hotels in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at Lover's Point overlooking spectacular Monterey Bay; across from beach and park. Many unobstructed ocean view rooms. Monterey Bay Aquarium, golf, restaurants and historic downtown Pacific Grove are all very close by. Free WIFI in all rooms. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
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