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“Step back to the 70s” 4 of 5 stars
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635 Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950   |  
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Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
Long Beach, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Step back to the 70s”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

I've been on a road trip for over a month, and have driven Hwy 1 from Washington, which I've never done before, so I wasn't sure of travel time to make reservations in advance for this part of the trip. I called Borg's on Saturday morning for a room for one night on my way to Morro Bay. Frank was very nice and helpful,explaining that they only had one available room- -a two bedroom with no ocean view. After checking other area hotels, I was glad to get a room. The hotel is unashamedly old school,with its pros and cons. The best of the gracious service of the past. The staff was delightful and helpful, sharing restaurant recommendations and discounts. The parking is plentiful, and the ice machine works. The rooms are dated, but charmingly so (the tiles in the bathroom are REAL, not retro.) The location is lovely. I've paid a lot more for more "modern" hotels that weren't this welcoming.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Betws y Coed
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We chose this place based on the great price and good reviews here.

The location is fantastic - we didn't pay extra for a sea view room, but we did get a view of the ocean from the side of the building looking over the park. During our stay the 'Feast of Lanterns' was on, which is a local festival - while it was noisy in the evening, we really enjoyed visiting the festival and watching the amazing fireworks!

The sea front is directly over the road from the motel, with lovely walks and great views.

The room is basic, but fine. Free tea & coffee in the lobby in the morning, and free ice from the machine. It would have been nice to have a kettle / coffee maker in the room, but otherwise, all was good.

Pacific Grove itself is lovely, it's worth going up to the main street for food, it's like stepping back in time a few decades!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stayed for one night in July 2014. Walls are paper thin so we heard TV's from the rooms on both sides of us. From 11pm-1am, there was a party going on in an adjacent motel (Lovers Point Inn) across the parking lot. It was pretty loud. Blankets on bed could use an upgrade. All in all, not a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cathy B, General Manager at Borg's Ocean Front Motel, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
We're very disappointed to hear that your recent stay with us was not relaxing. We do have 24 hour Front Desk service and, especially in the case of noise, I highly recommend calling the office so we can request that neighbors turn down their volume or lessen party noise. Guests are usually very accommodating once they realize that they might be disturbing others.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Rooms are very simple, dated, but clean. Hotel staff was friendly and let us pick from available rooms. If you choose ocean front second level as we did, you will have a breathtaking view. The hotel faces north, so the view allows you to see sunset and sunrise. I think the price for high season $169.00 is reasonable. Now for the negatives, which are not really the fault of management, but still a factor in choosing to select this hotel or not. I like view AND ocean front sounds. Unfortunately, there is a road that separates motel and ocean. Traffic is very constant until close to midnight....so you probably will not hear anything other than cars. That being said, it is possible at different times of the year, when traffic is less and wind is higher, making bigger waves and more crashing waves sounds, that you might not get the same opinion.

In the summer, if that is important to you, check the wind levels and you will notice Monterey Bay is almost like a lake, with little movement. Also, there is no air conditioning or fan in the rooms, so I would pack a fan just to have some circulation and drown out traffic noise.

I don't think I'd spend the extra $60-70 for ocean front next time, just because, it might even be quieter in the back. There is a beautiful walking trail that you can pick up across the street from motel and it's only about a mile walk to Monterey Aquarium.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newland, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The rooms were clean through some furniture was dated. Mattresses and pillows were very comfortable. Bathrooms in main building facing the water have been updated and are nice. Street noise was minimal after the day-trippers went home and the street pretty much cleared. In-room coffee would be a plus as would small refrigerators. Also hairdryers for the ladies. Try an upstairs waterfront room for one of the best views on the coast! Good value for a waterfront room.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cathy B, General Manager at Borg's Ocean Front Motel, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your stay! Please know for next time that we have hair dryers on loan at the Front Desk.
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We were in a crunch for a one night stay during our drive from San Fran to Santa Monica along the coast, and Borgs came to the rescue. A bit dated, but for the price and location (and one night) it was perfect. The rooms are big, and clean, but again dated. Free wifi was a plus (considering the Hyatt in Santa Barbara charged for use for 24hrs). Free coffee and tea in the am too. We'd definitely recommend it for a night on a PCH drive.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Borgs hotel is a clean, no frills place to stay right on the lovely coast of the Pacific across from Lover's Point. The office staff is friendly and welcoming. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the AM. Beds are seem comfortable. You can hear the television through the walls but it is not something to keep one up at night. Televisions are antiquated but after a week with no TV at the Alsimore up the street it was perfect. Free wifi.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 60
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 
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