This was a super cute hotel very close to downtown Monterey. The room was on the smaller side but it was decorated so well with an excellent use of the space. The bathroom was a little cramped though. The gentleman at the front desk was friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.
The room was cute, but small. There were ants in the shower, which was so tiny there was no way to shower without getting hair wet. But the bigger problem was there handling of a guest with a disability. My travel companion has a medical alert dog-not a pet, not an emotional support animal, but a dog specially trained to alert for their specific illness. While the dog can be in any room, we requested a pet friendly room because it is the polite thing to do. ADA regulations require no additional fee be charged for medical service animals, but the Monterey Bay Lodge refused to waive the pet fee. For the Not a Pet. We wanted to go elsewhere, but the clerk refused to cancel our reservation.
I’d first like to say that the lodge is in a great location for families- across the street from the Dennis the Menace park and the other direction across the street from the beach and coastal bike path. It is driving distance to the Aquarium (which is closed due to COVID). I requested a quiet room as our kids go to bed early. The room double Queen was clean but we were on the bottom floor that faced the busy street and we heard not only loud road noise but every foot step above us and the TV next door. Around the grounds there were cigarette butts all around signs of pets as it is a pet friendly hotel. We will not be back.
Stayed here for two nights, small family, in a two queen room, ground level floor. The room was very clean, had a sliding door, plus a window over the sink and a window in the bathroom, and a fan. Allowed for lots of fresh air to circulate through. The sliding door opens into a small patio area (though only divided from the neighbors by some shrubs, still nice). Exterior entries. They do have coffee makers still (I'd read that a lot of hotels had removed them). The blackout curtains in the room are really great... especially given they cover a wall size sliding door. They have an online check-in option but you still have to go into the lobby and still have to run your card for incidentals and still have to sign something (and it's unclear if they're sanitizing pens but they have hand sanitizer right their at the desk to use).there's Plexi glass in the lobby. One staff person had their mask on correctly and one did not with their nose clearly out. Parking is a little bit tight but manageable. Across one street is the estero lagoon that has paddle board available (the park is closed) and a nice area to walk around. Across the main street is the bike/walking path that runs pretty far in both directions as well as an entry to the beach. The beach was crowded during the day on Saturday and tough to distance. Friday evening still had people but it was easy to keep a ways away from groups. There's a number of great restaurants within five to ten minutes drive. For the area and given the walkabikity to some nice spots the pricing was more than fair for the area. It's more than what I typically pay for a hotel room,but after a lot of research this seems like a good compromise...more than the bargains but also a better location without being over the top expensive. I'd return. One note ..the first night I don't think the hotel was full and it was very quiet. The second night the hotel was full and there was someone in the room above us that was...very active around 430am for awhile and everything was very audible through the ceiling. Not atypical for a hotel but perhaps worth noting if this is a make a break for decisions.…
Stayed here for 3 days in Sept. Room was very clean and had a door to a wonderful outdoor patio. Pool and cafe were closed due to covid. Walking distance to the beach and Fisherman's Wharf. Staff was very friendly and helpful.