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2102 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940-5294
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#21 of 57 hotels in Monterey
Location
4.0
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4.4
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3.9
Value
4.2
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Our hotel is conveniently located minutes from all the major attractions of Monterey such as the Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, 17 mile drive, Cannery Row and Carmel. We have several room types that range from 1 Queen/King bed to 1 bedroom suites with 3 beds.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Breakfast buffet
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Parking
Wifi
Indoor pool
Heated pool
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Air conditioning
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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maybelater18 wrote a review Yesterday
London, United Kingdom185 contributions115 helpful votes
We had 3 rooms for 5 of us and all were spotlessly clean. Facilities are limited to tea/coffee in the room and vending and ice machines outside. There is a Denny's 3 minutes walk away if you need it. Pool is small but nice and location of motel is good for a quick drive into Monterey or being near the highway to get anywhere else you need to be.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Brock wrote a review Aug 1
Hercules, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
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First, do NOT judge the motel by its outside appearance, but this property is amazing. The moment you walk in the office to check in, you are greeted by a Front Desk Agent that is courteous, friendly & helpful. The moment my wife & I walked into the room it was clean and the furnishings are modernized. The bed is comfortable. We love the amenities inside the room especially the Keurig coffee maker. Awesome. The mini refrigerator is bigger than most mini fridges at most of the Marriott hotels. Furthermore, the microwave oven inside the room is a great addition and it’s great to warm up leftovers. Since it is a motel, one of the perks is the free parking. The property is one block away from the Monterey Fairgrounds & a short drive to Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown Monterey, & Cannery Row. A CVS store is within walking distance. I would definitely stay here again & I highly recommend this place if you’re planning to visit Monterey. You won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from GuestXperience Team, Agency / Consultant at El Castell Motel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Bertmeo, thank you for staying with us recently and taking time out of your busy schedule to review your visit. We’re glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and, we look forward to hosting you again. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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Trish Masena wrote a review Jul 2022
Nags Head, North Carolina20 contributions5 helpful votes
Newly renovated and very clean rooms, comfortable beds and separate sink from shower and toilet which we appreciated Pool was heated - wish it was open past nine No breakfast but Keurig machine in the room with coffee and the price was good for the area which was in a safe and great location for touring LA Some mentioned noise - we had no problems and were in room 1 (which was spacious) but we always bring a small white noise making device when we travel - we use Dohm brand - highly recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: No breakfast but coffee in room
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Response from GuestXperience Team, Agency / Consultant at El Castell Motel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest, thank you for taking the time to review your stay at our hotel. We trust that you had a pleasant time while being with us and, we hope we have the privilege of hosting you yet again. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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Michelle W wrote a review Jul 2022
Lincoln, California84 contributions52 helpful votes
This was our second stay here. Really like this motel! Rooms are clean and comfortable. They have a microwave and refrigerator which i really appreciate. So close to the wharf and downtown. Will definitely be back🙂
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest, thank you so much for your valued response. We are delighted to know that you had a clean and comfortable stay with us. We as an organization have always strived to provide our guests with the best possible service along with a clean and comfortable stay, and we take all possible measures to ensure just that. We feel glad to be acknowledged for the hard work that goes into ensuring it and we would be delighted to be able to host you the next time you are in the vicinity. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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A Tripadvisor Member wrote a review Jul 2022
We had a pleasant stay at the El Castel hotel. The outside looks really outdated (your typical motel and not a hotel), but wait until you open the door… Nice remodeled room. Location is OK. Close to the San Dunes north of Monterey and conveniently located tot the 1 Freeway. We booked a 2 bedroom suite and our bedroom, was very close to the intersection of N Fremont street. This was really noisy. But we survived using ear plugs. Also a table with 2 chairs for a suite that can hold 6 people was a bit harsh. Swimming pool was indoor, but the seating area was outdoor, nicely out of the wind which was nice.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from GuestXperience Team, Agency / Consultant at El Castell Motel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear guest, thank you so much for your feedback. We do appreciate your business very much. However, we sincerely apologize for the noise level on the street. We are working on some solutions which might help to block out the noise level. We would love the opportunity to redeem ourselves with you, should you choose to stay with us again. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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A Tripadvisor Member wrote a review Jul 2022
El Castell Motel is a very welcoming place where you will be greeted in a friendly manner and find it easy to check in. The rooms are large and well appointed. The staff is very accommodating to whatever you need. The beds are the most comfortable I have ever had at a motel. We will be back
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear guest, thank you so much for your valued response. We are delighted to know that you had a clean and comfortable stay with us. We as an organization have always strived to provide our guests with the best possible service along with a clean and comfortable stay, and we take all possible measures to ensure just that. We feel glad to be acknowledged for the hard work that goes into ensuring it and we would be delighted to be able to host you the next time you are in the vicinity. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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A Tripadvisor Member wrote a review Jul 2022
Visiting family in Monterey, I wanted a decently priced convenient and clean place to sleep. This motel was perfect. The staff was friendly, the facility was recently renovated and clean and the price was reasonable. I would highly recommend staying here. The rooms were adequate size for two people but a little small for a big family.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear guest, thank you so much for your valued feedback. We are delighted to know that our staff were friendly and helpful to you. We always strive to serve our guests to the best of our abilities and hence it feels great to be acknowledged for the hard work that we put in every day. Your kind words will be a great source of motivation for all of us and it's bound to make us smile. We look forward to hosting you soon! Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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Hasselmusen wrote a review Jul 2022
Koege Municipality, Denmark4 contributions8 helpful votes
The staff delivers a level of service that I have not seen elsewhere in CA before. The rooms are clean, spacious and nothing is broken. I would highly recommend this motel for others travelling this way!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear guest, thank you so much for your valued feedback. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and liked our customer service. Our staff always makes sure to serve our guests to the best of their abilities and hence it feels great to be acknowledged for the hard work that they put in every day. Your kind words will be a great source of motivation for all of us and it's bound to make us smile. We look forward to hosting you. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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saghar wrote a review Jul 2022
Novato, California2 contributions
Good value for the price. Clean place! Quiet not expensive! When we arrived no one was at the front desk! We just waited for about 10 mins for her to show up! It’s close to the airport you might hear lots of airplanes! If it happen to stay pas 11 no one’s bother you for checking out!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jul 4, 2022
Dear guest, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to review us. Your feedback makes us happy and, we are delighted to hear about your impression and experience with us. However, we appreciate you for highlighting these issues and, we will take steps to ensure such experiences do not reoccur. We apologize for failing to fulfil your expectation, and if we were made aware of this, it would have helped us provide you with a better experience. We hope to remain your hotel of choice in this area and to give you a better stay on a future visit. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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72brandib wrote a review Jun 2022
Memphis9 contributions14 helpful votes
This place is the perfect motel for a trip to Monterrey. It was clean and accommodating. The cleaning staff went above and beyond along with the front desk. You will not be disappointed. The rooms were clean and tidy with a Keurig coffee maker in each room. The pool area was clean and great place to have a glass of wine and watch the kids swim.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jul 3, 2022
Dear guest, thank you so much for your valued feedback. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and liked our customer service. Our staff always makes sure to serve our guests to the best of their abilities and hence it feels great to be acknowledged for the hard work that they put in every day. Your kind words will be a great source of motivation for all of us and it's bound to make us smile. We look forward to hosting you. Warm regards, Customer Care Team
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$116 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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el castell hotel monterey
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaMonterey CountyMonterey
NUMBER OF ROOMS
52
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Castell Motel
Which popular attractions are close to El Castell Motel?
Nearby attractions include Monterey Lanes (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Castell Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at El Castell Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at El Castell Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Castell Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Monterey's Fish House, Black Bear Diner, and Monterey Cookhouse - Wood-Fire Cuisine.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Castell Motel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to El Castell Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission (4.8 miles), Cannery Row (2.5 miles), and Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories (2.6 miles).
Is El Castell Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.