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BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Marina
Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
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“I plan to return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

I had already made my reservations when my sister checked tripadvisor. You need to update your information. Location is beautiful with two short routes to walk on the beach. The room was clean and comfortable, with all the modern, expected amenities. The staff was friendly, accommodating and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Santa Ynez, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Getting right to the point -

The good:

The staff was nice. The room was clean. The location is good (not great). Easy free parking.

The Bad:

This property has not been maintained. The first thing that my wife noticed about the room was the smell (cleaning solvents & disinfectants over the smell of smoke in a "non-smoking" room). The towels should have been replaced well before they reached this point. The room was clean but had a dirty look and feel about it. The landscaping needs work.

The "complimentary continental breakfast" was offered in a cramped room that was drastically smaller than needed and had a very limited selection (and was poor quality). We gave up on it as soon as we entered the lobby.

The description "across from the Beach" is not quite accurate. The "beach" is across the road and then about a quarter of a mile through the dunes. The beach is not visible from the hotel.

The room was way overpriced.

I would not stay here again or recommend it to anyone except as a last resort.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles
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22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

This hotel is in a great location (as long as you don't need to be in Monterey proper) and has a very nice staff. However, it is not terribly clean and it needs a facelift. It was adequate, but nothing more. I realize that hotels on Monterey Bay are expensive and that this motel is going for the "value" guest (or one who can't find anything else), but it is still lacking.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Ventura, California
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

A motel that charges in the $170 range and with the Best Western name attached, should have a certain basic quality esthetic; this motel was lacking that.
Our room was #139, this is on the lower level. Maybe other rooms are better appointed, but ours was lacking. As has been said before, the bathrooms are small; whenever I closed the door, I bumped into the toilet! And the walls and floors are very thin; TV on one side, voices on the other, and the Boishoi ballet upstairs! Okay, I understand that this can't be fixed easily, it's a matter of how the rooms were designed to begin with but here are some points that can be improved upon:
Door frames and doors were dirty where people had handled them; the shower curtain had mold growing on the lower section; the bathroom in general needed a complete restoration; the carpet was okay, but just barely; when we returned to our room - late in the afternoon, on our second day there - the room had not been made up. When I called to complain I was told it was because we had left our "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door... quess what, we did not even have a "Do Not Disturb" sign, it was missing.
Now for the good points:
There was a manager there - I feel terrible for not getting her name - and she was terrific! Very much on the ball, the kind of person you want in the hospitality business. The breakfast was very well presented, this same manager was in charge of that. The beds were very nice, with pillow tops, probably still rather new. I see this as must for all motels and hotels due to the bed bug epidemics.
Again, I see this as Best Western dropping the ball. This motel is in a great seaside location with tons of tourist potential - of course BW could argue that they already have all the tourist they need for this location, but I am speaking in the broader scope of their reputation as a hospitality provider. I have stayed at a Motel 6 that charged less than half the price of the BW Dunes motel, but gave much better value.
Would I stay here again? If it was a second story room and cleaner, yes.
But really, in the Monterey Bay area you take what you can get for the $170 range. And I am sure that "they" know it!

Room Tip: Request a second floor corner room, in order to get as quiet a room as possible.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank James R
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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Room was clean, a/c worked fine. Pillows were horribly lumpy and none of us slept well. The comp breakfast was good, areas were clean. Hot tub was clean. Walmart is really close for prepared foods, groceries, etc. The whole staff was more than friendly. If the pillows were nicer I would have rated it better. Seems like I am being picky but we want a hotel for a good nights' sleep and those dang pillows ruined my sleep. If they fix that one thing or you bring your own pillows.....great place for an overnight stay.

Room Tip: Upstairs and at the end so in case you have noisy neighbors it will only be on one side.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stayed here in July of 2012. The room was very clean and the beds comfortable. The staff was very accommodating and attentive. We had a room with a refrigerator, but you need to request this when making your reservations, as not all rooms have them. The beach is within walking distance and unspoiled. The location to Monterey makes it an excellent choice, as well as it's proximity to the beach. You feel like you are almost on the beach at this hotel. It is an older hotel, but definitely a great choice for this area - especially considering the very reasonable nightly rate. We would definitely stay here again - and we are very picky when it comes to hotel selection. Our experience visiting the Monterey area was quite pleasant - including our stay at the Best Western Beach Dunes Inn!

Room Tip: Ask for room on the end away from the highway, facing the courtyard.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank MelsColorado
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Rovereto, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The room was modern and fairly clean, some of the bedding had stains. The bathroom is very small and the water from the sink has a strange taste. Our room was not ready when we arrived around 5:30, normally that isn't a problem at that hour but we had plans and reservations later and wanted to check in first. The hotel is in a quiet area, it's out of the downtown but you can still hear some freeway traffic from the room, maybe the windows need to be replaced. AC is the old-style unit that is under the window but it works well. Overall, it doesn't seem like the normal quality you get from a Best Western. It's not a bad hotel but a bit noisy and it looks more like a lower-range motel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn
Address: 3290 Dunes Rd, Marina, CA 93933-2005
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Location: United States > California > Marina
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Marina
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Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Beach Dunes Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 84
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