We spent three nights at this lodge on a family trip to visit the area. We did enjoy our trip overall - the location is close to wharf and nice beach, good restaurants.The staff were very welcoming and helpful overall and our daughter LOVED the attractive pool area. An older facility, it has been well-maintained and they make the most of it. The beds were really comfortable and we all slept wonderfully.
Our troubles, though: Originally reserved a two-room family suite, and a few days later received a phone call stating a "system error" and that only adjoining rooms were available for two adults and one child. Upon our arrival we discovered that adjoining did NOT mean an interior door between two rooms as we'd understood (those are "connecting" rooms - fyi) Our 11 year old child could not stay alone in one room, so my husband and I had to stay as next door neighbors, on an anniversary, less than ideal. I think what bothered us really was that we discovered a large group was there the same time we were - and we suspect that we were actually "bumped" since the motel preferred to accomodate this large group of 35 guests with the family suite, rather than letting us keep it - though this is unconfirmed----? Our rooms were fine and had many convenient amenities. Though, the entry ceiling had mildew on it, causing the room to smell a bit off - we just wiped it off ourselves. I think discovering these two problems on our arrival colored my perception of the place. The building is older, and shows it, though it does appear well-maintained, and they do the best they can to make it attractive with landscaping and general upkeep. The location near a noisy busy thoroughfare, and a view of the bay over the adjacent Valero station and dumpster detract a bit from the advertised feeling of this "residential" ? neighborhood. The park across is somewhat worn and the pond rather green and overpopulated with birds - though quite pretty Canada geese, a bit messy.
I think after looking at the hotel's website photos, we were disappointed at the neighborhood location and general appearance. The photos are very "flattering". Though if you can get a good rate and have realistic expectations, you can have a lovely time at the Monterey Bay Lodge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The meticulously maintained Monterey Bay Lodge is located in a quiet, residential area across from Lake El Estero, only 150 steps from Monterey State Beach and within a 10 minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf and Downtown. We are constantly working to maintain our property and our level of service at a standard not typically found in today's lodging industry. Our focus is in giving our guests a consistently pleasurable lodging experience. ... more less
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