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“An Excellent Choice”
Review of Monterey Bay Lodge

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Monterey Bay Lodge
Ranked #32 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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117 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“An Excellent Choice”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

My wife was so excited to arrive at a real motel. It had been her dream to stay in a real motel during our road trip and boy did we hit a winner here. From the friendly reception when we arrived, to the heated swimming pool and then to the wonderful and comfortable rooms our arrival set the tone for our two day visit. The rooms have obviously been recently decorated (perhaps they haven't finished them all yet) and are tastefully done with nice curtains and cushions. There is a coffee machine, fridge and a microwave in each room which makes up for the lack of a restaurant. But fear not you are only 15 minutes from the town centre and from the wharf.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Used to stay here monthly on business. Don't know what happened, but this room is filthy. I stayed in a 60 year old motel in the Ozarks that had towels you could see through and holes in the plaster...and it was cleaner than this. No excuse for stink and filth. Went to open window to air room out and found boogers and smear marks up and down. This is going to be a long night.

  • Stayed February 2013
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desaimbl, Manager at Monterey Bay Lodge, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear Guest,
We appreciate you posting the review on our TripAdvisor page and we are really concerned about experience you had. It is totally unlike our management and cleanliness practices. We take pride in cleaning and maintaining ALL of our Guest Rooms and public areas and it reflects in reviews posted by other guests about the Monterey Bay Lodge. I would really appreciate if you could call the hotel and give us little more detail about your stay, so we can locate your reservation and investigate this matter further.

Sincerely,
Don Desai
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Monterey Bay Lodge
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for two nights when driving from SF to LA. While it isn't exactly in the middle of town it was an easy walk to the wharf and a longer, but very nice, walk to Cannery Row and the aquarium. We had a car, but found it much more enjoyable to stroll along the waterfront. Our room was comfortable and clean, but if anything a little on the small side. However, for the price we paid we weren't complaining. We were both very happy with the place, and were amazed at how easy it was to find from highway 1! Also enjoyed being able to hear the seals and sea lions at night! Would give another half star if we could....

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2013

My girlfriend and I were at this hotel for 1 night in the end of November.
The hotel is simple but it is clean, quiet, comfortable and well located.
Therefore, we understood that the price was good.
The only bad thing is that the hotel does not offer breakfast.
In any case, I recommend this hotel to stay in Monterey.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Quiet and good value. Do not eat breakfast at the restaurant - very very understaffed and unless you have or don't mind small children you're in for a very loud wake up. The pool looks cute and probably a good place for kids to hang out. It's right by the ocean, but a some 10 minutes walk to the Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Fresno, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This place is in a good location for getting around Monterey Bay. It is an easy walk to the wharf, beach (not much for beaches in Monterey) across the street, and Cannery Row is walkable unless you are not a "walker". A pond across the street and a kid friendly park, cafe in hotel. Freeway access very close to hit and run up and down 1 to go to Carmel, Big Sur, etc. Downside is although hotel is clean and presentable, rooms are small, beds are hard, pillows simply suck, and tv is grainy as heck. Good value for what you pay, but if you want more comfort for not too much cash, you may wanna hit some Munras Ave hotels.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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london
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in monterey with no booking to find out it was the superbike week end, prices shoot up and most places were fully booked. We drove into this motel, people at the reception were friendly and we stayed 2 nights. The first room on the ground floor was ok but not great; better the one on the first floor we got the second day. The rooms were ok, location real good for the beach but not walking distance from town. No breakfast included in the already over priced rate...which was standard and not to blame on this motel, we even got a small discount! Overall ok, just plan your trip in advance in these places.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Monterey Bay Lodge
Address: 55 Camino Aguajito, Monterey, CA 93940-3396
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Monterey Bay Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
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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