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“Decent Hotel in Good Location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Monterey Hotel
Ranked #22 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Visalia, California
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37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Decent Hotel in Good Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

PROS: great location--short walking distance to wharf, close to cafes, restaurants, Starbucks, Walgreens..to name a few. Clean & well-maintained, and nicely decorated with old Victorian furniture--especially for a 100+ year old hotel. Decent-sized King room, clean bathroom. Friendly, helpful staff. Complimentary continental breakfast that serves the basics--not a big selection, but decent for someone who doesn't need a big breakfast.
CONS: No working elevator--walking up the 4 floor wasn't all that bad. Water in shower kept on alternating with very hot & very cold water. Wi-Fi not working in later afternoon time each day--but it's free!
OVERALL: Nice clean hotel in a good locations..would return..

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank AlohaSpirit808
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely old hotel in the centre of Monteray close to the wharf. Staff were friendly, breakfast good, rooms and public areas very clean. Our room (a double) was on the small side but was fine for our needs.
Two important points: there is no lift here so if you dont like the idea of climbing some stairs, or are unable to, then be warned. Luckily we were on the 2nd floor so this wasnt a problem.
Secondly, the building is old and has relatively thin walls so you'll get a set of earplugs in your room. We didnt find this very problematic, one of our neighbours was a bit loud in the mornings, but there were little to no disturbances for us (with a room at the back of the building) beside this.
We would stay here again.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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380 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

The hotel is in an old building with appropriate furniture and interior. It was clean and all hallways and the room feature nice crown molding. Overall the building seems well maintained, the staff is friendly, the room had a decent size (what more do you need), and the breakfast was surprising plentiful for an American hotel. You certainly can not beat the location so close to fisherman's wharf, plenty of restaurants all around, and even the Aquarium not too far away if you are a good walker.
The minusses are related to the location. There is no parking at the hotel but at least a few clear spaces for checking in and out. We parked in a nearby garage for $7 all day, which is fine for such a central location. I wonder how much the guests in the nearby Hilton had to pay. The other problem is the noise from the street. Be aware that the bar next door closes at 2 am on Friday and Saturday night and prepare yourself to join the party. Else it could be difficult to get any sleep.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hiking-har
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Saltash, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

we just pulled up outside, and asked for a room. Very welcoming staff particularly the doorman who was dressed like Charlie Chaplin and spoke in an English accent! He also carried our cases up 3 flights of stairs, and for a small fee valet parked our car.

It was in a lovely location, very clean, comfortable room, and a nice breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank baileys456
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San Carlos, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is a sweet Victorian hotel with a fireplace in the lobby and antique furniture through out the hotel. It was clean. The staff is nice. In the morning there is a continental breakfast with fruit, yogurt, toast/ bagels, pastries, and cereals,which they tell you about when you check-in. One thing to note: This is a multifloor hotel with NO ELEVATOR. There are no guest rooms on the ground floor. If you have a lot of stuff, you or the bell staff have to bring it to your room. Be aware that you can hear the plumbing when your neighbour uses the shower. I could also hear people talking in the hallway and sitting area. It reminded me of visiting with family. If you are a light sleeper like to go to bed early, this may not be the place for you. There is no parking except for street parking and parking lots near by but the is a block or so away. Valet is not bad, but be aware there is about a 10 minute minimum wait for the valet, so call the desk a little before you need to take-off.

The hotel is located in the heart of the downtown area near the wharf so there are cafes and restaurants close to the hotel. This is not near the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

This is a charming hotel with a small staff. If you are coming to relax and can take your time this is a really nice place to be. This is not a business hotel, no frigerators in the room; a ceiling fan, not air conditioning; no room service or dinner downstairs. Service depends on who is on staff, it is a slower pace, but not a bad place to stay on the whole.

Room Tip: Request a room away from the stairs and major walking areas. If you can get a room with no neighbo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JaynesAdventure
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forresters beach nsw
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29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

Monterey Hotel is perfectly located in beautiful Monterey. An easy 10 minute stroll around the waterfront to the Aquarium and pier.The staff,dressed in period costume, were very helpful and add to the charm of the hotel. Rooms were spacious and well maintained. Breakfast was generous and served in the charming old world setting all at a very reasonable price!.Plenty to do and see in the area so spend a couple of nights.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bgcox098
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

A very quaint hotel with a lot of character. The room was very comfortable and clean. It had free wifi but no fridge or coffee maker though. Breakfast was included and had a good selection of bagels, muffins, yoghurt, cereal, fruit, coffee, juices etc. There's also a microwave and packets of porridge and a toaster.The location of the hotel is excellent next to bars, restaurants and shops and within 5 mins walk of the pier. We opted for valet parking at $17 which we thought was well worth it (its $10 to park anyway). Be warned though that there is no functioning lift for guests! We were on the fourth floor. The porter took our cases up and down for us. The lady on reception was very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: I room on a higher floor is quieter but be aware that there is no functioning lift for guests.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alison B
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Property: Monterey Hotel
Address: 407 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940-2705
Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #22 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Monterey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
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