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“Not good, not bad”
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El Castell Motel
Ranked #23 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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128 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Not good, not bad”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

The room was very clean and nice, with comfortable beds, good sized towels, and a decent shower head. The location close to downtown Monterey was a plus. It looked to us like they were remodeling the property; our room had new carpet, new paint and new tile floor and walls in the bathroom.
Some negatives. Front Desk people not overly friendly; the young lady working evenings didn't even get up when I went to check in.
Lighting is a big minus; they have the timed switches, so if you are trying to work at the desk or bed, the ceiling lights go off after a length of time. And, they are using the fluorescent lights that brighten up slowly, and don't get really bright. We couldn't read in bed because there was so little light. In the bathroom it took almost 5 minutes for the light to get bright enough to do any good. Don't know if they are trying to conserve energy, but this is not good.
Overall, though, the property was well taken care of
We would stay here again..

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We went to monterey and took PCH what a drive. Breakfast consisted of waffles, coffee, orange juice and apple juice. Took a dip in the pool with the fam bam and i wished it was a little warmer. The rooms where big and the beds where ok not to shabby. The price was great and it was close to everything.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We headed over to Monterey for the weekend and picked El Castell cause it was cheap and seemed pretty centrally located. The staff was pretty friendly. It is an easy drive to Cannary Row and the aquarium and a couple of the restaurants close by are good. However the walls are VERY thin. We were kept up every night by the comings and goings, showerings and partying of our neighbors. Our showers were not always hot and the wifi was too slow to use. Overall I think next time I will pick somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Really loved accomadations at this place. Room was very modern, new, clean & spacious. Price was so excellent and also included breakfast. Front desk person was very helpful in locating places to visit. My husband & I were on a road trip & traveled 2300 miles & stayed in ten different hotels & motels and this was absolutely the best for an unbelievable price. We would definitely stay here again. Gave information to my adult children so they can enjoy the accomodations too when they visit Monterey Bay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

made a quick trip to monterey with no preplaning and chose the El Castell motel from the reviews of others and was not disapointed with the room. It's newly remodeled and very clean. Our unit was in the one level part of the motel and the only problem we had was with loud people in the next unit. The units have a raised floor, one large step up at the door, and this floor sends the noise to the other rooms. We just ran the fan all night and wasn't bothered with the noise again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

We enjoyed it....It was perfect for good price. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Additional Information about El Castell Motel

Property: El Castell Motel
Address: 2102 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940-5294
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Monterey
#6 Green Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Castell Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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