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“Room was nice, area questionable”
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El Castell Motel
Ranked #23 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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Mount Washington, Kentucky, United States
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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“Room was nice, area questionable”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed here for one night. Initially, our room was supposed to be in the very front (near the road), at which stay I made a statement about how loud that would be. The clerk said the hotel was booked but immediately started looking at the computer and said there was another room we could move to. That was in the back of the motel. The room was actually bigger than our original as it had a living room area. I thought that was nice of him to do that, though he looked unhappy to be there as there was no smile. We paid about $80 for the night.

The room was very clean, and had marble in the bathroom. Some mismatched furniture and stuff but we didn't care about that. No bugs were found.

Our problem came a couple hours after we got there. There was a crowd of people going up and down the stairs right above us. It was so loud from upstairs, and it lasted for several hours. I always carry ear plugs when I travel for this reason but it didn't completely help. We never called to complain b/c we weren't sure if they could do anything about it. It looks like the hotel gets a lot of construction worker guests, and I'm thinking they were the noise problem. Beds were comfortable.

The free breakfast consisted of coffee, OJ, cereal, waffles, and packaged danishes-typical of a cheaper hotel's continental breakfast. If it weren't for the noise and area, I would rate this higher. for the price it was reasonable for the quality.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I stayed with two friends for a one night stopover. It was not pre booked but they were able to accommodate us easily. The room was clean and fresh. Breakfast was limited but sufficient. The pool was cold though. A useful place when traveling through.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Fontoy
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This motel is well located outside Monterey, easy to find.
The problem is the noise outside, hard to sleep !!!
Breakfasts are good but the room too little, that is not a good point !
For one night, it's OK but not more.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

The motel is clean, has decent size bedrooms and has been refurbished a little to make this a pleasant stopover place to stay.
The staff however, couldn't have been less friendly if they tried?! Maybe we caught them on a bad day going by other reviews, but we felt very unwelcome upon arrival.
The breakfast was of a good freebie motel standard, having cereals, waffles, toast and cakes along with coffee and juices.
For the price we paid it was a more than adequate place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Sun City West, Az
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Nothing better if you're attending an event at the Monterey Fairgrounds (Jazz Festival, etc.). Good sized rooms, clean and convenient; typical motel breakfast with all the amenities. Friendly staff. Rates a bit high, but it was festival weekend.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

All was very good for us. Only the breakfast room is a little bit small if some people are arriving at the same time. The items for breakfast are good concerning quality and quantitiy in relation to a lot of other US-Motels.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Stayed two nights. Room was clean and very quiet. The motel was VERY full, but even with all the people based on the parking lot and the people at breakfast was still quiet.
There was only one luggage holder and when I asked at the front desk for another, the indication was there were no others. I asked if I could then have an extra chair. She said she would bring one, but it never arrived. Breakfast was continental style and just ok.

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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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