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“Good Family Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Monterey Inn
Ranked #12 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
San Francisco, California
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73 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Good Family Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2011

I stayed here with my husband and toddler during a trip to Monterey in July. We settled on this hotel because it was well-located and fairly affordable. I haven't stayed at a Best Western in years and was surprised at how nice this one was for the price point. It certainly is not a luxury hotel, but we were comfortable here and in good proximity to the sights of Monterey. There were definitely a couple of drawbacks, as well, but overall it was a good experience.

The hotel is located in a convenient part of town. It's a quick drive to Dennis the Menace Park (key, if you're traveling with kids) and the aquarium. It's not hugely scenic here, though. We had a view of the back of other buildings and thus never really bothered to open our window, but proximity to the sights of Monterey was what we were really after. This is definitely not a beachside hotel, as mentioned in some earlier reviews (clearly misfiled). Once we arrived, it didn't take long to check in and park our car in the garage under the hotel. You take your own bags to your room here, but there were plenty of carts available for luggage. We had requested an oversized room and were given a very large room on the first floor, just down the hall from the lobby. If you're traveling with kids, this extra space is absolutely worth the small additional fee. We were able to spread out and be really comfortable. The room was nicely appointed. It looked very clean and furnishings were in pretty good shape. There was a small fridge, which I always appreciate. However, there were two downsides to the room. One was that the carpet throughout the room was slightly damp. That was icky. I assumed that it had just been shampooed prior to our arrival and would dry out soon enough, but it never really did during our stay. Also, the previous comments about thin walls are accurate. We definitely could hear our neighbors, particularly when they opened and closed closet doors or raised their voices. Fortunately, this never happened late at night and we slept well. Despite these two issues, we really did enjoy the space and felt very comfortable relaxing there.

There is a complimentary breakfast off the lobby in the morning. There were lots of options and we all found something we liked. It's not gourmet, but it's free and was perfectly fine. The people at the front desk were nice and always helpful when we asked for anything. Wireless was easily accessed in our hotel room. We visited the pool, which is not fancy, but was absolutely fine for our little guy.

During our stay, we walked across the street to Wild Plum Cafe and the food was wonderful there. It was nice to have a great cafe within walking distance. Other than breakfast, there is no food service at the hotel.

The upside of convenient location and good price point trumped the two minor complaints I had about our room in the end. We felt that this hotel exceeded our expectations and we would stay here again.

Room Tip: Request an oversized room for extra space
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Erin74
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Huntersville, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

We just stayed one night on the way to SF. Checked in late and the staff was very friendly. We had a whale watch cruise in the morning and I asked if it was ok to leave the car in the parking lot until later the next day - not a problem at all. Very clean room, nothing bad to say about this place at all!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travelwithkids61
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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78 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

This hotel was clean and well located, but was only average. It is located on a main street, but was very quiet at night. The room was typical one, with 2 queens and small bath. Continental breakfast included. The staff here were very helpful and had many suggestions about activities in the area. If spending more time in Monterey, would recommend staying closer to the beach.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Thank Betsy1960
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Nebraska
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305 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

This is a very clean hotel that has not been updated for a while. Rooms are very spacious. No AC (although this was not a problem as the sliding glass doors open to a tiny deck that is impossible for anyone to reach unless they were "on belay"). Very close to the Wharf and a short easy drive to Cannery Row. Complementary breakfast was surprisingly good. Best amenity - free parking. Some neighbor noise, be sure to bring your white noise machine.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HuskerTraveler2
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

Our family of three stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. It is an older hotel which needs an update in its decor. Free parking in the underground lot -- never had a problem finding a space. Our room (with two queen beds) was comfortable and clean. We had only one problem with the shower-- the water pressure was terrible and the water temperature was not consistent. Complimentary breakfast was offered in a crowded room next to the reception desk. There is free in-room internet access and a mini-fridge.

Hotel staff at the front desk was friendly. When we asked for a restaurant recommendation, we were given 3 choices, along with coupons for an appetizer.

From the hotel, it is about a 15 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf (parking is limited in the area near the wharf -- so walking is recommended). It is about a 10 minute drive to Cannery Row (you can find free unrestricted on-street parking about 5 blocks away; otherwise, parking in a lot by Cannery Row can be expensive).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank avidtraveller4
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Cheshire.
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69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2011

Hotel easy to find. Walking distance to Monterey attractions (about 10/15 minutes). Rooms for fine, we were at the back, so quiet but no view. Was abit noisy at night, we could hear everyone walking in the corridor and talking in next rooms.Breakfast not up to much, but did the job. Many people took a tray back to their room as it could ger full. Staff helpful when asking for directions. i asked why it was a "plus", it was just because of the breakfast, not sure it warrented that. Pool didn't look too attractive, all concrete.One PC in the lobby, had to wit your turn.
It was Ok, not sure I'd stay again though

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Lucysmumanddad
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2011

My daughter and I stayed here last week when I came to CA to visit her. This is an older hotel but it is one of the cleanest I have ever seen - bathtub, toilet, tile, bedding, countertops, floors - were spotless/immaculate and I am a clean freak. The bedding was fresh and clean smelling (I always inspect first). The mattress and pillows were so comfortable and the sheets so soft that both my daughter and I immediately fell asleep in our beds after a long day of driving - the most comfortable beds ever. Our complimentary breakfast the next morning was hearty and delicious. I had scrambled eggs with cheese, a delicious buttered biscuit and 3 slices of thick applewood bacon with my coffee; my more health conscious daughter had a muffin with yogurt. We paid $200 for our oceanside room and unless we were actually standing IN the surf, we could not have been closer to it. Wonderful, clean, quiet, safe hotel. My daughter stays here a lot as part of her sales territory. I highly recommend this hotel and I am VERY picky about cleanliness, safety, etc. This older hotel is perfectly charming and SUPER CLEAN.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Tia1134
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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS Monterey Inn
Address: 825 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940-3103
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Monterey
#16 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#18 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Monterey Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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