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Super 8 Monterey / Carmel
Ranked #28 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Suresnes, France
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
137 hotel reviews
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“Standard Motel”
Reviewed September 12, 2008

I booked 3 nights for our party of 5 adults, on the hotel website. The rate was what we paid !

The place is run by a family from India, who keep the best space on the parking lot for their Lexus. I found all spaces tiny to park our Navigator, so this is not the place for a trailer or RVs !

Check-in was efficient, if not especially friendly. I must acknowledge that requests for directions were met ... efficiently.

Rooms were certainlyl quite large. Clean, although the style and decoration do make for a clean feel. We found the bed extremely comfortable, but then we do not like soft. Although it is along the highway, it is quiet. No noise from the road, the walkway on the second floor, the parking lot.
Bathroom is old, but clean. It is true that there is a not so faint smell in the place. May be it has to do with the air conditioning unit.

After checking out the breakfast area and food, we decided we could not face that, even foc. We headed to Old Monterey Cafe instead, which we enjoyed very much.

So ? Convenient, not bad. But I could not wait to find a 'better' place.

  • Stayed July 2008
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Seattle, WA
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147 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2008

Reserved and paid for this months in advance, using AAA rate. We had 2 King Suite for around $135. Due to the multiple high end car shows in town, everything in town was pretty much booked. Nevertheless, I heard the desk manager relating a price of $209 for a King room for the night after we left. What a shock those customers must have had!
Our room was poorly lit, had dark blue carpeting that felt almost moist and an odor reminiscent of mildew. However, for the most part, the room was clean. It was certainly spacious, with almost a separate wing for the second hard king bed. We were informed, however, that although we had rented the suite, we would not be allowed to use the sofa bed in the room without incurring an additional undisclosed cost! We chose not to give this hotel any more of our money and did not utilize the sofa bed which we had intended for our adolescent son. I overheard what sounded like the housekeeper being asked to check to make sure we hadn't used the sofa bed.
Our room was on the ground floor but quiet enough at night. The pool looked fine but it was too cold outside for us to use the pool. This is a standard motel layout with the pool area in the middle of the parking lot.
The free internet access was a draw but there were no outlets open anywhere near the tiny round table which was the only thing that could have been used as a desk. There was a clean mini-frig and microwave. Bathroom was old, dingy but relatively clean. No mold was evident, but yet there was that smell...too far from the beach to be related to ocean spray.
The continental breakfast was served in the small lobby with 2 small tables available. It was well maintained but minimal in its offerings. Coffee, juice, english muffins, 2 types of cereal/milk and standard mini-danish. Same menu both mornings we were there...
The location was within walking distance to a nice mall that had multiple restaurants, Macy's, Pottery Barn, Whole Foods, RiteAid and theatres. It was NOT within walking distance of town or the waterfront, the aquarium, Cannery Row, the beach or any of the other reasons we came to Monterey. However, freeway access was easy and we could get to Carmel in a matter of minutes.
If your family needs a large room, is staying for two nights or less, and the rate is under $100, this might fit the bill. However, our family will look elsewhere if we return to this area.

  • Liked — Size of room
  • Disliked — Value, layout, lighting, smell
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Paris
2 reviews
Reviewed August 13, 2008

The stay at the hotel was rather nice but we had a problem regarding the rate.
We booked two rooms via hotels.com which, as I realised, uses travelnow.com. The rates at which we booked the rooms was in fact an AAA rate, but the website said nothing about it. As we are not AAA members the hotel charged $78 more than was mentioned on the confirmations. Now travelnow.com offers a compensation of $30 (!) in vouchers for the mistake and does not answer my several following emails.
As for hotels.com, they simply say they cannot do anything about this.
Therefore I do not recommend using either hotels.com or travelnow.com services as they do not seem reliable. To book in this hotel go directly to the super8 website.

  • Liked — cleanliness - flowers - staff
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank SkywiseParis
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sacramento
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2008

Reasonable for a cheaper place but the beds were really uncomfortable. Hard and unsteady and meant we couldn't get a good night's sleep...which is what you're really looking for in this sort of place. By comparison, the Comfort Inn down the road had wonderfully comfy beds and cost the same.

  • Stayed July 2008
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Thank grinner55
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Stavanger
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2008

We needed two nights in Monterey and booked at the Super 8. Good location by a shopping centre, small but nice pool area, and clean rooms with wireless internett and cable-tv.

Great value.

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — nothing special
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank Stavanger99
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San Luis Obispo, California
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2008

This Super 8 was better than expected. The bed was firm, the free breakfast included cereal and milk, and English muffins. It was also quieter than other motels in this row (e.g., Best Western Park Crest Inn). But the walk-in rate we were quoted ($65 + tax = $72) with a AAA card was over 10% higher than the online booking rate. Granted, that's a typical thing at motels. But we had just checked the website earlier that day (couldn't book due to website problems) and when we walked in, we requested the online rate. The front desk staff assured us that $72 was the same as booking online. Of course, when we checked in and then re-checked the website, it wasn't. The motel was half empty, so I don't see why he couldn't have offered us the slightly lower rate. Next time, we'll try one of the slightly more well-equipped motels in this row that offers more amenities, like a heated pool (the Super 8 pool is unheated).

  • Liked — Firm mattresses
  • Disliked — Walk-in rate higher than online booking rate
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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Thank california_vagabond
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2008

Walked in and got a good price. We weren't expecting much but it was actually a really good motel. Free internet access, massive clean rooms, helpful staff. One of the best finds of our trip.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank Marcus B
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Property: Super 8 Monterey / Carmel
Address: 1300 Munras Ave, Hwy-1 Exit Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-6108
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Super 8 Monterey / Carmel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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