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“Cute hotel in lovely Monterey” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row

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Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row
Ranked #13 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Cute hotel in lovely Monterey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

We spent two nights in this small hotel right on Cannery Row and we enjoyed the great location, and free internet and parking. The complimentary breakfast was also nice and we thought the paper plates were very convenient, so we could bring breakfast to our room when the lobby was too busy. There are some stairs to climb and the room doors open on the outside walkways facing the courtyard, adding a rustic charm to the property. Everything was clean and comfortable and we found the overall atmosphere very relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Simona E
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
How nice of you to write such a great review, thank you so much! So glad that you liked the hotel's rustic charm...and you even had a nice word to say about the stairs, too! :)

We're so glad that you enjoyed the hotel, thanks again for letting us know. We hope that you will be able to come and stay with us again another time. Happy New Year!
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Brisbane, Australia
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73 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

My family of 4 stayed here for one night on our drive to San Francisco. The location was great with easy walking distance to both Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf. This was actually one of the main reasons that I chose this hotel so we could just park the car and forget about it. The hotel itself was lovely, very clean with breakfast included. Our room was huge with 2 doubles and a pull out sofa bed. As the beds are a bit small my husband and I had one each and our daughters shared the sofa bed. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and I would highly recommend this hotel, plus Monterey is a lovely place to visit.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jules65Brisbane
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
We're so glad that you enjoyed the hotel and that your room had plenty of room for everyone (a little tough when you're traveling with the whole family, I know). Thanks for letting us know! We're so glad that you enjoyed your trip to Monterey and hope that you will be back to visit us again in the future.
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Perfect location right near Cannery Row (we walked there for dinner/drinks/etc). It's your tradional Holiday Inn Express, except it looks like a building you would find in the area. Daily wine and cheese hour is great before a walk out on the town.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Z H
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you so much for your terrific review! We love hearing that you enjoyed your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Cannery Row and really hope that you will come and stay with us again next time you're in town.
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Brisbane
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93 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

This was a great hotel. Good location and lovely room. We were a family of five.
This was a lovely hotel and very reasonable. We saved $100 paying in advance. We had one room with two double beds and a double sofa bed.
The only problem was the beds were small and the sofa very uncomfortable and squeaked a lot.
The breakfast was fantastic and good value as it was included in your room price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank katalinbrisbane
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you so much for your review!

Due to the dimensions of the room we were unfortunately unable to fit Queen-sized beds into our double rooms, I hope this wasn't too much of an inconvenience. We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed breakfast and were generally pleased with your stay. We hope to see you again soon!
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Perth, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

We didn't arrive until about 5.30 pm after a drive from San Francisco and had a quick and easy check in. Our room was clean and comfortable with two double beds and a sofa bed for our family of four. We popped down to the lobby for the free wine hour and there was only a few other guests there. The wine was ok and there was cheese & biscuits. Free breakfast which had quite a variety on offer. There are only plastic cutlery and paper plates and bowls available which is a bit odd but at the same time I appreciate it is very good value for what you are paying to stay here. We only stayed one night on our road trip and were checked out by 9.30am. I believe it was good value and it suited our needs.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank NP62
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you so much for your review, we're very glad to hear that the hotel suited your needs and that you were happy with your stay. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation, please come and see us again if you're back in Monterey!
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Orange County, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

First off, the location is perfect, easy walking distance to the aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row (naturally!) Free parking, free internet, free breakfast (typical pre-made eggs, bacon,muffins... but also their signature cinnamon rolls and a fun little pancake- making machine) The included wine and cheese reception is a nice touch but don't expect anything special, it is really just a couple of cheese choices (cheddar and jack) and some crackers (mainly Ritz) served with carafes of 3 types of low quality wine,(cranberry juice for the kids) but if you are feeling peckish and want a little snack it is fine. There are plenty of good restaurants nearby. Yes, this Holiday Inn seems a bit overpriced but that is the sad reality of traveling to a tourist area in California, the location comes at a price.
As often mentioned by other reviewers, the stair situation is a little odd.Of course,there are elevators and there are a few rooms just off the elevators that can be accessed without using stairs, but for the most part anything above the ground floor requires a few stairs to reach. This was not a problem for us as our family travels light, but for those with heavy suitcases, strollers, mobility issues, etc. it could be a problem. The website indicates interior corridors however this is an exterior corridor hotel, your door is outside (just fyi) and the doors do not have a tight seal so you will get a slight draft and also hear the noise from the courtyard and walkways. Thankfully our stay was relatively quiet as the hotel was mostly occupied by older adults and the few children that were there were being constantly hushed by their parents. We did not experience any noise issues from the road or through the walls (I am a light sleeper so quiet is a must) but we had a corner room so only had one shared wall and I don't think the room above us was occupied so your experience may be completely different.
The rooms themselves are relatively spacious, the beds are clean and comfortable, as was the room. Absolutely no smoking or pets, which is perfect for our needs. My only complaint as far as cleanliness goes is that the carpet edges could use a good vacuuming, it was rather dusty in the corners and our room had a large stain (red wine?) on the carpet that should have been either cleaned better or repaired, kinda yucky to look at!
To help with your packing: your room comes with the standard soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, but be forwarned: the water is very soft and rinsing off soap or shampoo takes some effort. Thankfully the water pressure in the shower is good.There is a coffee maker in the room as well as a refrigerator but NO microwave. In fact, there is no microwave in the lobby either (where the breakfast and wine and cheese meals are served) so you may want to rethink bringing microwave popcorn! However if you have a real need to heat something up (a baby bottle, for instance) the person at the reception desk will kindly do that for you with their "hidden" microwave in the back, a potential incovenience.
Would I stay here again? Maybe, but only if I couldn't get a room at the Plaza

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank travellinjenna
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent stay at the Holiday Inn Express Cannery Row. I'm glad to hear that the hotel served your basic needs and you were able to avail yourself of most of our free amenities and that you found the location convenient. We hope that you will come and stay with us again next time you're in Monterey.
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Colares, Portugal
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268 reviews
150 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed two nights at the Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row and I can´t say anything against it.
The room was large, the bed very good, the bathroom ok, and the wired internet fast. The staff also very kind.
The brekfast has not a big variedity and the paper plates and plastic cutlery puts me in a bad mood.
In fact we were coming from the Holiday Inn Express Fisherman´s Wharf at San Francisco and perhaps these two together are too much to me.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank elica49
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StephanieHilton, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
I am very sorry to hear that the hotel did not suit you as well as it might have, and wish that I could better understand what the problem was. We thank you for your feedback and for being our guest, and I hope that your next trip to California goes well.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row
Address: 443 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1424
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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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Monterey
#8 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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Steps to the Pacific Ocean and historic Cannery Row - some rooms with ocean view! Luxurious boutique-style hotel completely remodeled summer of 2010. ... more   less 
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