I needed a room with two beds near the Monterey Aquarium. The Intercontinental had none available so I defaulted to this property. I did not expect much. I was pleasantly surprised. First, the location is perfect. It is a 5 minute walk to Cannery Row and 10 minutes to the Aquarium, yet it is far enough away to be out of the hustle and bustle of the touristy area.
The room was very large and came with a refrigerator and a safe (which not all HIs have). The staff was very congenial. The hotel has no pool or hot tub (though there are indications a hot tub was installed but taken out of service) but it has a central outdoor courtyard (which the rooms open of off) which makes it very pleasant. It also keeps it quiet as there are no hallways to capture or transmit sounds. Our room, on the third floor, also had a partial ocean view at no extra charge.
They have a wine and cheese hour in the afternoon, which was nice. They provide bottled water on check in. The HI included breakfast was typical and average. Parking was easy and there was no problem leaving our car here after we checked out and walking to the Aquarium, thus saving a substantial parking fee in the Cannery Row area.
To sum it up, the property is quite decent and the location is excellent. You won't go wrong here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row Hotel Monterey
- Holiday Inn Monterey