I hadn't stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before, so wasn't sure what to expect. We often stay at Fairfield Inns or Residence Inns, so that what my expectation.
First, we truly enjoyed this hotel. As everyone else has mentioned, the location is perfect. It is 1/2 block off Cannery Row and right on the bike trail. We walked down to Monterey Bay Aquarium in about 10 minutes.
The checkin and parking was easy for us. The parking is underneth and was crowded. However, there was never an issue getting a spot. The lobby is small as mentioned and this is where the nightly reception and breakfast is located. As mentioned the cheese and wine is limited, but it worked well for our kids. They love ritz crackers and cheddar cheese.
I was pleased with breakfast. Both days we were there, it was well stocked the whole time and the women working the area kept everything flowing. We didn't eat much of the hot food, so I can't comment on the eggs. However, the bacon, toast, oatmeal, yogurt, were all great.
The room wasn't fancy, but it was newly remodelled and large. The TV is flat screen. There is a large closet with a larger refrigerator. I was missing a microwave. We didn't have the noise issues mentioned by the other reviewers.
The lobby was done. There is still minor work going on outside. We could easily come and go from the front enterance.
We will definitely stay here again. It was pleasantly surprised with this hotel.
- 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