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“Beyond Expectations”
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Monterey Bay Inn
Ranked #5 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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Tampa Florida
2 reviews
“Beyond Expectations”
Reviewed October 4, 2009

This hotel does not look like anything special when you first pull up to it. Well, dont let that fool you! They are located at the beginning of cannery row (or end depending how you look at it) and because of it's location they have many rooms with views of the bay. When we arrived we were upgraded to a beautiful room overlooking Monterey Bay. We could see the seals/sea lions laying on the rocks out in the distance. The room had a beautiful balcony where we had our delicious continental breakfast, which you order the prior night and they deliver directly to your room (a nice touch!) We left the sliding glass doors open all night to let in the cool breeze and to hear the seagulls. It was the most peaceful sleep we have had in ages. The bathroom was huge! It had a seperate door (frosted glass) for the toilet, and double sinks witha huge counter area. This room was very romantic. I'm not sure if all rooms are like this one, but I highly recommend this hotel. Parking and WIFI were both free, which is rare to find today! We stayed 1 night at the SpinDrift Inn as well, and this hotel was nicer and had a more friendly staff.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

This was our 3rd stay at the Monterey Bay Inn and again we had a wonderful stay. The rooms are clean and the beds comfortable. They also provide binoculars for looking out in to the bay along with a wonderful continental breakast delivered to your room at the time you select. It's a quiet place and very romatic (some rooms have fire places). A great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed October 1, 2009

We agree with most of the good reviews posted before us. Courteous and informative staff, clean and comfy room, toiletries of good quality, scenic harbor view from the room. We were particularly delighted by their thoughtful gestures of providing complimentary use of some good CDs (including romantic tunes from Chris Botti and sounds of nature recorded in Monterey Bay) and room service for breakfast. Our stay in the hotel was generally a pleasant one save for the following:-
1. No slippers was provided - imagine we got to walk on the chilly marble tiles on our bare feet.
2. We were prompted to leave the hotel a few times before the actual checkout time - imagine the annoying disruptions as we were halfway packing and dressing up yet we got to answer the door.
3. We were charged US$13.00 for the parking. For all hotels we have stayed in the world, we were charged so much for parking before.
If not for the above, we probably would give it the highest rating. The room rate is considerably high for a small hotel of the like and we did have a higher expectation.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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ssh217
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Reviewed October 1, 2009

My husband and I stayed 4 nights at the Monterey Bay Inn to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We wanted to stay at the Monterey Plaza as that is where we had our reception but it was going to be over $500 a night, which was way over our budget. We snagged a harbor view room (view of park from bed; view of park, street and bay from balcony) on the top floor (4th) for $300 Saturday night and $240 the other nights. The front desk was very nice and check-in and check-out were a breeze, although we did have to wait until 4pm (standard check-in time) before our room was ready.

We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the rooms were. The bathrooms are spacious with two vanities and separate toliet area, all in marble and granite. Plenty of towels and Aveda products. The bed was very comfortable and there were lots of pillows. There was also a desk and a sitting area. The room was very clean and best of all it was quiet! We couldn't hear anything from the other rooms (unlike the Plaza's hollow walls), but you could hear street noise which was not excessive after the Cherries Jubilee event was over.

The free continental breakfast delivered to your room every morning was so convenient and a perfect lite breakfast. There was always parking available on site (only $13 a night) and Wi-Fi access was resonable ($10 night).

You cannot beat the location--you are less than a mile from Fisherman's Warf and Cannery Row shops/restaurants. The coast guard pier is steps away and is a great alternative to the pricey aquarium--there are many harbor seals that like to lounge at the end on the rocks, sea otters that play by the boats and lots of floating jellyfish. Plus San Carlos beach and park are right next door. You are also a few feet away from the Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Path which runs all the way from Marina to Pacific Grove so it was super easy to get in a short run. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Northridge, CA
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised when I stayed at Monterey Inn. Although my room was right next to the street, the noise level was very low with the doors closed (the cherry jubilee festival was taking place at this time too). I also got a part harbor view which was nice. The room was very clean and orderly. The bathroom was especially nice and clean with a very comfortable bed. You get free continental breakfast brought to your door at the hour of your choice and also the free wireless internet was a plus. The front receptionist was also very very friendly. I didn't catch her name (wish I did) but she made an excellent stay even better as a finish to our trip. Thank you for a wonderful stay, monterey ban inn.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Coronado, California
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

We were attending a wedding in Monterey, so we decided to try this hotel. We had stayed at various other ones in Monterey in prior years. We were extremely happy with the lovely bay view from the balcony. Close to the walking path to both Cannery Row sights and the wharves. The room was lovely, staff was great, and we enjoyed the small rooftop spa facing the ocean---no one else was there at the time. If you want a fancy lobby and valet pkg, go a block down to the Monterey Plaza, where we stayed before. But if you want quiet, ease of underground garage, nice in-room bkft and a lovely room at a good price, I highly recommend the Monterey Bay Inn.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

The room was nice but Monterey Bay Inn is located at far end of canery row. This means alot of walking or driving your car and having to park at a meter along the street or an overpriced parking lot. Hot tub shown in picture does not exist. Continental breakfast was delivered to room which was a nice feature. Hard to check in much before 3pm.

Next time would probably pay a little more to stay closer to middle of canery row.
Building is old.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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IOM_8, General Manager at Monterey Bay Inn, responded to this review, September 30, 2009
Guest feedback is always welcome and is very valuable to our business. The Monterey Bay Inn has two hot tubs. One is located in the second floor courtyard and the other hot tub is located on the rooftop. The picture that the guest is referring to is that of the rooftop hot tub. Unfortunately, the guest was not aware of the rooftop hot tub and we have apologized to her for being disappointed in her stay.
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Property: Monterey Bay Inn
Address: 242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1437
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#4 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#4 Family Hotel in Monterey
#8 Green Hotel in Monterey
#11 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Monterey Bay Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The inviting Monterey Bay Inn sits high above the tides at its magnificent site on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Your private balcony provides a ringside seat to the ever-changing show-the delightful wonders of one of the world's richest marine regions. The Inn's 49 rooms, most with stunning ocean views, include a balcony, mini-refrigerator, king size bed, flat screen TV, Keurig coffee maker, CD and DVD player, usb charging ports, bath robes, hair dryer, and wireless internet connection. Two outdoor hot tubs, and a fire pit on the terrace complement your stay, as does the convenient parking. Complimentary continental breakfast is delivered to your room each morning. ... more   less 
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