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“Sooooo Romantic !!”
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Spindrift Inn
Ranked #2 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, France
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“Sooooo Romantic !!”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We have been to the Spindrift Hotel in Monterey beginning of August.
Monterey in July-August (I learned that on site) is just like Wales in October : very cool and foggy (tourists should know that I think to avoid surprises, as the area is great anyway).
The hotel itself is just what we expected after having selected it in Tripadvisor's list of the 10 most romantic hotels in the US.

Just like for a good cigar or an expensive brandy, you have to prepare the action. As the hotel is just breakfast-in-the-morning-at-your-room, I suggest that you do the following :
- Buy one (or two...) bottles of good wine from Napa Valley (either from the local wine shop or directly on site, north of SF !)
- When arriving to Monterey, stop in Salinas valley or Hollister or even the Central valley if you have the opportunity to go through it, and buy a good selection of those gorgeous California fruits at a local farmers market, they are just great.
When you arrive at Monterey, again, be prepared. This summer : Salinas 110F, Monterey (2à miles to the west), 55F...But this is, finally, where lies the secret !

The hotel is right on Cannery Row (yes it is ! John Steinbeck, here we are !). Small but very welcoming lobby, nice people, I strongly recommand the Valet parking facility at roughly 20 $.
Then you get into your room. Have a walk around Cannery row, visit the aquarium, go around this fantastic California coast, etc. (Big Sur, Carmel). Return in the evening. Eat at one of the nearby restaurants, all are very good.
Then...
Imagine : cool, breezy, and foggy outside. You are staying in a large bedroom, you can't see the Pacific Ocean but you ear and smell it as your room has a great bow window over the beach right under the wall of the hotel.
You have a very nice fire (that you lit yourself), chanting and cracking in your personal fireplace, you sample a good glass of that wine, together with those gorgeous fruits...Enjoy ! (and maybe read some of John Steinbeck or perhaps, Henry Miller's best pages...)
Wuthering Heights ? No ! California romanticism...

I definitely recommand this hotel for couples (less easy for families I think). Very good selection by you Tripadvisor guys !
Must know : great bed linen, breakfast included (continental), roomy bedrooms. PLEASE ask for an ocean view (more expensive, but Wowwh !). Use the Valet Parking, Cannery Row can be extremely packed, specially at the peak season, and the guys are very helpful.

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Beautiful property, comfortable room, and excellent service. Wine and cheese from 4 - 6 PM was a plus - and be sure to take it upstairs to enjoy the rooftop terrace with fantastic views overlooking Monterey Bay. Location is right on Cannery Row with easy walk to shops and restaurants.

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We appreciate your great review! Thank you for posting the tip about the rooftop terrace - it really is a hidden gem. Come back again soon!
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Great rooftop area. Comfortable beds, and perfect cannery row location. Great value also. Had to ask twice to have bags brought up to room from valet, but that didn't bother us, staff was very attentive otherwise.

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Excellent base to explore the area. We travelled down west coast of California and one of the best hotels. Charming, comfortable and very welcoming. Northern CA cool so open fire in room was lovely in evenings particularily after the complimentary wine reception. My wife has stayed in many hotels and said this is one of her all time favourites

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This was our anniversary and I wanted the extra charm that the Spindrift offered. We slept with the fire going and the windows cracked open. Watched otters out our window. Breakfast menu for both days was the same, not sure if it ever changes. Staff are friendly and location is great.

Due to my failure to book early we needed to change rooms for the second night - that did not go so well. Ended up waiting, trying back to get into room, calling for luggage to be transferred and having to wait for the right car to be brought around as the staff didn't make the shift.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The inn has the charm as billed, and staff are very attentive. Would definitely stay again. Free trolley at downtown an extra plus .....Seagulls are your constant companions. Nice to have breakfast deliveRed to your room.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

As beautiful as we thought it would be. Staff was great. I travel a lot for work and usually don't mind checking out to go home. I didn't want to leave here!!!!! I will definitely be back here soon! Great place!

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Property: Spindrift Inn
Address: 652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1021
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#3 Family Hotel in Monterey
#9 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Spindrift Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Cannery Row, directly on the beach, Spindrift Inn offers an atmosphere of romance, elegance and gracious hospitality. The Inn's distinctive two-story lobby, with its hand-tiled floors, Oriental carpets, charming antiques, original art, and wood-burning fireplace, invites quiet conversation or private reflection. The 45 comfortable, luxurious rooms-half with breathtaking ocean views-are uniquely decorated and include wood-burning fireplaces, down comforters, feather beds, honor bars, TVs, CD & DVD players, wireless internet connection, marble baths and window seats or private balconies. Complimentary silver-tray continental breakfast is served in-room, & an afternoon wine and cheese reception is held daily. Valet parking is available. ... more   less 
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