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Spindrift Inn
Ranked #3 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 27, 2009

We come here every year for our birthdays and we have to drag ourselves away. The Spindrifit is fabulous. It's right off the beach and we find ourselves sitting in the ocean bay windows watching sea otters play and eat for hours. This perfect downtown cannery row location is within walking distance to everything. We leave our car at check in and don't drive again until we check out. Everything you would want to do, is right at your fingertips. We have looked at the more expensive hotels, and they have nothing more we could possibly want. We will see you again next year, and the next and . . .

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

I had not been to Monterey for a few years, boy things have changed on Canery Row!

Staff was great, room was execllent and the idea of a delivered Continental Breakfast was very much appreciated.

The location was very good. In all we had a nice time.

My only issue would be with the beds, I think they need a little updating.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Thank RHarrison
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

The Spindrift Inn totally lives up to its five star rating. Our Ocean View King was perfect: large and comfortable, well furnished, beautifully dressed bed, wood-burning fireplace, and bay window with window seats for seaside viewing. Breakfast nicely presented in our room every morning and wine and cheese in the afternoon offer that extra touch of hospitality so appreciated by frequent travelers. Visit their website for more details: www.spindriftinn.com.

Just one little thing: the seagulls are numerous and aggressive. We would have loved to open the windows to be hear the sounds of the sea but didn't dare. The birds would have been inside in a New York minute. Window screens would take care of this problem at this otherwise perfectly charming boutique hotel.

However, there aren't enough stars to rate the exceptional service and attention of the staff, which was tested to the limit when my husband left his card holder on the desk when we checked out. The mistake was discovered when we were in the process of checking in at the airport. A quick call to Karen at the Spindrift located the card holder but didn't solve the problem of clearing security without one shred of identification.

The excellent security team at Southwest Airlines took care of this difficulty, and Karen faxed an enlarged copy of his Texas driver's license to our house. She got the card holder with all of its contents to him in record time. Her tracking and followup were so very much appreciated.

Tip: Always travel with at least two forms of legal identification, maybe one in your wallet or handbag and one in a carry on--not in your luggage. Also carry a backup credit card separately from your regular stash. If you loose your wallet/handbag with all of your credit cards, you will have to cancel everything at once, thus leaving you high and dry. A backup credit card that is not a duplicate of your lost cards will be a life saver.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank TravelCritic_9
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

The room was perfect. Hardwood floors, fireplace, big fluffy bed, nice TV, etc. We stayed on the beach side and listened to the waves all night long while we slept. The fireplace was a nice touch, especially since it gets chilly at night in Monterey. We watched the sail boats and seals from our window seat in our room and took full advantage of the back stairs down to the beach. If you're looking for a hotel with all the amenities, this wouldn't be the place. There's no spa or room service. But, if you want a relaxing get away with character, this is the place!

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

The Spindrift is a very comfortable small hotel on Cannery Row. Our room faced the street, so there was some noise but it was not troublesome. We enjoyed using the fireplace in the room, and the continental breakfasts delivered to the room were a great way to begin the day. Many Monterey attractions (the aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, the waterfront) are within walking distance of the inn.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank skw45
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Reviewed September 20, 2009

My husband and I stayed in a Cannery Row view room for two nights in September, 2009. We enjoyed our stay very much. The room was very cozy and cute. The staff was extremely accomodating and helpful. The location was perfect. Nice touches like the free continental breakfast, newspaper delivered to your room, chocolate turndown, and wine and cheese served in the lobby each evening. We would definately return.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

The room was nicely appointed. It's got an old English bed and breakfast feel to it which is what was expected. What was disappointing, is the noise you'll hear if you're staying on the street side. Throughout the night, you'll hear tourists, cars, motocycles, trucks and so on. Lots of modified cars and bikes with loud exhausts showing off, sometimes parading up and down Cannery Row. Then in the middle of the night, you get the local establishments closing up and hauling garbage out to dumpsters which then travel down the street (for whatever reason). They clunk and chunk across every pavement imperfection until they reach their final resting place by the curb. Then around 6a, you get the garbage trucks that come by to unload the dumpsters and then they come crashing down on the roadside. By 7a, you're greeted by local shop owners pushing the dumpsters back to their alleyways/backdoors.

Much too much noise. I can't imagine it being any better on the other side, but I haven't been on the ocean side so will not comment. Maybe this is where money can buy quiet.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Qreus
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Additional Information about 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 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#2 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#9 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range: $195 - $439 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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