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Best Western Plus Victorian Inn
Ranked #6 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Being a Best Western, we were not expecting the cozy, inviting B&B experience we received at this hotel. The rooms were large and well-appointed, much like staying in someone's home. Not a run-of-the-mill chain hotel experience at all. The location was excellent - two blocks from Cannery Row and 20 minutes walk from Fisherman's Wharf. Parking costs extra, and we had some difficulty getting in and out of the below-ground garage because of the way the drive sloped - our rental car's low carriage kept scraping the pavement - but they allowed us to park in a spot behind the hotel on our last night to avoid this problem. The breakfast is good, if repetitive. And be forewarned that the free wifi runs slow. People not from central CA should also know that there is not usually A/C in the hotels here, as there wasn't at this Best Western. The room was quite comfortable with the ceiling fan running and the sliding door open a bit, but this also allowed the noise from the busy street outside in. However, all in all, I would still stay here again in a heartbeat if ever I'm in Monterey.

Room Tip: If you normally get hot, ask for a room with the sliding glass door facing the courtyard or back of...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

It's so amazing how reviews can be so positive about this hotel. My opinions are: It is nothing special. It's a stacked motel type facility on a busy street with thin walls. On a glorious sunny day in Monterrey, my hotel was just plain. Rooms are rather dark gussied up with a gas fireplace. Big screen TV with low rez service. Slow internet despite the claim that it is "high speed internet". When you turn it on it offers you a higher speed service for $3.99 a day...but even that is quite slow. And services like Skype are choppy because of slow upload speeds. Long depressing walkway among the stacked rooms. Front desk people were good/average. It's about 8 PM...all windows closed...I can hear the cars rolling by.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Perfect location for walking to Cannery Row and local shops and restaurants. Great hotel for staying with dogs. Room is very cute and comfortable. Clean and spacious. The fireplace adds a delightful little touch and some romantic ambiance. Customer service at the front desk was fantastic and quick. I love that we could leave our car parked in the lot even after check-out. This was perfect for being able to have a leisurely morning to walk and get breakfast and to take the dogs for a nice long walk before the car ride home. My one and only complaint, like other reviewers have noted, is that the sound travels from room to room. We couldn't necessarily hear what was going on in other rooms - but I felt like either the residents next to us or above us were slamming their doors incessantly. At 6 am. At 6:10 am. At 6:15 am. There was a lot of door slamming and it was far from muffled. It felt like it was echoing through our own room. Annoying? Very. A deal breaker for another stay? No. Not the hotel's fault rude inconsiderate people don't know how to close doors politely at early hours on weekend mornings.

Despite the noise, I will definitely consider staying here again next time hubby and I are in the area with our little furry babies.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Within walking distance of all popular attractions, but far enough away from the crowds. Helpful staff. Check with them about restaurant suggestions, they have complimentary offers from many of them. Breakfast is full buffet, Very quiet even on 2nd floor. Wine at reception not great but the people you meet from all over the world make it worth going down and visiting. Fireplace in the middle of summer was lovely.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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IOM-ManagerResponse, Director of Sales at Best Western Plus Victorian Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2012

Thanks for posting your review with tips that will help future guests! We hope you will be a future 'repeat guest' very soon!

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We were on a small guided tour of Highway 1, and this was our stop for the night----Cannery Row in Monterey. From the hotel you can walk easily thru the Cannery Row section of Monterey, up to the Aquarium, to the beach, up a half mile to watch the seals lying on the beach.

There is Wifi and it was nice to have a newspaper available at the front desk in the a.m.

Everyone in our party loved the hotel. Each room had a fireplace for cooler evenings. There was a hot-tub an easy walk from the room. Rooms were very, very spacious. Super-comfortable gigantic bed. There were two bathroom sinks---one inside the regular bathroom, and one just outside the bathroom, making it easy for two to get ready for the day at the same time. Nice flat-screen television. We didn't spend that much time in the room, as we were here to see the sights. The hotel was a two-story open type, everyone having an outside entrance to his room. We were on the ground floor, so we had a little patio.

However, we did partake of a really nice wine and cheese social (daily at 4 pm, I believe). Very enjoyable, and servers very friendly and accommodating to all who were there. Same thing at breakfast the next day.....breakfast burritos, sausages, good coffee, fruit juice, fresh fruit, take-along fruit, toast, bagels, muffins, cereal, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs....I'm probably missing some things, but it was a pretty nice start to the day. I watched one of the servers help a small boy prepare a "family tray" to take back to his parents' room.

If this is the new standard for Best Western, they're onto something good!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We decided on Saturday to go to Monterey on Sunday for two nights. The two or three places we have stayed at in the past were booked so I looked around the web for other options. With a high rating from Tripadvisor and availability we booked our stay.

We had a King room on the third floor and it was very spacious with high ceilings, fireplace, large flat screen TV and two sinks in the bath area. Two things that we especially liked were they provided a rubber bath mat to use in the tub/shower so you don't slip and the remote for the TV has a sealed surface so it can be cleaned properly.

The staff was efficient and helpful. The breakfast was similar to what most of the chain hotels are offering now with three hot items along with the cereals, muffins, fruits, drinks etc.

The location is central to the area activities and we enjoyed our spur of the moment stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We were looking for a hotel that was centrally located so that we wouldn't have to drive to the Aquarium, Cannery Row, dinner, etc. The Victorian Inn was perfect! Our room was clean, quiet, convenient AND ready for us when we arrived at 3pm (check in is 4pm). The hotel hosts a wine and cheese reception every afternoon at 4:30 and a very substantial breakfast buffet every morning from 7-10am. I have to say, my hubby and I are pretty picky, but we both kept saying that we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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IOM-ManagerResponse, Director of Sales at Best Western Plus Victorian Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2012

Thanks for the mighty fine review!! On behalf of the entire Victorian Inn team, we appreciate it! We hope you will make that return trip soon!

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Address: 487 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Monterey
#5 Family Hotel in Monterey
#5 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
Price Range: $140 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Plus Victorian Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the tranquility of a seaside vacation when you stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Victorian Inn. Bike along scenic coastal shores, kayak in the bay, sample some of the world's best wines, go whale watching, or picnic and fly kites on sun drenched beaches. Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the unique shops and restaurants along Cannery Row, all within walking distance of our intimate hotel. Rest in accommodations with in-room marble fireplaces, and private patios, balconies or window seats where you can soak up ocean breezes. Our charming Central Coast property offers oversized guestrooms and suites perfect for couples, families and other groups, with full-sized living rooms, and sleeper sofas. All guests enjoy a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese reception featuring award-winning wines, daily. Soak up the serenity of the sea and explore the best of California's Central Coast when you plan your next escape, from wine tastings, to bike rentals, pet pampering and beach side weekend getaways. ... more   less 
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