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“High Quality Good Value Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Ranked #15 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“High Quality Good Value Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights and the room was nicely furnished and well equipped but not very big. We only had booked a standard room so no complaints, we expected small but perfectly formed which it was. Room facilities and high standards more befitting of a more expensive hotel. Grounds kept immaculate as is the terrace, reception, bar and restaurant. Staff were first class, friendly but VERY professional yet in genuine way - they want you to have a great time! Staff were efficient in making reservations for various attractions and restaurants. We ate dinner one evening in Estaban's, the hotels own dining room. Food was nice but not outstanding in that the food was a bit overpriced but not badly so. A good time was had with very good cocktails (and these were the real deal) and wine and with superb staff. Very laid back affair and a good end to our day.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
We were all thrilled to read your fantastic review! Thank you for your kind words regarding our staff. They always try to make our guests stay a memorable one and we are happy to hear they left the impression they did. Regarding your dining experience, we are disappointed that we fell short, however, we were pleased that you found your drinks and our wine selection to be excellent, along with our restaurant staff. We will be sure to share your comments with our Chef, as he continually strives to offer the most delectable and freshest Spanish dishes. Thank you very much for taking the time to share and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Sincerely,
Management of the Inns of Monterey
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  • Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is our third time staying at this lovely inn. It was originally an old hacienda and still maintains that charm even though it is a fairly large hotel. The pool is wonderful, surrounded by roses, has tasteful luxurious decor. Many good restaurants and the historic wharf are within walking distance, although Cannery Row is a bit of a walk for dinner. The grounds and rooms are always well kept. Cannot wait till our next visit.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I spent our 30th wedding anniversary in Monterey and had a wonderful time. Casa Munras was perfect for our stay. The front desk was friendly and informative and our dog felt right at home also. The restaurant in the hotel was fabulous with a pet friendly patio for dining. In old town and close to everything without being in the middle of all of the high traffic areas. Loved it !!! Well return again.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

This hotel was booked by our son and at first we were worried that it would not be what we liked. We were very pleasantly surprised. This was a very, very nice place to stay. Our king size room overlooking the kidney shaped, well maintained pool and beautiful rose garden was cozy and also very clean. Linen and mattress as well as bathroom were all clean and well appointed. Although there was no air conditioning and it was an unseasonable hot spell the room was cooled sufficiently during the day and at night by tall oscillating electronic fan. Casement window opened wide also. No elevator but a bellman was almost instantly available to carry up our bags to the second floor. Restaurant was excellent, as was the large outside lounge area that had a fire pit and propane heaters. Trader Joe's nearby. Rather easy walk to downtown and the water front. Our son and wife walked all the way to Pacific Grove!. All in all a very nice stay. Near the Presidio Armed Services Base and also the International Studies Grad. School of Middlebury College.

Green Features: Recycled in keeping with conventional practices by using separate receptacles for paper, plastic etc. Since it is not air conditioned it obviously saves on use of electricity.
  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank enjoytravelnj
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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
We are very appreciative of your kind words and want to thank you for the recent review. It is wonderful to hear that our helpful staff, beautiful property, and central location were able to change your initial doubts about our property. We hope to welcome you and your family back for another Monterey experience!

Sincerely,
Management of the Inns of Monterey
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Napa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

LOVE, love, love the spa (Sano Spa), the hotel is super cute and dog friendly. Only downside is the restaurant. Limited menu items and it took FOREVER to get our food. Very typical "hotel" food, almost cafeteria like.
OK, back to the things we love about it. Great fireplace in room, extra comfy beds, quiet part of town but within walking distance of downtown and one of the best places to get a drink in Monterey (Restaurant 1833).

Green Features: Organic/local food & beverages Towel reuse program Linen reuse program Non-toxic pest control Education for guests on green practices Low chemical gardening
  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Veronica S
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326 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

Good price for a beautiful stay. The rooms are a bit dated and the cleanliness of the bathroom was questionable (there was hair and a bobby pin in the middle of the floor when we got there). However, it was very reasonably priced and quiet. I really appreciated the spa products in the bathroom and the fan they provided in the closet. Not the nicest stay but perfectly acceptable!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Inns_of_Monterey, Manager at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
We are thrilled to find out that you had a beautiful stay. Our property is one of the more authentic properties in downtown Monterey, once being owned by Spanish diplomat Don Esteban Munras. Our company the Inns of Monterey, recently purchased Casa Munras Hotel and Spa and will be beginning guest room renovations this October. We hope bring back the luster of the property, while preserving the integrity of such a historical building. We will be installing all new furniture, plumbing, electric, insulation, carpet, ceiling fans, and flat screen televisions to provide our guests with the modern day luxuries and amenities. In regards to the bathroom, we are very sorry and disappointed that you encountered this. Cleanliness is a top priority of ours and we will certainly review your comments with our housekeeping management to ensure that this does not occur in the future. We truly hope that you will consider staying with us in the future to experience the upcoming changes firsthand.

Sincerely,
Management of the Inns of Monterey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

What a nice diversion from high rise chain hotels! It has been a while since I've stayed at a place where you were able to park right outside your room. It's an older, historic property that what lacks in modern amenities (like big bathrooms, big closets, big flat screens) makes up in comfort (great bed) and service (outstanding). It's an easy walk to downtown, and the restaurant is a gem with a unique Tapas menu that is a great value (short ribs for $14!!

It is also a great value compared to several other Monterey Hotels.

Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Property: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Address: 700 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-3110 (Formerly Casa Munras, A Larkspur Collection Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#10 Green Hotel in Monterey
#13 Family Hotel in Monterey
#22 Business Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 171
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay Authentic. Historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is located in the Old-Town heart of the picturesque coastal town of Monterey. True to its Spanish heritage, this hacienda-inspired hotel embraces its outdoor spaces while beckoning guests to the warm comforts of their living quarters. A short stroll to Historic Old Monterey or the world famous Fisherman's Wharf, Casa Munras Hotel & Spa is ideally located near many of the Central California region's most visited attractions - coastal California at its best. Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa strives to offer a personalized experience tailored to guest's individual needs and interests, from complimentary wireless high speed Internet, DVD players and movie libraries, to a full service business center and a knowledgeable concierge program. Whether traveling on business or enjoying a well-deserved vacation, the Casa Munras Hotel & Spa offers a wide array of amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Guests can "sip, savor and share" Spanish-inspired tapas at the hotel's on-property restaurant, Esteban. Serving traditional dishes with a pinch of adventure, Esteban is the ideal place for a sit down dinner or socializing with friends. ... more   less 
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Casa Munras Garden Hotel

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