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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Ranked #11 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice place, nice location, excellent service”
Reviewed July 8, 2007

My husband and i just got back from driving up the california coastline from Los Angeles to Monterey and back. we spent two nights at the Casa Munras in Monterey. It is currently being renovated, so there are areas that are blocked off, and the rooms are in a state of 'transition' new bedding, old furniture, new rugs, old bathrooms, etc.. each room is in a different 'state' as we looked at a few rooms. our first night was in room 525, this room has the new rug and bedding, old furniture and updated bathroom --it was not a good night's sleep... there was some banging that could have been in the pipes but all night long it kepts us up- in addition to being next to a dumpster by a nearby business, that the garbage men decided to back up a truck and empty at 5AM.. not good-- then some feral cats decided to wail for about 30 mins before someone yelled at them and chased them away... we had to move rooms for night number two.. we were moved to 222, a king room with a fireplace (fantastic customer service, i understand most of the noises we heard were out of the staff's control) so we moved to a new room, which was more quiet, however, the walls are thin, and you hear crying babies from other rooms, every car door that is closed, every car alarm that is set or unset... every door to every room that was opened and slammed closed... we are not light sleepers, but we were up most of the night with the noise. That was unfortunate, as the hotel is a great location, the staff is top notch, great service, super friendly, they love to help you with dinner ideas and reservations, Mike was good, Bob was GREAT - he suggested going on a kuyak (can not spell) in Moss Landing, and we saw TONS of otters and seals and sea birds, had a fantastic day of touring the slough. Monterey is amazing, and i can not wait to to back. the Grotto for seafood was good, and the Monterey Fish House was a gem.. i'd skip Cannery Row, it was not the highlight, but the Warf was nice, as was the 17 mile drive, and Point Lobos was amazing.

  • Liked — historical district location, walking distance to Pier
  • Disliked — thin walls, lots of noise
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2007

We read good things on tripadvisor so we thought we would try Casa Munras. It is a fairly large older motel that is in the process of renovation. Our room was small and dark. It recently was painted and recarpeted (still smelled) but other parts of the room were still in need of work. Two complaints: they ran out of milk, muffins and other items at breakfast (by 9 AM) and the price they quoted me over the phone did not include all the charges. Overall, we were underwhelmed by the accommodations.

  • Liked — price was reasonable
  • Disliked — small, dark room -- lack of food at breakfast
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Santa Monica, CA
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Reviewed July 2, 2007

We really liked Casa Munras. It is currently being renovated so some facilities were closed (restaurant). Our room had been renovated so it was very clean, had new carpet, updated bathroom, very comfortable beds (could use better bath towels, but that is minor). There is also new outdoor furniture at the pool.

We were only in town for one night and it served our needs well (for a longer stay one might want more amenities). The staff was helpful and professional. We were also able to check in early. It is clear that they are trying to upgrade the experience for everyone.

You can catch the free trolley that runs to the Aquarium about 1 block from the hotel. If you have small kids, they would love the Dennis the Menace park (also close to the hotel).

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2007

Every time I visit Monterey I stay at Casa Munras. It is centrally located and the accomodations are excellent. If you want a quiet place and a good night sleep, this is the place to stay. They offer the Larkspur FeatherBorne bedding which is very comfortable. I also enjoy their continental breakfast complete with Starbucks coffee! All the staff are very professional and personal, which makes you feel right at home. I can't wait to go back for another visit.

  • Liked — Larkspur signature FeatherBorne Bed
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 21, 2007

My wife and stayed at Casa Munras on our vacation to Monterey. We had read the reviews and they all seem to be getting better with time. I completely agree with everyone that they are doing all the right things to make the hotel a higher class place to stay. We were treated well by the staff and the room was very comfortable, especially because of the down pillows, and bed cover. There are two things that I think could be better. First was the breakfast, which was nice, but I found the fruit to be stale as well as the bagels. The other was that for a nice hotel with no air conditioner (only heat), it was difficult to have the windows open at night because of the street noise. I would definately recommend the staff to place white noise machines in the rooms as an extra luxury that would make a huge differance. All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay very much and I found the rates to be a bargin compared to other local hotels.

  • Liked — Location, price, down bedding
  • Disliked — Breakfast, street noise
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed June 21, 2007

This is a hotel in transition. The service level and room interior are wonderful. However, the overall facility amenities are still in development.

They have done a great job making the room itself very nice, very plush and very comfortable. It's an older property, though, so the room was not very large.

The staff is first-rate, reflective of a very high-service hotel.

They are continuing their construction of a new main building, that will provide additional amenities and common areas.

The location is great to see all of the Monterey Peninsula, and I would recommend Casa Munras.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Westminster, CA
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Reviewed June 1, 2007

First time staying at Casa Munras and it definitely will NOT be the last. Very impressed w/ everything especially the staff. Very friendly and professional. Although there are some renovations going on, it didn't stop us from enjoying our weekend stay. The garden atmosphere was very relaxing and a total breath of fresh air. I'm looking forward to coming back and staying ONLY at Casa Munras. It's also close and very convenient to everything!

  • Liked — "homey" feel of the entire hotel; very inviting garden views; very relaxing atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Address: 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940 (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:
#3 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: 163
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, Estéban Restaurant. Serving traditional dishes with a pinch of adventure, Estéban Restaurant is the ideal place for a sit down dinner or socializing with friends. ... more   less 
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