We read the rave reviews on TripAdvisor and got a very different impression of the motel we arrived in this weekend.
First the good: the location is stunning, literally right across the street from Lover's Point and also just a block away from walking to Cannery Row. That's no small thing, particularly Lover's Point, although it was, on the weekend, overrun by people in the thousands. In terms of good things I can say about the rooms, they are clean and the furniture is new. The shower, which is small and has no bathtub, has good water pressure and nice hot water. Also, the front desk staff is pleasant. And most importantly -- Borg's was HALF the price of other area motels, some of which looked seedy, something Borg's was NOT. Otherwise, I've got no more positive things to say. So on to the "issues."
We entered into a very small room with zero sense of privacy at all where we could here every bodily function and conversation of the many other people staying in the hotel so that I had to wear ear plugs just to be IN the hotel. Mainly, I slept and left. There was no other reason to be in what looked like a tiny, clean submarine bunker. No frills is an understatement here. Borg's supplied soap, and in the morning, coffee in the lobby (if you can call it that). It wasn't located near any markets or inexpensive restaurants or the really obvious deli which might have been idyllic for a picnic at Lover's Point. Room Service? Hahahahahahaha, no. There was no shampoo, lotion, refrigerator, microwave, continental breakfast, bathtub, hair dryer large towels (ours were hand-towel sized and wouldn't cover my behind), or on premises vending machine. The bathroom was small and dark-tiled. The bed was uncomfortably hard and also cold, so we were lucky we had a wool blanket in the car or we would have frozen since I couldn't find the heater for this room (I'm not sure it had one). I think you're getting the picture. The bathrooms had zero counterspace, there were no pictures on the walls, and while there was a mirror, you had to stand on the bed to see it full-length.
My husband wasn't able to sleep due to road noise and the noise of neighbors' talking inside of their room. He said this was the worst hotel/motel we'd ever stayed at.
The problem is, where else can you stay for this price in Monterey? Nowhere. Most BUDGET hotels are twice as much and in farther-flung areas.
Monterey's lack of decent budget accomodations has convinced me to never stay here again: it's not worth it. I don't fault Borg's for this, but I must wonder why they don't just drop their prices to $60 a night OR renovate a little. There are no clocks in the rooms! That might help. A vending machine on premises or a continental breakfast, or a few pictures hung in the rooms MIGHT take the edge off the cramped feeling in the rooms and noise.
I'm just not able to recommend this hotel to others, especially those seeking romance OR with kids. I would stay here only if I were alone, had ear plugs, and just needed a place to crash for one night. Otherwise, no.
A last thought: maybe they don't want business? An online booking system, rather than a phone call-based one, would do wonders for them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at Lover's Point overlooking spectacular Monterey Bay; across from beach and park. Many unobstructed ocean view rooms. Monterey Bay Aquarium, golf, restaurants and historic downtown Pacific Grove are all very close by. Free WIFI in all rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Borg`s Ocean Front Hotel Pacific Grove
- Borgs Ocean Front Hotel
- Borgs Ocean Front Motel
- The Borgs Motel Pacific Grove