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“No pool, disappointed in this motel.”

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Laurel Inn & Conference Center
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
Stevenson, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“No pool, disappointed in this motel.”
Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Made a reservation. Nothing mentioned about pool and spa under construction until late summer 2014. No reduction in price I was told. Given a room directly overlooking construction mess. Then given another room. We would have left if we weren't so tired. The overhead lights were strong spotlights. There were no table or wall lamps. Breakfast room and food was a bit above average for motels.
Tip: The Brewing Company, next to Awakenings (the Number one restaurant in Salinas), served excellent home brew and the best prime rib dinner I have ever had.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your feedback is important. I apologize for your unsatisfactory experience. The pool closure is an inconvenience that unfortunately could not be avoided. I did reconfirm that in fact the details of the closure are posted on all of our online booking agents. I have also retrained the staff in regards to making all of our guests aware of the closure. We appreciate your business and hope to see you in the future.
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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I were back up to Salinas for a relative's 80th birthday celebration and we also did some geocaching around town. This motel continues to be one of the best places to stay when visiting anywhere around the Monterey Peninsula. Over the years, you're lucky to get a room without a reservation. Again, we didn't have time to enjoy the great Jacuzzi, sauna, or pool, but we did enjoy on two mornings one of the better included continental breakfasts anywhere. Just like in past years, this is the place we'll want to stay in future years.

Room Tip: We like to stay upstairs, it's quiet and in the front facing the pool, closer to the office is b...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Laurel Inn during your recent visit to Monterey County. I am delighted to see that you once again enjoyed your stay. The staff works diligently to meet and exceed the expectations of all our guests. We appreciate your business and look forward to your future reservations.
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Yountville, California
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118 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2014

801 W. Laurel Drive, Salinas, CA
831-449-2474

There is family closeby and this is a great place for families as well as business travelers. Laurel Inn is a survivor of many decades of changes in the economy. Thanks to alert and careful management, it has flourished when others have not.
It is about a 3.5 hour drive from home in Napa County; an ordeal from which one needs to unwind. What could be better for that than a place with an operating hot tub?

Never sure what events are going on in Salinas, it is wise to call ahead and to secure your favorite room. The location, right off a busy freeway offramp, suggests unwanted traffic noise and but the freeway is below grade and exiting vehicles are slowing to a stop right there at a signalized intersection. A right turn takes visitors right to this hotel. Rooms are arranged around a large open area where the Hotel Office, Breakfast Room, Heated Pool, Whirlpool and a dry Sauna are located. The Parking lot merges into that of the adjacent Black Bear restaurant. It is a well planned combination.

We have stayed in a second floor room that faces the freeway, one that faces Laurel Drive and several that face the adjacent side street (easy access). Traffic noise is barley noticeable during daylight; fades to nil at night.

Rooms are similar, finished as alike as the type of bed allows. Small refrigerators and "Bottle" TV in each room, Microwave Ovens are in the Breakfast Room and there is on in the office. The latter provides yummy treats in mid-day, a TV and a Personal Desktop Computer.

Staff is always polite and efficient.
Prices are always attractive.

Room Tip: The rooms out back on the side street are accessed by a covered passageway that leads out to dining...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our property, we greatly appreciate your feedback. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay! The entire staff works diligently to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests. We look forward to your future reservations.
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Oakland, California
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43 reviews
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is a motel, just off the highway, and our room cost about eighty bucks. We weren't expecting much, and the result was that we were pleasantly surprised. The room was nothing fancy, but the beds were comfortable, the room was very clean, and the shower and bathroom were decent. Free breakfast wasn't anything to write home about, but it was a nice perk. The pool area was open pretty late, and we made use of the hot tub, which despite being sort of in the middle of the parking lot, felt really nice. The walls around it make it feel sort of private. Pool is unheated, so I didn't go in (it was winter), but it was an option. Overall, for the price, we thought this was a really good place to stay. We could have easily paid 100 dollars more for a hotel that was only marginally better.

Room Tip: It's a two-story motel, so try to request a second-floor room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. Your feedback is very important to us. I am delighted to see you enjoyed your stay. Relaxing in the hot tub after a long day is always nice. We also have a dry sauna in our pool area. Again, thank you for taking the time to review our property and we look forward to your future reservation.
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Sacramento California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2014

My daughter & I recently stayed one night at the motel while rolling in around 1130 PM. Though it was somewhat annoying having to transact the check in through a bank teller type window, it's understandable given the state of the world and the time of night. But the employee couldn't have been nicer and had us in our room quickly. The room was spotless and very clean. The bed was comfortable and we both slept well with no noise issues. My daughter was very impressed with the continental breakfast with a good presentation of items. Myself, I had a full breakfast at the Black Bear Diner, which is in the parking lot. (they do offer a 10% coupon for Black Bear in their lobby which unfortunately I did not find out about til I checked out.The location is right off the freeway, very convenient & easy to find. At under $100 that I paid, I really don't know why anyone would pay more. Good experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay. The staff works meticulously to meet and exceed any expectations you may have and that your entire experience from beginning to end is positive. We look forward to your future reservation.
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We booked this off Yelp recommendations and we were pleasantly surprised. We were on day 5 of our weeklong roadtrip from up Seattle, the previous night we had camped in the Pfeiffer State Park and we needed some good sleep. And that we did get in the comfy beds. The room was really clean and spacious. We did not face any issues with the heating as some other of the reviewers faced. Being a light sleeper and the place being right off 101 I was apprehensive of the noise coming from the highway - but there were no such issues. The breakfast was decent as well. Nothing too fancy but filling. All in all, we were tired and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our property, we greatly appreciate the feedback. A comfortable bed and a spotless room after a long day of traveling is a wonderful thing and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay. The staff here at the Laurel Inn strives to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests. We look forward to your future reservations.
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Alvin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2013

This drive up to your door motel was perfect for unloading our van for the night. The room was very clean with ample space. The beds were comfortable.. It had a mini fridge but no microwave but you could use the microwave in the breakfast area. The breakfast area was also very clean and neat and monitored by someone who greeted you as you entered with your room key. Standard complimentary breakfast. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There was always two working the front desk ready to help. Good price. If you are staying here, consider Mi Tierra's Restaurant which is worthy of a DDD episode. Everything packed with flavor and very reasonably priced for the huge portions.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the freeway.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Laurel_Inn801, Guest Relations Manager at Laurel Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
I was pleased to see you found your stay enjoyable. The entire staff works diligently to ensure your experience here at the Laurel Inn is pleasant. In addition to the breakfast room microwave we also have a microwave in the office. We gladly offer its use to you any time before 11pm. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property and we look forward to your future reservation.
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Property: Laurel Inn & Conference Center
Address: 801 W Laurel Dr, Salinas, CA 93906-2730 (Formerly Laurel Inn Motel)
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Location: United States > California > Salinas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Laurel Inn & Conference Center 2*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spanish exterior - 1 mi to city center, 1 mi to major shopping. ... more   less 
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