We didn't have high expectations of this hotel because of the mixed reviews. But, we were pleasantly surprised.
The room was fine, comfortable and clean. We had an older TV, not the flat screen type shown on their web site, but not sure if we even turned it on.
The included breakfasts were quite OK, although the breakfast room was a little crowded on one of the mornings. The one pancake machine was very much in demand, with a line of hungry guests awaiting their turn.
Location was quite OK. For us, it was quiet; we were at the back overlooking the river and the local Chili Restaurant's car park.
It is just a short drive far from Cannery Row and the Monterey area's various restaurants. We had a great meal at Chili's one night and an equally excellent meal at the Britannia Arms Pub in Alvarado Street, Monterey the second night. Fantastic shephard's pie!
Overall, quite a good stay and good value for money for the price that we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express - Monterey Bay (Del Monte Beach Area), CA. We are conveniently located off Hwy 1, just 2 blocks from the beach where you can enjoy a leisurely walk along Monterey's gorgeous coastline. We are at the gateway to the area's most popular attractions only 2 miles north of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, 3 miles north of Cannery Row, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and minutes from world-class golf at Pebble Beach. Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway is just a short 4 miles from our front door. The quaint seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a must see, and just 7 miles south via Hwy 1. After a day of exploring the Monterey Peninsula, return to our friendly hotel and relax. We offer 143, 100% non-smoking comfortable newly designed guestrooms and an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. You may also enjoy an invigorating work out in our on-site fitness center. Join us each morning for our Complimentary Express Start HOT Breakfast Bar featuring scrambled eggs or cheese omelettes, bacon, sausage, or sausauge gravy and biscuits with our hot cinnamon rolls and over 20 other items. / Check your email or go online on your laptop with our free wireless internet access. We are Committed to Extraordinary Service Assuring Satisfaction & a good night rest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay Hotel Seaside
- Holiday Inn Seaside
- Holiday Inn Express Seaside
- Holiday Inn Monterey Bay