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Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Seaside
Reviewed August 5, 2011

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.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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GMMontereyBay, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Monterey Bay. The next time you travel to the area we would love the opportunity to welcome you back as our guest.

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

I booked this hotel because I usually like Holiday Inn Express.
This hotel is not like any of the other Holiday Inn Express' I have stayed at. I should have checked into it further. They do not have refrigerators or microwaves in the rooms. It is an outdoor hotel. No interior rooms at all. There is only one very old elevator.It was very noisy, both from highway traffic and from people in other rooms. You could hear their cell phone conversations.

The front desk girls were nice and the breakfast was nice. I love the new pancake machine!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Thank avshockey
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GMMontereyBay, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I'm sorry to hear you were unhappy with your stay. We do offer refrigerators upon request, I apologize if this was not offered to you. Happy to hear you liked the pancake machine we have added in the breakfast room. I hope you will give us the opportunity to try and make your next stay more enjoyable if you travel to the area in the future.

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Reviewed June 23, 2011

This was our "hub" hotel for our week trip to CA. We stayed there the majority of the time. It was the most expensive and the worst of the 3 hotels we stayed in while in CA. The bathtub needed replacing or resurfacing. There was no microwave, nor mini-fridge. It's been years since we stayed in a hotel that didn't have those in every room. They did offer a different "hot breakfast" every morning, but the eggs tasted "fake", like powdered eggs or egg beaters and the sausage patties were so bad that I couldn't eat them. The only thing that I can figure out as to why it was so much more than the other hotels we stayed in was possibly the king sized bed which was also horrible. I felt the springs each time that I laid down and the pillows were so soft that I had to use 2 to sleep.
This stay has made me apprehensive about any stay at another Holiday Inn Express.

Room Tip: Not a good choice for over one night.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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GMMontereyBay, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Monterey Bay. . It is important to us to know what problems may exist so that we can work on them in hopes of improving the hotel. We appreciate the feedback we receive from our guests and welcome any opportunity to improve guest satisfaction. We do offer refrigerators upon request and have Microwaves available for guest use.

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Reviewed June 13, 2011

I was a little hesitant to make a booking here given some of the reviews on TA, but overall I found the place to be quite acceptable - perhaps as a result of going there with low expectations. We arrived well past midnight due to a delayed flight and were greeted very courteously by the night staff. Our room was on the ground floor facing Del Monte Blvd, which initially I was not pleased about but in fact we found the noise to be less than expected. The room was average-sized and had a coffee maker, iron/ironing board, cable TV and free wifi (both of which in our room worked without any hitches). The bathroom was perhaps a little small and thankfully we experienced no noisy plumbing from other rooms. The free breakfast is the usual Holiday Inn fare - i.e. perfectly adequate, and there is a Starbucks and Macdonalds a block away, with downtown Monterey 2 minute's drive away, and Cannery Row about 5 minutes away. It is certainly not the newest or best HI Express we have stayed in, but then it was definitely not the worst either.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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GMMontereyBay, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2011

Thank you for choosing to stay with us when you visited the Monterey Peninsula, and for taking the time to post a review. We look forward to having you as our guests in the future.

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Reviewed June 9, 2011

This is the second time we stayed in this Holiday Inn. Good value for the money -- free wi-fi, free breakfast, convenient parking. Friendly front desk.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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GMMontereyBay, Manager at Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Monterey Bay. The next time you travel to the area we would love the opportunity to welcome you back.

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Reviewed June 5, 2011

Place is dirty, and run down. The entire back half of the property has birds nesting under the roof line and they crap all over everything. The male employees were working on thier cars in the back lot for a good hour until we called the front desk. Sons socks were so dirty from the carpet we took them to the front desk. We had booked tow days and stayed only one. Manager needs to be fired !

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank woody495
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

The hotel staff were most cooperative and helpful. The room was spacious and clean. The bathroom was clean and very generous supplies were included. There was coffee making facilities and wifi included. We asked for a quiet room and the room we were given was perfect. It is a short drive to Monterey but a great location if you have a car. The included breakfast is very basic but was fine. We were very impressed.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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GMMontereyBay, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2011

Thank you for choosing to stay with us when you visited the Monterey Peninsula, and for taking the time to post a review. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you travel to the area.

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Address: 1400 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955-4234
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Seaside
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Seaside
Price Range: $98 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 143
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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