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“Can't fault this lovely Route 66 motel”
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Monterey Motel
Ranked #24 of 144 Hotels in Albuquerque
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Melbourne
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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“Can't fault this lovely Route 66 motel”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

A bit late with my review. This was our second stay at this little gem. This time travelling 66 from Chicago to LA, with our adult daughter we drove in from Santa Fe well before lunch, and without a booking. Nothing was too much trouble , we were checked in immediately and were able to unload our luggage and freshen up. Our daughter , a nurse , couldn't believe the attention to detail in the room and how spotless it was, even down to cling wrap over the drinking glasses . The brass surrounds on the light switches were even fingerprint free. This is truly a genuine 66 motel , with lovely hosts who went out of their way to accommodate us. We were at the top of Sandia Peak and enjoying lunch only an hour after check in .

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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tucson
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The price is hard to beat and the motel is very well maintained. A classic motor inn. Nothing fancy, no breakfast served, but a clean and comfortable room in a convenient location. Aquarium and Botanic gardens are a couple blocks to the left and Old Town is a couple blocks to the right. Both easy walking distance. Bus stops for route 66 city bus are very close. This was my second stay here and no complaints. Well, maybe one complaint about no breakfast, but for the price it is worth it. McDonald's directly across the street and there is a small fridge in the room (but no microwave).

A couple runs the hotel, which means there is no 24 hour lobby. If you have a very late arrival you may need to stay someplace that is staffed overnight, but if you are arriving at a reasonable hour this is a good choice. Early departures are no problem because to check out you just leave your key on the hook next to the door in your room.

The parking spaces are very tight, however, so if you have a large truck or an RV you may need to look elsewhere. There is also a laundry room, though I have not gone inside it.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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kingwood
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11 reviews
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a great little motel -- large rooms - friendly staff - in the perfect location. Rooms were very large and clean -- nothing fancy but perfect for the price. Everyone enjoyed the pool which was sparkling clean -- would stay here again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Watlington, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Gustav and his wife keep this delightful motel immaculately The furnishings are perfectly in keeping with the period and the situation is close to the old town. It was the start of our trip on Route 66' we couldn't have chosen a better place to kick off our journey

Room Tip: Choose rooms at the back as they are a little further from the roadway
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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McKinney, Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My wife and I had the chance to stay at Monterey Non-Smokers Motel twice,coming and going and both times it was great. The motel room was clean and best of all, it didn't smell like cigarette smoke. After taking a shower, the bed beckoned us,and the beds were comfortable and clean.

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Los Angeles
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10 reviews
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

My wife & I just returned from another fantastic visit to New Mexico. We try to visit once a year & always stay at the Monterey Motel during our time in Albuquerque. The motel is walking distance to some of the very best New Mexican restaurants in Albuquerque and to all of the Old Town attractions, The Monterey Motel is very quiet, impeccably clean, & secure. It is a classic Route 66 style motel where you park your car right outside your room. One of the nicest features of staying here is the genuine friendliness of the motel owners. The couple who own & operate this motel truly exemplify the ethic of a small independent business. They care deeply about the comfort & enjoyment of their guests & work tirelessly to ensure that it remains a quiet comfortable refuge for travelers to this uniquely beautiful desert city. They always are eager to recommend new places for us visit. This time we went to Ojo Caliente resort for a day of relaxing in the natural mineral springs. We wouldn't have ever known about that special place had it not been recommended by the motel proprietor. We always feel like we are visiting friends when we stay at Monterey & that is something we really have not experienced at any other hotel. Highy recommended!

Room Tip: All the rooms are quiet & safe. If you want to be close to the swimming pool, request a room tow...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, TX
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68 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We were on a driving trip to Colorado and decided to make our midpoint stop at a place on "The Mother Road". Having read reviews of Monterey's cleanliness and friendliness, we chose to spend the night there and were not disappointed. Though we had just finished a long drive, the proprietor's dinner recommendation and suggestion regarding a walk to Old Town were just what we needed to finish out our day. The room was immaculately clean, exactly the way I remembered such 'motor courts' that we frequented as a family 50 years ago. The place felt safe, secure and, well, a bit like something out of the Eisenhower era... in the very best sense. My wife and son enjoyed the in-room refrigerator.

Don't miss the sign at night; it is absolutely gorgeous and part of the art of the road that is Route 66...

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Monterey Motel
Address: 2402 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1612
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Albuquerque
#10 Best Value Hotel in Albuquerque
#26 Family Hotel in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Monterey Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Est.1936, the Monterey Motel is a renovated historic Route 66 motel uniquely situated in Albuquerque's Old Town, and within walking distance of ABQ's main attractions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Monterey Non-Smokers Hotel Albuquerque
Monterey Non Smokers Motel

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