Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Marina
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New, clean, good value
New, clean, modern, good sized rooms. Good value for < $100.
The only downsides are the soundproofing, which seems to be absent, and Marina itself which seems to be a half-abandoned military facility. Fortunately Monterey is only moments away...
We were recommended a restaurant ("Dishes"?) by the front desk which was pretty poor - cold soup, plastic-cloth-covered tables in a barn. You might do better looking for restaurants in Monterey than Marina.
$$$ for your money
After seeing $$$ prices for Monterey Hotels, I decided to stay here. I was worried about the drive to Monterey but it's less than 10 minutes away and you cannot beat the price. Walls may have been thin but isn't that usually the case. The hotel was very clean, room spacious, and staff helpful. Would stay here again.
Very disappointed in our stay in Marina. The room was nothing like the picture on the web sight. But was clean. The walls very thin could here everything going on. Air conditioning unit ran all night long. For $179 per night was very disappointed in this property.
Nice, newer hotel. But needs better soundproofing.
I found this hotel through the CVB and got a pretty good rate with them.
The hotel is conveniently located just off Hwy 1. The traffic noise is mainly from local traffic. The construction on this hotel is new and lacks soundproofing in the walls. Be warned...do not accept rooms on the lower (basement) floor. You will likely get all of the noise from the lobby and breakfast area starting at 5am.
The staff and manager were very friendly. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the spa is very nicely done too.
Also, there is no pool. I liked the breakfast, it is one of the best I have had at hotels. The fruit at the front desk is very fresh and a great snack for your travels in Monterey.
We had an enjoyable 2 night stay at this very new, very clean and large room hotel. What a find as it is only 10 minutes from the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf at half the cost of a Monterey hotel! The hotel staff were very friendly, the continental breakfast room was lovely and spacious and the laundry room was right next to the lobby. We would highly recommend this hotel!
I had an excellent stay at the hotel on 29 January 2004. It is almost new, clean, nicely appointed, and had free internet access. Staff was particularly helpful with directions, maps and restaurant recommendations. I also had problems accessing the internet initially.
They promptly diagosed the problem and let me borrow a connection cable that worked. I would stay here again without question.
Loved the Holiday Inn Express
What a wonderful hotel! Our guestroom was brand new and beautiful. Our stay included free coffee, high speed internet iconnection, hairdryer, iron, and a wonderful breakfast. The staff was so friendly and helpful.
I am a Government employee and stay here just about every week. It's probably one of the best Holiday Inn Express I have stayed in and the rooms new, clean and have free high speed connectivity.
Service was horrible
This hotel was horrible! When I had arrived, I was given a room that was already used. Then when I requested another room, they told me that they were all booked and they didn't have one. There was no extra effort taken by the hotel to accomodate me. Then after some more prodding, the receptionist realized that there was another room available for me to use. Plus I had reserved a suite. The suite turned out to be a guestroom with a couch. The only thing good at this hotel was the express breakfast. Other than that, this place is not worth your money or your time. I will never stay there again!
Great new hotel
This is a new hotel with realy nice furnishings and landscaping. Yes, it a few min. from downtown Monterey and Carmel but it feels so nice being away from the traffic.
the sate beach is within walking distance and a good jogging path circles the lake just accross the street.
My rating is that this is a good bet for when the downtown hotels are crowded or priced too high.
Good staff, clean rooms with tripple sheeted beds!
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... memorabilia and history of Steinbeck and his work. I'm adding some of his books to my to-read list after our visit. What an interesting and talented man he was. We also drove through Monterey and checked out Fisherman's Wharf and the Cannery, both settings in Steinbeck's writing. The sunshine greeted us the next morning, and we were off on a drive along scenic Route 1 to Big Sur. Motoring down the highway we discovered panoramic scenery--rocky ...
... Pot experience. We had lots of things to try, and the meat was cooked right on our table on a grill. I had the salmon, and it was probably the best salmon that I have ever had, and Evie had galbi (a type of steak). The service was absolutely amazing; we were checked on by at least 5 different people, but it wasn’t intrusive at all.
We originally planned to go to a German restaurant named Stammtisch for dinner, but we were running late, ...
... drive on (we didn't). Beautiful cottages with stunning gardens make way for sprawling mansions as you near the ocean. We stopped to walk a bit on Ocean Street (??) to do some window shopping. We found a few gifts and smelled some very expensive and tasty food wafting out of restaurants before hopping in the car for the short drive to Monterey. The only place we actually saw there was Cannery Row, which was a bit more touristy than I'd envisioned and had ...
... this… Azure blue skies above, Aqua-Teal ocean to my left, Rusty Brown or Deep Forest Green to my right as I drove in my little rental Fiat north to my next destination.
Along the way I pulled over at various stops to just stretch and take in the view. Often times, the ocean was a few hundred feet below, pounding at the earth, producing the fantastic sound that only oceans can create.
There are a couple of notable ...
... still pretty big. There was a fair bit of jousting going on between some young bulls on the beach and in the surf. They also were a bit smelly.
As we continued the drive south I was somewhat surprised to see about a dozen zebras in a field at the side of the road.
The hotel in Santa Maria is just off the freeway so was easy to find.
Went to the cinema after tea to watch The Heat, which was daft but really made all 3 of us laugh out ...