Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay Seaside
Party going on next door.....
The staff was pleasant . But the rooms were very small and smelled strongly of cleaner. The beds were so hard that both my husband and myself were in pain for 24 hours after spending the night. And I don't have hip or back problems. To add insult to injury, there was a party going on in the rooms surrounding us and we were unable to get to sleep until 3 A.M. when the police was finally called by the staff to break up the party. The desk did take $20 off the price of the room for our inconvenience but I gotta tell you it didn't seem like enough. This is the second time we have stayed there. The first time was when it was Days Inn about 9 years ago. We stayed one night and moved over to Embassy Suites. The rooms were small and dark.
Wonderful and Courteous Staff
I wanted to write to let travellers know what a wonderful experience I had staying at the Holiday Inn Express (Monterey Bay). The best part about the hotel is the staff. They were all very courteous and friendly. The manager, Michelle, was extremely helpful and went out of her way to make my group's stay a happy one. As for the the hotel itself, I found it clean and conveniently located. If you are used to accommodations in four star hotels, you will find this place lacking the amenities and luxury you desire. But if you are looking for an inexpensive and nice place to stay, I would highly recommend this hotel.
Ambience No, Value Si
What do you want for a price in Monterey - Carmel hyper priced area. Good breakfast, friendly service, good internet, good location, clean. Would I do it again, you bet cuz I'm cheap and want value for the buck.
Do not stay here if you want a good night sleep!
We stayed here one night. Accepted that it was a typical motel type hotel as we were doing a driving holiday and just wanted somewhere clean and comfortable to stay the night. Check in was fine, hotel decor was very shabby and rooms did have a musty smell.
Understood that it was holiday time and it would be busy, did not expect to have a totally sleepless night, especially suffering from jet lag. Unfortunately our room had to be next to some youths who shouted and screamed all night, waking us up on the hour every hour. All we could here was very bad language coming from the immediate vicinity of our front door. We phoned down to reception several times to get them to sort it out, eventually with the 3rd call the night receptionist sorted them out, after saying twice that security had seen to them (what security???). To be honest me and my husband were extremely scared and did not want to comfront these people who were obviously worse the wear for drink.
Next morning we comfronted reception, who immediately cleared our account and never charged us for the room. We would have refused to pay anyway, so i do give them a little credit. I do think in future that should these situations arise they should have the police called and these sort of people should be chucked out.
Alternatively, have a proper security system, not just rely on one female night receptionist.
My advice is to look at other options as we noticed some very nice hotels in the Cannery Row area.
Good moderately priced hotel for area
Our family of 5 stayed here for 4 nights. The room was small but very clean and the staff was very helpful. The breakfast is well stocked with food and there is plenty of seating. The pool area has a hot tub. The hotel is located right on the edge of Monterey and most tourist areas are within a very short driving distance. This hotel was quiet, well maintained and the staff were all very attentive during our stay. I will definitely stay there again when I return to the area.
Don't stay here!!
This hotel was gross. Horrible smell and a very small room. I stayed here accidentally, when I booked the wrong hotel. The only good thing about this place was that it was only 3 minutes away from Cannery Row, and they served a good breakfast, but if you want a great Holiday Inn Express in the same area, stay at the Marina, CA Holiday Inn Express. It's new and clean.
Pleasant Stay, good location
Checkin and checkout were smooth and uneventful.
Clean room and friendly staff.
Not mentioned in their ad but also included:
The outdoor pool area also includes a hottub.
Rooms also include high speed wireless internet.
The complementary 'contenental breakfast' is provided in a nice seating area and well stocked and staffed.
The lake curves around the hotel so there is a view of water from most rooms. The Embassy Suites is right next door so they have the same views.
Easy freeway access, but the freeway is on the far side of the lake and the noise does not carry. Most of the Monterey attractions are a few minutes away.
Our stay at the hotel was 'uneventful' and 'problem free', which makes me rate it better than average.
After reading the reviews posted here, I was rather dreading my stay. I'm happy to write that I was pleasantly surprised. No doubt the photos posted online are not kind to this establishment -- what appeared to be a murky swamp in front of the building was actually a lovely little lake filled with various species of waterfowl. The hotel is a half mile from a walking beach and close to area restaurants and attractions. Rooms are clean, comfortable, and bright in a California hotel kind of way. Beds are comfy and conducive to a good night's sleep. Not a resort by any means, but a good bet at a fairly reasonable price for this expensive area.
Was driving up the coast of California and needed a place to stay for the night - stopped in at the Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay. The rate wasn't great (I was travelling on a budget and like to keep my room rates around $65.00 - paid $90.00 plus tax for this room). The room itself was nice enough, but no extras that I think $90.00 should include - no refrigerator, microwave. Outside corriders, which I don't care for. The room was nice and clean though, and located directly off of the highway near a couple restaurants in a safe area. There was also an outdoor heated pool, but I didn't use it. The best part of the hotel was the gentleman checking me in was very, very helpful. Asked why I choose that hotel to stay in, and told him that I just needed a place to sleep and didn't know anything about the area. He proceeding to give me a map of Monterey, pointed out areas of interest and recommended the aquarium and 17-mile scenic drive (I went to the aquarium and it was great, but didn't do the 17-mile drive so I don't know if it was worth it or not). He also recommended many places to eat at and gave me direction to them. I don't think I'd stay here again based on the price only - I'd try to find a cheaper hotel to stay in, but you do get what you pay for and the information I received was excellent. The hotel was also a short, easy drive from the aquarium and Cannery Row.
Located just off the main freeway. Short drive to centre of Monterey.
Front desk staff were helpful and friendly.
Room was small and lighting was poor. Lots of early morning traffic noise. The free breakfast was dreadful.
Would stay elsewhere next time.
TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Express @ Monterey Bay Seaside
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