Hotel Monte Vista

Address: 100 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001, United States | Hotel
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This hotel, located on 100 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, is near Historic Downtown and Railroad District, Flagstaff Visitor Center, The WineLoft, and Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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        TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Monte Vista Flagstaff

        Reviewed by simonsueroute66

        A film star/musician themed hotel

        Reviewed Sep 11, 2013
        by (19 reviews) Devizes , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

        Good location

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        Reviewed by tlmedsker

        Hotel Lovely, Parking - not so much...

        Reviewed Jun 12, 2013
        by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

        We loved this hotel. Lots of charm and history. We were a little frustrated though when we checked in about 8:00 on that Wednesday night and there was NO parking anywhere near the hotel. The hotel has a little bar that appeared to stay rather lively and the bar patrons often park where the hotel guests would like to. We ended up parking in a garage across the street and paying $6.00 each day. Better than walking a long distance lugging our luggage behind us.

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        Reviewed by normon66

        Quirky, but just fine!

        Reviewed Jun 16, 2011
        by (1 review) Reno , United States Flag of United States

        This is definitely a historic hotel. No AC, kinda funky and weird. We kept the windows open for some of the night to let cool air in, and the streets were noisy - but not to the point where it kept us awake. Small room and small bathroom, but if you just want somewhere fun and affordable to stay, that is RIGHT in the middle of the action, this is your place!

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        Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Monte Vista Flagstaff

        Unique character, but bereft of services


        This is nice historic hotel in a lively area of downtown Flagstaff. A famous person seems to have spent a night or two in every room in the hotel. We stayed in the Gary Cooper room, adjacent to the Bing Crosby suite and the Jon Bon Jovi room. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable, the bathroom was clean and small, and the view from all three windows was pleasant. On the other hand, the Monte Vista is far from what I expect from a hotel. There were none of the services that one typically expects, such as room service, valet service, concierge desk, and so on. There isn't even an ice machine in the hotel; the ice machine is in the lounge back of the main floor. Speaking of the lounge, this seemed to be the main attraction at the hotel, and indeed the Monte Vista is a fixture in the downtown bar scene. Unfortunately, cigarette smoke from the lounge wafts upward through the hotel, making the hallways smell like a stale ashtray, 24 hours a day. If you are a light sleeper, you might think twice about staying at the Monte Vista; it's only a block from the train track and they run in and out of the station all night. We paid about $100 for a night's stay, and parking was free.

        Wonderful Old Monty


        I just got back from a weekend stay at the Monty. My first visit and it certainly won't be my last! Wonderful old charm, Great and friendly service. The hotel has undergone a great renovation and is fun. Having read some of the other reviews that are less than positive, I can't help but wonder what hotel these people stayed at. Don't come if you expect a cookie cutter style hotel--this ain't it!! No, the Monte Vista is not the newest, but it has historic beauty and quirkiness. The train is to be expected and can be heard at any hotel that you stay at on or near Rte 66--not fair to criticize the hotel for a rail line that has been around for over 100 years!! No problems with parking. Room and bath were spotless. Great lounge, Aveda bath amenities, friendly and helpful staff. Wonderful experience--I'll be back!

        Just a thanks, 40 yrs overdue


        ... for an evening of great conversation in the MV bar w/fellow drifters in 1963. Then I was heading back to Chicago from LA, round trip bumming along 66. Stopped in Flagstaff after a day of great rides to see a friend. Can't vouch for the town or the bar now - but, if I were traveling the US by bus or Harley or Wing and found myself in Flagstaff, I'd look for the MV bar hoping to draw a cold beer w/some friendly people. (Wonder if 'Abelene' and 'One More Mountain' still play on the juke box.)

        Be reasonable


        I have sayed here a dozen or so times the last 3 or 4 years. Some rooms are downright plain, others better. Small bathrooms. Overall just adequate. THE reason to stay here is to experience downtown shopping, great restaurants and night life without having to drive in (and out) from the strip area motels. Yes the trains are noisy, once I heard the street drunks too. I still feel most of the rooms are worth the money and the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. Staying downtown and walking around is great fun IMHO ( I'm over 50 also). If you want true luxury its not here. Stay elsewhere or at a B&B for 2 or 3X the price.

        Rates quoted were not what was billed.


        Rates quoted were not the rates charged. I stayed 5/9/2003, Graduation Night. After some complaining and contacting my credit card company, I was finally able to resolve the issue. The hotel desk clerk staff left much to be desired with one at check-out telling me that whoever took my reservation 'didn't know what they were doing'. She tried to bill me 99.00 for a 74.00 room. In all fairness, I went back the next month, mentioned my problems from before, and was able to get a room for a discounted rate. The train noise IS quite loud and it occurs day and night. That should be stated somewhere on the brochures and webpage.

        The worst night of my life


        I would rather stay in a cargo hold of a 747 going to Hong Kong! We booked for two nights this past weekend but were out by 7am the next morn. Between the bed ( which are 3-4 inch mattressess on really! ) and the drunks outside the window yelling untill 2 am, the train was sure to keep you awake. There should be some kind of health warning required to be posted in the lobby. The maintanence on this place is awfull, the smells of decaying carpet and vomit stains set the tone. I have no idea how anyone could stay here and give it a better reviw than terrible. I could hardly wait to get back and write the review to warn others. Oh, I complained the next morning and they gave a disount on the room, but quite frankly, you could not pay me to stay in this dump again! We booked this place cause we saw the internet site for it, I'm telling you, it's NOTHING like what they showed there, I was deceived!

        Fun, and Funky


        In the summer Phoenix can get very hot. That is why my husband and I frequently visit the rich culture of downtown Flagstaff to cool off and have fun. Our favorite place by far is the Hotel Monte Vista. They are recently in the middle of remodeling, and returning the hotel to its days of glamour. I stayed in the "Freddy Mercury" Room the last time my husband and I stayed. It was great: purple walls washed with gold on it. They have recently become an AVEDA amenities hotel also, providing you with travel sizes of products in every room. The rooms are affordable $80 for a queen. The cocktail lounge is a great atmosphere, and the live bands on the weekends are bad either. There is also a complete AVEDA Day Spa called the OPO Salon & Spa next door where I received a fantastic massage. The receptionist named Cara at the salon was helpful in every way possible to try to make our stay in Flagstaff a great one by telling us spots to visit and places to eat. Overall the Hotel Monte Vista and surrounding shops are definitely ones to visit when you go to Flagstaff. My husband and I recommend it highly.

        Gently Funky


        I just returned from a three day business trip to Flagstaff, and the Monte V was just one of many pleasant surprises. While most of the tourists get stuck in the relentlessly ordinary motel clusters along I-40, a lucky few find the active and friendly downtown, with its mix of college students, outdoors enthusiasts, and serious art collectors.I took the smallest room in the house and found it more than adequate. Moreover, my room has yet to be hit by the current renovation - the new rooms are really stunning and well designed to showcase the history of the place. Home to an authentically retro "cocktail lounge" and very good Thai restaurant, the Monte V is a good choice for adults who can't bear the roadside strip and want a good value on a gently funky, spotlessly clean downtown hotel.

        This was a disgusting experience


        My wife and I stayed here overnight before the graduation of our son and had one of the worst stays in a hotel we've ever had in our 25 year marriage. We arrived after making reservations thinking this would be a fun place to stay. We were disgusted by the "fronts" going on there.

        We could not make reservations elsewhere as every place in town was already booked due to Northern Arizona University's graduation commencements going on the following day. The rooms smell like urine and like a lot of heavy smoking had gone on in the rooms even though we requested non-smoking rooms. The stupid ghost stories are joke. This place should be reported for ripping off customers. Plus when we walked around the hotel which is in the town center, we noticed their parking lot was another way to highway rob people. They charge $100 a day if you are caught using their parking lot. If you're caught, they chain a large cement block to your car so you can't drive off. They only unchain your car when the unlucky soul has paid the $100. This is highway robbery and should be reported to some governing agency. If you have any more questions about our stay, please e-mail me at, I will be glad to tell you more about this horrible hotel. It really should be condemned or reported to better business bureau or somebody for what they are doing. Plus, there must be some other shady dealings going on there that need to be investigated.

        Historic style


        I stayed at Monte Vista in November 2001, the night after hiking at Grand Canyon (and sleeping on a tent on snow). My double room at Monte Vista ($30)was nearly as cheap as my tent site. But the comfort was a million miles better. (No light switch in my tent). It was warm and cozy. I cashed in my free cocktail in the bar downstairs and immediately got talking to some locals. Eventually (after some more cocktails) we had dinner together and ended up at someone's home. I don't usually do this with people I've just met, especially as a woman travelling on my own!

        Monte Vista isn't the newest or most pristine hotel. But it's central, comfortable, cheap and oozes character. There are plaques commemmorating where famous people have stayed. I'm waiting for them to put up something on my door. Highly recommended.

        TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Monte Vista Flagstaff

        3.00 of 5 stars Good

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