First time at Monterey, the most unforgettable thing for me was the motel room we stayed at. We paid around $60 dollars a night, the lights were dim, it was cramped inside, internet connection barely working and a tiny bathroom with a super loud vent. It was not exactly a very “relaxing” weekend for us, and I vowed to find better motels/hotels around $100 dollars or less a night when back again.
Well, I did not have wait long. This spring I was traveling back and forth between San Francisco and Monterey weekly, and sometimes I need a place to recharge when I am too tired to handle the wheels. Here are three hotel/motels I used so far, mind you the price might go up during summer!
1. Best Western Plus De Anza Inn
Usually if you look around Best Western hotels in Monterey, most of them require about $200-$300 dollars a night for a room. However, if you don’t care about the ocean side view and just want a comfortable bed, bathroom, with decent breakfast, Best Western De Anza is the place to go.
For $89 dollars a night (without tax), you can get a room with King-size bed, complete with a sofa/living area. The room was huuuge! I can do my video exercises in the room without a problem. I love their bed and pillows, as every time I stay here I sleep like a baby. They also have decent internet connection that I can use to Skype people at night. Their breakfast is very standard, muffins, bread, bagels, cereals, etc. If you are hungry at night, there are plenty of restaurants along the streets here, plus a CVS Pharmacy within walking distance if you forget your toothbrush. They also have a computer with printer at the lobby area for guests to use.
Best Western Plus De Anza Inn Address: 2141 N Fremont Street, Monterey , California 93940-5242, United States
Phone: (831) 646-8300
2. Eco Lodge Bay Breeze.
I decided to stay at motels with even lower price tags. Upon my discovery of Eco Lodge – Bay Breeze on Yelp, I checked in bravely.
This Eco Lodge is a bit older and the facility may look very boring to some, but I have to applaud for their value. For $55 dollars a night (without tax), I was very excited to find a large clean room, queen size bed, quilt blanket (instead of those stiff, plastic type of blanket often used at motels), soft pillows, and the largest bathroom ever with decent shower head & bright lights!
Their breakfast consists of bread, muffins, waffles (yay!), cereals, instant cup noodles, apples, and more. For a motel and the price of the room, their breakfast is pretty good (thumbs up!). The person at the counter gave me extra large instant cup noodles for night snack, definitely brought back memories from my dorm years!
Furniture in the room is a bit old and not color coordinated. I could not figure out how to open the TV closet doors for some reason, even after 20 minutes of yanking around. Some window filters have small holes. But if you just want a comfortable bed to sleep on with a nice bathroom, this is the place to go. Their internet is also very good, but note that I stayed in the same building as the front office. There is another building in the back and I am not sure how good their internet connection is.
Eco Lodge Bay Breeze Address: 2049 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955
3. Quality Inn
I got a little cocky and decided to find an even cheaper motel. I saw Quality Inn online when I Googled for motels. For $45 dollars a night (without tax), you can get a Queen size bed. The only catch is that they offer smoking rooms and non-smoking rooms, so choose well.
I held my breath when I checked in…and I was pleasantly surprised. The room was honestly not that bad as some people said on Yelp reviews. They have really nice furniture in the room, the floor was very clean, the blanket smells nice, and the bathroom was decent although not as big as other ones I stayed at before. Internet was good to go. I had a non-smoking room so smell was not an issue for me.
I did notice though the windows are really thin, so you will hear people and cars passing by outside. The bed is a bit softer than other places I stayed before, and so are the pillows. Their breakfast included sausages, muffins, and bagels (literally that is it). For $45 dollars though, I think it is hard to complain…and I would book this place again if I need an emergency place to sleep.
Quality Inn Address: 2075 N. Fremont St. Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 373-5551
Where do you like to stay when visiting Monterey?