by Terry Ward
The Monterey Marriott hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, right by the Monterey Conference Center. Your family will enjoy their stay just minutes from gorgeous beaches, exciting aquariums and fun dining, shopping and entertainment attractions. At the hotel, you’ll find spacious accommodations and tons of amenities. Guestrooms boast a gorgeous view of the bay and come equipped with flat-screen TVs. Onsite dining at Fin and Field restaurant and bar makes mealtime delicious, fun and easy. The outdoor pool is a perfect place to cool off after a long day on the sand. Kids can splash, and adults can relax. The fitness center is open for guests who brought their workout goals with them. You’ll be able to start each day on the right foot with a free continental breakfast. Free Wi-Fi will keep you connected throughout your stay.
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- Free breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Location - firstly, a good location next to the Conference Centre and short walk to the Wharf (this was ideal for an early morning boat excursion). Starbucks over the road.
Check-in staff - courteous but lacked warmth.
Ate at the restaurant on our first evening and there was only one other small party there - nice food and reasonably priced. Wait staff friendly.
Valet parking at a cost of $25 with in/out privileges but cars not parked on-site.
Reception area pleasant but rooms in need of some updating. To be honest, I could have lived with this but paying over $900 per night for a room during the Monterey Classic Car event was a rip-off and at that price I would have expected piped hot water not to have been a problem. We had to call maintenance late one evening as we couldn't get hot water and when we did, it went from scalding hot to cold and back again. Definitely a safety issue if you have young children or someone with a disability.
I was told by a member of staff that the hotel was due to undergo some renovation works and it appears the hot water issues were not a one-off. On checking out I did mention the problem but the receptionist did not seem interested and neither offered to pass on my comments or point me in the direction of a manager or give me a complaints procedure. You will probably say that at certain times, such as the car event, all prices in the area increase and yours are inline with others. I bet we would have had hot water though if we'd chosen another hotel! Whilst the hotel has this problem, I think it's unfair to customers to charge such extortionate rates.
This is a great location at the heart of the town. Skywalk that connects to the Conference center on the menzannine floor. There is a small town vibe to this place that is appealling. I checked in at 2 a.m. and the staff was quick! Ben Ierome and Jared from the bar were extremely helpful and hospitable to us. I stayed at the Marriott for 3 days and the beds were extremely comfortable! The restaurant has a really great buffet selection that includes an omelet station. There was construction going on and it did not disturb me one bit. A 5 min walking distance to Fishermans wharf. Loys of eateries, general stores, ATMs, and shops. Highly recommend.