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Review of HI Monterey Hostel

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HI Monterey Hostel
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A new and worthwhile experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

I was planning to camp at Big Sur after a business convention as an antidote to corporate hoteldom but actually decided at the last minute it would be too much hassle so instead booked this hostel - I'm in my mid 40's and had never tried a hostel so I was a bit unsure! I'm pleased to say, it was great - if you are travelling alone you can chat to others in the evening and the staff were very friendly. The location for me was superb but I did have a rental car so I guess if you didn't have a car it might be a bit of a walk to see much more than just the old town part of Monterey. I was in a dormitory type set up which was a bit weird, primarily as I was initially a bit concerned about my property but it seemed that everyone else was very relaxed about laptops and iphones so I just chilled as well and stopped worrying. WiFi was free so I was able to log on easily and do my work stuff in the evening or early morning. All in all, great value for money, felt safe, parking etc was on site and I'd do it again now anytime!

Room Tip: I don't think you get a choice!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

stayed here in private room in june 2011 whilst doing 3 week trip of california.
2 girls for 2 nights $141.80 inc taxes and non member fees. the private room had double bed and a bunk bed. quite dark in the room, bit grubby looking. the dorms actually looked nicer! the rest of the hostel was nice enough. tv area lovely and kitchen big and clean. bathroom adequate, free use of hairdryers. need tokens for showers get these from reception and if you needed more no prob, trying to conserve water here. big car park (free) bit of walk down to monterey sea front but not too bad (bout 15mins) didnt love this hostel but it was adequate for our stay, free trolley round monterey (bus ride) and the sardine factory restaurant i highly recommend (do 3 course dinner for around 30dollars if i remember rightly from 5-7pm?) didnt really know where to go at night for nights out and the hostel has a curfew so if your looking for a sociable night out then you cant be late back as you get locked out!!! think it was 1am curfew time, in hindsight i would only stay here for 1 night again and thats if i had to stay in monterey again, it was too long a drive to get from santa bab to san fran through big sur etc so we had to stop off somewhere- think monterey is a place for older people to enjoy, we did ask at reception what to do at night but was told wasnt much. to be honest this was the only hostel i wouldnt stay at again on my travels round california, just thought it was a bit gloomy for us and like i said only stayed in monterey to break up the long drive.

Room Tip: maybe opt for a dorm instead of private room as just the same looking
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

First - it's important to note this is a hostel, not a hotel, so yes, expect that type of set up. We paid a little extra to get a double room and this was an excellent decision, it is truly excellent value for a place like Monterey and you can still have your privacy.
The element that truly sets this hostel apart is the service. We had free breakfast cheerfully cooked for us every morning, and the advice we received about tourist attractions and eating locally was spot on. Absolutely everything that was recommended to us was 100% wonderful, so it was nice spending all the extra money we saved on an expensive room elsewhere on fun local activities and excellent food.
The common areas were very comfy and there was somewhere to put our feet up every night and use the free wi fi.
It is in the most central location so it was easy to walk around if you didn't want to jump in the car.
I'd say this hostel deserves an upgrade in facilities but it is very well taken care of and is kept clean and tidy.
We really enjoyed our stay after a few nights in more sterile San Fran Hotel environments and if you are feeling like catching a bit of 'local atmosphere' this arrangement is for you. We would love to return someday.

Room Tip: If you can pay extra and get a double room, some of the shared room are quite large.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

Let’s get something straight: this is a hostel. It is not a hotel. And therefore it is quite basic: shared bathrooms, you put your own bed-linen on and take it off when you leave, it has a curfew, you use (free) tokens to get hot water in the showers. But it has a lot going for it: it is right in the central (touristy) bit of Monterey so you are 5 mins from the aquarium, it has a really big, comfy communal area and a well-equipped kitchen, and it has really friendly, helpful people who run it, who are happy to recommend places to go, places to eat, routes out of town. And of course, it’s really cheap!! If you’re passing through Monterey for a couple of nights, this place is definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

Great location. Fantastic for walking along the coast and real earthy neighbourhood. Comfy Tempur bunks. Dorm had two sets of 6 bunks divided by a curtain. Was much quieter than would have expected. Free tokens for timed hot water shower which didn’t present any problems.

Great mix of people were staying at the hostel. Beware only one bus to the airport (public transport) a day and that's at 9am!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about HI Monterey Hostel

Property: HI Monterey Hostel
Address: 778 Hawthorne St, Monterey, CA 93940-1102
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Monterey
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,151 - ₹ 12,098
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Monterey Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The fun and economic way to visit Monterey Bay! Just 3 blocks to the beach, Aquarium, Cannery Row, restaurants, nightlife, recreation trail, there's plenty to do and see here. Bike, hike, dive, surf, kayak, museums, art galleries. Private rooms, dorm beds, and group dorms. Free parking, WiFi, and pancake breakfast all included. You'll be pleasantly surprised! ... more   less 
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