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Days Inn Monterey-Fisherman's Wharf Aquarium
Ranked #47 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Tucson, Arizona
1 review
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“Not as advertised”
Reviewed 15 December 2011

This hotel (motel) did not live up to the photos on line or our expectations of a clean, updated room.
At first, the hair dryer did not work and needed to be replaced. The heater was very noisy.
The continental breakfast was served in the front office and did not have a very good selection.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

The hotel is basic but room was of good size and clean. Breakfast was good and it is close to Fisherman's Wharf so there is a good selection of reasonably priced restaurants to choose from. Room had a Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave and coffee maker but no teabags for the English, Australian, Asian visitors, they only cater for the coffee drinking Americans.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Aurora, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2011

The room was very clean, nicely furnished, well equipped, and adequate space. Staff was friendly and helpful. Coffee maker didn't work but was promptly replaced. Average continental breakfast but had to take it back to the room. One digital thermostatic wall unit controlled both the heat and AC for accurate setting but it took a little time to figure it out. No fitness room. Good location of motel across the road from a shopping center, and about a mile from fisherman's wharf and cannary row. My wife and I used an on-line coupon for a discount price on the room which made the room a very good value for 2 adults. We tried a similar on-line coupon for a nearby Super 8 and Padre Oaks Motel but coupon was not accepted.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Medford, Oregon
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

When you book a hotel in Monterey that's under $100, you shouldn't expect the Ritz! However, I was pleasantly surprised that the room was clean and not too cramped. We were 3 adults and one teen, and we managed just fine. While the hotel is vintage 1970's, there has been some renovation, including granite counters in the bathroom and a curved shower curtain rod to allow more room while taking a shower. The beds were comfortable and the sheets soft. The carpet looked fairly new. And free Wi-Fi, too. If you are really picky (and some reviewers seem to be), you may want to pay double and stay somewhere else. But, for us, it worked out very well and we would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

The stretch of highway on Route 1/PCH that connects Ragged Point to Big Sur is a long, twisty and sometimes treacherous thoroughfare that can be a daunting challenge to even the most experienced of motorcycle riders. Once you're on it, you're on it. All your senses are devoted to the given tasks of navigating this unforgiving, serpentine asphalt beast. When it's cold and damp, it can be downright unpleasant. This is what our experience was: cold, windy, drizzly and made even worse by some chick who thought that it would be ok to text on a one-lane road if she slowed down to 40 mph. So, by the time Monterey was reached, after a total of twelve hours in the proverbial saddle, it was time to call it a night. However, it being tourist season, a sea of "no vacancy" signs began appearing on the horizon. All we wanted was a clean, warm room with a clean, warm bed and a hot shower... just the very basics.

Imagine our surprise at being promised the very basics, but having welcome luxury delivered instead. This is what Fisherman's Wharf Days Inn did and does; they under-promise and over-deliver.

Walking into our room, the first thing that caught our eye was the Jacuzzi tub surrounded by polished marble. Technically, it's a three person tub, but in reality, it's for one-person and can comfortably fit two people. The privacy curtains, when closed, lend to an atmosphere of being in a world of your very own in which nothing beyond exists, and the only thing that matters is your relaxation. Look up, and you might just see a cherub or two. My one and only complaint with this was the lack of grip tape along the perimeter of the tub. So take great care getting in and out, as that wet, polished marble is very slippery (recommended until this is corrected: use spare towels/floor mats/wash cloths to prevent any potential vacation-ruining mishaps).

The room itself was clean, spacious and well-tended in between guests. So many motels hold the philosophy that if it doesn't look dirty, tasks such as vacuuming are uncalled for, and they skip it. The end result is that dirt and grime end up on the bottom of your socks or your feet if you're getting out of the bath or walking around the room barefoot. Small details such as not vacuuming or wiping down the furniture are definitely not missed by the guests, so it's quite refreshing to see when this is looked after and done, as it is at this Days Inn.

The fireplace is a modern switch-operated natural gas set up. This, to me, is not really a detractor, since most people wouldn't know how to operate a wood fireplace, much less start a fire without burning down the building. But the gas fireplace still looks and feels good, and if it gets too warm or interferes with sleeping, a flip of the switch will turn it off.

The bed, which, when you get down to brass tacks is what you are really paying for, is firm and comfortable, lending to a great night's sleep.

Getting to the motel off of PCH can be somewhat of a challenge, however, and has led to some people actually mistakenly booking into one of the two similar looking motels on either side, so pay attention and make sure that you're booking into the Days Inn, and not next door.

This particular motel is perfect for road-weary travelers looking for a relaxing night or two to recharge their batteries. The prices were the high-side of fairly reasonable, considering it was the height of tourist season, but the accommodations offered took some of the sting out of the asking price. Fisherman's Wharf Days Inn is a recommended stay if you're stopping in Monterey.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Days Inn Monterey-Fisherman's Wharf Aquarium

Property: Days Inn Monterey-Fisherman's Wharf Aquarium
Address: 1288 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-6138
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #47 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,426 - ₹ 17,310
Hotel Class:2 star — Days Inn Monterey-Fisherman's Wharf Aquarium 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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