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Old Monterey Inn

500 Martin Street , Monterey, CA 93940-4491 USA (Show map)
4.7
67 Reviews
$199 - $499
per night

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The Old Monterey Inn is an award-winning, half-timbered Tudor-style residence built in 1929 by the towns' first mayor. Converted to a Monterey Bed and Breakfast over 30 years ago, our landmark property rests on 1 acre of lush gardens. Our charming inn is decorated with stained glass windows and skylights, period furniture, and family antiques. Guests at our romantic B&B can delight in cozy European goose-down comforters, featherbeds and fireplaces. Come experience our Romantic & Luxurious Monterey Bed and Breakfast. #1 on TripAdvisor.

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Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Major Disappointment

1.8 on October 31, 2014

We stayed at the Old Monterey Inn in October 2014 which turned out to be a very expensive and disappointing experience. Arriving very tired and weary we were given a tour of the downstairs guest area which was very attractive. We were taken to our bedroom - the "Library" suite. We were given the impression that we were very lucky to get such a "wonderful" room but in reality it was certainly was not. The room was very dark and small. The walls were lined with bookcases and dusty old books. The bathroom was small and quite hideous. The plastic bath surface was peeling away and it felt quite grubby. Tired after a long day and bemused we were very disappointed with our room. This is a relatively expensive Inn and online it looked inviting and the bedroom suites very attractive and welcoming. Breakfast was mediocre but acceptable however the gardens were beautiful. On our second day still weary from our travels we began to question why we had booked such a dreadful room and eventually located our booking details on our computer to find that in fact we had booked the "Mayfield" suite. After we discovered this, somewhat late in our stay, I questioned the innkeeper and the owner why we had not been given the "Mayfield" suite we had booked. It transpired that there had been a flood in the "Mayfield" Suite but they did not think to inform us before, or even on, our arrival. I complained very strongly to both the inn keeper and owner about their lack of customer care but they appeared to be apologetic simply because their deceit had been found out. This was quite an unacceptable way to treat customers and my advice would be don't stay there!


A Wonderful Place

4.8 on August 08, 2014

We spent 3 wonderful nights at Old Monterey Inn. Prior to our arrival Katie took care of restaurant reservations for us. She was helpful on the phone and we enjoyed the 3 places she suggested. We stayed in The Cottage and it was done well and missing nothing. Coffee was at our door every morning prior to a WONDERFUL breakfast. The service was attentive and the grounds were pretty. I am not a B&B person, however this place changed my mind. We just loved the privacy in the cottage. They work with dietary needs and really take an interest in guest needs. This is a charming B&B.


A dreamy B&B experience

5 on July 24, 2014

The Old Monterey Inn is everything a luxury B&B should be: Opulent décor, elegant accommodations, and sumptuous breakfasts. Getaways are meant to be special. The owner insures that one is treated royally upon arrival at this incredibly lovely sanctuary. There is beauty around every corner in this exquisite, English Tudor mansion. We look forward to returning.


Old world elegance and hospitality

4.8 on July 07, 2014

My wife and I spent three nights surrounding our 30th anniversary at the Old Monterey Inn. The surroundings were inviting and the hospitality warm and attentive. What was surprising was the sense of privacy, almost like being at home. We had contact with the proprietor when we wanted it and contact with other guests at meals but otherwise we could be alone almost anywhere we went, inside and out. Katie, the proprietor takes wonderful care in the garden and in attending to guests needs. The breakfasts were spectacular and were served in the garden or in the dining room depending on the weather. We stayed in the Ashford Room which was the master suite and it was more than we could ask for. In fact, it was a complementary upgrade from one of the smaller rooms which made the visit even better. Although the Inn is outside the center of town, we easily walked to Fisherman's Wharf and strolled a portion of the Path of History which starts just a couple blocks away. For us, this was a special occasion but we will be looking for another one so we can go back.


Wonderful weekend getaway

4.8 on April 21, 2014

My husband and I arrived the inn quite a bit earlier than the usual check-in time. Since the room was available and ready, Katy, the inn's owner let us check in. We had the Chawton for 2 nights. The room was small, but the size made it cozy especially when the fireplace was on, so we didn't mind the size at all. The place was fully booked, and yet it was very quiet. The premises had lots of trees and garden was well-kept. One of the nice things was every morning before breakfast, a care basket was delivered to our door with morning beverage of our choices. With that and birds singing outside, such nice things to wake up to. Lawrence and Katy were both very attentive to the guests and made us feel very welcome. We have been to a few other B&Bs, Old Monterey Inn is definitely on top of our list to go back again.


Beautiful Getaway

5 on April 12, 2014

My Fiance and I wanted to get away, after 2 years of no vacationing. We got the Luxury Getaway package and WOW, what a treat. The innkeepers welcomed us so delightfully; breakfast each morning was superb, and the restaurants and activities they arranged for us was beyond magical! Felt like a Princess in the Library and throughout the trip!


Review for Old Monterey Inn

5 on March 10, 2014

The Old Monterey Inn was the first stop on our honeymoon earlier this month. To say we enjoyed the two nights in the Brightstone Suite would be an understatement. This room of the main house was extremely clean and wonderfully cozy. We chose to have our breakfast in the room by the fireplace before venturing out each morning. The food was as much aesthetically pleasing as it was delicious. With the help of the very courteous staff, Katy ensured our stay at the Inn would be the highlight of our trip. Thank you for making our stay a memorable one. We WILL return!


I'm A Fan Now

4.8 on January 20, 2014

I have really never been a fan of Bed and Breakfast establishments. However, now that I have stayed at the Old Monterey Inn, my opinion has totally changed. The room was wonderful. We stayed in the Stoneleigh. The grounds are beautiful and it is wonderful to just sit outside and take it all in. Breakfasts were great whether delivered to our room, out in the garden, or in traditional B&B style in the dining room. Most importantly was how welcomed we felt and how friendly everyone was. They don't miss a beat. Without a doubt, if we are to be in Monterey again, we will be staying at the Old Monterey Inn. You should consider it as well.


The Best Breakfast

5 on January 24, 2013

We are still staying at Old Monterey Inn but everything has been so great didn't want to wait to write a review. We are staying in the Mayfield Suite. It is a very comfortable room. The owners are so accomodating and can't do enough for us. We arrived after check in so as directed we found our check in information where they said it would be.. We arrived in our suite to find soft music playing on a CD player and a "fire" burning in the fireplace (heater) When we emailed that we may be arriving late we were asked if we wanted to be served in our room or in the dining room. We had no idea room service was offered but we opted for it. Each morning 2 lovely trays arrived with probably the best breakfast's we have had at a B and B and we have stayed at quite a few in CA. (just know none of the food is for the diet conscious) Most B and B's that we have stayed in serve a different fritatta everyday here we have had pancakes, crepes blintz, and fresh fruit too. My husband's only complaint is that he likes bacon or sausage with breakfast (I am fine without it)so much food that it's way past dinner time before we are hungry again. There is a large living room with a computer with a printer (nice for printing boarding passes etc) This is where wine and cheese are served in the afternoon. There is also biscotti all the time and once we found wonderful chocolate chip cookies just off the dining room. We were using DSL in our room but Lawrence assured us that his wireless connection is very secure so now using that. Lawrence and Kathy are exceptional and when in this area again we will be back. We won't look further. Good choice. We are celebrating an anniversary so we received a nice box of chocolates. You will be very happy if you stay here!


The Chawton Room

4.0 on September 01, 2012

Wow! The Old Monterey Inn was truly a little blessing in disguise. The scenery was breathtaking and worth every penny i must admit! We enjoyed the Whirlpool jacuzzi it was very romantic and a wonderful size. We also enjoyed the fire place and television. There were a few things however that i could have done without. I was a little disappointed in the size of the Chawton, online at the Old Monterey Inn website the room looks quite big and spacious however, when we got there it couldn't have been bigger than my bedroom. Another uncomfortable feature was the 12 am checkout.... We payed 300$ for one night and wouldve like to enjoy at least 24 hours in our room, instead we were rushed out of our room at noon and they even deactivated our television service at 11:45.....we could tell we werent very welcome and they wanted us out. Lastly, we were also woken up in the morning around 9 am by a leaf blower and lawn mowing crew right outside our door. I understand maintenance is key to the Inn, but they couldn't have waited until after noon? If you take away those minor things, the inn was surely one to return too! The coffee and breakfast was to die for and the service we received at the beginning of our checkin was flawless. We will most definitely be returning to the inn and everything is had to offer! Thank you again! (:


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Rooms & Rates

Garden Cottage

A private English cottage with its own entrance, skylights, cozy fireplace, sitting room, and in-room spa for two with a skylight for stargazing. A separate bedroom is enhanced with sophisticated linens which encompass the luxurious king featherbed. A window seat invites a view of the lush gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $430 - $430

Nightly Rate: $430 - $430

Ashford Suite

Floral enhanced suite with a cozy den retreat with fireplace. An old-fashioned dressing room leads to a generous bath with gentleman size tub. A King bed is the center-point of this hideaway which likens a spacious treetop apartment. TV with VCR.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $365 - $365

Nightly Rate: $365 - $365

The Library

Book lined walls frame a stone fireplace in this sanctuary. The King bed faces the fire and is surrounded by windows framed with the branches of an ancient oak. A private sun deck is an inviting retreat on sunny mornings.TV with VCR.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $270 - $380

Nightly Rate: $270 - $380

Chawton

Featuring a romantic marble framed whirlpool tub for two with a view of the fireplace; this charming room with private entrance is set off by hand-painted frescos and a lovely antique armoire.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $290 - $290

Nightly Rate: $290 - $290

Stoneleigh

Softly draped King sized featherbed. A relaxing whirlpool tub for two, fireplace, and TV with VCR complete this airy room with a private entrance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $330 - $330

Nightly Rate: $330 - $330

Dovecote

Handsome English influenced décor accents understated pine furnishings. Original redwood beams line the ceiling and guests can enjoy a cozy sitting area where feet are warmed by the fire.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Tattershall

Rich French tapestries and English antiques round out this elegantly appointed room. A tile fireplace facing the canopied bed helps set the tone for romance in this hideaway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Rookery

Located on the 3rd floor of the Inn, you will be enchanted by this sunny room with hand-painted furniture, bringing to mind Monet's gardens. A skylight and flickering fireplace facing the queen bed adds warmth and light. Private bathroom with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Mayfield Suite

Attractive "great room suite" with separate bath, enhanced by lovely hand painted walls contains an in-room spa tub for two, windowed sitting area and glamorous king bed. All enjoy the handsome fireplace in this spacious suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $365 - $365

Nightly Rate: $365 - $365

Brighstone

This queen-bedded room overlooking the garden is the perfect setting for a quiet romantic getaway. Private sitting area with a comfy couch in front of the fire, hydro-thermo massage tub for two, plus a separate bath with shower.Flatscreen TV with DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $365 - $365

Nightly Rate: $365 - $365

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Location

Location Type

Hillside Suburban, walking distance from downtown, City, Small town

Airport

Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) 5 miles

Directions to property:

Exit Highway 1 at Munras/Soledad (Northbound Exit 399B, Southbound Exit 399C). Off of Soledad turn right onto Pacific Street. Go to first stoplight, Martin St., turn left. Inn is short way up on right side at #500.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Monterey Bay, Historic Monterey, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Spa, Wedding Facilities , On site guest beverage refrigerator, Some rooms with private entrance, Sitting area in rooms, Personal Safes in rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00-7:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 12 noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No No smoking is permitted on the property, inside or outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Please call the Inn for details before booking.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Fri-Sat, Sat-Sun, Extended for Holiday Weekends or Special Events
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment of first night is required to confirm a reservation.
  • Cancellations: We have a 14 day cancellation policy and a $25 cancellation fee- if cancellation date is less than 14 days prior to arrival date,you will be held responsible for the full value of all nights reserved if we are unable to re-rent the room.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Lawrence & Katy

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast in bed and by the firplace in rooms, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Breakfast Items


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Special Package

Monterey Bay Aquarium Vip Pass

Stay at the Old Monterey Inn and get 2 days admittance for the price one. Plus priority VIP entrance, which means you can avoid the long lines! No Waiting!

Romantic Sunset Bonfire Package

Snuggle up on Carmel Beach next to the fire and count the stars! Our Carmel bonfire includes: Completely built out bonfire with extra wood, matches and a flashlight, beach blanket, dozen roses tied with ribbon, Smore’s kit, Gourmet picnic basket, Bottle of Sparkling Water, champagne flutes, romantic poems and a custom Message in a Bottle! See our website for details. $250 plus room rate.

Monterey Kayaking Package

Discover Adventure & Romance! Our Monterey Kayaking Package includes kayak rentals for two, picnic basket with snacks, and dinner for two! Room reservation at Old Monterey Inn is required and in addition to Package. Kayaking Package is $175 per couple. Visit our website for more details.

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BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

500 Martin Street , Monterey, CA 93940-4491 USA (Show map)

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