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1200 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-6107
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#45 of 57 hotels in Monterey
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See why so many travellers make Monterey Surf Inn their motel of choice when visiting Monterey. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Monterey, Monterey Surf Inn is located a short distance from Larkin House (0.7 mi) and San Carlos Cathedral (0.7 mi).

The rooms offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Monterey Surf Inn features 24 hour front desk. In addition, as a valued Monterey Surf Inn guest, you can enjoy a pool that is available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

While in Monterey be sure to experience local fish and chips favourites at Sea Harvest Fish Market & Restaurant, Loulou's Griddle In The Middle, or Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar.

If you are interested in exploring Monterey, check out a state park, such as Monterey State Historic Park.

At Monterey Surf Inn, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Monterey.

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Christian R wrote a review Mar 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
TL;DR - Our first room was a nightmare, which perhaps made the change to another room more palatable, but still not worth the $148 (plus $29 tax) per night. We've stayed in Monterey many times before, but we've always seen the long road of inns along Munras Ave and thought "Wouldn't it be quaint to stay at one of those?" So I blindly picked the Monterey Surf Inn. I wish I'd read a few more of the reviews. I hope our experience will at the very least prepare you. It was not the WORST, but I wish we'd been more prepared. The first "red flag" was checking in. The main office was an undecorated box of a room with a counter, upon which sat an old phone with the sign, "Use phone for help." I worried whomever was managing the place was off-site, so I picked it up. Immediately a phone on the other side of the counter began to ring. After a moment, a man opened the door behind the counter, wearing an LA Lakers t-shirt. I wondered if he even worked there until he asked what I wanted. I hung up the counter phone and said I was checking in. Giving him my id and credit card, he gave us "Room #2" and said on check out to just leave the card key in the room as there is nothing to charge for incidentals, but there was free coffee as he pointed to a sad looking coffee maker by the front office door. Entering "Room #2" my nose was immediately assaulted by the smell of an old indoor pool. The walls had no art on them. The baseboards looked like they had been part of a hockey rink, scuffed and stained. One baseboard corner was just aluminum foil. The two queen beds had no top sheets, just the white undersheets. No lamps. No phone. Each bed had a light switch in the wall directly over the center of each bed's headboard, which turned on a billion lumen fluorescent canned light over the head of each bed, perfect for interrogating a suspect or deprogramming a cult member. The light also illuminated what others have mentioned in what I've NOW read in previous reviews - hairs on the bedsheets. Tiny black hairs. Either the sheets hadn't been replaced, or they HAD been replaced and the cleaning staff needs to wear hairnets. Or maybe the sheets need a shave. The bathroom can only be described at best as a converted closet. Maybe four feet wide, eight feet long. The canned light in there made the overhead bed lights seem gentle. If florescent lights could give you a sunburn, this one was certainly trying. After talking my wife down from demanding we cut our losses and go to another hotel, I returned to the main office to pick up the phone on the front desk. When the Laker fan returned, I asked if it was possible to get another room and listed our issues. He didn't apologize or make any excuses, but he did offer either the handicapped room or "Room #5, but it wasn't clean yet". I immediately wondered to myself what his definition of clean was, but I said #5 would be great. After seeing Room #2, Room #5 was markedly better, but I do wonder if we only had that perspective from being in Room #2 first. This room had two framed prints on the walls above the beds, and the beds had nice quilted top sheets and decorative pillows. The baseboards were clean. The room still smelled of old YMCA indoor pool. But it was better than #2. Unfortunately there were still issues - upon using the shower the next day we discovered there is no shelf in the shower for soap or other toiletries. While I commend Monterey Surf Inn on their commitment to saving water in California's drought, the shower head dribbled like tiny watering can. The water was warm, I will give them that. The sink located outside the toilet/shower closet (which you have to walk sideways to get to between the wall of the bathroom and the bed) at one point had a towel rack that lost the crossbar, but the inventive staff managed to simply turn the two joints attached to wall upward into "towel hooks". Overall... considering the other hotels around it and their nightly rates, Monterey Surf Inn seems a little steep for their "no frills" approach. Perhaps the other rooms were even more well appointed, but if you go don't settle for "Room #2", unless you're deprogramming a cult member.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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RPF49 wrote a review Mar 2022
Davis, California353 contributions198 helpful votes
An older motel that has been kept in very good shape. Clean, quiet, great price. Basic amenities of fridge, microwave and satellite TV. The free Wifi was a little slow and balky at certain times of the day, but basically OK. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. 24 hour coffee in the lobby, lobby service available 24/7
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Trevor P wrote a review Mar 2022
Regina, Canada527 contributions163 helpful votes
Stayed here for a short night due to the location, needed to get somewhere very early next morning. Room was decent, bed comfortable, location is good. WiFi worked pretty good, even being in the furthest room away.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Abbie G wrote a review Jan 2022
Bradley, California241 contributions48 helpful votes
Fiance wanted to do a 2.5 star but I really didn't think it was that bad. Sometimes you get what you paid for and I think we paid $88 for a night stay. It's a 2-5 minute drive to the downtown wharf. We did notice our TV wasn't working and had to call the front desk. There was a chord that has been unplugged and the lady at the front desk was nice but couldn't fix it. Fiance ended up plugging it in and fixing. The tile seems to be not that fancy or nice but I think it's fine. It comes with a fridge and a freezer that isn't super cold and even a microwave which seems rare these days. We chose a king size bed which is fine and an AC which works. No other issues
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MFC31 wrote a review Jan 2022
London, United Kingdom3857 contributions717 helpful votes
We had a one night stay here and it met our needs perfectly! Spacious room, hot shower, comfy bed, parking and good wifi. Check-in was easy, and we had no issues at all. The shower was super powerful though, so don’t leave anything in the bathroom that you don’t want to get wet!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Really good pizza restaurant just down the road- 10min walk Maps and tourist info can be found in...
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Dennis F wrote a review Dec 2021
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Worst hotel room I EVER stayed in my entire life! Mould in the bathroom, floor completly wet, the heater doesnt work. WARNING! Dont stay here!!!!! The person on the front desk wasnt willing to help us and said, that she can't reach the manager. I cant belive, that this hotel has a permit for guests and two stars!!! DONT BOOK HERE IF YOU WANT TO WASTE MONEY AND BRING YOUR HEALTH IN DANGER
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sean L wrote a review Jun 2021
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DO NOT TRUST MANAGEMENT OR TRIP ADVISOR PHOTOS!!!! Look at real visitor photos. This place is the WORST place I've ever stayed, and I was suckered by Management and TA photos to pay $210/night for this dump!!!! Check out photos of double room. Wifi didnt work. No water pressure. No place to put your clothes. Black mold in corners. Smoke detector covered?!! This place makes you feel nasty. STAY AWAY!!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Daniel B wrote a review Feb 2021
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This place was terrible. There was hair and multiple stains on the beds, hair in the bathroom, and gross things on the floor. There was some sort of gum or mystery glob on the floor next to the bed. When I asked for clean sheets, a staff member handed me more sheets that were still covered in hair and stains, and they didn't attempt to help remake the beds. When I asked if they could re-clean the room, they just swept it a little and that was it. Do not waste your money. Sleeping in someone else's hair and someone else's gross stains is disgusting. Sleep in your car instead.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: Disgusting - sleep in your car instead
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Ian B wrote a review Dec 2020
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I wish I could give negative stars. After being here for 5 minutes I realized that this place is a huge dump. The floors are fake wood and sticky, the bathroom door has clearly never been cleaned because there was shaving cream on it and it was dusty beyond belief. The tub itself has water stains and rust stains. The shower head has water stains proving it hasn't been cleaned in a very long time. The microwave in the room doesn't work, the fridge isn't very cold and my food went bad anyway. The TV doesn't work. The water smells moldy indicating that the pipes are super old and in need of replacement. The staff is lazy and doesn't clean, doesn't care, doesn't respond. The bed appears to not have been changed out and when I requested new sheets nobody brought the sheets.there were no cups in the room and coffee and tea aren't provided like they said it would be. Over all my stay was horrible and I highly recommend not staying here. It is a huge waste of money and time. Had to find a new place after one night out of a week stay. Absolutely a horrible place.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Honest Traveler wrote a review Oct 2020
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Ill keep this simple and will attach photos as proof of almost everything I am complaining about. We found MOUSE DROPPINGS in our room after sweeping sand we tracked in from the beach. Hair from a previous guest was visible behind the sink handles along with some other gunk - hotel staff doesnt put effort in to clean back there. The microwave is stained and has a funny smell when you open it. The shower head has water stains indicating it hasnt been cleaned in a VERY long time. Shower drain is completely rusted. Fresh towels we received had very visible stains im not sure how they thought it was acceptable to give to us. With the pandemic going on, the standards MUST be higher than this. When we were checking in, the guest in front of us was complaining that the water from his shower and sink was not working. The concierge attendant greeted us - AND HE WAS BAREFOOT. I understand, their home is attached to their business but that is just horrible professionalism. Says all you need to know. There really aren't any amenities besides the WIFI which is fast yes but would cut out completely for seemingly no reason for several minutes at a time, making streaming movies at night very frustrating. The plugs are very inconveniently located so I hope you have a very long charger wire. We also found a pair of socks from a previous guest under the bed. Not deep under, right at the edge where one might place their shoes - had staff made even a slight attempt to sweet under the bed they would have found this. Pool is closed until further notice, no laundry service. And By the way, they did NOT provide us with hand sanitizer as they stated on Hotels.com - Major violation here.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Monterey Surf Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Monterey Surf Inn?
Nearby attractions include San Carlos Cathedral (1.1 km), Colton Hall Museum (0.6 km), and Del Monte Shopping Center (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Monterey Surf Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Monterey Surf Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Monterey Surf Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Monterey Surf Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Estéban Restaurant, Old Monterey Cafe, and Lalla Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Monterey Surf Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Monterey Surf Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tor House (5.9 km), San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission (5.3 km), and Cannery Row (3.1 km).