a traveler from Travelocity.com
on July 15, 2009
I picked this hotel because it had a decent price, was near major attractions and had good reviews. The exterior and interior courtyard has beautiful flowers/landscaping. The lobby is nice and has the standard Holiday Inn Express breakfast area with lots of choices: scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, sausage, bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, juices, coffee, fruit and more. Lobby internet computer w/ printer plus Internet access in rooms. USA Today paper available at front desk. Friendly staff. Comfortable beds and pillows. It has free below-ground parking and it's an easy walk to Cannery Row, the Montery Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf. Compared to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Pacifica, CA, which I stayed at earlier on my vacation, this one did not have a kitchenette in the room, but the front desk arranged to have a refrigerator brought in upon request. The rooms are technically on the outside of the building (not accessed through interior corridors) but they all open to the beautiful central courtyard, so they seemed safer than normal "outside door" hotels, which I try to avoid. Our room was on the ground floor on the corner, so we got more traffic noise than some other rooms probably do, but it wasn't excessive. My suggestion is to always travel with ear plugs, just in case.
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