This is one of those hotels you would be glad to spend the night in after spending 9 hours on the road. Following my last blog on the 10 Best Stops Between LA and SF on a Coastal Road Trip, Monterey is definitely one of our favorite ones on the list.
There are numerous of other accommodations to choose from, from budget hotels for less than $100/night to luxurious hotels such as the Intercontinental where at peak weekends can cost over $600/night.
The night we stayed though there was a 20% discount which I thought was a great deal for a Labor Day Weekend and our room rate ended up at around $300/night – personally I think it is still on the expensive side but it was worth it (not to forget the hotel & credit card points that I was earning).
I initially started looking and comparing hotels at Trip Advisor and Booking.com but ended up booking directly at the hotel’s website, my preferred way to book because it would be easy to make changes and you’ll have the option to pay later at check-out.
Intercontinental The Clement Monterey (ICM) is located right on Cannery Row, one of the main shopping street in Monterey right by the peninsula. Some of the guest rooms have part or full ocean views (like my mother’s room), while the less expensive ones have views over the Cannery Row Street (like our room).
Cannery Row – Hotel Neighborhood
You can immediately tell as you pull into the hotel driveway it is a brand new (shiny) hotel and one of the nicest ones in the area. The lobby was cozy but modern, bright and spacious.
The service as we were checking in was excellent, the kind of five star service you would expect from Intercontinental. They also made sure we had 2 rooms right next to each other even though we had different types of guest rooms booked.Guest Rooms First impression as we entered our room was how extremely spacious it was for a standard guest room (with no exaggeration) at 425 square feet (40 square meter) which is almost the size of a typical 1-bedroom apartment in Manhattan (as in the entire apartment including kitchen and living room). It wasn’t a suite like in a Ritz Carlton Hotel or Four Seasons but boy we were glad to be staying in this room!
There’s a fireplace in every guest room
… and a sea otter plush toy…Desktop Zen Garden
The next size room would be 450 square feet (42 sqm) , a Junior Suite Ocean View at 650 square feet (60.5 sqm) and a 1-Bedroom Ocean View Suite.
1 Bedroom Ocean View (ihg.com)
Located oceanside, this hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness & health club, business center, 24-hr Room Service, valet parking ($27), running track, gift shop, bar/lounge and restaurant.
Breakfast with a view at The C Restaurant (ihg.com)
When booking through IHG Website there are options to book rooms that includes a breakfast for two which would be a cheaper option rather than adding your breakfast package on the day. The reception gave us a $50 voucher per room including an additional $15 gratuity (tip) so total value of the voucher was $65 that would easily cover a nice full breakfast of 2 adults (plus 1 child). We received 2 of these vouchers (total $130) and our breakfast bill came well under $100.
How would I rate this hotel?
Would we stay here again? Definitely.