Hostelling International Monterey: "Say Hi to the Hostel in Monterey" Monterey Hotel Tip by ChadSteve1975
Monterey Hotels: 85 reviews and 141 photos
I was staying in Monterey as a part of my west coast sweep of backpacking.
The hostel itself is up the end of Monterey near the Aquarium just off the main street.
It has a ridiculous amount of car parking for such a small building.
The Hostel is a strictly family affair and hence has some unusual and absurd rules for what a normal travellers hostel would expect. Partly I believe because they can't afford to hire staff, partly because they don't want to cater to the younger, individual backpacker type traveler.
Rules of the hostel include:
1. There is a strict 1am curfew. If you are not inside the hostel your access card will not work and you'll have to find your own place to sleep the night. This is absurd and I would like to think Hosteling International association of hostels will work with the owners to encourage it to change. Access cards are issued and hence I can't see a reason to cut off access.
2. Check in is between 5pm and 10pm. Sure not unusual to have a cutoff at night but these guys were strict. No check in of bags during the day. Early arrivals can check luggage into lockers which are outside the hostel, although new arrivals would hardly know that this access exists. The owners were understanding when I came to check in allowing me to check in just after 10pm having called them once my bus was 3hrs behind schedule. Check out is 10am.
the hostel facilities are decent. The lounge area is great and relaxing.
Unique Qualities: Free wireless internet. A big plus for the backpacker.
The hostel mainly caters to families. Therefore be prepared to share the room with Dad and sons, or mother and daughter, right down to smaller children. I'm not sure whether there is a family room but understandably strict sex segregation persists if they are not in such a private room to themselves.
The hostel does have a great discount deal with a bike company down in the main tourist area. The discount is 10% on what is already the cheaper bike hire place.
The local bus station is a mere 1 minute walk from the hostel around the corner. This then connects to Salinas which is where the Greyhound bus stops. The local bus connection is $4.25 and goes until about 10:20pm.
As mentioned the management is a bit insane on the 'curfew'. Where else would a tourist be told they can't go out for a late dinner or out for a night while on holidays. The clubs in the area close at 1am anyway so there is hardly a need for this draconian restriction.
The curfew and target market also works against the social interaction of the hostel. There are no group activities organised to encourage interaction or assist tourism.
Address: 778 Hawthorne Street Monterey
Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Monteray near the aquarium.
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