El Castell Motel, Monterey CA
Monterey is a destination for many travelers and many reasons. We were in Monterey last weekend for the Cooking For Solutions festivities, but there was no way we could commute that far for each day’s events. We did research to find a comfortable and affordable room, and El Castell Motel came into our sights.
Most of the rooms are on the first of only two floors, and parking is right in front of your door. Walking in, the room is welcoming. The bed was appointed with plush pillows and blankets that provided just enough warmth for the cool coastal nights.
The bathroom was spacious and well laid out. Considering that there was no room service at this motel, we appreciated the microwave so that we could heat leftovers.
Technological upgrades made this room more like home than we realized. Coffee and wireless internet have become such important factors when booking a room. The speed with which we uploaded photos from our Cooking For Solutions events was impressive.
We did not test the pool ourselves, but early in the morning we got a shot of it when the kids weren’t playing. Clear, heated water and pretty floor made for a nice sanctuary in the center of the motel.
Every morning, a small breakfast spread is available. Of course there is the standard cereal, yogurt, fruit, danishes, and hot beverages, but the waffle machines were particularly popular. Who doesn’t love a fresh waffle?
If you’re planning a trip to Monterey, this is a very well maintained facility with easy access to other parts of the city. It is family run, and they take pride in their business. There is no need to stay in one of the snazzy hotels close to the aquarium when you can have just as comfortable a room a mere ten minutes away.