Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel,  Salinas

4.0/5  - based on 227 guest reviews.
175 Kern Street, 93905-2016, Salinas, United States - See map
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  • Free parking
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  • Outdoor parking
    Outdoor parking
  • Outdoor pool
    Outdoor pool
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Our Salinas hotel is located near Monterey with easy access off and on 101, so it's a breeze to zip along the coast. Salinas, CA hotels are known for being close to the beach, but we combine that with the best in service and quality. An outdoor pool is the perfect place to start your morning. Relax poolside and soak up that California sunshine while planning the day's activities. Free in-room high-speed Internet makes it easy to plan your itinerary. Enjoy HD television programing in every room. Hotels near Monterey, CA offer an abundance of options when it comes to dining, shopping and attractions. Our Salinas hotel is close to the John Steinbeck Center. There's truly something for everyone, and the only problem is figuring out what to do first. Do you want to see the Valley of the World Agricultural Wing or go to the Museum Store and Café? The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is always a great time, especially for guests looking for an adrenaline rush. Monterey, CA hotels are surrounded by attractions, but nothing beats a day at the beach. Salinas is known as the Salad Bowl of the World and it's located near Monterey, so guests enjoy the best of both cities. From Pebble Beach to Fisherman's Wharf, there's no end to the possibilities. Carmel, CA is also nearby where wineries, golf courses, dining and white sandy beaches await. Business travelers who are lucky enough to be here especially enjoy the convenience of our Salinas hotel. Employees of Capital One®, Fresh Express®, Tanimura & Antle, and Salinas agriculture farms like Taylor Farms® and D'Arrigo Bros. are just a few of our regular guests. Can we do anything to make your stay even better? Just ask and we'll go the extra mile. Reserve a spacious room at the Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel at an affordable rate today! Enjoy your stay.

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Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel,Salinas
  • 4
    « Very nice and great value! »

    I found the hotel to be very clean and comfortable. All the staff were extremely friendly and professional. Highly recommend this Best Western should you be in the Salinas area. Very easy access from the freeway yet very quite and comfortable. I will definitely be back.

    « Traveling North »

    Upon arrival at Salinas, California, coming from Palm Desert, I looked up Best Western, and GPS directed us to this one. Walked in main lobby, and noticed to the right side a small eating area, with a lot of tables an chairs. Greeted at front desk by a lady, that explained everything involved in our stay. Went to our room, very clean etc. We decided to get some dinner, and l the front desk lady, gave us a few options. Not familiar with the area, especially in the dark, we ended up at the slum area, with all these tent people...Very scared, we finally got out of area, found our way back to the BW, and went across the parking lot to MacDonalds. Next morning, the eating area, plus tables and chairs in lobby area, with people checking out, very busy, and uncomfortable..

    « better breakfast needed. »

    A fair and clean best western but overpriced for what it was and where it was. breakfast not so great no meat and pretty much a pancake and cereal. no brown sugar for oatmeal and no regular oatmeal. All in all a fair place for a nights sleep.

    « Good Bargain »

    This hotel is very adequate for a decent price in what is a rather expensive area. It is clean with comfortable beds and easy access to all the "must see" things on the Monterey peninsula. Don't expect much for the breakfast provided. Small breakfast room with limited items offered. There is a McDonalds in the parking lot if you wish to have a hot breakfast and a In and Out Burger also should you want a fast dinner. Staff was very friendly and helpful in recommending other restaurants for breakfast and dinner. It is an older Best Western our room had no comfortable chair for sitting but the beds were quite firm but good and despite being next to the freeway it was quiet.

    « good value »

    the rooms were clean& comfortable. they served a continental breakfast and on the weekend they extended the hours as a courtesy.the staff was friendly and accomodating. compared to other chain hotels, the price per room was a good value.

    « Vacation Trip »

    Very Nice Hotel with Friendly Staff. Location was average...just off the freeway but noise level was not noticable. Manager made an excellent recommendation for dinner at Black Bear Diner. Great Value with huge portions.

    « overnight stay »

    Very nice hotel. Great selection of breakfast items. Very friendly staff. Next to freeway. easy on/off Next to McDonald's also. Easy parking. Well lighted. Office staff called to tell us we left 2 items behind.

    « Excellent Stay »

    The exterior of the Facility is soft Blue and White paint very clean the pool is very nice plenty of parking, The lobby and breakfast area very clean and fresh it's a delight, the price was modest the rooms were great very clean each day great room coffee, Larry the front end was very informative . We would stay there again. Keep up the good work

    « Not your old idea of a Best Western »

    I was very surprised at the beauty of the hotel when we arrived. I was even more surprised of the cleanliness and overall comfort of our room, but when I laid on the bed I was super happy and the pillows were the best, without being flattened out with overuse. I would recommend the Salinas Best Western to anyone.

    « Great Stay »

    The staff member that stood out the most was Larry he is very passionate in his work not only providing most helpful information for us but we observed his personal help for a elderly lady with a disability get her bags from her room and take them to her car these are the things that distinguish a regular employee to and exceptional employee that can be emulated for others to follow. My congratulations also noted he works odd days and hours but always with a smile.

  • 5
    « Vacation »

    Great hotel, plenty of parking, Melinda checked us in, she was very welcoming and friends, the rooms are very clean and spacious, nice pool area, and a laundry just what we needed after travelling for a while, good continental breakfast too,

    « Best Western Salinas Monterey »

    The Best Western Salinas Monterey is a good value. Excellent location near a major freeway. Close to an In and Out and McDonald's. Clean rooms with comfortable beds. The employees are very nice. The breakfast is average. Great for the business traveler.

    « Great access to Laguna Seca »

    This is a very nice, updated hotel we stayed in for 4 days to attend the Laguna Seca Historic races and show. Wonderful access to and from raceway.....absolutely no traffic problems. Beds were very comfortable. Staff were very helpful. Easy access to old downtown restaurants. Great parking and next to In and Out.

    « Worst hotel experience. How can it be a Best Western? »

    Be advised that not all Best Western hotels provide the same level of safety and hospitality. Please seriously consider your safety and that of your belongings before reserving a room at Best Western Salinas/Monterrey. When we made the reservation en route from northern California, Larry, the desk clerk stated the reservation fee was not refundable since it was within 24 hours of the stay. My immediate though t was that we'd get there and change our mind for some reason. Upon arriving mid-afternoon, that inner warning proved correct. The parking lot abuts a busy freeway and we later discovered , returning after seeing some sights, is extremely poorly lit and lacks outdoor security. Driving back to the hotel after dark, we noticed what we didn't notice earlier in the daylight. Many of the local businesses had barred windows and we had to backtrack a distance to find a restaurant in a safer-feeling area. Although we returned before 9pm, there were no parking places except in the dark back of the lot. As a result, our car was vandalized, car glass smashed through with a large rock and the contents stolen. Including the contents of the glove box and console. We reported the vandalism to Larry at the desk and was taken aback by his lack of sympathy or apology. He gave us the address and phone number of the police department and the name and phone number of the general manager. My husband walked him out to show him the damage, and his reply to the question of any video availability was that the only video camera in the parking lot is pointed to the front entrance. At this point, we understood that policy and accepted that we shouldn't have left anything of value in our car. We did file a police report, hoping it would be a step towards increased security and safety for future hotel patrons. The owner/general manager stands by his policy of not being responsible for lost or stolen items and as of our last conversation with him had not updated outdoor security except by sending employees out in the dark to patrol the parking lot more frequently, even with very recent history of vandalisms. Based on our experience at this location, we would advise taking everything out of your car, including the contents of the glove box and console. During the daytime, this area appears to be okay. The only security camera and lighting is by the front door, and that is the ideal place to park here. However, based upon the lack of lighting and security cameras throughout the majority of the parking lot, we would definitely advise extra caution after dark.

    « Pleasant place to stay »

    Hotel is well maintained. Carpeting in halls is fresh, guest room was clean and new. Pool area was clean and well maintained. Breakfast is a notch above standard continental breakfasts served at many hotels.

    « Great Hotel for the price! »

    Our room was spacious and clean. The bed and pillows were super comfy. The breakfast didn't offer much but was free. We would stay here again as it was priced well and parking very convenient. McDonalds was right next door.

    « This hotel has fleas »

    Our family of 4 stayed at Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel for one night. We woke up with some bug bites but at first we thought we got those the previous night from mosquitos. It turns out we were wrong. Those were flea bites and for days we've been trying to get rid of them in our home because some came home with us in our suitcases.

    « Better than expected »

    The hotel was better than expected. From the outside we were not sure what we were getting into, but after walking in we could see that some work had been done to improve the hotel. The lobby area was small, but clean, and the representative was not very enthusiastic...but he was very helpful. Our room was not the best, but also not bad. I would have to say the pillows were uncomfortable though. The hotel does have an outdoor pool and offer breakfast.

    « Excellent Best Western Experience »

    We didn't stay but one night and it was a wonderful experience. It was close to an In N Out Burger and my husband was thrilled. The staff called us early in the morning to let us know we left our car running. We were very appreciative.

    « Softball tourney »

    We had a tourney to go to so the ream decided to stay here great place friendly people free breakfast in the morning and a five minute walk to the beach just beautiful blue water. It was about a 15 minute drive to the field which wasn't bad we seen a lot of strawberry, broccoli fields

  • 5
    « Very Nice! »

    A very nice place to stay. Clean rooms, good wifi and a great breakfast. The rates are great, the staff are helpful. My son loves the pool. I love to stay here. I recommend Best Western Salisbury to everyone.

    « Clean, Quiet and Great location »

    I have stayed at this location a few times for an event nearby. The location is easy to find, the rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet. The hotel staff was friendly and very helpful, the lobby was nice and the breakfast was presented very well. I will stay in the hotel again when I am in the area.

    « Overall a good nights rest »

    Very friendly staff. At check in we were greeted with a smile and the check in process went flawlessly. The room was ready as promised. Ample parking in a well lit parking lot. A clean comfortable room with just some very minor issues,For instance : the toilet seat in the room was loose and needed some attention.The hot water in the shower/tub took a little extra while to warm up, but was fine after it did. the key card reader was very finicky at the side entrance and when it did work the door was hard to pull open like it was stuck shut. I ma probably a little picky er than most people when it comes to details so most may not have even noticed or mentioned the problems that I found. There is absolutely no reason to sidestep this property when looking for a place to stay.

    « Wonderful Staff »

    The front desk staff were extremely courteous and helpful, I had to cancel one day of my stay and they were very helpful with that. The hotel is a very well used broom that knows all the corners and is almost quaint. So don't expect a 5 star facility but it makes up for that in the wonderful staff they have.

    « Clean, convenient »

    We stayed here one night so that we could visit the nearby National Steinbeck Center and check out historic old Salinas. We were traveling on a week day and were surprised to find that many of the other Salinas hotels were full, so ended up at this Best Western. Our room was clean and comfortable, and staff was very friendly. The breakfast was a typical Best Western affair: cereal, coffee, pancakes, juice. There were many international business travelers staying at the hotel.

    « business stay »

    clean, quick service and convenient..close to freeway and main st. I would recommend. The front desk was very pleasant and welcoming, the pool was clean. The fruit stands were awesome. luehfv lkhleqlfg4n;oijhre lej;oijf

    « Great comfort, value and convenience »

    Perfect stopover, with access a few minutes from 101 offramp. Among very best beds and room features anywhere, with elevator nearby. Truly reasonable stay, with tidy, well-supplied breakfast area. An easy day's drive from almost anywhere in state, and a minutes to Carmel, Hwy 1, and Big Sur.

    « A well appointed, convenient and quiet hotel »

    I was greeted warmly by Larry at reception and he was efficient and courteous letting me know everything that I needed to know for a comfortable visit. The hotel is just of US 101 and not blessed with a wide range of local restaurants. The good news for me was that there is an In N Out burger franchise which is almost dinner and a show.

    « Business »

    Easy and friendly check in process and appreciated the bottled water at check in. The room was clean, bedding was clean and fresh, love the refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker in the room. Location was close to the business I had to attend the following day.

    « Should be considered a plus »

    Very nice hotel, friendly staff, great amenities. We used the gym and had the breakfast. Upon check in we received a complimentary bottle of water which was most appreciated after a 5 hour flight from Hawaii. We are now staying at a BW+ in Carpinteria and are very disappointed. Salinas should be considered PLUS and Carpinteria should not!

  • 4
    « Anniversary get away »

    Clean and Comfortable! Just avoid rooms 111-115; too close to the ice machine noises! Close to Monterey, Carmel and, of course, the ocean! Beautiful scenery, trail walks and lovely country drives. Find yourself enraptured by the coolness of the area.

    « A very pleasant surprise! »

    I recently stayed at Best Western, Salinas, on my way north and didn't expect very much. What a pleasant surprise! The room was large and clean, free wifi, very comprehensive complimentary continental breakfast and friendly and helpful staff. If you are on the highway and simply can't make it to your destination I can recommend this as a great place to stop over.

    « Salinas Salad bowl of Cali »

    The hotel was very clean, and the people are friendly and very helpfull. The breakfast area was clean and in order. My breakfast was good and staff was great. I would recommend this hotel to my friends and family members to stay when they visit Salinas, in addition, i would stay again. Need to come and stay a night or two have a great out look at the hotels quality.

    « Hit the Road »

    Married with kids stay; on the way to Big Sur. To work on: I must state I didn't feel very safe here. Our family checked in after dark and I didn't see any security on the premises at all that night. I sort of felt sorry for the young lady working the front desk as anyone could have walked into the lobby and she was alone. In the past we frequent BW all over CA and this is the first time where I questioned our families security, idk that's just how I felt. Also, the door of our Suite wouldn't close fully w/o locking it. The pool was being cleaned during the open hours so the kids had to avoid the aqua bug hose while they swam. The water pressure of the room we were in was really low so this made showering time consuming as we are a family of 5; not what we expected as we booked a Suite. Also, I didn't see a sanitary cover over the tv remote which got me thinking of the overall cleanliness of the room; though appearance wise it looked fine. Finally, I must say all of the above was inconvenient but the main reason I won't allow my family to stay here again is because I felt as if we were rushed to check-out even though we requested a 12pm check out. We received a call to our room prior to 11am asking us if we "going to be checking out soon"; that was not acceptable and made us feel like customers not guests. Good thing we were not on Spring break and trying to relax. Upon check out the mgr didn't close by saying "come again, next time you are out this way, or hope to see you again" nothing, he was very cold. Pros: Easy to reserve as we did so while on the road; tnx BW reservations. Easy to find off the 101. Comfy bed. The corridor was peaceful. Decent waffle breakfast and extra hot coffee. Finally, quick check in-out.

    « A great place to stop and rest »

    I stay here for three reasons. It is halfway to my home when I am in Sacramento on business. It is conveniently located of 101, and the beds are very comfortable and the room quiet, given it is just off road. The staff is also always positive and welcoming. Checking in is efficient and water is provided.

    « Nice Place to stay »

    Cleen up to date and the Staff are really nice. Fresh room very well appointed, Flat screen tv's and the AC units are very quit at least the rooms I have stayed in. outdoor pool and nice fitness room. They also have a Jacuzzi to relax in.

    « Comfortable & Clean »

    We were staying for one night. The hotel desk clerk who was there when we arrived was very nice and efficient. He even took the time to show us 3 rooms that were available and let us choose our preference. We chose a 2 room suite which was offered for the same price as the king room we had reserved. The bed was comfortable, the rooms were clean and a good size. A good location, just off Hwy 101 but was very quiet for sleeping. Also, a lot of eating places very close by. They offered a good variety of food for breakfast including freshly made waffles.

    « Feb. 2016 »

    Front staff were excellent, gave valuable and good information on where to visit and eat. Not a lot of options near by. Rooms were clean and quiet. Plenty of parking. Breakfast was good and opened early. No grounds to speak of.

    « Good, clean place to stay »

    Nice staff, clean and secure hotel. Breakfast only served to 9:00AM would be the only ding. Hot tub was awesome. Quiet room, close to everything, newer security keys, housekeeping staff was aware and offered to help if needed.

    « Good for just a night's sleep. »

    I stayed here for one night in July. I was coming into Salinas just for a day. The room was clean and the staff was helpful. They even held my luggage while I went to grab some breakfast at the In N Out Burger. I did not partake in the breakfast at the hotel. This is only a 10 minute cab ride from downtown Salinas. This place met my expectations from previous Best Westerns that I have stayed at.

  • 5
    « Road Trip »

    We enjoyed our stay at the Best Western in Salinas. Staff were very friendly and helpful, room was clean and comfortable. Break fast was excellent, the variety was good and the quality o f the food was excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends. Will definitely stay at this hotel next time I pass thru.

    « Basic, breakfast lacks variety »

    Stayed here for just one night on the way to the Central Coast of CA. Excellent location just off the 101 corridor (makes it perfect for road trips coming through here). For a Best Western property, rooms looked dated and breakfast offerings were disappointing. Wifi worked well, room was clean, etc. Staff was cheerful. Felt safe, etc

    « Pit stop »

    Too shorten the distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco we had planned to stay one night in the Monteray area, but all hotels along the coast were filled up. This hotel was a positive experience and also the town of Salinas. Although close to highway and Mc Donald we were not disturbed by any noise.

    « Value is important »

    The hotel was nice. The room was acceptable and the beds were very comfortable. That is what I expect from this chain. The cost was much more than I expected and did not like the cost that we paid. This hotel should not have cost anymore than $150 per night. The staff was very professional.

    « Great Stay! »

    Our family had two rooms and all felt this hotel was perfect. Rooms were spacious, very clean, and comfortable. Staff were helpful and definitely cared about the comfort of the guests. I would highly recommend this room to others and will be staying there again when visiting the area.

    « Staying in Salinas »

    Truthfully, we picked this hotel because of the price of the hotels in Monterey were nearly twice as much. Our time was spent in Monterey. We just started the program Best Western has so this was the reason we picked this particular hotel. We needed to stay two nights & the location was perfect for the freeway & Highway 68.

    « Road trip »

    Nice BW! Great, helpful staff. Nice size room with comfortable beds. Room negative - terrible shower. Toiletries were just okay. Breakfast was adequate. We like oranges and English muffins, which they did not have. They did have hard boiled eggs. Can't please everyone with breakfast. Also had USA today which we always enjoy when traveling. Hotel had a large swimming pool. There are not a lot of restaurants nearby if you prefer not to drive. This was better than some Plusses we have stayed in!

    « One of the better Salinas hotels »

    Nice, clean, up-to-date hotel with comfortable beds and nice linens. No noise from other rooms. Only "issue" during 3-night stay was freeway noise. Not much the hotel can do about that. Continental breakfast was good - average for this level hotel.

    « Make Sure you have your credit card »

    Room face McDonalds drive through was noisy. Room itself was nice and clean. Front Desk Manager was rude and almost turned me away when I did not have a credit card even though I had cash to leave for a deposit and am a Diamond with Best Western. So this kind of left me with a bad impression. The price was OK but your in Salinas next to a busy drive through and the freeway so it's not exactly the best part of town.

    « good value »

    Beautiful room, very large, staff not over friendly , seemed like a chore to serve us, they said that we had $$ still too pay until i showed them my receipt of what i printed off at home and they agreed that there was no more payment. They give you a card to put in your car to show that you are residing at this hotel, make sure you put it on display because I noticed a member off staff checking the vehicles around 10pm Breakfast was plain and simple not a very big dinning area. Very clean and presentable hotel, pity it didn't show on the staff. Very close to freeway but surprisingly no noise.

  • 5
    « Clean and comfortable »

    Happy to find fridge and microwave. Very comfortable bed. Near freeway but quiet. Efficient air conditioning. Two luggage carts available. Good lighting for reading. Safety bars in tub. Clean and spotless.

    « Excellent Stay »

    I recently stayed at the BEST WESTERN Salinas Monterey Hotel and would stay there again! The rooms were clean , The staff are friendly and helpful and They also have free breakfast, We would stay there again.

    « clean, easy location, friendly staff »

    Stayed Friday and Saturday nights to visit the Monterey area. Right off of Hwy101 and near major cross-town roads. No walkable dining options except fast food. The coast is about 20 minutes away, with quite a few good route options depending where you want to end up. A small outdoor pool and a nice clean hot HOT tub on the freeway side of the building. A small exercise room with a limited universal machine, treadmill and bike, in the same room as the coin-op laundry. The 3-story building is wood-frame rather than concrete, so the sound from the upstairs elephants carries into lower rooms. Otherwise the sound insulation was good. We were not too far down the hall from reception and never heard a thing. The bed was comfortable enough, with good pillows. I didn't care for whatever plastic sheet that was in between the mattress and thin pad under the sheet. That allows the bottom sheet and pad to move around too much and get bunched as you move around at night. The breakfast is well-maintained by attentive and friendly staff, but the selection is more limited than most hotels in this class - various starch items, a little fruit, and only yogurt and boiled eggs for protein. As others have noted, there is limited space in the lobby/breakfast area. $165/night seems a bit steep for this town and this hotel, but there is clearly a lot of spill-over demand from the coast - that's why we were there. I can tepidly recommend this hotel, and would consider it again when returning to this area.

    « Nice location for our cross state drive »

    Enjoyed our stop over at this location. We were given a nice comfortable room. The room and bathroom were clean and well stocked for towels and toiletries. Clean. Good Service. Good Breakfast. This was our 4th of 6 stops at Best Western Hotels. Liked it and would recommend it others.


Getting to the hotel ...

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·From: the south ,Highway 101 Exit Market Street ,at stop sign make a left on Kern street to the Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel. ·From: the north , Highway 101. Exit Market Street East, at stop sign make a left on market street go one block, at lights make a left on Kern street, follow 250 yards to the Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel. ·From: Monterey follow highway 68 EAST, make a right on Blanco Road to HWY 101 North,follow HWY 101 north, exit market street, at stop sign make a left on to kern street to the Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel.