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Steinbeck Lodge

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

At least the sheets were clean. This is an older motel and is showing its age badly. Doesn't look like it's received any/or no "love." A friend stayed across the street at [name omitted] and had a very different experience.

Room not touched during our 3 day stay, no new towels, sheets, made bed, toilet paper replacement, carpet swept!

I reserved two non-smoking rooms, each with a king bed. They were clean and orderly albeit a bit worn-out. One bathtub had a crack in its other edge. Overall, the rooms were adequate for our stay.

good hotel; lobby not open early in the morning.

Old Hotel that needed remodeled. The room smelled. Rust came out of the pipes when we turned the shower on.

Fair enough for cost. Times are tough for several and same is now affecting every level of service (everywhere I go). The host attempted to talk me out of the breakfast that was close to bleak (starch, coffee, milk, orange juice) excepting hot mini-waffles. Complimentary national paper was appreciated. The room was impeccable given the age of the building. Some odd odor (minor) from the bathroom plumbing. Vanity light had a mind of its own. At mid-morning duing my late morning mediations, the cleaning lady was rude with impossible hysterics; thus, I nearly gave up on finding a quiet inner place before she moved on from all her racket. Though I was happy it was there, the fitness room equipment needs to go back to the thrift store where it came from. The room's cable TV had the widest selection I've seen in decades (no kidding). The site is far enough from the freeway to be rather quiet while close enough to walk to/through the historic downtown. Co-tennants included similar polite gov't contract worker types with quiet focus and no rable rousing.

easy walk to Main Street restaurants and Steinbeck Museum. Enjoyed the salads at Norma's coffee shop across the street. The hotel was a good value except for the bathroom which really needs work. Good continental breakfast.

My boyfriend and I stayed here because he was racing at Laguna Seca raceway for the weekend and I wanted to sleep in a real bed, rather than camping like we did the time before, which killed my back. When we arrived, it was probably around 11 PM and the door to the front desk was locked. We had to go up to a window and ring a bell and wait for someone to come check us in. The man who checked us in wasn't rude, he just didn't say much and wasn't very helpful-i.e. he didn't even point out the direction where our room was. Also, because my bf was racing for the weekend, we drove there in his big truck, with a tow dolly attached to tow his car that he would be racing. Unfortunately, the parking lot is VERY small so we had to park out on the street and walk a ways to carry our stuff up to the room. I realize for most people, this wouldn't be an issue, but if you're coming with a big vehicle, just know you may not be able to park in the lot. We got to our room and it was fairly spacious. We had a room with a king bed, a fridge, and microwave (which I specifically wanted since I was bringing food). There were the usual things like a T.V., iron, ironing board, some hangers, and nightstands. The only issue I really had with space was that they put a small table and chairs right in front of the air conditioner and it was hard to sit at the table and/or get to the AC-there really wasn't any other place to put the table though. The bathroom was decent enough. The shower/shower head were fine. Whoever did the tile didn't do a good job but the bathroom served it's proper function. Also, in our room, the light in the bathroom didn't have a cover-it was just a hole with a bulb in it and lots of dust/dirt/cobwebs/whatever from inside the ceiling...kind of gross but not too bad. The one thing I noticed is that our sink pipes seemed to have a small leak/hole. When I was washing my hands, I felt a little water spray on my feet. Later on, I heard water drops hitting the carpet (it wasn't really obnoxious or anything though). The noise issue: we were on the second floor, so we didn't have anyone above us. However, we had some annoying neighbors on one side of us who were up at 1 AM and we could hear them b/c the walls were kind of thin. Other than that, the hotel doesn't seem to be in a noisy place-just depends who your neighbors are. Bottom line: for $64/night, this hotel really wasn't a bad deal. The issues I listed above are really minor, and could easily be fixed.

The rooms were very clean and well-equipped. But there was barely any staff so services suffered. Many of my important phone calls were not transferred to my room because the person at the front desk was busy mopping floors outside or clearing breakfast!! That's so crazy. And the owners were not very friendly or helpful.

We hit the MotoGP and having been at other small Ramadas, thought this would be a decent motel stay. The sink was broken and leaking all over the floor, light was broken, room was damaged/unclean and the small dining area was dirty and not maintained. Our maid left the window open after we left for the event as well. Mgnt did nothing. The locale was decent to the event but next time, we will avoid this poorly managed inn.

Our room was on the first floor and had a window at the back of the room. The window had security bars. The release was double bolted inside with two heavy nuts. If there was a fire and the front door was blocked, we would have been trapped. Isn't there some kind of fire regulation that requires a quick release to open the bars from the inside without having to use a 3/4-inch wrench?

This is good enough for a basic overnight stay. The staff was friendly. The room is basic, although it did have a microwave and a small refrigerator. My only complain is an overall shabbiness to the room, not one thing but more of a sensation. The bathroom needed some repairs; the shower was hot and tall enough for both my wife and I, but the curtain was ready to come down and had some rips in it. The continental breakfast wasn't very interesting, but the small restaurant a half block away is pretty good and fairly priced. I would stay here again; it is good for a no-frills stay.

The room was clean, newly painted and the bath was mewly renewed.

hotel was very clean and staff was also nice people. continental breakfast was somewhat disappointing but it got us through the day. easy access to highway, and around the town. i loved the small fountain at the corner.

I had to arrive late. It was raining hard and they would not permit me to enter the lobby, so I checked in through a small metal drawer. The layout of the room was fine and the bed was comfortable, but dust lined the edge of the carpet. The towels were stiff from many cleanings that had not managed to remove the grease stains. And little things were bothersome, such as no available plugs for a laptop, no coffee cup bases (just the plastic inserts) and having to unplug a lamp in order to plug in the coffee pot.

109 John St Salinas CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Fitness center

Steinbeck Lodge is a short stroll from National Steinbeck Center and Aguila Cultural Center. This motel has 38 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's also close to Steinbeck House and First Mayor's House.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay.


Rooms

The 38 rooms have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, coffee makers, and free local calls. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Hair dryers, ironing boards, and desks are also available.


Property features

Guests of Steinbeck Lodge enjoy a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. This motel also has an ATM.

Room options

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Steinbeck Lodge

Couples (5) Business (3) Family (3) Friends (3) Other (1)
1

missable

GetawayWithFriends

At least the sheets were clean. This is an older motel and is showing its age badly. Doesn't look like it's received any/or no "love." A friend stayed across the street at [name omitted] and had a very different experience.

By on May 27, 2014

1

christmas stay

Couples

Room not touched during our 3 day stay, no new towels, sheets, made bed, toilet paper replacement, carpet swept!

By on Dec 26, 2013

4

adequate accommodations

Families

I reserved two non-smoking rooms, each with a king bed. They were clean and orderly albeit a bit worn-out. One bathtub had a crack in its other edge. Overall, the rooms were adequate for our stay.

By on Aug 1, 2011

3

salinas

BusinessTravelers

good hotel; lobby not open early in the morning.

By on May 16, 2011

1

avoid this hotel

Families

Old Hotel that needed remodeled. The room smelled. Rust came out of the pipes when we turned the shower on.

By on Feb 14, 2010

2

times are tough for all

BusinessTravelers

Fair enough for cost. Times are tough for several and same is now affecting every level of service (everywhere I go). The host attempted to talk me out of the breakfast that was close to bleak (starch, coffee, milk, orange juice) excepting hot mini-waffles. Complimentary national paper was appreciated. The room was impeccable given the age of the building. Some odd odor (minor) from the bathroom plumbing. Vanity light had a mind of its own. At mid-morning duing my late morning mediations, the cleaning lady was rude with impossible hysterics; thus, I nearly gave up on finding a quiet inner place before she moved on from all her racket. Though I was happy it was there, the fitness room equipment needs to go back to the thrift store where it came from. The room's cable TV had the widest selection I've seen in decades (no kidding). The site is far enough from the freeway to be rather quiet while close enough to walk to/through the historic downtown. Co-tennants included similar polite gov't contract worker types with quiet focus and no rable rousing.

By on Jan 14, 2010

2

good location, tired bathroom

Couples

easy walk to Main Street restaurants and Steinbeck Museum. Enjoyed the salads at Norma's coffee shop across the street. The hotel was a good value except for the bathroom which really needs work. Good continental breakfast.

By on Jul 26, 2009

2

decent

Couples

My boyfriend and I stayed here because he was racing at Laguna Seca raceway for the weekend and I wanted to sleep in a real bed, rather than camping like we did the time before, which killed my back. When we arrived, it was probably around 11 PM and the door to the front desk was locked. We had to go up to a window and ring a bell and wait for someone to come check us in. The man who checked us in wasn't rude, he just didn't say much and wasn't very helpful-i.e. he didn't even point out the direction where our room was. Also, because my bf was racing for the weekend, we drove there in his big truck, with a tow dolly attached to tow his car that he would be racing. Unfortunately, the parking lot is VERY small so we had to park out on the street and walk a ways to carry our stuff up to the room. I realize for most people, this wouldn't be an issue, but if you're coming with a big vehicle, just know you may not be able to park in the lot. We got to our room and it was fairly spacious. We had a room with a king bed, a fridge, and microwave (which I specifically wanted since I was bringing food). There were the usual things like a T.V., iron, ironing board, some hangers, and nightstands. The only issue I really had with space was that they put a small table and chairs right in front of the air conditioner and it was hard to sit at the table and/or get to the AC-there really wasn't any other place to put the table though. The bathroom was decent enough. The shower/shower head were fine. Whoever did the tile didn't do a good job but the bathroom served it's proper function. Also, in our room, the light in the bathroom didn't have a cover-it was just a hole with a bulb in it and lots of dust/dirt/cobwebs/whatever from inside the ceiling...kind of gross but not too bad. The one thing I noticed is that our sink pipes seemed to have a small leak/hole. When I was washing my hands, I felt a little water spray on my feet. Later on, I heard water drops hitting the carpet (it wasn't really obnoxious or anything though). The noise issue: we were on the second floor, so we didn't have anyone above us. However, we had some annoying neighbors on one side of us who were up at 1 AM and we could hear them b/c the walls were kind of thin. Other than that, the hotel doesn't seem to be in a noisy place-just depends who your neighbors are. Bottom line: for $64/night, this hotel really wasn't a bad deal. The issues I listed above are really minor, and could easily be fixed.

By on Jul 21, 2009

2

no warmth, no cheer

Singles

The rooms were very clean and well-equipped. But there was barely any staff so services suffered. Many of my important phone calls were not transferred to my room because the person at the front desk was busy mopping floors outside or clearing breakfast!! That's so crazy. And the owners were not very friendly or helpful.

By on Jul 21, 2009

1

never to return to ramada for the gp

Couples

We hit the MotoGP and having been at other small Ramadas, thought this would be a decent motel stay. The sink was broken and leaking all over the floor, light was broken, room was damaged/unclean and the small dining area was dirty and not maintained. Our maid left the window open after we left for the event as well. Mgnt did nothing. The locale was decent to the event but next time, we will avoid this poorly managed inn.

By on Jul 7, 2009