$129 is one of the lowest rates I recall for this Hilton HHonors category 7 award hotel, particularly since this rate is available for stays through Dec 30, 2010. Travelzoo $129 rate must be booked by Tuesday, August 24 for stays from August 22 through December 30, 2010. Friday and Saturday nights are $139.
TravelZoo offer link. TravelZoo rate includes complimentary BayView room upgrade and bottle of wine or champagne upon arrival.
TravelZoo corporate code = N2705992
This TravelZoo rate is $30 to $80 less per night than other prepaid or BAR rates for dates I checked. The TravelZoo rate cancellation window is up to 72 hours before arrival.
Weekends are peak room night rates for Monterey Bay area. This offer is a chance to lock in a great rate if the Travelzoo rate is available for your dates.
Oddly enough the Hilton website states the rate booking date is August 18 for the TravelZoo special rate. The TravelZoo promotion page states August 24 is the booking date deadline. Since the rate is currently showing on the Hilton website I am going with the August 24 date as the correct deadline for this offer.
Embassy Suites Monterey Bay-Seaside is a five minute walk to the beach. Upper floor balcony rooms on the bay side have great views. The main tourist part of Monterey with Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row is another three miles south on Highway 1 and Del Monte Boulevard or you can walk Del Monte Beach all the way around to the Wharf. Embassy suites is a central location for cycling on the ten mile paved bike path along southern Monterey Bay between Pacific Grove and Marina.
October is peak season in Monterey, typically the warmest weather of the year without the persistent fog. The month’s lack of sunshine has me feeling SAD much of this grey August on the Peninsula.
$139 per night for an October weekend stay is a bargain rate for the Monterey area in peak tourist season. Embassy Suites would not be my first choice for a hotel in Monterey, but this is a good price for the hotel. Certainly better than using 50,000 points for an award night.
The weather forecast is for little rain the coming season so blue skies are to be expected once the hot summer weather inland turns and our daily foggy skies over southern Monterey Bay subside.
August 23 Update: Two beautiful days of sunshine and blue skies since this post have dramatically improved my disposition regarding the weather in Monterey this month.