See what our guests are saying about Hacienda Serena


OK fine, I am still dreaming about the coffee cake. But I digress. Our nephew was getting married in Carmel and my three adult children wanted to have one house to share so we could all be together. Hacienda Serena was like walking into a cozy elegant family home with a view! No detail was overlooked for our comfort and the quiet was so welcome after the frenzy of all the details of getting kids in from out of state, airport runs, wedding participation, etc. We all wished we could have stayed longer just to enjoy the property and being together. It is a perfect location for all things Monterey and Carmel. And did I tell you about the coffee cake?
— Sigrid S.
My family and I just spent a wonderful weekend at the lovely Hacienda Serena in Monterey. We loved the place from the moment we walked in. The attention to detail was above and beyond, as was Barbara’s hospitality. We felt so welcomed from the time we arrived until the time we left. There was a sweet sign welcoming us, as well as a stocked kitchen with breakfast items to boot in the fridge. Barbara also made us her coffeecake which we enjoyed during our stay.

Most rentals are bare bones (no shampoo, tissue, etc. in the bath) or minimal items in the kitchen (one or two spices, one spatula, one pot, etc.), but NOT Hacienda Serena. It was so well stocked it didn’t feel like a rental at all. It was as if Barbara had invited us to her home for the weekend. Beds were comfortable, the house was incredibly clean (my children and I have allergies and this is the first rental were none of us had any allergy problems whatsoever). We had such a wonderful experience with the entire rental process - we highly recommend this property! (The wraparound deck was also great!)
— "World Traveler"
Great place for a girlfriends getaway! Conveniently located to all Monterey attractions. The house is immaculate, the deck was great! We spent most of our time out there in the evening, after a day of fun in the area, the weather was so perfect for us. It was easy to get to Monterey downtown, Steinbeck Museum, Carmel, the beach...we had a wonderful time. David quickly came to the rescue when the wifi modem needed a boot (ha!), and Barbara’s coffee cake is *really* good. First morning breakfast was provided—rare in this type of rental I am sure! Superb communication before, during and after our stay.
— RDC
This is a lovely, very comfortable home. I stayed here for a long weekend with my husband, 2 young sons, and parents in-law. The “kids” room was perfect, with lots of toys and even kids videos to play on the TV/VCR in there. My boys were thrilled with it. The Kimballs made us feel very welcome, with special personalized touches (we especially loved the home made coffee cake). The beds were all very comfortable. The location is perfect, just minutes from Monterey, beaches, and grocery store. We would definitely stay here again.
— San Mateo Family
My husband and I stayed at this beautiful home for 4 days to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival. We were so impressed when we arrived. The house is really large and beautifully decorated. The kitchen is state of the art and has EVERYTHING you could want. The living room is cozy, with a fireplace. The master bedroom is HUGE and has doors out to the deck. Our favorite part of the house was the wrap around deck. It’s full of lots of comfortable tables and chairs and gets the sun in the morning. We would go out on the deck for our breakfast and stay for hours just sunning and relaxing.

The house is very convenient to everything. It’s only a short drive to the grocery store, and only a little further to reach the ocean where we would go walking and jogging. It’s also close to downtown Monterey.

The owners were great to work with. They provided all the information we needed for a great stay in the area.
— Susan
My family and I stayed here for our daughters’ graduation from CSUMB. From the moment we walked in the house we were awed by the comfortable, calming feeling of “home” that we got! We were greeted by graduation decorations and a yummy coffee cake, breakfast foods in the fridge and fresh flowers. We had a wonderful breakfast in the sunshine out on the deck and everyone had a comfy bed to sleep in at night. I was sad I didn’t get a nice long soak in the jacuzzi tub, but I have high hopes for our next visit! Thank you to the Kimballs for all their personal touches, attention to details and the kind, easy manner and efficiency in which they did all the rental agreements and arrangements.
— Bob & Laurie
Hacienda Serena is perfect. We had four adults and two young children. There were lots of toys for my grandchildren to play with...even bubbles! Great accomodtions. Hope to be able to use it again.
— Brian & Martha
Thank you Barbara and Dave, for your hospitality. Your home is wonderful. And, the extra touches were much appreciated - from the homemade, delicious coffee cake to the binoculars and bird books.

It was so nice to be able to just hang out in a home setting (rather than hotels). Thanks you again!
— Max, Christine, Bob and Bonnie
Our experience with the owners of Hacienda Serena was far beyond our expectations - and that was before we arrived. They are the greatest people to deal with - very accommodating and personable. One comment I would make regarding the description of the home on the VRBO website - “It does not do the home justice”! It far surpassed our expectations.

When we arrived at the home we were amazed and pleased by the cleanliness and attention to detail the owners employ to make your experience truly memorable. During our stay my wife and I celebrated our birthdays and the owner had graciously baked an exquisite cake for the occasion - what a thoughtful touch. Also included for our convenience were the fixings for a great breakfast for our family.

There is a piano in the living room which my wife played, entertaining us one evening. We spent one evening dining on the deck, looking out across Monterey Bay, enjoying the Blue Jays that came to visit and the family of quail that graced us with their presence.

We spent our days exploring Monterey: The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and of course the beaches, and Santa Cruz: The Boardwalk and Amusement Park, only to return “home” to a great shower and comfortable beds to recharge for yet another day of excitement and relaxation.

We enjoyed dining at Bubba Gumps, Whaling Station, the Chart House, and Gilberts on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz - all with great food and service. We have truly found a “Home-Away-From-Home” in Hacienda Serena and look forward with anticipation to returning for even more exploration and R&R. We will unreservedly recommend this home to all our family and friends who wish to travel to Monterey.

Thank you for making your home available and our vacation such an extraordinary and memorable experience. You made us feel like family and words alone cannot express our gratitude. “We Will Be Back”.
— Alan A.
Our family came from two ends from the State to meet here to spend the Christmas Holiday. The Hacienda was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the breakfast gave us that extra special touch for Christmas morning. The accommodations were just as described and the owners were quick to answer any questions we had. We’re just hoping that we were good enough tenants to be able to come again so we can take better advantage of the activities and attractions in the area.
— GMA