My wife and I stayed here as an alternative to the overpriced rooms in Monterey. We too, tried to check in at the mini mart but were quickly and politely redirected to the office behind the store. There is also a gas station in front of the motel. We had no problems with the mini mart or gas station. We had room 116 which is a king on the first floor in the back corner. The room was spacious and clean. The bed was firm. It had a flat panel tv with basic cable and the wifi worked well. The bathroom was very clean and there was plenty of hot water for a bath or shower. Other amenities included micro-fridge, microwave, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and clock radio. The staff was friendly and the owner, Sarah, greeted guests at breakfast. For such a compact area, there were more choices than other reviewers have stated. These include cereal, yogurt, bagels, waffles, toast, boiled eggs, juice, milk, tea and two kinds of coffee. True the motel is on the far side of town and is located behind a gas station but compared to other comparable motels in Monterey we found it to be a bargain. Marina is located 15 minutes from Monterey and was a nice low-key town to stay in.