We've stayed at the Hooper House on several occasions over the past few years as our son attends UC Merced. We love the ambiance and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. We've always found our room very clean and the beds are soft and comfortable. The breakfasts are terrific and something we look forward to. I'm a light sleeper and the trains are annoying but there's no way to avoid them from any hotel in Merced and, at least, the Hooper House is far from the freeway noise whereas all of the hotels are right next to the freeway. Overall, although it's a bit more expensive than some of the hotels, I'd have to say it's worth the money for the quality and comfort.