The Clement is a well-located oceanfront hotel-right on Cannery Row, steps from the Aquarium. The staff is excellent, the rooms modern and Intercontinental snazzy. With the exception of a couple of very minor "problems" (mostly which almost all hotels of this price category share), we had a wonderful experience.
There are quite a few room types based on the relative views, and the price varies greatly based on the degree to which the ocean is visible from the room. We had a three-night stay in mid-March Thursday-Sunday in room 403-this was a "King, Oceanfront, Balcony, Fireplace" type, and we paid average rate of $383 per night inclusive of about $36/night of various taxes; we booked at the hotel website which had the best deal.
The package included valet parking, which is normally $22/night. Self-parking in their garage is about $20/day. Wi-Fi is $10/day, one of those typical premium category hotel problems (lesser hotels include Wi-Fi free), but we didn't use it. Ditto with the phone, and I've no idea what the hotel charges (not that it matters much these days) for calls.
The staff was uniformly excellent, and worthy of Intercontinental standards. There's a spa and nice restaurant/bar called "the c". Their specialty drinks are pretty good, but bear the usual priciness. There's a deck with standing heaters and fire pits, very nice. Thanks to my partner for showing that to me! Beware of french-fry thieving birds, should you choose to have your meal delivered outside.
The usual amenities are present: HD TV, iron and board, mini-bar (on the expensive side), fancily-named fragrant toiletries, an umbrella, safe, bathrobes and cozy soft slippers, iPod dock with clock and radio, (not iPhone 5 compatible) and hair dryer (not tested). The extras include a small bonsai tree, an unexpected stuffed otter plush (not complimentary!), and a mini Zen sand garden. The room decor is clean and minimalistic.
The room was of about the usual size, 400 square feet or thereabouts, and had a bathroom of decent size, with separate tub and shower. The clear glass shower doors in close proximity to the commode were slightly disconcerting. The bathroom and hall closet doors can collide, so the hall feels very narrow. The water pressure (again, as usual) was not great, but average for most hotels. The water temp varied a little. The showerhead is not adjustable.
A desk and chair, a sitting (???) chair and ottoman, three drawers and mini-bar cabinet, and a cool-looking but wide-bodied floor lamp leave the room feeling slightly cramped.
The nicely-linened bad was comfy, but had a significant left-side groove. We didn't use the A/C or heat.
The balcony was lovely, very oceanfront indeed - with the rocky shore immediately below us. The view was simply fantastic. We were on the top floor, and snowy white plovers (a local avian) liked to stand on the balcony rail. They didn't mind us, even when we were on the balcony mere feet away. I guess if you're scared of birds the fourth floor would be a bad call, but the sound of the waves soothing you to sleep might make up for it.
The Aquarium is steps away, and there are all sorts of restaurants nearby (go a block or so south for more), suitable for any taste. There's a good variety of the touristy stuff around: cheesy gift shops, candy stores, milkshakes, and shops selling jewelry and other arty and artsy stuff. There's one particular store selling all sorts of weirdnesses including underwear made of candy (think Spencer Gifts+alcohol). The "mascot" by the register is particularly unsettling. If you dare (it's NOT a sex shop, just funky in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way) it's on the second floor of a nearby retail building.
The sidewalks around here roll up pretty early Sunday-Thursday. Frankly, Cannery Row and environs are pretty shabby in general, kind of feels on the decline. But there are places with live music and dancing, if that's your thing.
Cannery Row prices for water, soda, snacks etc. are super-high, but if you head south from Cannery Row just a few, short, uphill blocks, you'll find a grocery store, 7-11, a nice-looking liquor store, and cheaper food options including a Coco's, Carl's Jr, KFC, plus two head shops right across the street from each other. Bring your own candy. Prices per pound on Cannery Row rival those for hand picked-tea.
Oceanfront is nice, but expensive.
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