I confess...I forgot that Monterery is cold in the summer! After getting over that initial shock and the fact that our hotel was right smack in the middle of the busiest part of the tourist district, things just got better. The hotel was right next to the Aquarium and you could walk and bike everywhere. Super location.
We requested an oceanview room and we could sit in our room and watch the ocean highway flow by, busy with sea otters, whales, pelicans, sea lions all going somewhere all day long. In spite of the very busy district, our room was quiet. With our window open, we could hear the waves sloshing under the hotel (yes, the hotel is built partially over the ocean).
During the cold evenings, you can sit on the outside deck around a cozy fire drinking a glass
of wine. Which we did. The room itself was very unstated but large and comfortable and the bed was excellent!
All around, very helpful and friendly staff. We did not eat in the restaurant in the evenings because we felt it was too expensive and didn't like the menu; we did eat delicious breakfasts there every morning. If I had to criticize anything, it would be the pool. A ridiculous size for an expensive hotel. But, having said that, who wants to swim in a pool in Monterey? We sure didn't, way too busy being out and about. And did I mention it was cold? Bring your warm jackets and jeans! And forget about the pool.
Great hotel....would definitely stay there again.