We're driving south from San Francisco to San Diego, hopping from place to place. We decided to spend two nights in Monterey, and after reading the reviews, we booked this Days Inn. Unfortunately, we didn't book the right Days Inn! There is another one, closer to the middle of the action - this one is much further away! We pulled into the wrong Days Inn, and we were quickly redirected to the one we had booked - I got the feeling it wasn't the first time it had happened. Both Days Inn's are owned by the same people, from what I learned. After re-reading the reviews, I believe that the other Days Inn is probably a little better than this one.
There are four of us - two adults and two "children", 14 and 12. The rooms were pretty cramped, but then again we hadn't planned on spending a whole lot of time in the rooms anyway. We didn't have a Jacuzzi or Fireplace, but we had two Queen beds which were pretty decent. The rooms were pleasantly clean, and the bathrooms had a marble floor which looked very clean. No funny smells, no mould, etc. We were on the first floor, so we parked our car and hauled our bags up the steps - no elevator. When we got in, I wanted a shower. I'm over 6 feet tall, and the shower head was probably aimed at my collar bone - lets say 5' 6". When we arrived in the evening, there was no hot water. When I asked about this, it was "turned on", so I get the impression that it's only available on request, and in the morning. Probably saving money. The next day, it was cold again in the evening, but I didn't bother asking. The other gripe was that the wireless network wasn't working all the time, but the problem was with their provider and not with the Days Inn. The owner spent a long time on the phone trying to resolve this problem, and it still hadn't been resolved when we left. The TV was fine and big, and there was a video recorder too. There was a problem with the TV in that it switched to being a radio (trust me, that's what happened) with no access to TV channels any more. The owner wasn't sure why this happened, and wasn't sure how to fix the problem, but eventually we found it was a matter of using the buttons on the TV to access the menu and turn the radio off.
Biggest gripe was that there was no Air Conditioning. Only a noisy fan in the room that could only be turned off by changing the "direction" switch to be in the middle. This stopped the fan. Did I mention that the fan was noisey! Well, in case I didn't, the fan was really noisey. Without air conditioning, and with four of us in the room at night, we were very very hot. I opened the front door and introduced cooler air at about 3am. Luckily, the fog rolled in on the second night and by opening the front door, I was able to vent the room of the hot air and allow (merciful) cold air into the room before we slept.
I would seriously recommmend eating at a brilliant Italian restaurant specialising in "Cucina Toscana" just down the road, called "La Giostra" at 1244 Munras Avenue. We had a wonderful meal - the ingredients were fresh and the tastes were authentic. The Tira Misu desert is especially good, as is the homemade chocolate ice cream (which contains no cream but yet is smooth and oh-so tasty!). Definitely be surprised and eat here - it's a hidden jewel!
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