We've stayed at this Inn several times, most recently in November 2012 for our honeymoon :) I don't think I'd stay anywhere in Monterey. It's not cheap, I'll just get that out of the way, but it's not outrageously expensive either, and they occasionally offer great deals, especially during the off-season, which is when we always stay (October and November are our favorite times to come up). The rooms are nice and updated, super clean and the bed is wonderful. We normally get a Harbor View room (I think they call it a partial ocean view now...) and it's fine...you see plenty of ocean and there's a nice little table and chairs on your balcony so you can sit and enjoy your little light breakfast that they bring to your room every morning (just beware of the seagulls...they will want to join you for breakfast).
My favorite thing about this place is the location. It's the last building on that street, so your "partial ocean" and "ocean view" rooms don't get blocked by a neighboring structure. You just look out toward Fisherman's Warf and the lovely little walking trail that leads over to it. It's a bit of a walk, but totally do-able (let's say, I wouldn't do it in heels or if it were raining). If you go up the street the opposite direction you can walk to the Aquarium and all the little shops and along the way. My other favorites things about the Inn are the staff (always super friendly and helpful), and the little Mexican food place right across the street. It's sort of a hole in the wall type of place, but the carne asada burritos are great, it's cheap, and it's so close!
Other things I can tell you about this place: the rooftop Jacuzzi is lovely if you are lucky enough to get up there before any body else does. It's small, so I'd be uncomfortable sitting in it with strangers...but if its just you and your spouse, it's wonderful...the view at night with the moon and stars and a little cup of wine....ahhh....there's also another Jacuzzi on I think the 2nd floor which we were able to use without other guests more often than the rooftop one.
A couple of opportunities for improvement I will mention:
We got a couples massage the last time we were there, and I wouldn't recommend it. I get massages regularly, and I'm used to nice day spas with a charming and relaxing atmosphere, and I normally pay around $85/hour. We should have requested and in-room massage, because when we went down the Inn's "spa" room, it looked like a cross between a doctor's office and a storage room if you can imagine that. It was an inner room with no windows, two massage tables in the center, a weird little fish tank that had a light in it and made a bubbly sound that was the closest thing to a "spa" element in the room...the rest was just shelves and cabinets and closets stuffed with supplies. It was so unattractive I couldn't believe it, it seriously was their storage room for all the spa supplies! I'm shocked that they don't have a nice dimly lit room with candles and soft music or better yet, a room that opens up to the ocean so you can listen to the waves...at any rate a room JUST for services, NOT for storage! My husband said he enjoyed his, but the gal that worked on me smelled funny, and I think she was sick because she was sucking on a cough drop the whole time, and actually left the room 4 different times and came back with a tissue each time! I should have stopped everything and rescheduled, but I was too shy and I guess I just didn't want to hurt any body's feelings, but it was a terrible massage, especially for the price (well over $100 for an hour).
The other disappointing thing was that their continental breakfast has been scaled down since our last visit. Our first time we had bagels and cream cheese and a few other options, but this time it was a hard boiled egg, fruit, and a rather cheap muffin or coffee cake. I do love having fresh coffee in the morning, and I'm glad they still did that. I just wish there were better breakfast choices, or at least some nice locally baked goods instead of the cheap store bought stuff (there's a great little coffee shop walking distance going towards the Aquarium that they could get stuff from!)
Apart from those two things, we love this place and will continue to stay there when we visit our favorite town! (PS, please don't being kids here. It's such a romantic spot, and I don't think the rooms all have just one bed, so it's really not for families...and when people bring children, it just ruins the atmosphere...sorry, I know you love your kids, but the rest of us could do without the noise. Go stay down the street nearer to the Aquarium, and let us childless folks have a quiet and relaxing stay.)
Ocean View rooms are lovely, but expensive. The Partial Ocean view is fine!
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