I booked a room for a Saturday night over President's Day weekend. Most of the popular bed & breakfasts and hotels required 2/3 night stays, which we didn't want, so when I found the Marina Dunes, I was quite happy. I booked their Ocean View Jr. Suite.
When we got there, another couple was waiting on a golf cart. They were threatening to throw a hissy-fit because the staff was mentioning the possibility that there may not be any left. I might have joined them given that I had reserved their most expensive room (I would have left and spent the night at the Quality Inn next door). After about a 20 minute wait, we got our carts, and off we went. Check-in time to room was over 30 minutes. Not good.
The room itself (we got 611-Suite) was nicely decorated, much like the photos. It was overcast, so it didn't look as bright, but that's ok. The view from the room was very nice, but the patio didn't look like it had been cleaned/used in a while. Overall, the room itself was in good condition though. The shower had pretty weak water pressure and there were some ants in the bar sink in the morning. While this is not entirely unexpected on a property that sits on sand, it's not what you might expect for the price you pay. The king-size bed was very comfortable. The TV sitting above the fireplace is too high to watch comfortably, not to mention it gets pretty hot with the fireplace on. There was only one remote for the 2 TVs in the room.
Overall, the concept was so nice, but I think the execution was lacking. While I didn't have the kind of horrible experience that others have mentioned here, I could see how that happened. But I can also see that the wonderful experiences people have had are possible as well. It's too hit-or-miss, especially given the price. I'm going to stay elsewhere the next time I visit the Monterey area, unless I start to see consistently good reviews.
On a side-note, we ate at AJ Spur's, the restaurant on-site, on Sunday after we checked out. I had eaten there once before, and thought it was GREAT. This time, the food and service were mediocre at best. But I tend to think that the restaurant is more hit than miss. The first time, I thought their soup (comes with all meals) was outstanding (we took the extra to go). This time, it was lukewarm and not what I remembered. Oh well.
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