Overall, I have to say that I really liked this property. The location was good (although we had a hard time finding it since we were coming from Santa Cruz via Hwy.1). It’s located on a quiet side street off not-so-quiet Hwy. 101. There are several motels on Kern Street. There’s an In ‘n’ Out Burger and Margie’s Diner (huge portions, excellent food and service) within easy walking distance. We stayed in the Bruschini (sp?) Suite – and it was quite nice. The living room had a sofa bed (about the size of a large twin), three straight chairs, two tables, and a wet bar with a microwave and refrigerator. There were two TVs (one in the living room and one in the bedroom – thank goodness!) -- with about 70 channels. The sofa was berry, as was the carpet (which I liked). I did not care for the bedspreads and drapes (greenish – with an old fashioned print), wallpaper border (kind of ivy looking), overhead fixtures, and feathery texturing on the ceilings – because it looked like an early 20th Century granny decorated the room. However, my sister did like the retro look of it. Go figure. The bedroom had a very comfortable king sized bed (with nice linens), dresser, two nightstands, mirror, the aforementioned TV, a window overlooking agricultural fields and Hwy. 101; and, a very cushy (albeit low) berry rocking chair. The best part was the bathroom (pretty green tiled floor) – which was located off the hall in-between the living and bed rooms. The bathroom sink, counter and mirror were on the outside on the opposite side of the hall. The pool area was very nice and had lovely flowers planted around the perimeter of the fence. We didn’t use the pool though, since it was overcast and chilly the entire time (except when we were leaving; then the sun came out.) The Front Desk staff was polite and helpful – with the exception of one guy with a sleepy voice – but who wasn’t very accommodating. I had previously obtained directions from AAA from Salinas to Monterey – but, thought I’d check with the Front Desk just to make sure that that was the best way to go. I politely asked how to get to Monterey from there. He mused softly, “Monterey? Monterey?” (Isn’t Monterey a popular destination from Salinas?) And, then he reached into a drawer and handed me a computer generated map that was virtually blank – it had Salinas on it – and some highway numbers and street names, but the street lines were invisible – and Monterey wasn’t on it either. Okay, I’m thinking, this is no help (we ended up asking at a gas station). Then I asked if there was a Bank of America nearby and he said, “B of A?; B of A?” then answered the phone (without excusing himself) and started taking a lengthy reservation, leaving me standing there. At this point, we left on our daily adventures – since we figured that we were better off on our own. If I had a choice -- I'd prefer staying in Monterey -- however, when one is on a budget -- and its peak season --this is a great place to stay.
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