The room itself was nice. The bed was firm, but comfortable. I felt like I was in my own house which was nice. Carole and Michael were both very nice. Breakfasts were pretty good. Definitely a step up from an hotel, but nothing to write home about. Location was great. Very close to Balboa Park and easy access to the freeways to get in and out of the city. The neighborhood is completely residential, so you kind of feel like you are crashing at your grandma's house rather than staying somewhere surrounded by "stuff" if that makes sense. That's not positive or negative, just an observation.
I have to say at times we felt a little strange or things just seemed a little strange here. Each morning several men (different faces each morning) would just stroll in and grab coffee and head out. Friends? Family? not really sure, but it was a little odd. Usually at a B&B it's just the guests and the owners, so this was new to me. I almost felt like were putting them out a little by being at their house when they seemed to have something else going on. Also, one night we asked to have the hot tub turned on around 8pm (it is only heated upon request). Carole said "no" that it was too late for the neighbors - we probably would have been in and out by 10pm. not the end of the world, but I found this odd. So we quietly swam in the pool instead, but when we got out we both smelled very strange. kind of baby diaper-ish. It's a saltwater pool. Maybe this is normal? Anyway, I didn't swim in it again.
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