The good news: This is a newer hotel located on 101 and easy to find and has a very spacious lobby. Everything appeared to be very clean when we were there. The rooms are larger than most hotel rooms in this price range. The bathroom is average with a shower and toilet. The sink and counter are actually located in the "bedroom" part of the room which is a bit unusual. They have a laundry/vending machine area on the first floor across from the elevators. The breakfast area is two rooms spacious and the continental breakfast included breads, donuts, yogurt, cold cereal and toaster waffles. Coffee and tea are available in the lobby 24 hrs a day.
The Redwoods are within a 5 minute drive altho apparently there is nowhere to stop and walk thru them until you get at least about 45 minutes south (depending on traffic and roadwork).
The bad news: I called and spoke to the staff person at length regarding the view from this hotel and asked specifically if it was located close to the ocean as I wanted to be able to hear/smell the ocean. I was told "oh yes, we are located right on the water". Well, to put it bluntly, she lied. The Bay is located roughly 400 feet behind the hotel and the view from the room (on the 3rd floor) we were originally put in was awful with small windows overlooking a grassy area in back, with power lines, a parking lot to the right, an industrial area to the left and the bay in the distance. We immediately returned to the lobby to complain and Chris was nice enough to move us to a room more to the south (on the 3rd floor) which at least had a balcony altho the view was mostly the same. At least Chris tried to accomodate us seeing how upset/disappointed I was. I am including pictures of the view from the balcony of hotel room. If this hotel had truly been "right on the water" as I was told, It would have gotten 4 stars. I am rating the service, value,and rooms as 2 stars because I was lied to, other than that, it was 4 stars
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