The hospitality of the staff was wonderful. A big shout out to the rooftop bartender Andrew who always had a smile on his face and was great to talk to. Tambien un saludo para mi compa Juan, quien cocina la mera onda! Translation...if Juan cooks it, you better eat it. Everything we tried was delicious and cooked to order. Lots of fresh and organic items and everything made in house, right down to the guacamole and pickled vegetables. Happy hour is free wine or beer and small appetizer. Premium spirits are are offered for cocktails at an extremely low rate. Literally, well prices for the good stuff! If you are a scotch drinker especially, the hotel bar has a very nice selection and you will not be disappointed. The bartender was so nice and though they are somewhat limited on equipment and mixers, he was not too flustered. We were happy to wait patiently in the comfy, oversized chairs around the firepit with an ocean view. He even allowed us to look through his drink-recipe book so we could try new concoctions. They offered bar snacks as well while we waited for our dishes.
The rooms were a bit awkward. They have an interesting configuration which is expected in a small hotel. There is no A/C in the rooms which being right on the ocean was not a bad thing but if there is ever a hot day there would be no relaxation. We thought that since there was no A/C there would at least be a ceiling fan to help circulate the air but there was none. A plug-in fan is available upon request. We had a corner unit so we had 4 windows which let in plenty of air but there were no screens on the windows so at night the only way to have ventilation is to leave the windows open. We did have the blinds closed to not let the light in but allow some air which helped but a ceiling fan would have been nice.But we would have gladly given up the electric fireplace, heated bathroom floor tiles and super fancy jet shower for A/C instead. Kind of strange, in order to promote "total relaxation" they keep extra "distractions" out of the room such as a microwave, coffee maker, utensils and advise that you don't eat in the room. But they still have a tv? Also, since there were no screens we noticed a couple of bug bites in the morning. There is a lake a block over so we think they were a couple of mosquitos. The bathroom light is not very bright and the curtains are extremely dark so it takes your eyes a few minutes to get used to the lighting in there.We booked this through a living social deal and we feel we got a great value for what we paid. Our 'value' rating on this review is for a regularly priced stay. Rooms stayed fairly cool with the windows open however, the hallway and lower lobby area was very hot and stuffy. There was one small window open during breakfast but with all the cooking, it didn't help. Was nice that the hall lights have motion sensors. So they are dark at night, I can't stand when hotel hall lights come into the room at night. They only came on with the sensors and at night, still fairly dim.
Breakfast is served every morning and is not just fruit, bread and coffee. This is a real breakfast which is made fresh for each guest and very delicious. Coffee, tea and orange juice plus 2 small courses. On real porcelain plates, teacups with saucers and real silverware.
We interacted with the female owner who is very hospitable and very friendly. We didn't interact much with the male owner but he was friendly when we did. For the services and hospitality, we would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our newly designed European-style Inn is an easy walk to Monterey's beaches, City Center restaurants, shopping, nightlife, cultural activities and Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Nearby outdoor adventures include kayaking, biking, hiking, golf, whale watching, horseback riding and much more. Enjoy a panoramic view of Monterey Bay, Del Monte Beach, Monterey's city center and marina from our Rooftop Observation Deck, while sampling complimentary afternoon refreshments during our afternoon tea time and wine tasting, or while just lounging about. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Del Monte Beach Hotel Monterey
- Del Monte Beach Inn