I had a change of itinerary and without my computer handy called a friend to find an available quiet hotel near the water in Monterey, as I was too tired to drive to my next stop in Santa Maria, due to a late business meeting. This was apparently the day before the US Open golf tournament in town, so I hit a bad day to book at the last minute. My friend found this inn online, so I got the number, called and was told a room was available. Drove over and had a hard time parking (was in industrial area across from beach), and as I looked up on the rooftop of this place, heard loud music, lots of people with drinks in hand, and no parking close by.
A bit confused, as I was told this was a B & B, I finally found a spot a couple blocks away. Walked in and lots of people coming and going. Was greeted by a man with a drink in his hand and I asked what was going on. (This was about 7 pm) He said that a weekly public DJ Happy hour "Beats" party was on the roof and would be going on until 9:00 pm that evening. Now, mind you, I came to get a "quiet" room to rest so I could get up early to be in Santa Maria the next morning for a business meeting.
A lady came from behind a desk in this little entry area and I was told that a bottom floor room was available in the front. All I could hear was loud dance music blaring, and at this point, decided I'd rather spend a night in a Motel 6 out of town than this place. I told her that this is not what I was expecting, and how could I get some sleep with all the noise. I was basically told that it was just a happy hour and no one minded. I declined to stay or take the room. Sure glad that I didn't pre-book this room, as the rate was $155. As I was leaving, a large group of drunkards came downstairs and sat in the lobby and began conversing. So, WARNING: This place is not private and quiet, obviously running events to a the public. Not my cup of tea!!! ... or hardly a typical B & B.
I decided to get the strength to continue driving out of town south on "101" and actually found a Motel 6 in San Simeon on the water, which had a great attached restaurant and only $59/night for a large room with ocean view in a secured building.
- 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