I'm giving this property 4 stars (circles) with the understanding that it's to be compared with other b & b's, and not 4 star, full-service resorts. This is an excellent b & b - one of the best I've stayed at. But, have to leave that 5-star (circle) rating open for the ones I haven't tried yet...
The inn is located on a main street, but in a quiet residential area. For the most part it was quiet, although there was traffic noise, from time to time. It's in a great location for walking into Monterey - the aquarium and Cannery Row. Not a far walk at all, and a nice stroll, along the walking path right along the dunes/rocks of the coast. We did drive into Pacific Grove for dinner, though - it probably would have been fine to walk there one way, but we likely wouldn't have wanted to walk back after a big meal. We ate at Passionfish, by the way, and I'd HIGHLY recommend it. They specialize in fish (duh) but from sustainable sources, so it's a no-guilt meal, in that respect. And, the presentation and preparations are creative and really, really good.
Jerry and Diane couldn't be more gracious hosts. The moment we walked through the door into the breakfast sun room, we felt comfortable, which isn't always the case, at a b & b. Hot beverages are available 24/7 and there's usually a cake or some sweet snack available, too. Aside from that, don't miss the cookie jars in the living room - yummy cookies, two kinds, are in limited supply. Breakfasts are great. You're served a hot entrée but there's also lots available, buffet-style. Fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread/bagels for toast, scones, muffins, etc.
We were in the Newport room. We knew it would be small from reading some reviews, and it was. But, we were pretty darn comfy. The bed is made up with lots of decorative pillows in beautiful shams - finding a place to set them all, when it was time for sleeping, was a challenge. They made a great presentation, but were awkward to deal with - a VERY MINOR inconvenience and had no bearing on our overall very positive feelings about this inn.
Our bathroom had a pedestal sink, nice marble-top side table, toilet with shelving overhead, and whirlpool tub. These folks think of everything to make sure guests are comfortable - along with soap, shampoo and lotion, they provide cotton swabs and cotton cosmetic pads - a really nice touch.
One inconvenience is the parking. There is no off-street parking, and the street does fill with cars, either from inn guests or residents on the street. One evening, after returning from dinner on the late side, we found the last spot available on the street. I'm sure the neighborhood is perfectly safe, but we wouldn't have liked parking a rental car on another street had it come to that.
PG appears to be a totally cute town. We didn't have a lot of time for exploring, but would definitely choose it over Monterey, when/f we return to this area of CA again. I think it's ideally located, a little off the beaten path, but really convenient to everything.
Big thumbs up for this inn. Nice job. I wouldn't hesitate to return, if our future travels bring us back to the Monterey Peninsula.
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