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We found the Martine very easily and were impressed at its location, across from the sea and a colony of harbour seals and a few minutes walk from the aquarium and Cannery Row. The house and grounds were well maintained, we certainly didn't notice any smells,cobwebs, old worn carpets or lack of housekeeping standards.
We were treated to a tour of the house, shown where the free fruit and biscuits and coffee were (the biscuits were gorgeous) and shown to our room (Rolling Oak) which was clean and tidy. In retrospect we would probably have gone for a bigger room as we had quite a lot of luggage but we decided to stay where we were as we had had a busy day travelling and couldn't be bothered to re-pack and we had booked the room in the first place it wasn't that the Martine staff had chosen the room for us. The log fire was put to good use after a whale watching trip when we came back to the house freezing - it lit immediately and soon warmed us up. The shower was very invigorating and there was always plenty of hot water and fresh towels. The small fridge was really useful and the bed was very comfortable. Its true that the furniture was old and a bit worn but that is to be expected of antiques (thats surely the appeal of them). The free paper waiting outside our bedroom door each morning was a nice touch.
The afternoon snacks of wine and nibbles including cheese, fruit and crudites was very much appreciated and it was nice to have the opportunity to speak to other guests
We found the breakast in the warm dining room which had a real log fire burning very welcoming and different to the usual continental breakfast we had elsewhere. Travelling from England some of the breakfast choices were unusual i.e. French Toast (which reminded us on bread and butter pudding) with sausages and fresh fruit at dusted with icing sugar but we enjoyed eating it. On the day that my boyfriend didn't fancy the Monterey Jacks he was given an appropriate alternative. I'm sure that the Inn would be more than willing to provide vegetarian and vegan options if they were given notice. The binoculars were a nice touch as we were able to watch the harobour seals and sea otters
We met Mr Martine and found him very friendly and personable, indeed without exception all the staff were very helpful and friendly. Patti and Pete were very helpful in giving us advice on the best time to visit the aquarium (incidently you can buy tickets from the Inn which saves waiting in the extremely long queues), good places to eat and the best road out of Monterey when we were looking for Highway One.
We left for five days travelling on a motorbike and returned to the Martine for one night before heading for Yosemite. When we arrived back we were given a warm welcome, indeed even with hugs from Patti and Anne Ross and asked where we had been and what we had done and seen. Patti and Pete suggested we would enjoy seeing the Feast of Lanterns firework display that evening which we we unaware of and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
The free internet access was used by us in keeping a check on our e-mails and we found Mr Martine's racing memorabilia really interesting.
When we left we were given a goody bag containing some very usefull items including a book containing details of similar inns throughout America which I thought was very useful as well as bottled water, some tolietries and notelets which I thought were a nice touch.
Loved the afternoon wine and snacks, of course. Very friendly service, excellent food in a very Victorian styled inn. We stayed in one of the more affordable rooms and it was very nice. If you haven't been to Pacific Grove lately, we highly recommend this inn and location.