An Inn In the Woods A review of Comfort Inn Monterey Peninsula Airport
I am a lover of Monterey Peninsula and return to this piece of heaven year after year for rest and rejuvenation. I have stayed in few places, but must say that this is the best value I have enjoyed.
You simply walk out of the airport, cross the road and there you are, at your Inn which is nestled among tall Monterey pines. The rooms, as other reviewers have noted, are larger than average and clean. The carpet in mine (306) was carefully vacuumed but badly stained. I was told that the property was just recently purchased and the new owners, for tax reasons, were going to put in new carpets in 2006. Let's hope so.
Also, as others have observed, airport noise is minimal. The last planes land before 10 pm, but there are a few whooshes early in the morning. I had a bit of noise from upstairs, so you may want to consider a second-floor room.
A refreshing aspect of the property is that it is not along a motel row. Its neighbors are businesses in a beautiful park setting. There is a gym within walking distance on Garden Road; you may want to check to see if they have daily rates.
For a wonderful hike, take Josselyn Canyon from Olmsted Road, where the Inn is, into town, but only during daylight and in good weather.
You can return on a bus that leaves Monterey Transit Plaza downtown for the airport at 3:15, 4:15 and 5:15 pm. There is also limited bus service into town in the morning.
There is a Safeway across from the Transit Plaza, should you want to buy groceries and fix something in your room where you have a refrigerator and microwave. The Whole Foods Market at the Del Monte Shopping Center, also within a short bus ride, has a variety of excellent cold and hot dishes to go. My favorite place, however, is a little French cafe next to the post office on Webster. It is open for breakfast and lunch with wonderful pastries, sandwiches, real homemade soup and a selection of quiches.
(Public Transportation Advisory: the system has really improved. If you want to get around on the bus, get a schedule booklet for all the lines and purchase a day pass for $4.50. The hours I have indicated are for weekdays only.)
While in Monterey, I observed that Days Inn on Munras was putting in new furniture.
Well, enjoy and perhaps I'll see you in Monterey.