Seascape -- NOT a 4-Diamond Resort A review of Seascape Resort
My husband and I just returned from a getaway to the Monterey Coast area. We were torn betwen staying at Carmel's Tradewinds, Carmel Valley Ranch and Seascape. Because of reviews here, and because we wanted a kitchen, we opted for Seascape.
THE GOOD: Beautiful landscaping, well-maintained grounds, friendly staff. We were in a one bedroom in the main building, partial ocean view (#214). The view was great. The "partial view" meant a grove of Cypress trees blocked part of the ocean view, but the trees only added to the ambience. Beautiful, overall, although a staff member said that if you're staying in a one bedroom, the best views are on the third floor, #300 and #327. Also, we liked the gas fireplace. Usually they're kinda cheesy, but this one really took the edge off of the August morning fog. The patio was a nice touch. Even though we could see a corner of the pool, the patio felt very private and the pool noise was minimal. Very wheelchair-accessible, and paved paths will take you most everywhere around the grounds.
THE BAD: The rooms feel like an 80's style Oakwood Corporate apartment complete with worn carpeting. Even the bed had yesteryear's boxsprings. Way too bouncy. I couldn't sleep at all. And when the third floor guests above chatted, we overheard. When they showered in the morning, the water pipes clanged. I resorted to earplugs. For $300 a night, I was disappointed, needless to say. The kitchenette was kitted out with dinged-up non-stick pans, a hard-to-figure-out array of stove eyes, and no spices. Thank god we brought our own oils, spices, etc. and had stopped by Gayles's Bakery in Capitola to stock up. (The "cute" grocery at Seascape jacks up its prices unconscionably. Can you say $14 for a jar of pasta sauce?) If you're a videophile, note that the units are transitioning from VHS to DVD. We had a DVD in the living room, and a VHS in the bedroom. No worries -- both televisions were too tiny to enjoy a film. The living room measured about 13 by 20 feet, but the TV was smaller than my computer monitor, maybe 17 inches. I kept reminding myself I didn't go to the ocean to watch a DVD...
A further bad is that each unit is individually owned, so that if you have a problem, you're stuck. The Seascape management is like a condo overseer, so forget about changing rooms.
Query why AAA calls this place 4-diamonds? I've stayed at Carmel's Highlands Inn. That's 4 diamonds. No comparison to Seascape. As my DH said about Seascape, "A solid 3-star establishment with a 4-star location." We won't be returning. Might be a winner for a family with kids, though.