The glassed-in parlor and many guest rooms at this 1899 Mediterranean-style villa have stunning ocean views, and thoughtful details such as robes and rocking chairs create an ambience of luxury and comfort. The inn is furnished with exquisite antiques, and the owner's collection of classic race cars is on display in the patio area. Lavish breakfasts—and winemaker dinners of up to 12 courses—are served on lace-clad tables set with china, crystal, and silver. Because
of the fragility of the antiques, the inn is not suitable for children, except in the two-bedroom family suite.
Aug 20, 2004
Stayed there for 4 nights during the Monterey car events. The location and parking are ideal. The breakfasts are ok, and the 8:00 am start time is far too late for many folks, especially during the the car show week. The property is starting to look a bit tired, and there is no outside sitting area to view the ocean, aside from two stone, no back benches which are cold to sit on. Outside gardens could also use a bit of TLC. There is a very good
buffet that many used as supper at 5:00 pm, but the dining room is the only place with an Ocean view to enjoy the afternoon drink, and it is not comfortable. Didn't really see anybody using the large parlour. The rooms have no sheers, just drapes...which means an all open or closed option only. The garden view room has no privacy unless drapes are closed all the time, avoid it. The web site keeps referring to the owner and his car collection. Yes the collection is there, but in the 4 days there the host could never bother joining his guests at breakfast or the 5:00 pm gathering... never even met him actually. The staff are nice, but the warm personality of a B&B is missing.
Aug 24, 2001
Stayed at the Martine Inn for 3 nights on a honeymoon. It's a large, very charming, well refurbished and maintained Victorian home about 5 blocks from the Monterey Aquarium. We had the Parke Room, the most expensive available with beautiful antique furnishings and a great view. Other rooms were smaller, but still quite nice. Complimentary breakfasts were filling and the afternoon wine and appetizer hour was welcome. Service was warm.
One quibble...parking is limited, but that's common with the waterfront B&B's in Pacific Grove.