Nader’s Next Hotel Plan Debated

Yuck.

Agha's Huge Holman Hotel

“The design has a contextual problem – context meaning the design within the realm you’re placing the building,” said Mark Brodeur, director of community and economic development, noting that the nearby Holman Building, museum and library each have a certain design. “They believe the Victorian architectural of the proposal didn’t fit within its context.”

Nader’s Next Hotel Plan Debated

Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?

Better idea: bypass all the complicated water credit issues and send that toilet water straight to the new hotels.

So it must have been a shock to P.G. City Manager Ben Harvey to receive a letter from the state water board on May 16, stating that the board was holding back on the payment because the city’s plan might be a breach of contract.

The issue appears to be a discrepancy of interpretations stemming from the water board’s 2009 order to the Monterey Peninsula to stop using water from the Carmel River. One interpretation is that due to the order, P.G. cannot keep any new water credits for itself – they all have to go back to the river.

Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?

P.G. Pays $25,000 To Oakland Survey Company Only To Find The Obvious

Tax the tourists. Oh, and 41 percent come up negative on short term cyber rentals.

The survey also showed that 41 percent of the 375 likely voters surveyed on the phone and online believe that the city has done a “poor” job of managing the city’s vacation rentals, while 28 percent gave the same grade for the way the city manages its pension obligations. Similarly, 22 percent said P.G. is doing poorly managing its finances.

P.G. Pays $25,000 To Oakland Survey Company Only To Find The Obvious

Something Stinks At ATC

And it’s not kelp baking in the sun at low tide or squid drying on the shore like it was years ago.

American Tin Cannery

It looks like there were lessons learned after the failure to turn Holman’s into some kind of “World Class” transient stay place.

A group dubbed the Committee Against Measure X sponsored by Unite Here, Local 483, sent out fliers over the weekend to Pacific Grove voters declaring “Measure X is wrong” and asking voters to reconsider the measure because it allows a developer to avoid the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Woah, when the group that stands to gain power and money by making promises to a few hundred low wage hotel workers it against it there must be something under the covers going on.

The voters’ guide was mailed out, I like the bait this project is trying to use to hook y’all:

Recognition of Pacific Grove as a world-class destination and an innovative leader in conservation and sustainability

More like “How did this cute little town allow this to built?

Banquet, meeting, and reception rooms that will enable Pacific Grove to host large and small events, keeping that business in Pacific Grove

Look at the next line and tell me, who from P.G would use this place?

New luxury travelers who will patronize Pacific Grove restaurants, shops, and other businesses

The type of people that stay there will make the choice of Cannery Row or Carmel, not P.G.

State-of-the-art design, construction, and operational programs and technologies, as one of the world’s most sustainable hotels, that will save and recycle significant amounts of water and energy and reduce pollution and greenhouse gases

Ha! I knew someone would throw in the Substainable word once, but TWICE?

An ideal location at the edge of town that will help mitigate traffic impacts and provide additional needed parking for the City, resulting in reduced downtown congestion

Never mind that slow and getting slower traffic jam on Lighthouse Avenue to the tunnel.

A visitor and interpretive center and museum that will celebrate Pacific Grove’s extraordinary culture, its heritage and historic character, and its unequalled scenic beauty

A tribute to the scenery that will never come back

New revenues from transient occupancy taxes, property taxes, and sales and use taxes to support our library, police, fire department, parks, and other City services and operations

New opportunities for thieves.

Three hundred permanent high quality hotel jobs for workers of all skill and education levels, many of whom will be residents of Pacific Grove, plus hundreds of high quality construction phase jobs, many of which will benefit Pacific Grove businesses and residents

Most of the workers at hotels in PG cannot afford to live there. See the part about the traffic to and from PG.

At first it kind of appealed to me, keep the touristas at the border of town, pray that they stay on the ‘row and don’t bother me. But the thing is now sounding like the city whoring itself out to get a few bucks. Vote NO on Measure X.

Something Stinks At ATC

 

 

Developers Want To Transform ATC To A Luxury Hotel

This
Parking meters at ATC

To this
Project Bella overhead view

Built in 1927 for use in the sardine heyday, the Tin Cannery has been home to outlet shopping since 1988 and never seemed to take off, despite the thousands of visitors exiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium across the street.

When the outlet mall had stores it was pretty good. One could get a variety of things without having to deal with the traffic. Ardan’s, Rebock, Corning and more.

If this deal fizzels, remember these names people.

“Project Bella aims to be the leading luxury hotel in the United States,” said a news release.

The project is a partnership between Domaine Hospitality Partners and the Cannery Row Co., which owns the cannery building.

Wednesday’s press conference will include Julie Packard, executive director of the aquarium, developer Ted Balestreri, Pacific Grove mayor Bill Kampe and Domaine CEO Ronald Meer.

Developers Want To Transform ATC To A Luxury Hotel

Funniest Yelp Comments Of 2013, Pacific Grove Hotels

Butterfly Grove Inn
7/9/2013
I found a mostly dead giant roach under the bathroom sink. Disgusting! On the second night as we were getting settled in, we began to smell cigarette smoke. I shut the windows thinking someone was smoking outside but it didn’t subside. I believe it was coming from the room next door and wafting in under the connecting door. When we complained and asked for a different room, their first reaction was to call the people in the room in question to ask them if they were smoking in the room.

1/16/2013
We left. Sorry, but did not want to smell Pine Sol while sleeping. Newark NJ might be preferred to that.

Borg’s Ocean Front Motel
9/28/2013
Mattresses are SO hard my joints go numb, so bouncy if my honey coughs, it’s like an earthquake.

7/30/2013
The women at the front desk- unfriendly and a bummer to be near reminded us of ma from goonies. Um I will not be attending coffee with you in the am.

Centrella Inn
9/9/2013
TV was about 4 inches wide

6/24/2013
There was a damp spot in the carpet in front of the bed when we arrived that never went away.

Sea Breeze Inn & Cottages
11/30/2013
Very dirty. Run down almost like camping. You may want to bring shower shoes.

11/30/2013
The staff was rude, don’t know if they had a problem because we where a male couple or just rude to everyone.

11/14/2013
don’t let people live in your hotel like they own it. It just makes it look trashy

8/23/2013
when my boyfriend woke up he had 7 bug bites

4/15/2013
big fly got stuck and buzzed around all night.

The Rosedale Inn
3/12/2013
we found dead bugs underneath the refrigerator when we moved it by accident. disgustingly filthy TV remote that looked like a petri dish.

Lover’s Point Inn
10/24/2013
we could here our neighbor singing Mariah Carey in the shower at 6:30, sounded like a bad karaoke jam at the base of a waterfall!!!

6/9/2013
I walked in to the super small “lobby” and there was a squirrel running around. I

1/8/2013
This elfin accomadation has a queen bed crammed in at an odd angle, as is the nightstand.

1/4/2013
I noticed the tub floating with hair (from the hypogastric region). No kidding.

Gosby House Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
1/17/2013
my partner and I had only been in the room for about an hour and were fooling around on the bed when the maid tried to barge into the room without even knocking! Thankfully we had used the deadbolt on the door so her key was useless. Talk about a mood killer though!

Asilomar Conference Grounds
7/27/2013
The room was last updated in the ’70’s and frankly smelled like a combination of old people and dead animals. From there we went to the dinning hall and enjoyed food that the state of California rejected from the prison system.

5/26/2013
have heard this place compared to camping – camping is far better than here…..I’d much rather be in a tent than in this room

3/31/2013
My decaf coffee had a slight taste of mildew. Mildew seems to be a theme here – not only in the bathrooms, but in the coffee machine as well.

Green Gables Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
8/24/2013
You better have some plumbing skills when you stay there because there was a sign in the bathroom saying to use the plunger in the case of overflow! B

Deer Haven Inn & Suites
9/21/2013
guy is really nice and then he apologizes for the paint chipping off walls and doors, oOo okay… It was like REALLY chipping like we thought it might be like a shaky shack look they were intentionally going for,

7/17/2013
We found a cockroach in our bed. Enough said.Oh yes, and for an additional fee, you can bring your pets here. Cool if you have pets, not cool if your neighbor’s dogs are barking all night.

7/7/2013
Continental breakfast: ummm…what breakfast?? Supposed to be served from 8am – 10am, but they should revise it to be “8am – whenever it’s gone.”

Lighthouse Cottage and Suites
11/20/2013
the sheets smelled like pure bleach. Maybe someone left it bloody and they had to bleach the heck out of them.

11/1/2013
We weren’t told our room was a pet-friendly room and within 15 minutes of entering we had to leave for the urgent care for an asthma attack.

6/20/2013
Some people may want to sit on a patio and enjoy the peaceful graveyard

6/12/2013
a big black bug (possibly a cockroach) ran across the bathroom floor. I smashed it and called the front desk. The manager acted very put out and sarcastically asked if I needed someone to come and smash it for me.

Martine Inn
9/30/2013
The only reason why I had chosen Martine Inn was cos they allowed kids, but let me tell you, my son was terrified of that innkeeper!

8/25/2013
We received no communication from them prior to our stay suggesting that a late check-in would be a problem (aside from a call to our cell phone at 8pm when we had no reception). In any event, we were greeted at night with hostility which continued throughout our stay.

8/11/2013
Martine Inn’s website lists “WiFi throughout” as well as “Free WiFi” under each of its room descriptions — so we were disappointed when the innkeeper told us WiFi access was restricted to the library.

10/21/2012
The self righteous owner was an absolute ass, and fact is, we won’t be staying there ever again. If you’re about 90 years old, and you don’t mind turning in at 5 pm, this is the place for you, otherwise, don’t bother.

The Olympia Lodge
4/30/2013
When my husband approached the hotel staff with pictures of the mold, rodent excrement and strangers pubic hair the front desk clerk made excuses and said they were gross. She took a whopping $50 off of our room rate (which was $179 for one night)

2/11/2013
The staff was friendly and the room appeared clean, i say appeared because mold is not clean. A health hazard.

Beachcomber Inn
11/6/2013
The hilarious: Having to do squats while taking a shower because the shower head is only came up to my chest. I’m no giant either, just a bit over 6′.

5/9/2013
TICKS in our room! Need I say more? The manager was completely perplexed by my displeasure

Wilkie’s Inn Clarion Collection
10/12/2013
Sorry but upscale soap dosnt equal a great bed and soft pillow

8/9/2013
better yet, stay at a friends house and give them money.

6/29/2013
Not well maintained and we can hear rats or mice in the walls

Funniest Yelp Comments Of 2013, Pacific Grove Hotels

Asilomar Conference Grounds Getting Upgrades

Six Flags Over Asilomar
Six Flags Over Asilomar failed to be approved again.

Operators of the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove are in the middle of a $20.5 million upgrade and a major component of it should be completed by May.

. freshly-paved roads and new handrails . . part of the improvements are free WiFi, fire pits and the return of a pingpong table on the deck of the social hall.

Whoah, getting kind of risky there with that wi-fi stuff. I think there are two telephones and no TV sets in the entire place.

Asilomar Conference Grounds Getting Upgrades

Smaller Motel Rooms For The Same High Price

You think some of the ancient motels would work to improve the quality instead of the quantity.

Sea Breeze Motel
Seabreeze Motel

Last week, the City Council voted unanimously to place an amendment of Measure C on the Nov. 8 ballot. It would decrease required building setbacks, allow the addition of rooms through remodels that don’t increase the “footprint” of the existing building by reducing the the ratio of rooms to square footage to one per 1,000 square feet rather than the current one per 2,500 square feet.

Smaller Motel Rooms For The Same High Price

Read My Lips, No T.O.T.

But hotel and motel owners, who feel the city is reneging on promises made when they agreed to form a Pacific Grove Hospitality Improvement District and fund it with $1 and $1.50-per-night room assessments, said they would support a sales tax increase and pay an increased business license tax as well.

Adding another 2 cents on the dollar to the room tax — raising it from 10 percent to 12 percent — was expected to raise an additional $600,000 for the city, but approximately $230,000 of that is committed in a contract with the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said City Manager Jim Colangelo.

But the masters of hidden fees have a few tried and true schemes to generate revenue.

14 Hidden Hotel Fees to Avoid

In recent years, hotels have become increasingly adept at finding ways to nickel and dime their customers. According to a study published last year by PriceWaterHouseCooper’s Hospitality Division, hotels are gorging themselves on surcharges and hidden fees. Hotels worldwide were on track to rake in nearly $2 billion in surcharges and hidden fees in 2007, more than tripling the $550 million they took in just four years ago. That’s a lot of minibar charges and towel replacement fees.

 

Groundskeeping
Make sure to take time to smell the roses in that lushly landscaped garden because you are likely to billed $3 or more a night for the effort involved in keeping the greenery perky.

 

Towels
Need a towel at the pool? Expect to pay a buck or two. Don’t scamper off to your room with it either, as you may be billed five dollars or more if you forget to return it to the attendant after your swim.

 

Business center, fitness room
If there’s a room with special equipment in it you’ll probably get charged for simply staying in the same hotel with said equipment, even if you never venture into the business center or gym. Fees typically run $5 – $10 a day. At resorts, this is typically called the “resort fee.”

 

Safe
Hotels are tacking $1-$3 dollar a night “Safe Warranty” fees onto bills to cover the cost of providing the safe and the insurance policy that covers the things stored in it. (Good luck collecting anything if that in-room safe is burgled though, as most hotels post signs disclaiming responsibility for valuables.)

 

Housekeeping, bellman gratuity fees
These folks certainly deserve to be paid well for their hard work, and most travelers show their appreciation with tips. But before you dig out the dollars, be aware that fees of $10-$30 a stay are being added to some hotel bills to cover housekeeping and bellman gratuities.

 

Water and newspapers
How nice that a bottle of pure spring water was thoughtfully left in your room. Don’t drink it. Chances are it’s not a gift and you will be billed anywhere from $4-$6 a bottle. The newspaper that shows up at your door in the morning? Expect to be billed for the “convenience.”

 

Energy surcharge
Intended to recover the rising costs of providing electrical power, this charge can add $3-$6 dollars a day to your bill.

Early check in or out/extended cancellation
Checked in earlier than the hotel’s stated check-in time? You may be billed up to $50 for that early access. Had to leave sooner than planned? Expect to be charged anywhere from $50 to the cost of one night’s stay. And make sure to check the cancellation policy: Hotels that used to allow you to cancel the same day before 6 p.m.are now billing customers for one night’s stay if they don’t cancel 48 hours ahead of time.

 

Shuttle service
Taking the hotel shuttle from the airport used to be free, but it’s likely to cost you now, and almost as much as taking a cab to your lodgings.

 

Baggage-holding
Travelers with late-day flights often ask hotels to store their bags so they can enjoy another vacation day before heading to the airport. Some hotels are now charging up to $3 for each bag they babysit for the day.

 

Bartenders
Check the bill before you tell the bartender to keep the change. Posters on several travel boards have reported seeing charges for 20% of each drink added to their tabs for the bartender gratuity.

 

Room block fees
You’d like to reserve a bunch of rooms, all on one floor, for a family reunion or other event? No problem, because some hotels will be happy to bill you $10-$20 for that service.

 

Mini-Bar
No, it’s not the insane prices charged for those goodies, it’s the charges that are now added to your bill if you move something in the bar to make room for your own bottle of water, or even pick something up to look at it for a few seconds (sensors in the bar record your action and add the product’s fee to your room bill.) Some travelers who’ve routinely asked for the mini-bar to be cleared out before their arrival have been surprised by $50 “unstocking” fees.

 

Random incorrect charges:

Numerous posters on travel forums have reported getting charged for smoking in non-smoking rooms when the evil weed had never touched their lips. Ding: cleaning fee of $100 to $250, and sometimes more. Other random fees include being charged for unordered movies, unmade phone calls, etc.

Read My Lips, No T.O.T.

Motels Against Public Safety

Pacific Grove’s innkeepers are crying foul over a signature-gathering campaign by the Pacific Grove Police Officers Association to put an increase in the city’s transient occupancy tax — or room tax — on the ballot.

The city supported an economic advisory committee with an annual $107,000 contribution to the Chamber of Commerce for various city activities and events. With the formation of the Hospitality Improvement District, the city now uses that money to pay part of the Convention and Visitor Bureau dues.

Pacific Grove entered a contract to pay the Convention and Visitors Bureau through 2012, said Chamber of Commerce president Moe Ammar. He and innkeepers met with police association members Monday and emerged with “an understanding that they will consider our request not to pursue a room tax.”

There’s Moammar In The Middle again.

Motels Against Public Safety