Are Internet Room Rentals Hurting Local Motels?

A little. Bigger story is that they are getting away with not paying their fair share of tax. Then the tax collector uses the ‘no resources” excuse to not go after them.

I offer my plan. Have the parking enforcement department search the web and collect addresses since they are not enforcing parking anyway. Then impose a yearly flat tax based on number of rooms the house has. Should get enough revenue to hire someone at the tax collection office to actually collect taxes.

Pacific Grove inn owner Amrish Patel said the lack of regulation on sales tax for these rentals can create an unfair advantage.

“It’s not fair that we’re being taxed and they’re not,” Patel said. “But I don’t know how you can enforce that.”

The city of Pacific Grove prohibits renting out private rooms, but does allow homeowners to rent out their whole house if they get a transient use license. KSBW searched for rentals in the Pacific Grove area and found more than 150 renters listing private bedrooms for rent.

Monterey County tax collector Mary Zeeb said neighbors call in to report illegal renting but that her staff does not have the time or resources to check whether each renter paid sales tax on the revenue.

And what kind of P.G. homeowner would be opening up their house for profits with no overhead cost?Joy Colangelo STR
Sustainakook Joy Colon-Jello for starters

Internet Room Rentals Hurting Local Motels?

Sea Breeze Motel Expansion Approved

Hope they can expand their dumpster capacity to match.

Sea-Breeze Motel, 2008

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The council, at its Wednesday meeting, rejected an appeal filed against the Sea Breeze Lodge expansion after it had been approved on a divided Planning Commission vote in March.

Appellants Roxanne and Adiba Mahroom contended the proposed addition of six units, on top of three approved in 2002 but never built, should have been reviewed under the state Environmental Quality Act. They also argued the city wrongfully approved water for the project before it was considered by the Planning Commission.

City planners said the addition to the 30-unit Lighthouse Avenue motel was a minor project exempt from the Environmental Quality Act.

Sea Breeze Motel Expansion Approved

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

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
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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

Hotel Room Tax Revenues – Down

Million or so less after paying ransom to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and putting up more signs.

Well, who wants to pay over $200 to stay in one of these crusty inns?
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I’m in favor of tearing these moldy tired hotels down and rebuilding but not increasing the room count. Cannery Row & Seaside are getting all the business.

In a small city with a lot of hotels, the decline in hotel tax is significant.

“It’s 19 percent of the general fund,” said Jim Becklenberg, Pacific Grove’s director of management and budget.

Pacific Grove hotel tax revenue dropped 14 percent in fiscal year 2008-09 from the previous year, less of a drop than the city was anticipating. Pacific Grove has “a relatively small reserve,” Becklenberg said.

Hotel Room Tax Revenues – Down

P.G. Motels Robbing The Tourists On MotoGP Weekend

On Monday, the phones at Monterey Peninsula Reservations were busy with visitors seeking last-minute rooms. The few rooms available were mostly because of cancellations, said owner Donna Ibens.

Two-night minimums are pretty standard, he said, and rates climb as demand increases. So while the county’s average room rate in December and January was $129, the July and August rate average last year reached $180.

“The prices are scaring people a bit,” said Ibens. “I’ve had a lot of calls and they don’t want to pay $300 a night.”

The least expensive rooms were $250 a night in Pacific Grove and Carmel, said Ibens.

These are the hotels opposing a tax hike? $500 to stay in PG for two nights? Ow!

P.G. Motels Robbing The Tourists On MotoGP Weekend