A Horrible Night
We were first surprised with the quirky way the room was put together. The bathroom had no place to hang towels so they were in a rack in the room next to the TV. Once the towels were used there wasn't really any place in the bathroom to hang them except for the top of the shower, which had a door that would not close properly most of the time making it very hard to maneuver such a small space. There were almost no amenities except for shampoo and soap. Not even a soap dish. There was no clock, no paper or anything to write on, not even a do not disturb sign.There was a phone but it did not work. The bed was very close to the wall on the right side and there were two pipes coming out of that wall that were capped. obviously from old utilities making it kind of scary to get out of bed on that side. The front door had a quaint stained glass window but no curtain so that bright light from the exterior streamed through it all night long.We had to jimmy a towel over it to get some sleep.Also, there is not enough parking like they advertise so we had to park on a busy street in front of the homeless vet shelter next door where they sleep 3 deep on the sidewalk out front.
We were given this room because we travel with our dog and it was in the corner of a L shaped building. This hotel has a lovely upstairs observation deck that has seating for probably 30 people in the front of the building that is private and away from most of the rooms. The view of the ocean and all of the action on Cabrillo Blvd is the best thing about the hotel. There was also a picnic table directly in front of our room which was basically in the parking lot. Every morning and evening a group of elderly women traveling together would congregate in "this" area and talk rather loudly, disturbing my dog. I do not understand being put in a room that was quiet for the dog if people could hang out right in front of it.
My main issue is with noise. We noticed a rather loud rattling in our wall in the afternoon and mentioned it to the clerk. He said he would check into it.We left to walk the dog and go for dinner. We managed to finally fall asleep after the older women had enough of their wine and went back upstairs to their rooms. The rattling returned with a vengeance this time it would happen about every 10 minutes and last for about 20 seconds. At about 12:30 AM we realized that it was not going to stop and rather than pack up and drive home in the middle of the night I decided to go to the office to see if there was an emergency number to call. There was, but I was almost accosted by a drunk homeless man while I was writing down the number. We did get the emergency person right away.My husband pleaded with him to move us to a new room but he assured us that there was no room at the Alamar or it's sister property Villa Rosa next door.. He did show up and heard the sounds himself. He then traced the noise to a pipe which ran the length of the hotel and tied into out room somehow. This pipe apparently had not been secured properly and every time the ice machine went through it's cycle it would rattle furiously. He turned off the machine and that noise finally stopped. So that was good.
The next thing I know about 2 AM we are awoken by a loud drunken bunch of young people in our parking lot when one of them announced"Dude I can't believe I got a room!"The next 30 minutes or so were taken up by these kids running up and down the alleyways yelling and screaming at each other and generally goofing off.
The party that ensued from that room was insanely loud . That had brought their own sound system and were blasting gangster rap all of the while whooping and hollering as loud as they could scream.This noise was coming from a balcony and echoed all over the hotel. It was unnerving! My husband had to call the police to calm them down. Not too long after this the sun came up.
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