Magical Monterey Lodging and Food

I am considering the Magical Monterey trip. This will be my first trip with Road Scholar. There are several negative comments about the food and lodging on Trip Advisor. If you have been on this trip, I would appreciate your opinion on the lodging and meals. Thanks...

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  • I went on this trip in Jan 2019 and had a bad experience. So bad that I left early because of severe approaching storms. It took me 24 hours to get back to New Mexico.The events were good. Big Sur had to be cancelled because of weather--I had already left. The John Steinbeck impersonator was very good. I didn't visit the Aquarium, alas. I left early because of impending storms and the poor rooms. It had been raining for weeks in northern California. The entire facility, built in the 1970's and not improved, I think,--was cold and damp. The mattresses were bad, the bouncy kind. Theere is a little radiator that's either ON or OFF, ie, you turn it on, the room overheats and you have to turn it off. All night. The food was very mediocre, comparable to a camp in the 1950's, something that's hard to do in California. There were storms while I was there and strees actually fell on the property. I know that it's hard to find good affordable facilities in this area , but I think that RS should either find better facilities or move the event. With climage change, weather is going to get even more unpredictable and I think RS should focus on adequate facilities in any weather.
  • Addendum. I was 78 when I took the trip (now I'm 79). Being old, I think that I require a better facility. Some could adapt to a dorm-like room (actually and old-dorm like room)--and food (even this maybe below par). I thought that I would enjoy a sort of camp like atmosphere, but, especially in view of the weather (cold and damp)--I did not.
  • I will note that for younger Scholars and especially for Birders, this facility may be entirely adequate.
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