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Asilomar Conference Grounds
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

Came here for a meeting in March after a long Midwestern winter. A long trip from SFO but used Monterey Airbus (great service and totally reliable) so it wasn't too bad to get here. Weather was perfect, cool mornings/evenings and warm afternoons. Nice cafe in the main building will serve you a giant pour of wine so that you can sit on their back deck and stare at the sunset over the Pacific. Hard to improve on this.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

I attended a meeting here in March. The facilities are OK but the physical setting is stunning. You are right off the beach with evergreens all around. The main building has a bar where one can buy beer/wine, take this to the Adirondack chairs on the deck behind and watch the sun recede into the Pacific. Spectacular and worth the cost. I would be delighted to attend another meeting here anytime. The staff is also quite friendly.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

Family, friends, and my wife have been to Asilomar many times, usually to stay in one of the historic, fireplace, or ocean view rooms... Now that they've added a new cafe in the main Lodge, it's also a wonderful place just to drive to, buy a beverage, and take out on the grand porch/veranda, sit in one one of the marvelous Adirondack chairs, and watch the sun descend into the Pacific Ocean... If it's too cloudy for Sunset, there are many walking trails through the wildflowers in the dunes, where you often see deer, birds, and other wildlife...

Room Tip: Ask for fireplace with Ocean views... Second floor rooms are quietest...
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

We stayed here for a conference in the East Breakers building.

The room was sparsely appointed with no TV or phone (keeps your mind on business) but did have a Keurig coffee maker. The coffee maker did not work and was replaced by housekeeping.

Saving water is seemingly a big priority at Asilomar as it should be, with a few signs in the room giving you water saving tips and the option to not have your linens changed.

We arrived after our long trip looking forward to a hot shower and hot is what we got.
In every faucet in the room, hot and cold. Extremely hot.
A call was made to the front desk and a maintenance man arrived shortly thereafter.
He sat in the bathroom and ran the faucets and tub on the cold setting for upwards of five minutes and then let us know that we now had cold water. Apparently this is an ongoing problem in this building and their solution is to waste what must be many hundreds of gallons of water a day.
Our second day we turned on the cold water to discover the problem seemingly fixed!
Then we turned on the hot water and found that there was none.
A call to the front desk promised a maintenance person but no one ever showed up.
Additional calls were made and we were told the hot water system was down and it would be back later. That night we were back to no cold water. I guess they fixed it!
A very loud dripping water in an echo chamber sound came from within the adjoining wall of our room starting the first night and continued until we left.
Food on sight is fine with $12.95 chicken dinners going for the bargain price of $35.
I guess they have to pay for their water bill some how?
There was wi fi in the room most of the time I was in it but would occasionally disappear.
All in all a very disappointing room at a beautiful location.

Room Tip: I would avoid the Breakers buildings
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

I stayed at Asilomar for a night with my family (2 little girls, wife and mother-in-law). I had stayed at retreats in the early 2000s, and after reading review, was a little scared that the service wouldn't be up to par.

We loved the place. The location is amazing - across the street from a state park beach, and adjacent to 17 mile drive. Service was friendly. We didn't eat at the dining hall, but had some good food at the new cafe in the reception hall.

We stayed in the newer rooms (Cypress building). The bathroom was showing its age (but functional), but in a way, I'd rather have it be the way it was than pay $250 a night for an immaculate brand new bathroom.

Our only difficulty was that the wifi didn't work in our room. We were only there for a night, so I didn't complain and see if there was any remedy.

Room Tip: Some rooms have beach view. I've always stayed in the new rooms, but the historic rooms look ve...
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

We have a family of 7 who stayed here -- from 8 years old to 57. Everyone enjoyed the stay -- quiet and peaceful, with plenty of places for kids to walk and run and be active.

The boardwalk to the beach is a wonderful walk -- not too long, and it's nicely built to have few significant changes in elevation for those with walking challenges. They also have "beach wheelchairs" to loan out so that anyone can get down on the sand. A nice variety of long sandy stretches and rocky tide pools.

The pool looked fantastic, but it started to rain when we were headed down there -- so I can't tell you much more about that. Food at the cafe was more than we wanted to spend, so we didn't eat on property -- I kinda wish we had because that would have completed the experience :)

The rooms are basic -- we had double beds, and they were comfortable and clean. Lots of hot water, chairs on the outside walkway with views to the ocean, or the forested areas on property. There is a yoga room that we were able to use for a couple of hours when our extended family visited.

This is a lodge-type experience with rustic features. No phone in the room (there are phones at every building), no TV. There is Wi-Fi in the rooms. The main building (check in and lobby) is very cool -- fireplace, pool tables, seating areas, snack bar (many coffee selections), and a very nice outdoor seating area with benches and Adirondack chairs. The lodge has many different buildings, that are connected by walk-ways, but they also provide quick and comfortable courtesy carts to take you anywhere you want to go on property. Bike rentals are available.

It was exactly what we wanted for our stay. I would recommend it! If you are looking for a luxury hotel, this isn't for you. But for a clean, quiet, charming (heavy on the charming), friendly, BEAUTIFUL place to stay, this is it. I would love to come back.

Room Tip: Many rooms have beach views, and it's spectacular. Be sure to ask about them. But all views ar...
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Reviewed 2 March 2015 via mobile

When I worked for the California State University, I spent quite a few visits to Asilomar for retreats. May as well keep the money "in the family", this being a state park (though run by a contractor - now Aramark).
The setting along Asilomar Beach is spectacular. The grounds are beautiful with deer roaming across your path. The original buildings, like "Lodge," were designed by Julia Morgan and staying in one of it's several units that has an ocean view, small balcony and stone fireplace is worth the $200/night we paid.
However, if you're looking for modern bathrooms, quiet floors, and any sort of luxury, this is not the place for you.
And, sadly, since Aramark took over from Delaware North, the food has gone straight downhill.
That said we'll be back because we like the unique nostalgia of Asilomar.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: 800 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Pacific Grove
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range: $194 - $292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Asilomar Conference Grounds 2*
Number of rooms: 312
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This refuge by the sea is a tranquil oceanfront retreat cradled by pine forests and white sand beaches. Situated along the shoreline of California's famed Monterey Bay, Asilomar offers historic lodging with views of the forest, surf and sand, plus unique conference spaces. ... more   less 
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