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Asilomar Conference Grounds
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

I am sorry to say that the lack of money for updating furniture, bath fixtures, kitchen applicances etc, added to our frustration of enjoying the beauty of this wonderful center. Were shown a map of a 4 bedroom cottage but one room had ony 2 chairs in it. They accomadated us by moving in 2 roll aways. Furniture looked like it came from yard sales. Broken fixtures in 2 baths, ants in several places. Cabinettes in kitchen in need of work or replacement. I think the poor maintenace man must be so frustrated with the constant complaints. Maybe these reviews will help convince the Calif Park Service that this property is in dire need. It could be a gem! Location is so gorgeous.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 2 October 2017

Dear Nancy,
Thank you for choosing to stay at our grounds. I apologize for not meeting your expectations. We are aware that the rooms are dated and we are in communication with the CA State Parks to eventually renovate the rooms. I assure you we are doing our very best to refresh the rooms while preserving our historic artifacts. I hope your stay was not a complete dissatisfaction and were able to enjoy the beach, trails and nearby amenities. Again thank you for your business.


Warm regards,

Enos Esquivel
General Manager

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I was here for several days for a conference which took place within the Asilomar conference grounds.
The entire property is special and unique, blending in with the natural reserve. You find yourself walking to your room together with deer and squirrels, just 2 minute walk from beautiful dunes and the Pacific ocean beach. If you need an urban environment then Asilomar may not be convenient for you. If you are willing to communicate with nature - this place is nice.

The room was large and clean, yet everything in it was very old. Nothing was broken except for the paint falling off on some of the furniture. Everything is really old, but maybe this contributes to the atmosphere. No TV in the room.

Overall this was a special experience for a little quality time outside the city.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Have stayed here over the years only to see the decline of the property and worsening of the staff. I talked myself into trying Asilomar again. The desk staff didn't seem to care if you were there or not using a bare minimum approach to get you out of the lobby. At least smile and be pleasant. Exactly one employee kitchen staff on the way to another building smiled made eye contact and wished us a nice afternoon. Every business needs to be profitable and that takes talented passionate people and that starts at the top. They definitely cater to the large corporate and state conferences held here with seemingly little regard for the individual or small group dropping 200/night. Your tax dollars hard at work? Most of the property support systems are run by a large corporate concessionaire. Reference the management feedback remarks. Many others have already mentioned among other things thin walls,beat up run down furniture and rooms. No frig, microwave, TV not a deal breaker and part of the "charm" that gets you into the restaurant and property facilities. While trying to locate one of the 4 ice machines on this huge spread out property of 9 acres there was a/c on in closed up empty conference rooms, lights, projectors, door wide open in setup banquet and conference rooms; energy and environmentally conscious I think not. There was a working TV in a locked cabinet in a common area, so I asked an employee if there was access to it hurricane, earthquakes, fires, information basic stuff only to be told the only time they saw it open was when the Rangers were there. I thanked them for their time and went back to my time capsule of a room. Mold in bathroom, Windows don't slide well and don't lock. Window coverings don't operate properly. Good beds.

Room Tip: At a loss be part of a conference?
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 19 September 2017

Dear 1000Gr8adventures,
Thank you for choosing to stay at our grounds. I am sorry to read that your rooms were not up to par. I am very disappointed and will take action immediately.
We are aware that the rooms are dated and we are in communication with the CA State Parks to eventually renovate the rooms. I assure you we are doing our very best to refresh the rooms while preserving our historic artifacts. I hope your stay was not a complete dissatisfaction and were able to enjoy the beach, trails and nearby amenities. Again thank you for your business.


Warm regards,

Enos Esquivel
General Manager

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Location to the beach, tide pools & long walks is good. My 2 night stay was very disappointing. I was placed in the bleak, back facing rooms of the Long View buildings. Bookings are made through a Park-Service reservation #, by someone who does not have experience with this unique property. Perhaps one of the historic buildings would have some old mission style charm but the long view rooms do not.

The room was clean, beds were spotlessly clean but that's about it. Everything else is worn & tired looking The property suffers from cutbacks in Park Service funding & many years of drought.

There was basic bath amenities. A clock radio was provided in the room but the static was so bad it could not be used it to tune out the sound from the neighboring rooms. The walls are not soundproof! No hot beverage maker, no small refrigerator in the room.

I was a solo traveler looking for an easy getaway. Perhaps the experience would be very different if I lodged in one of the more interesting rooms or was attending a conference.

P.S. I was not informed that there was a very large group of guests attending a silent meditative retreat who wouldn't make eye contact or say hi when addressed in the public areas. Check their schedule for this if you are booking.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Check-In was quick, efficient rather than friendly staff. Rooms were a bit old and really need updating, they were huge though felt more like a lodge. Grounds were big and very pretty, lovely walk down to the beach. No TV's or coffee making facilities in the rooms. But we stayed for one night and thought it was OK, definitely value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

My room was huge, the decor slightly outdated but didn't matter because it was clean and the bed/mattress and the linen were all clean and relatively new. Lots of clean, white towels and flannels, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion and a powerful hairdryer. There are no tea/coffee facilities in the room, but I took my own.
I had a quiet room with a balcony in Woodside. You can hear people walking about in the room upstairs.
The food is simply amazing - very tasty and good size portions.
The staff have to be some of the best I've met on my travels; friendly, engaging and helpful and cheerful.
Thanks for an awesome experience.

Room Tip: Perhaps have a room on the top level so you don't hear people walking about.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
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Thank Caroline B
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Our company choose Asilomar as the location for our team meeting conference. We were lucky enough to stay on property as well as attend a meeting. The staff was phenomenal, from checking in to the housekeeping and food service.

The grounds are very well maintained and landscaped. Very easy to follow the maps or paths to all the surrounding buildings, meeting rooms and recreational areas. The beach is within walking distance of the dining hall and is a gorgeous location.

The rooms are to be expected and definitely are as described. It was a nice break to have no phone or TV in the room. It encouraged you to really take in the atmosphere which to me felt like I was a long way away from a big city but in reality minutes to everything.

I highly encourage this for any type of traveler as the facility can meet the needs for many travel reasons.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
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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
Amenities:
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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