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Asimolar Conference Centre: how to book room?

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Asimolar Conference Centre: how to book room?

Greetings from UK!

We're planning a visit to Monterey area Sept 2010 ~ yes, still a long way off but flights cheaper now it seems!

We are an older couple looking for accom which gives max contact with natural surroundings & quiet environ. Also, of course, reasonable cost!

All your comments/reviews have been useful to us. We narrowed it down to Butterfly Grove, Pacific Gdn Inn & then found Asimolar Centre.

My queries are:

1. How does one book and get a choice of room? Is it best to ring? If booking thro Expedia we don't get a chance to discuss where room situated.

2. Surprised to be told can't get rates for Sept 2010 until April which makes it hard to plan & know whether we can afford.

Has anyone booked a room here & got any advice to give us please?

Thanks for any replies! Joanna

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1. Re: Asimolar Conference Centre: how to book room?

Book directly:


Many hotels/lodgings don't like to book this far in advance. 6 months out is very common.

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Thanks for the reply ~ it's reassuring to know this is general practice.

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3. Re: Asimolar Conference Centre: how to book room?

We stayed in Pacific Beach with a large family group this summer. Most families stayed at Asilomar-- in perhaps 10 assorted rooms. We and one other family stayed directly across the street at Pacific Gardens Inn. Pacific Gardens Inn was modest, but nice, and good value.

Asilomar accomodations were pretty bad; no one was satisfied. Rooms were furnished to a very low level, with service to match, and vile food. The setting is fantastic-- it is a State-owned conference center on a priceless piece of land. However, the grounds are not in great shape... I enjoy carefully nurtured native environments as much as anyone, but what I saw on the Asilomar grounds was just weeds for the most part. The management seemed to have been turned over to former Soviet functionaries as far as we could see. The State should be ashamed.

I understand that the management has been turned over to a new company in the last few months. However, the new company is also a huge corporation that manages many different types of properties, from ball parks to hospitals to prisons to conference centers to airports, with mixed results. They do not specialize in high-quality hospitality any more than the previous management company, so there is no assurance of improvement.

Pacific Gardens Inn and several other similar properties are directly across the street from Asilomar, and share the quiet, bucolic setting. I'd look very carefully at Asilomar reviews over the next few months for signs of improvement before booking there.

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4. Re: Asimolar Conference Centre: how to book room?

Sorry, meant to say "Pacific Grove" not "Pacific Beach"-- different places entirely!

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This recent thread on Asilomar accommodations may be helpful to you: http://tinyurl.com/y9p6qd4

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6. Re: Asimolar Conference Centre: how to book room?

If you decide that Asilomar is not for you--based on pasca's comments and other reviews-- take a look at Andril Fireplace Cottages. It's down the road a bit and across the street from Asilomar. Although the setting is not quite the same, it's peaceful, lots of trees, and the cottages are very nice and comfortable. With just the two of you, you could book a studio and save money that way. It's a short walk from Andril to Asilomar Beach. You're wise to book in advance!

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