We stayed May 3-5, 2012 at the Asilomar. There have been widely varying opinions on people's stay at the Asilomar facilities.
First some facts: this is really a sprawling campus over half a mild wide, with 32 lodge buildings containing 420 individual guest rooms. The lodge buildings may be described in two types: rustic and contemporary. Rustic buildings were constructed between 1913 and 1928 and are on the cramped side, small in size, with often twin sized beds, and hardwood floors. They have a certain charm to them, but every footstep can be heard by your neighbors, with noisey plumbing . These room are often given to people attending conferences, as the sitting rooms on the ground floor can be used as a meeting room, or a setup room for appetizers outside.
We stayed in a contemporary building, 839 Breakers West, with an sunny outside balcony, carpeted floors, and a full bathtub. The room fit two full size beds, and was so large it could have fit another single bed (see pictures). The mattress was firm, and the bedding and towels of good material. The room was immaculately clean, but had dated furniture, faded rug, and the building was weathered on the outside. Cathedral ceiling, but no cobwebs. No AC. We could see the ocean from both our back balcony and our front door. (This is rare, as most buildings do not have an ocean view, but are surrounded by pine forests. ) We were also the closest building to the 30' x 60' heated pool.
Some disadvantage of the room: no noise insulation. We could hear our neighbor's conversations word for word, at normal speaking volume. No TV, but one could go to Phoebe's cafe in the social hall, and watch ESPN. No microwave and no refrigerator.
Yes, there are waiting lines for breakfast -we waited 14 and 18 minutes respectively in line. This is to be expected, with dining facilities seating 500. However we got a delicious 4 course hot breakfast.
Travelzoo offered a $99 special, which we took. We were given a $50 credit slip for our next visit, which we will certainly take advantage of. And we would be willing to pay the normal $169-$229 price.
Asilomar is isolated, with only one outside restaurant nearby. However it is a ringer -the fabulous Fishwife seafood restaurant. That's for another review.
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- Also Known As:
- Asilomar Conference Grounds Hotel Pacific Grove
- Asilomar Conference Grounds Pacific Grove
- Asilomar Conference Center
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