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“Doreen's Asilomar Review” 5 of 5 stars
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Asilomar Conference Grounds
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950   |  
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Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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Sacramento, California
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“Doreen's Asilomar Review”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA was the best place for not only a family reunion but also a great place to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. The sound of waves, beautiful beach across from the cabins was just a perfect place to spend a day with young and old!
Walking through the peaceful, serene, woods to make it to breakfast in the morning was so complacent and memorable. Breakfast was not only healthy but well-staffed so all guests were served well in timely fashion.
From the front desk staff to housekeeping staff, each were very friendly and patient - fulfilling every need promptly! Looking forward to visiting Asilomar again next year!!!

Thank You, Asilomar for giving my family a very memorable and great vacation!!!

Room Tip: Rooms in the woods were serene and memorable!!!
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Green Features: Asilomar Conference Grounds are very environmentally friendly and practice green in every way!
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Came for a conference and we stayed at Pirates Den. It was absolutely charming! A corner room with sweet windows on 2 walls that overlooked trees on one side. The only challenge was the thin walls as others have said. I brought my sound machine and ear plugs. Stayed for 6 nights and only once did the machine and ear plugs not help, so reversed our heads/feet and fell back to sleep. Bathroom adequate and clean. I worked at the desk every day and was guite inspired.The shore is just amazing, wonderful and beautiful. The food is not terrible, but after 4 nights we were eager to leave and try anything else. Stock up at the Trader Joe's in Pacific Grove with drinks and snacks and you'll be set. There is wonderful hiking along the shore- go at sunset, or rent a bike for daytime riding. It is windy but so cool in the summer (cold even). It was quite expensive, but if you are there for a conference it is nice to be on campus. The wifi works quite well. Be prepared for a long check-in line during conferences.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stamford, Connecticut
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My 3 girlfriends and I from high school (a long time ago) decided to go on a vacation together.
We heard about Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA and we stayed for 5 nights and 4 days.
It is a California State Park facility. It has two huge public rooms, one called a social hall and one the dining hall. The stay included a delicious breakfast each morning. There are 30 residential buildings nestled in the woods and there are boardwalks to the ocean among the sand dunes. It is a rustic, but well cared for facitlity reminiscent of the lodges in the national parks. One could just stay on the grounds or take side trips daily which we did. We did the 17 Mile Drive and had a delicious lunch at the Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Monterrey Aquarium, Carmel by the Sea Scenic Drive and then to Point Lobos and to Carmel Highlands to have lunch at the Market Place, a restaurant with a deck at the Hyatt, and the last day a drive to Pinnacles Rock National Monument. There are excellent restaurants in Pacific Grove including Passion Fish and Fifi"s. The cost at Asilomar is very reasonable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

With kids from ages 2, 4, 5, 7, and 13, Asilomar was great fun for my husband and our entire family. Enjoyed the included breakfast buffet, the nearby trails on the dunes, the heated outdoor pool, the volleyball court, and even the room comfortably accommodated us all. The surrounding trees were beautiful and held deer and butterflies. There are bikes to rent and ample towel at the pool. At night they have wood-burning stoves to sit around and enjoy the coast.

Room Tip: not all rooms have a television (if this is important on your vacation)
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Green Features: We totally respect the towel policy that encourages reuse of linens as well as the water awareness that is posted throughout the grounds.
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, CA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I loved this place. Our room was in the "Stuck-Up Inn", one of the Julia Morgan-designed buildings. It was nicely decorated in Arts-and-Crafts style, very clean and well-maintained. The bathroom was basic but had good-quality toiletries and linens. No TVs or phones - perfect! The lack of electronic diversions (although there is Wifi) means that people get out of their rooms into nature. Or they gather in the Main Lodge in the evenings and read, play pool or board games, or have a drink by the fire.

The staff was uniformly pleasant and attentive, and the property well-kept. I'm a little puzzled by some of the comments like "The outside of the buildings are in need of fixing up". Perhaps the writer was unfamiliar with the Arts-and-Crafts aesthetic?

All in all a relaxing and delightful experience.

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Room Tip: In Stuck-Up Inn, the corner rooms - doubles - are larger and have windows on 2 sides. Room 409 is ri...
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Green Features: They are assiduous about their green practice. The dune restoration project has been very successful.
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

The famous Asilomar, long a standard for visitors to the Monterey Peninsula, still charms. It has rustic buildings that seem to blend with the site in a fine way. It doesn't have a lot of the mod cons that many folks seek in a hotel: no room telephones; no television. The outside of the buildings are in need of fixing up. The interior of our room, however, was in excellent condition. Breakfast is served for everyone, including those who are part of conference/retreat groups. This makes for some interesting choices in food -- mostly all good. One can get better rooms for less money elsewhere in Pacific Grove and Monterey, but the Asilomar site compensates for the higher prices.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Asilomar Conference Grounds is clearly a well known and well traveled destination. Definitely worth a visit and stay. Could definitely benefit from an interior upgrade. But fine all around. Breakfast is terrific. Arrive around 8am.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Asilomar Conference Grounds 2*
Number of rooms: 312
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