It is hard to find a place near the ocean in the Monterrey area of California that is not overly expensive for the senior traveler. I search long and hard before I chose the Olympia Lodge. I was not expecting luxury. i just wanted to be comfortable and near enough to the ocean to see the sun rise and sunset without a lot of bother. This hotel fit the bill. We stayed in a double queen with a small view of the ocean from the deck out our sliding glass front door. The beds were great and the bedding soft and comfy. The sink was in the room and the toilet and bath shower were in a small room. This is an older hotel with no elevator and most of the rooms up a set of long stairs or two. Senior may find this difficult to carry luggage and other things up those stairs, but we survived.
The facility is located in an out of the way neighborhood which is away from the congestion and bustle of the down town. Some may not like this, but it was exactly what we wanted. When we wanted to be in the middle of things, it was only a short drive. Beautiful Asilomar Beach is only blocks away. This State beach is filled with crashing waves on rocks and one area of smooth white sand. Every night a doe and her young fol slept on the grounds just under our room. Pacific Grove has many small deer. There is a public golf course just down the street and a beautiful old light house that is being restored.
The breakfast is simple with assorted breads, roll, bagels, and donuts. Milk, juice, coffee and teas were there to drink. Yogurt and fresh fruit were available with hot and cold cereal. The eating area was small so many guests just took their breakfast to their room. On the third day we finally were taught how to use the TV. This was after multiple requests. Otherwise the staff were friendly and help full with questions about the area and boarding passes.
Bottom line, I would recommend Olympia Lodge for the right price to those who love nature and the ocean and of course Monterrey, Carmel, and Big Sur.
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- Also Known As:
- Olympia Hotel Pacific Grove