I very much like the Sunset Inn, which sits on the NW corner of the Monterey peninsula. You won't get an ocean view, but it's a short walk to it, either on the ocean side (going west) or the bay side (going north). Asilomar is < 1 mile to the south. The rooms are very nice: I was in one with fireplace and jacuzzi tub. The people there are quite friendly. There is no breakfast, but with a refrig in the room, I was happy enough to get something quick and get out into nature. A bigger problem is very spotty cell phone connection in my room. I don't think this is a problem with the hotel as much as just that corner of the peninsula (I've had similar problems in closeby locations, with US Cellular and Sprint both). Even with that rather annoying issue, I will happily stay again in the Sunset Inn when fortunate enough to revisit Pacific Grove.
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