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“A beautiful historic building”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Centrella Inn

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“A beautiful historic building”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

The inn is lovely and the staff very friendly. The inn provides a breakfast and wine hour which are fine but miss just that little extra you desire and expect from an historic B&B. The location is great.

Room Tip: We were not disturbed by the other guests or other inside noises. However, the gulls are up early. P...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
I appreciate your kind words in regards to the Inn and our staff. They desire to make your stay with us comfortable and memorable. I know we are a long way from home for you, but please consider us your home away from home.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

We spent two nights here and found it to be very comfortable. The bed was very comfortable and while the room wasn't very large, we weren't spending a lot of time in it anyway. It is not trendy or fancy but rather in the mode of a hotel that is in it's second decade. I think the one thing that I thought was a little tacky was the fabric tacked over the transoms above the door. A better solution might be to frost the glass or put up an actual curtain. The breakfast both mornings was delicious. They offer about 12 different entrees to choose from, mostly omlettes and fritattas, along with homemade scones, juice, cereal, various breads, hard boiled eggs etc. The staff was very helpful and courteous. It is within easy walking distance of many great restaurants, the central shopping area and the beach.

Room Tip: We were upstairs and it was very quiet. The hotel was full and we never heard another person.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
I agree that our breakfasts are wonderful. Don is our master chef and he is a wiz in the kitchen. He only buys the freshest produce and you gotta love his scones. We used to have curtains over the transforms above our doors but they didn't effectively block the hallway lights, so we opted to put up a heavy fabric to better block the light and allow for a better nights sleep. Thank you for sharing your experience and I hope we will get another opportunity to host you in the future.
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California City, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

The breakfast was excellent. Some decorating touches were above average; but most decorating touches and furnishings were average, much of the room furniture had a 2nd hand appearance. Many aspects of the hotel had a neglected feel. Fire doors above stairways were all improperly held open by old-fashioned doorstops, which would prevent the doors from automatically closing in the event of a fire. Across the street was a jazzercise facility which blasted their music at all hours of the day. The location of the hotel is ideal; can walk everyhere. Neighboring houses are fascinating to see. Many of the historic homes are architectural gems. Very safe area for walking.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are an inn built in 1889 that provides a shabby chic feeling by mixing antiques with a few more modern pieces. We are very lucky to be in a town where your biggest fear is running into a family of deer wandering around in the early morning or during a sunset. I am glad you enjoyed our little town.
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San Carlos, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here two nights in one of the cottages. Very quiet, until the seagulls started up at dawn. My husband found the bed to be unbearable; too hard, while I found it a bit soft. He ended up sleeping on the sofa. The cottage had a bit of a musty smell. Plenty of hot water and good water pressure. The wireless is strong and fast. The front desk people are marvelous! Knowledgable, helpful and friendly; we had nice conversations with several of them. The breakfast is good, cooked to order from a choice of 6 or so hot entrees. There are also cereals, breads and pastries. There was a choice of wines for happy hour. Parking was not a problem. The location is excellent...two minute walk to the beach at Lovers' Point, twenty minute walk to the Aquarium. Plenty of good restaurants, some walkable, others a short drive.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Thank you for your kind words regarding our staff. They love what they do. I am sorry to hear that your husband had a hard time sleeping. We replaced our beds with new pillow top platinum Serta sleepers in September of 2013 which may account for the bed being softer than you expected. If you come and see us again, we can let you test the beds in the different suites and cottages to find one that works best for you and your husband.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights in July 2014. This is a very old building by US standards so please don't expect all the modern comforts. We had a first floor room which, ok was a little small but still had plenty of storage and we had a good large shower and plenty of hot water even if the shower was a little less powerful than you would like. The decor and atmosphere the building creates was lovely and made a real change form the corporate inns out there.
This was the single best breakfast we had in any of the hotels we stayed in, and yes the scones were fantastic. The evening wine tasting with snacks was also a very nice touch. The staff were great and recommended some good places to eat.
Finally make the effort to explore the area, lovers point is quiet amazing in the early morning with all of the wildlife and only 5 mins walk away. I felt so blown away by the location I proposed to my girlfriend here on this trip!!
Would highly recommend this unique hotel in a beautiful location to anyone..... Small town Coastal America at its very best.

Room Tip: Try to get one of the larger rooms. No ac but no problem for us.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Congratulations! I hope you will send us a wedding photo once the big day arrives. Lovers Point is one of the loveliest areas around and a wonderful spot to propose to your future bride. Thank you so much for sharing this heart warming experience.
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

We spent a mother-daughter weekend here and really liked it even though we are not B&B people. It is very large so if you wanted privacy in their sitting and dining room or gardensm that could be accomplished whereas most B&Bs, you have to "congregate". The breakfast was delicious although light. The evening wine reception and cookies were a welcome treat. The best thing about this place is that we parked our car for the weekend and walked everywhere from the Inn. Will return if we visit lovely Pacific Grove again.

Room Tip: Upstairs room or cottages best for a more quiet stay.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Pacific Grove is a wonderful place to spend a mother/daughters weekend. There are so many quaint shops, restaurants and of course the beautiful pathway along the ocean. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

Booked a room for our 27th wedding anniversary. The inn is a cute place with an excellent location - short walk to Lover's point and quaint village. Beautiful patio, large breakfast/lounging area and friendly staff were more of the good points. The staff was very helpful in recommending restaurants and making dinner reservations, providing general information and setting us up with rental bikes that were available right there on the property.

Unfortunately, we found our room to be extremely small. We did book one of the cheapest rooms (1st floor), but from the pictures, we were still expecting something larger. Also, as with many hotels, when there is a floor above you, you will hear some noise from above. Although the claw footed bathtub may be seen as a charming plus to the accommodations, the tub looked rather worn down and was difficult to step into in order to shower.

It was very nice to have a wine and hors d'oevre (crackers, dips and olives when we were there) hour, however, I would recommend CHEESE was served with the crackers, rather than the dips which are better suited for veggies or chips. We enjoyed the yummy scones at breakfast the first morning and ordered from the menu. The fritatta I ordered was not available with the same ingredients listed on the menu, but it was fine for me. The second morning there were no scones, the last english muffin and bagel were grabbed just before we arrived and many of the items on the menu were not available with the described ingredients. The bacon/egg scramble and potatoes I ordered were good, but not a very ample serving which was fine for a petite person like me.

Overall, it wouldn't have taken much (larger room, modern shower, consistent food supply) for me to have enjoyed my stay a little more.

Room Tip: Ask for square footage of room before booking.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Honey G, Manager at Centrella Inn, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
I appreciate your honesty and thank you for bringing the food supply issue to my attention. We make sure that our breakfast, pastries and evening snacks are freshly prepared, which can account for some items being limited. I am working with our Chef to better handle this situation to prevent it from recurring during our busy season.

Thank you for your kind words about the staff the inn and our gardens.

We are in the process of remodeling our bathrooms that offer the claw foot tubs and replacing them with over-sized tiled walk in showers. This is a project we hope to complete before the upcoming holiday season.
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Property: Centrella Inn
Address: 612 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2611
Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Centrella Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Capture the Romance of Yesteryear at The Centrella Inn, awarded “The Best Lodging in Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula”. We have been the destination of choice for charm and romance since 1889. Enjoy our complimentary signature breakfast, freshly baked pastries daily and evening social hour, featuring hors d'oeuvres and cookies. Ideally located: stroll to Lover’s Point, beach, world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and historic Cannery Row. Close to Pebble Beach, Carmel and Big Sur. ... more   less 
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