There's so much that could be done to improve Asilomar, and yet it remains a favorite because of the tranquil setting, no tv (in rooms) and no phones. Oh, and don't forget the deer, beach, dunes, boardwalk and ocean just outside. There's a heated pool, bike rentals and nightly bonfires (you can purchase a s'mores kit).
That being said, although there is some refurbishing underway, ye olde rooms are just olde and in need of ye olde freshening.
A recent major refresh of the historic lobby, with its fabulous fireplace, pool tables, piano and famous hot cocoa, is really Nice. The staff here is excellent. However, like many state parks run by Aramark, it still seems a little bit like a government operation.
Our room, however, was very comfortable, with a fireplace and what seem to be nice, newer beds.
In terms of picking a room, we recommend an upstairs unit. The thin walls and ceilings make downstairs too noisy. While some have a partial ocean view we wouldn't pay extra for it given the proximity to the water. A fireplace is nice though, and free wood is provided.
Last, the food here is regrettably just sad. No matter how good it looks, prepare for mediocre. If only it were as sumptuous as the setting and architecture. While it's palatable and convenient, there are better choices a few minutes away by car in town. Breakfast, by the way, is served only until 9 am, which is great if you're attending a conference, but not so much if you want to sleep in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This refuge by the sea is a tranquil oceanfront retreat cradled by pine forests and white sand beaches. Situated along the shoreline of California's famed Monterey Bay, Asilomar offers historic lodging with views of the forest, surf and sand, plus unique conference spaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asilomar Conference Grounds Hotel Pacific Grove
- Asilomar Conference Grounds Pacific Grove
- Asilomar Conference Center
- Asilomar Hotel