This is partly a timeshare and partly a normal rental hotel. However, there is no office staff after hours. I stayed in a studio with a Murphy bed. This is actually a fairly spacious studio and the selection of a Murphy bed strikes me as silly – it stick further into the room than a regular bed would and there is no furniture to move into the space it occupies if you put it up. Obviously, I just left it down – and there was plenty of room to get around it. There are two nice easy chairs, an ottoman, and side table on one end of the room, looking at a tv. On the other end is a kitchenette and dining table.
There are two story units (the two bedroom units) and one stories. I believe a total of 13 units. There is a small spa with a deck and picnic table and a barbecue area, again with a picnic table. There is a pay laundry by the spa – good for folks with little kids. The grounds are well maintained and the unit was spotless when I checked in. I arrived after hours and found a package with my key as well as a map (which might seem superfluous for such a small place, but since units are numbered in no perceptible order (unit 3 is next to 10, for example), this was a very good thing!
I checked into the office the next day and had to give my credit card and fill out paperwork. They have maps of the area and a booklet of menus, but you have to ask. They also sell a two day ticket to the Monterey Aquarium – for the price of one day. This is not available at the aquarium, and it does not start the day count until you get to the aquarium so it is a very good deal. I rather doubt that most adults would need to go there more than once but there are really wonderful exhibits and hands on activities for kids, in which case it would be quite worthwhile. And the ticket for a one day visit costs $30!
The kitchen in the studio is small but functional for breakfast, lunch, and reheating activities. There are two electric burners, a microwave, coffee pot (with starter coffee), paper towels, a dishwashers, and the usual soap, etc. also a butcher block table which helps for counter space. And of course, dinner ware and silver.
The tv is connected to a VCR/DVD player – a nice luxury as nowadays one doesn’t quite know which to bring. Plenty of drawer space and closet space. The bathroom has only a shower but decent counter space and a medicine cabinet for storing extras. Hand soap was plentiful but no shampoo or lotion. There is a hairdryer. There is wireless internet included in the rates, but it is rather weak. It only worked on one side of the room.
All in all, this is a decent, Travelodge style hotel room, with a kitchenette added on. More than you need for a trip to Monterey, because you don’t come here to spend time in your room! There are multiple restaurants in the area, the beach within a few minutes walk, and all the attractions of Monterey and Carmel. At this time of year, the elephant seals are calving on the beach in Pescadero and there is wonderful wildlife viewing – along with the scenery of Big Sur.
This facility was virtually deserted after New Year’s day, so it could have good rental rates if you are traveling early in the year. If you do rent here, be sure to take a google map and a gps with you - it is not at all easy to find your way around Pacific Grove, especially in the dark.
- Also Known As:
- Pine Acres Hotel Pacific Grove