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“Rustic, Cozy, and Pet Friendly”

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Pacific Gardens Inn
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Reserved two nights to be able to explore the Monterrey area. Pacific Gardens is located perfectly to do just that. Within a very short driving distance you can reach Asilomar Beach, Point Pinos Lighthouse and the 17 mile scenic drive through Pebble Beach. A bit further (still just 10-15 minutes or so) and you can reach Monterrey Bay area. We loved visiting Cannery Row. Our room had a king size bed (and was pet friendly, although on the 2nd floor with steep stairs) and was quite large. It looked a little dated, but was comfortable and clean. We had a fridge and coffee maker, as well as a hot air popper (and popcorn provided). Staff was friendly upon check-in. Continental breakfast in main lobby with coffee, tea, muffins, cereal, yogurt, and fruit. Wine, cheese, and crackers are out during the evening 6-7. This is a pleasant and homey place to stay.

Room Tip: Pet friendly place.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

I was surprised when I drove up to the motel, I guess I expected something that looked better for the area. The room itself, had kind of a funny musty smell whenever I opened the door, but it would get better when I opened the windows. The windows though were the one thing I had a problem with. As a single female traveler in a ground floor room, it is not very safe to leave the windows open especially at night, and since there is no A/C, the room could get kind of stuffy. Also, the windows were old and tended to stick a little. It would be nice if they could develop windows with a small transom at the top which could be left open for ventilation, but still be secure. My room faced the main street and could be noisy with the car and foot traffic. The location though was wonderful for going through the Asilomar grounds to the beach and dune trails. In review, the rooms had all the amenities listed, fireplace, hair dryer, good bed, but just in a tired way, In other words believe the picture you see in the review of this facility

Room Tip: This is still a good option for the location.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

My husband, I, and our dog arrived to Pacific Gardens late afternoon. Right away we were amazed by many things that we didn't really expected for the price we paid: the place is truly a beautiful garden, very cozy, homy atmosphere, everything is kept so nice and clean as someone would at home. I would even say with love. Very friendly, hospitable and helpful staff and the oner Robert. We've traveled a lot with our large 85 lbs dog...Never have we seen the hotel that excepts large dogs, that is so well taken care of. Robert - the owner, made our check in very smooth, nice and easy and DID NOT CHARGE EXTRA FEE FOR A LARGE DOG!!!! He was always there in the lobby - taking calls, talking to the guests, answering questions. We were not familiar with the area, and needed a lot of info on which beaches, parks, restaurants and other places were dog-friendly. He came up with a lot of great ideas. Every evening at the lobby (and that part of lobby furnished as a dining or guest room of a home: with fireplace, photographs of the family and decorative items, antique style wooden tables and chairs), between 5 - 7pm, he serves wines, several kinds of cheese, crackers, and salami. He made sure that there was plenty of everything for everybody, maintaining cleanliness of tables and the room. Robert also makes sure that there is nice music playing there, and changes genre of music on CDs depending on the age and interests of the crowd in the lobby. The atmosphere is super nice and relaxing!! Really makes you feel welcomed and relaxed. People could hang out at the lobby and mingle, find a quiet table for 2 by the window and enjoy the beautiful view over a glass of wine, or take a table outside and breath that amazing ocean air mixed with fragrance of the plants around them. Right from the lobby, there is a pathway to Asilomar State beach. 3 minutes walk, and you're there. Beautiful, swimmable beach, and dog-friendly too!! Great location for the hotel!! We were not expecting much from the room, since they have designated rooms for people with pets... Another pleasant surprise. The room was very spacious, very clean, had all the necessary toiletries there, a large fireplace and wood to burn (not that it didn't have a heater :). Besides the fridge, microwave and coffeemaker, it had a popcorn maker and a bag of corn to make!!! Table and chairs by the window with a really nice view. The hotel also has 2 outside jacuzzis, that are very spacious, very clean, real nice hot water for rather chilly nights. They are open for use 24X7!!! While in most hotels pools and jacuzzis are closing at 9 or so. In the mornings, there is a complimentary breakfast. OMG!!! They provide anything your heat desires. Besides cereals, oats, donuts, fruit and juices, they have a lot of goodies right from their local bakery. Several varieties of everything!!! Very tasty and fresh!! Cranberry scones, heated in the microwave, stole my heart :))) And for lunch, within 10 minutes walk through the beautiful neighborhood, there is a restaurant with a funny name "Fish Wife". Doesn't look like much outside.., but it is a very nice, upscale white table cloth, tastefully decorated seafood place inside. Reasonably priced, with excellent service. The bottom line is: Excellent location, reasonable rates, very friendly staff, clean, very nice rooms, very well taken care facilities, extras - as nightly cheese & wine, awesome breakfast, dog-friendliness, welcoming coziness and relaxing atmosphere created by Robert and his staff made our vacation very pleasant, romantic and memorable, giving us opportunity to travel with our beloved dog, without spending extra for that. Thank You very much!!! Maya & Jeff Q

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

We love this inn. Our room was slarge, the staff are unusually friendly and helpful, the wine and cheese hour is nice, it's close to the beach, and dogs are welcome. Our older Aussie, Sheba, gives it five paws up.

Room Tip: it can be noisy during the night from people upstairs. Might be quieter on the upper floor.
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

I've been coming to this Inn for 20 years now and am never disappointed. You can't beat the location - across the street from the Asilomar Conference Grounds and a short walk to the beach. The rooms are a bit dated but you really can't beat this place for the price. For those who complain about the noise, I always make sure that I stay in a room with no room above me and that usually takes care of that problem. There were a number of dogs in residence when I was there and I never heard them. I happen to be very particular about my shower and they have one of the best - not wimpy like some places. The scones at breakfast are absolutely the best and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The free newspapers provided in the lobby are nice as well. Again, great location - great value.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We visited Pacific Grove while touring northern California on a family vacation, staying in a variety of accommodation types. We chose the Inn because it had a traditional, rustic look to it and liked the location. We felt the owner's description of the Inn and facilities were accurate. The people here are very friendly and helpful and based on their input during our stay they really enhanced our enjoyment of the area and made it a relaxing and fun stay. The accommodation could do with a face lift but what it might lack in upgrades it makes up for in its location to the beach and the good old fashioned charm and customer service offered by the staff. Some reviews mentioned noise from neighbors and other disturbances. I am a fussy sleeper and am very easily disturbed by background noise but slept like a baby while at the Inn! If the accommodations were updated I would have no problem giving it a 5.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our stay here very much. They are a pet friendly hotel which worked out great for us and our 2 dogs. The wine and cheese in the evening was very nice! Kelly did a great job providing a relaxing atmosphere with a cozy fire, comfy chairs, pleasant music, plenty of wine, cheese, assorted crackers and salami. It was a great way to unwind after a long drive to the coast. The room was was very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I didn't give it a 5 star rating because the windows didn't slide open very easily. There are large dogs just behind the hotel, but they brought them in for the night around 9:00 pm. Our king size bed was very comfy. Very short walk to the beach through the Asilomar Conference grounds. The continental breakfast in the morning provided fresh bagels, cream cheese, pastries, muffins, orange juice and coffee, which was ver nice. I love their lobby, very comfy and inviting. We would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Pet friendly place with a beautiful, short walk to the beach!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 701 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3701
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Pacific Grove
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Pacific Grove
#5 Romantic Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range: $116 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pacific Gardens Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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