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“Can't beat the new room and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sunset Inn

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Sunset Inn
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco
1 review
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“Can't beat the new room and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2008

This was our fifth time coming to Monterey from the Bay Area and the Sunset Inn was the best hotel experience yet. My wife and I stayed here to have a more intimate experience (rather than the larger chain hotels) and it was totally worth it. The room we stayed in was obviously new and the bathroom was one of the nicest I've seen in a hotel. The location is perfect, it's an easy walk to the beach and a quick drive into the center of Monterey. Next time we come down I will book a tee time because the golf course is really close by too.
The staff was really nice, they made a dinner reservation for us at our favorite restaurant, Tarpy's, and when my wife asked for extra towels, they were brought to us within minutes. While chatting over a great cup of joe in the morning, the receptionist told us the hotel is under new management and is almost done being remodeled. I was a little hesitant when booking given the reviews from a couple months ago, but we were here 3 days and didn't hear any construction.
Basically, my wife has decreed that we are staying here from now on...

  • Liked — Bathroom, Bed
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2008

My wife and I have just returned from our honeymoon in California. While we spent most of our time in San Francisco and Napa Valley, we were able to spend one night at the Sunset Inn as we were returning from a visit to Hearst Castle. We did not have reservations but were able to secure a room with a spa, fireplace, and very comfortable amenities. The staff was accommodating, the continental breakfast very tasty, and the location and quiet were great. I think the workmen who were refurbishing other cottages waited until we were up and about before beginning the noisy activities. Close to everything--17 mile Drive, fisherman's wharf, aquarium, etc The hotel manager recommended the Fishwife restaurant about a mile away--dinner was positively great. My wife and I are still talking about the night we spent at the Sunset Inn--and we spent 5 nights in San Francisco in a smaller room that was more expensive. You will never regret staying here.

  • Liked — Quiet, yet close to everything. Great amenities
  • Disliked — Liked everything
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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sonoma, ca
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2008

Visited Monterey for a short weekend trip and decided to give this hotel a try. We were NOT disappointed! They've recently remodeled and we got the opportunity to stay in a new room. Simply amazing! Such a refreshing change from other hotels that we've stayed in. We also appreciated the quiet peacefulness of the property. The staff was helpful and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. On our next trip to Monterey, we'll definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Liked — comfortable bed
  • Disliked — nothing - everything great
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Pacifica CA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2008

There were plenty of available hotels in the area, but we chose the Sunset Inn as the room description had a spa-tub listed. Just as we were about to leave on our trip, we recieved a phone call that this room was not available and we had booked it just as the listing was going to be changed and we were credited $10!!! and given a down-graded room.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were informed by the unpleasant staff at the reception desk that if we didn't like it we could go elsewhere (it was late afternoon). No apolgies offered no attempt to right the situation. The room we were given was basic. No coffee/tea maker in the room, lights out in the bathroom and what is described as a "rain -shower" is pitiful. A generic shower head in a stall that is indeed "big enough for 2" but you will freeze your butt off.
A continental breakfast was offered but the coffee served was so foul it could strip paint.
On the plus side, it was clean.

Stayed June 2008
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SunsetInnPG, Owner at Sunset Inn, responded to this review, June 18, 2008
We would like to apologize for any unsatisfactory visit to Sunset Inn. The reservation was booked through Expedia and therefore they were the ones that contacted the guest at an inconvenient time. We take pride in our new rooms and this particular guest never complained about a light bulb being out to the manager. Coffee makers are available upon request but no request was ever made. Furthermore this guest was upgraded from an older room with a spa tub to a newly remodeled room w/o tub and received a $10 credit. The guest was also told by the manager a further $10 credit could be given but the guest seemed dissatisfied from the beginning. We tried everything to make the trip a pleasurable one for the guest.
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bo2626
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2008

We booked this hotel for a romantic getaway for my partner's birthday. The website made it look fresh and stylish -- but it's NOT, at least in the rooms that haven't been remodeled yet!

When we first walked into the room, we were just about grossed out -- lots of mold in the tub grout, unfinished and dirty wood trim in bathroom and doorways, dirty windows (one with the window screen hanging in the tree outside!), no smoke alarm (although the empty base was there), a microwave and minifridge sitting all cockeyed like they were tossed there, a dirty ashtray on the table outside and a bed that had a swayback like the oldest horse in the barn!

We were too tired to fight about it that night, but the next morning we complained, and they moved us to a very nice (newly remodeled room). It was very comfy -- new wood floors, nice new bed, flat screen TV, new and stylish furnishings. And a hot tub with no mold!

Still, the windows were painted shut and the remodelers woke us up at 8am Sunday morning banging and shouting.

And the "hearty repast" they mention on the website barely passes for a breakfast snack. Regular 99-cent Safeway bread, muffins, juice and coffee. Unless we missed them, there weren't even bagels.

If you stay here, for $139 or $119, make sure to ask about the remodeling progress and get a new room. There is no common areas to speak of and the courtyard is under construction as well.

The staff was friendly and helped when we complained, but they should mention their remodeling up-front. They didn't give us any discounts, just changed rooms. I doubt I'll go back. There are a lot of choices in this area.

  • Liked — The new room was nicely appointed.
  • Disliked — The first room was disgusting.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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buellton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2008

Wow, what a find! We discovered this gorgeous little inn on expedia. We were hesitant based on other reviews on here but couldn't beat the price. According to the innkeeper, the hotel was in shambles before and new ownership came in and rennovated the whole place. Nice flat screen televisions, comfy beds, beautiful bathrooms. could hear the ocean at night. It was quite romantic and peaceful. We played at Pacific Grove Golf course which was waaaaaaaay cheaper than Pebble Beach and is on the ocean as well. The golf course is right next to the Sunset Inn. We will definitely be back!

  • Liked — location to the ocean
  • Disliked — a bit hard to find. In a very quiet residential neighborhood
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Redwood City
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2008

I have stayed at this inn several times and have always been really pleased with my visit. It has a great location, within walking distance of Asilomar beach and several delicious restaurants. (Despite being close to these places, the hotel is located on a very quiet street.) The staff is very friendly and has great tips on local attractions. The inn has recently renovated the rooms, and they are absolutely beautiful. The rooms are cozy, comfortable, and most importantly, CLEAN. The beds are really comfortable and the bathrooms are not at all like a typical hotel bathroom. You really don't feel like you're staying in a hotel. In the morning there is a small continental breakfast with coffee, tea, toast, and muffins. I have stayed at Sunset Inn for both business and pleasure, and honestly this inn is perfect for any type visit to Monterey Bay.

  • Liked — Brand new room. Skylight in the bathroom.
  • Disliked — Nothing - everything was great!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sunset Inn
Address: 133 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2094
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Pacific Grove
#2 Business Hotel in Pacific Grove
#3 Romantic Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sunset Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 1939 historic landmark is located one half block from the Pacific and right next to Pacific Grove Golf course. Enjoy redesigned rooms with wood floors, plush beds and linens, and large flat screen televisions. Free wireless Internet access and continental breakfast is included. ... more   less 
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