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Asilomar Conference Grounds
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Peaceful quick getaway
User: Wendy L from: San Jose, California
Published Date: May, 9, 2019
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
I shared a 2-bed room with a friend for a quick getaway. The room was a bit run down, but the view of the ocean and the sunset from the porch was incredible. The grounds were quiet while we visiting, with no major group on site. The accessibility to the beach and coastal trail is great for those who like to get out and walk. It was a good value for the location.

Magnificent architecture makes a lovely space
User: missemelia from: San Jose
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: May, 7, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
The historic Julia Morgan architecture is a jewel on the coast. The spaces are so welcoming. What she was doing is evident in every inch of the spaces she created. The later buildings are products of their ages, and less attractive, but have their own charms. The 80s buildings are nestled around the rear of the property, with families of deer stepping through the greenbelts. They're clearly used to the guests, and didn't flinch as I got a bucket of ice filled. We sat on the deck and watched seven deer pick their way through the grass peacefully. If you're looking for a weekend away from television and phones, a fireplace room is a nice treat. The beach is a short stroll away and other attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium are an easy ten minute drive.
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Pretty location
User: NYCtraveler33Nyc from: NYC
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: May, 6, 2019
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
The conference center is pretty nice. Location and food were all good, service was acceptable, but certainly not their strong suit. I stayed here for many nights last summer. During my stay I switched rooms at some point to one of the newer buildings with a fireplace. Overall the stay was pretty good. The places is definitely a little dated in some areas. Despite being a conference center some of the rooms are really poorly laid out for a stay beyond a night or two. A dresser would be helpful. The rooms with the fireplaces were pretty nice. They provide bags with firewood each day when they make up the rooms. Rooms were generally cleaned pretty well. There are nice boardwalks that will take you down to the beach. If you're looking for a place to hold a corporate event, or a little family reunion (which seemed to account for many of the visitors), this would be a pretty good option. Food was excellent. They generally have 2-3 options and you go up to a counter and pick what you want. I don't think you can have seconds, but the portions were reasonable and the quality was great.
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Outdated and poorly maintained rooms
User: Christina L from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 26, 2019
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019
Rating: 2
The location, grounds, and common spaces are beautiful. However, we were very disappointed with our rooms, which were outdated and poorly maintained. In one room, the screen door fell off as soon as we tried to open it. In the other, the sliding glass door would not close (at all) and would not lock. In the two days we were there, it was not repaired, presenting a security issue. The water in the showers was either cold or scalding - the temperature was difficult to regulate. The shower fixtures were visibly falling apart - the showerhead was coming out of the wall and some of the fixtures looked rotted and worn. The metal tray that holds the soap was covered in rust. The toilet backed up. There was no AC in the room, only a heating unit. We turned it on one night and it never turned back off, though we tried to turn it off. The next day the unit was hot to the touch all day and the room got to 90+ degrees. We had to leave the room to be comfortable. The staff were friendly but this could not make up for the disrepair of the rooms, which were among the most poorly maintained I have ever seen. The hotel needs to invest in basic updates of the rooms.
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Embarrassed and disappointed
User: CMR01 from: Pleasanton, California
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Apr, 18, 2019
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019
Rating: 1
I invited 3 friends to stay here for a golf outing and the run down nature of the property embarrassed me to have brought them here. I picked a room with a fireplace based on the last time I was here and enjoyed it. Then my room was huge and open. This time it was tiny and had a bad smell. The fan in the bathroom ran 24 hrs..no way to turn off even if you turned the light off. The pocket door to bathroom was stuck part way closed. The closest ice machine was a 10 minute walk away. The room was dark with very poor lighting. The furniture and decor is old old old and poor quality. A bank of strange seating in the hall had the entire bottom seat missing. Looks like no one cares to take care of this place. I will not be returning any time soon. I will say the girl at check in was very nice. Still not coming back.
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