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Asilomar Conference Grounds
Rev Mark J from: Pahoa, Hawaii
Published Date: Feb, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Breath taking beauty and wildlife!
This facility is what I call the Best of California in its natural habitat by the sea! Lovely long walkways across the sand dunes with views of the ocean and central fire ring which is next to the lodge that has a blazing fireplace! Very nice dining hall with many large windows onto the dunes and park deer! The rooms are different venues some historic while others are like a middle range hotel like a Marriott. Great place to walk around the grounds and plenty of chipmunks and some deer walking through areas! NIce large swimming pool on the grounds too! A place to feel relaxation and regeneration of the soul!
sherry g from:
Published Date: Feb, 9, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
A positive experience
My husband and I decided on the spur of the moment to head to the Carmel area and could not find a decent priced room due to the celebrity golf tournament. Rates were well over $200 a night at most places. Asilomar offered us an affordable ($127 per night) room with a king bed. It was clean, the bed was comfortable and the grounds were gorgeous. Deer were right outside our ground-floor window. I enjoyed being without a TV. Upon request we got a coffee pot. Loved walking down to the beach and walking around the gorgeous grounds and the staff was friendly and helpful. We opted for breakfast ($20 each) which was wonderful. I loved the feel of being in a state park. We were only five minutes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and 15 minutes from Carmel. I would definitely like to stay there next time we visit the area.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 29, 2019 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Too Many Disappointments
Be forewarned, this facility is primarily a conference grounds so for individual guests a reservation is only a commitment to provide a room. A promise by Asilomar to provide a specific room, a fireplace, an ocean view, anything, will not be honored if the needs of a conference or a large group requires that you get downgraded. This happened to us in August of 2018 and again in January 2019. We confirmed out reservations by phone 3 days before arrival. When we arrived to check in we were told both times that a 'glitch' in the system meant that we never had held a reservation. They offered us a choice of two substandard rooms, at full price, with a free breakfast. We had been staying here twice a year for 4 years but we were so disappointed that we will never be back.
- Value: 1
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 1
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Lovely setting, near the ocean
We have stayed at Asilomar several times over the years, but this time we stayed in a room with an ocean view: what a difference! This is a huge complex of buildings, with circuitous roads, but once you’ve found your accommodations and parking lot, it is all good.
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Dec, 31, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
million dollar views, budget rooms
The food, lobby & staff were amazing. The rooms... not so much. We went with a large group and while some rooms were decent, most rooms were in need of repair. While it's a great place for a staff retreat (the Monterrey Aquarium, beaches, sand dunes), some of our rooms had mold, carpet stains and chipped paint to name a few. The meeting rooms were very nice, as was the bon fire. If the property was better maintained they would earn a 5-star rating for sure.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 4