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Asilomar Conference Grounds
341jeremyf from: Burlington, Vermont
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Jul, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
The first thing to understand about Asilomar is that it’s not a hotel in any sense of the word. There are absolutely no amenities in the rooms (no refrigerators, bottles of water, TV, etc.)... just a bed, bathroom and a little desk. The rooms are poorly lit and very, very outdated. The grounds are large and complicated and there is no effort to help you with your luggage or really any concierge type service. You’re pretty much on your own. That said, Asilomar is located on a beautiful stretch of land right on the ocean and this is what they’re charging for. If you’re ok with paying $250-$300 a night for that, Asilomar is your place, but if you’re looking for creature comforts or any semblance of service, it’s probably best to look elsewhere.
tiyul from: Boston, Massachusetts
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 9, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Rustic and serene
We loved the two nights we spent here! We had a big room that fit us and our 4 kids in one double bed and 4 twin beds. The room had a separate dressing room where we stashed all our luggage to keep the bedroom less cluttered. If you prefer 5 star luxury resorts, don’t bother. But if you can appreciate beautiful seaside arts and crafts historic architecture, simple pleasures, convivial opportunities to meet new people, and laid-back settings, you will consider this a gem. Fire pits, volleyball, beautiful winding boardwalk, great lodge space with pool tables and comfortable furniture near a big stone fireplace. Lovely space for breakfast in the morning with very tasty wholesome and fresh offerings. We were definitely happy to have paid the bed-and-breakfast rate. For our family of six, $300 a night was very well spent to stay in this special location. Very close to Monterey and Point Lobos.
Valerie C from: Saint Paul
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Jul, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
This is walking distance to the beach. They have cooking area to grill out. They have a fire pit. Rooms are clean and comfortable but carpets need updating. A bit musty smelling. Nice fireplace in the cabins. The cabins we were in had 10 separate rooms. Picnic tables out side. No phones in the rooms and no TVs. I would stay here again if the carpets were replaced. Having asthma the musty smell does not sit well my lungs. It is very rustic which I liked.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5
Paul_J_Sweeney from: Sidney, Ohio
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Unsafe!!! Do not let your babies stay here!! The State of California should be embarrassed
Safety - This place is a fire disaster waiting to happen. The sprinkler piping is completely rusted. Sprinkler heads look like they are completely frozen.
Maintenance - Actually a lack of any comprehensive maintenance. Paint is needed everywhere. Screens missing. No updates since 1970.
Amenities - No amenities, No air conditioning. No fridge. No TV. $26 breakfast buffet.
Staff - Staff are leased Aramark employees. They don't care. They would not ask how did you like your stay. They wanted no feedback. There was no post stay survey.
Only pros -- The price is good for area. The main common room is well maintained. The beach is fantastic.
I'm not sure who owns the problem but the State of California should be totally embarrassed by this facility. When the fire happens, the state and local fire marshal cannot escape their duplicity in creating the problem.
I have been to many state park resorts in the east. I have planned several meetings at state park facilities. Asilomar is by far the worst I have ever seen. I'd never host a meeting here.
- Sleep Quality: 1
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 1
rickmartins from: Los Angeles, California
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jul, 2, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
US Open stay
Stayed for four nights at the Asilomar. If you want bells and whistles, this is not for you. But if you want a relaxing place with great beach walking and serene scenery, this is the place!!! Would definitely recommend!!