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Asilomar Conference Grounds
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
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Dec, 28, 2018 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
I'm bummed. My family and I came here every New Year since the 90's. I know when they were bought out some of the charm was going to drop. I've come here every New Year for my annual business retreat, and I keep getting down grading in rooms. Some were for legit reasons (Steve Vai guitar camp...), but this year? I have to drive to and from the lodge. The parking garage shares parking spaces with misc furniture from the rooms and lodge, and a large trailer for some reason. What used to be a charming place to head out of town, the room rates rise while the attention to detail (dead bugs in my room/broken window screen) is lacking. There are other hotels on the same street that care about the customer experience. They all are a 2 minute walk from the beach.
FYI, I was staying in the Manzanita building.
- Rooms: 2
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 2
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Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Dec, 10, 2018 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018 Rating: 1
I DON'T GET IT
Last week my wife and I spent 2 nights at this hotel... Bought a discount coupon from Travelzoo for $119 per night. (sounded like a reasonable price). While on the phone booking my reservations, the lady I was speaking with, asked if I would like to up-grade my room to an "Ocean View" room for only 35 dollars more. I agreed.
Let me tell you about their "Ocean View" rooms. Yes, you could see the top of the ocean, but binoculars sure would have helped. It was like buying a seat at the Rose Bowl to see a football game, and the seat you got was at the very top of the bowl. Yes, you could see the game, but the players looked like an "ant farm." Instead of $119 per night this room ended up costing us $189 per night after fees and taxes.
The room was small, old, and came with absolutely no amenities. To make our experience even more enjoyable, while we were there, the vast majorityof the people staying there were on a "silent retreat." Have you ever stayed at a place where all the guests were starring in the "Walking Dead?" You would walk by them and they would look down and when you greeted them with a hello: no response.. Delightful..
So for all the hoopla I have read about this place, "I JUST DON'T GET IT."
- Rooms: 1
- Value: 1
- Service: 2
fernzoutside from: Santa Clarita, California
Published Date: Dec, 5, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 2
Great location but delayed maintenance makes for sad, shabby rooms
Let me start by saying that in two "how was your stay" requests from Aramark which manages Asilomar, I asked to be contacted. In the three weeks since no one has.
I used to live in Pacific Grove down the street from Asilomar and always put guests up there since it was consistently wonderful. Since leaving the area 30 years ago, I have stayed at Asilomar on return visits with my family many,many times. My children grew up going there. I have stayed all over the grounds and know the place well.
I was extremely disappointed on our last visit. We were assigned to Manzanita 1002. It was like a sad dormitory with a comfortable bed. No deck, no fireplace, not even a community room with a fireplace as some buildings have. There were unpatched holes in the bathroom wall where something had been removed, etc. There was a constant, maddening hum in the room from the generator in the garage below. I asked the front desk for a different room. We would be happy with a Queen bed, etc. They claimed to have only one room (for an additional $20/night) but the delayed maintenance on that building and room made it not worth the additional money.
You can't beat the location and I am one who appreciates no TV or phone in the rooms, although a mini-fridge might be nice. In the "olden days" breakfast came with the room, but that perk left years ago. We brought food in a small cooler with ice and ate breakfast in our room. On future visits to the Monterey Peninsula we will stay elsewhere. Why spend so much money on a sad room?