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Asilomar Conference Grounds
782keithj from: Carmichael, California
Published Date: Mar, 10, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
We really like this place- the rooms are very basis and to some degree over priced for what one gets in rooms- however the walk through the ground to the beach is the value! We do not do the meals there- there are far better places to have your meals- please explore and add to your enjoyment.
shlamont from: Murphys, California
Published Date: Mar, 9, 2020 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
All about location
This facility sits in one of the most beautiful spots on the California coast, tucked behind and on top of the dunes overlooking the ocean which is a short walk away.
It is a state park facility, run by the concessionaire Aramark.
The buildings are generally older and somewhat worn, the rooms sparse, and the food overpriced. Some buildings have been renovated, but the web site for reservations does not give you a clue what you might get, so it is the luck of the draw.
Our room was decent and clean, but lacked even a coffee pot. So for a cup we had to walk across the grounds to the lobby building and pay Starbucks prices.
We passed on the food "package," because the last time I attended a conference I found the food to be overpriced and underwhelming.
The view is great. The architecture is great. The location is wonderful.
But a motel room block away will cost less and you can enjoy that and a better room.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 3
fiddlestogo from: sparks nv
Published Date: Feb, 24, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Love this place, not for everyone
This conference area is an historic site. It sits on a large property with deer, raccoons, and a short walk to the beach. The buildings are just incredible, This time we stayed in the 'lodge', historic rooms. We had a beutiful room with 3 twins and bath. Downstiars there is a living room with fire that we share with others. They have regular motel type rooms, really large rooms, suitable for families, historic rooms, two cottages, etc. This is run like a national park: no tv etc. Totally gorgeous and supremely quiet. Just what I like. You may purchase meals in advance and I would recommend that you eat breakfast in the dining room at least once. The main building has a tiny restaurant where you can grab coffee or a light breakfast, sandwich, wine, etc. It also has a beautiful room with fireplace, pool tables and a gift shop. In nice weather sit on the deck with coffee and enjoy the views. If you are not at a conference you may stay there by purchasing extra rooms that are available. The price depends on how busy they are (conferences book 5 months in advance i believe.,
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Feb, 13, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Amazing stay made possible by Front Desk Florinda
Our stay was amazing and made possible by Florinda at the front desk. We arrived earlier than check in and she helped us find a suitable, comfortable ocean view room. She checked in with us every time we were by the front desk and made sure we had all we needed. We have been coming to Asilomar for years and she gave us the best service so far!
FlyWithHaley from: Chicago, Illinois
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Feb, 6, 2020 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Not the fanciest, but worth the stay
The area is very expensive so it’s hard to find decent accommodation unless you want to spend a ton of money. My mom and sister and I spent a girls weekend here. The location is perfect, the grounds are absolutely beautiful and well taken care of. We loved the fireplace in our room.
This place would actually be amazing for a conference! Only 4 starts because the rooms themselves really need updating, which I understand would be a large undertaking - but needs to be done.