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Seven Gables Inn
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

We stayed 2 nights in the SeaView Cottage. This cottage while originally built in 1900 but it is apparant that everything except the frame of the cottage has been replaced. The cottage is beautifully decorated and furnished and no expense has been spared. The cottage does have a limited view of the sea, however. The Beach House building is directly in front of it. There is a small glimpse of Lovers Point from the living room and of Monterey Bay if you stand up and look out the windows. The webpage for the inn shows a spectacular view of Lovers Point from this room, but it's from the small entryway into the cottage- not a place where you could sit comfortably. The cottage has a microwave and small refrigerator which are not listed on the website. Better views could be had from rooms such as the Cypress Room.

The service at this inn is wonderful and attentive. All rooms are equipped with wi-fi and include a hot breakfast in the breakfast room. The breakfast menu sounded good and varied, but it is a communal type breakfast where guests sit at large tables with others. We don't have a lot of interest in making small talk with other guests so we just bought some pastries at a local store and enjoyed them in our room. The inn does not all guests to take any food from the breakfast room to their guest room or cottage.

An excellent stay and I highly recommend the Seven Gables to others. It's just a beautiful property.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

My husband and I decided to stay here for a quick weekend getaway over MLK weekend. It was perfect for what we were looking for - something quiet but convenient to the beach and town. The inn itself seemed initially a little much like an antique store for us (we were scared to break something!) but after the initial feeling of being an elephant in a china store, we relaxed and were able to take in the beautiful setting with tea and cookies, and wine and cheese every night. It was fun to sit and chat with many of the other guests who were similarly inclined to take a step away from the bustle of every day life. One funny thing is that since it is such a picturesque place in a very central location, there are a lot of people who will stop and snap pictures. So if you're sitting in the front porch area where there are big windows, it can be a little surprising to look up and see cameras pointing at you! But, it's small price to pay to stay in such a nice location. On another note, we stayed here during the off season, so prices were discounted, which helped us enjoy the stay even more. Oh - and breakfast was good, but not the best I've had at B&B's on the Pacific Coast, and they kept running low on coffee (which would always be replenished as soon as possible).

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank sophlin
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

Great position overlooking the bay through huge room windows and with direct access to the coast path. Easy walking to the town centre and along the coastline. Breakfast was copious though somewhat heavy and sweet but the availability of lots of fresh fruit compensated for this. Complimentary wine and cheese and cookies and milk were supplied at rather curious times - mid afternoon and mid-evening so we made little use of these. Astonishingly there is no phone available in the rooms or elsewhere. Hotel is spotlessly clean and the decoration of the hotel is exquisite.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

I don't usually do unqualified raves, but here goes. Wow, I love this place. I had walked past it for years when I was a child visiting relatives in the area, and always thought it looked like the prettiest, most glamorous place to stay in the entire world. When we planned a trip to the area, I immediately booked a room, although I was a bit concerned that the inn would have a hard time meeting my ridiculously high expectations. Instead, it surpassed them.

One important point - the rooms do not have a television or a telephone. You don't need either. Instead, our room (Rocky Shores) had huge windows on two sides overlooking the ocean, with comfortable seating so that you could spend lots of time looking out on the water, and it had binoculars for a better view of the seals on the rocks at the beach. We watched those seals for hours, betting against each other about how long they would stay on their rocks as the tide came in and submerged the rocks (whomever bet the longest amount of time always won - never underestimate the laziness of a seal).

The room itself was lovely - large, immaculately clean, comfortable and homey. The bed was extraordinarily comfortable and the linens (as well as the towels in the bathroom) were fantastic. The robe was so wonderful that when my current one wears out, I'm going to call the hotel and order one (they offer them for sale) - I've never done that before.

Most of all, the service was impeccable. This is not the standard family-run B&B with one or two extra staff - it is more along the nature of a professionally run small inn. That meant that there were plenty of staff, especially at the very tasty buffet breakfast, and it was always easy to find someone if you needed help. The caliber of the staff was great, too - all of them were very helpful and professional, whether with recommending good neighborhood restaurants (including a delightful family-run French bistro right up the block) or with printing out boarding passes.

Each and every time we are back in the area, we will stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

If I could sum it up in one sentence it would be "attention to detail". While they did not create the unbelievable view, a great deal of thought has gone into every other aspect of this inn. The owners appear to have researched every aspect of a luxury accommodation and implemented many good ideas. The furnishings, both public spaces and in the rooms, are impeccable. True antiques, not reproductions. The service was great, the staff was friendly and accommodating, and the food was excellent. My only complaint is the cookies disappeared too early. The staff started cleaning up shortly after 9:00 pm.

I highly recommend The Seven Gables Inn!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

We spent 3 nights at the Seven Gables Inn for our anniversary in the Cypress Room. We could not have been more pleased. The Inn itself is charming and in a stunning location. Almost all rooms afford a 180 degree view of the ocean and shoreline, including our room, the main house and the breakfast room. The staff are helpful and friendly, the beds very comfortable and the breakfast is amazing. The hotel also provides wine, cheese and snacks everyday from 4-6 and freshly baked cookies each evening.

The location of the hotel is also great - right on the water, a short walk to the aquarium and pier, 10 mins from Carmel and 40 minutes to Big Sur.

We would come back here again and recommend it to others with no hesitations.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

We stayed for 5 nights at the Seven Gables after a trip to Vegas, S.Francisco and Yosemite, and it was a gloriously peaceful and civilised spell of relaxation after lots of running about.

Our room, Seal Rocks, was beautiful. Although not huge, it was plenty big enough, carefully furnished to a high standard and excellently maintained. The bathroom was spacious and well supplied with essentials.

The true glory of the room however is the huge picture window overlooking Monterey Bay. The two comfortable armchairs and the house binoculars are all you need: watch the fog rolling in and out (and it does, a lot!), watch the otters playing and feeding just off the beach, and just enjoy the wonderful light and the changing colours and conditions that make Pacific Grove such a pleasant place to stay.

The staff in the hotel are unfailingly friendly and helpful, with conversation, restaurant and to-do assistance whenever you want it. The wine and cheese in the afternoons is a very nice touch, as are the cookies and milk for supper and the supply of free coffee.

Breakfast is good, if a little oversold on the website: it's actually a very pleasant breakfast buffet, with an occasional off the wall extra most mornings. Again, service is good, but note that space is limited, so you might find yourself sharing - not great if you are a grumpy morning person. In practice we were out and about early and usually bagged a good seat in the window and ate in silent solitude.

Other than the frankly terrifying decor in the shared areas (REALLY scary!) the Seven Gables is everything it is cracked up to be: comfortable, great service, and a peerless position on the generally very quiet coast road.

The centre of Pacific Grove is less than 5 minutes stroll away, and whilst almost spookily sleepily (always more parked cars than people), it has a delightful selection of restaurants and coffee shops, more than enough to keep you happy for a week. I'd heartily recommend The Red House and Passion Fish - both are outstandingly good. Aliottis' Victorian Corner House does outstanding lunch and breakfast.

We of course explored Carmel and Monterey, but we left in no doubt that PG was by far the best place to stay out of the three of them. Monterey we found oddly uninspiring; Cannery Row was okay, not quite as tacky as you'd expect, but the town itself (a bus ride from the Row) was nothing much to write home about. I certainly wouldn't want to stay there.

Carmel was slightly weird. It seemed like a freaky designer shopping village or some kind of bizarre theme park. Full of shops selling "antiques" and "fine art" (allegedly), it was pleasant enough to walk about in, but left me fairly cold otherwise. Again, although you could probably eat very well there, I was left pleased that we'd chosen PG to base ourselves.

Overall, I would absolutely stay at the Seven Gables again. If I could afford it!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Seven Gables Inn

Address: 555 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2653
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Pacific Grove
Price Range: £247 - £458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Seven Gables Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seven Gables Inn overlooks beautiful Monterey Bay and offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and coastal mountains from all directions. ALL OCEAN VIEW ROOMS with ensuite bathrooms. Complimentary bountiful breakfast served in the oceanfront dining room overlooking Lover's Point cove. Complimentary afternoon wine and cheese pouring only Monterey County wines. Complimentary evening housemade cookies and milk to finish your day. Complimentary high speed WIFI. Free parking. Close to Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row, 17 Mile Drive, Carmel, Big Sur and other scenic sights. View our website for additional information on rooms and special rates. ... more   less 
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