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The Wilkie's Inn - Clarion Collection
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We arrived on Sunday Night July 7, The Hotels in the area were all pretty much booked due to the 4th Of July Holiday. The rooms were clean,and Actually smelled good. We had 2 queen beds, and they were comfortable. The Hotel Desk Clerk was Very Friendly and asked If I needed any Info on Dining or attractions. He was very Knowledgeable on any questions I had. Room had Cable TV, In Room Coffee/Tea, Hair Dryer, Iron In Closet, Pretty much everything we needed. In the Morning they had A waffle Maker, Toast, Cereals, Fruit, danish,Milk, Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea in the Lobby. The Location is on The "Quiet Side" of The Monterey Peninsula, about 4-5 Blocks from the Ocean, and a few miles from Cannery Row. We Did Not experience any Problems other than a slightly plugged shower head, And Would Stay here Again.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

We stayed for one night in Pacific Grove to visit the aquarium and Wilkie's was a wonderful choice. Just a short drive from Wilkie's to the aquarium and also many restaurant choices close at hand on Cannery Row. Wilkie's offered an excellent continental breakfast that included waffles, cereals, juice and coffee. Rooms were spacious and very clean. Very friendly family run B&B.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

The rooms and grounds are not well maintained. The rooms we are staying in have rats in the walls. We heard them all night. When we complained we were basically told we were lying instead of accepting our complaint and stating that they would look into it. I will try to post a video of the animal noises tonight.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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5  Thank Tinawehr
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carmeloaks, Front Office Manager at The Wilkie's Inn - Clarion Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2013

Your willingness to share your recent experience is genuinely appreciated. Because our success is measured by how our guests evaluate our services and facilities.
We have discussed the matters you raised with our staff and investigated the entire property. Please rest assured that we have reviewed our hotel operations to ensure that a similar situation does not occur in the future.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We were referred to the Wilkie's Inn by the Sunset Inn, which was sold out. We got the last room available after checking in late in the day. The reception desk guy, Ray, was very professional and welcoming. Our queen room was on the second floor and had a view of the ocean looking north. While the rooms are fairly small it was adequate, clean & comfortable. We ate downtown Pacific Grove and came back later to a quiet room. But, at 6:30 a.m. the next morning (Sunday) we were awoken by some unruly guests that were on the outside balcony talking loud and smoking. While not a big deal for us given we needed to get up any way, I'm sure the couple next door us with young kids were not too appreciative. All in all an OK place to stay in Pacific Grove on a budget.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

The Wilkie's Inn enabled us to discover the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary!!! It was located right across the street. The Grove of butterflies was magical, as we have never seen a natural migration before. This motel was comfortable enough- my husband didn't care for the dingy accommodations. I thought the bed was comfortable. The first night, we managed to turn the heat on in the room, but the second night the heat didn't come on. The bathroom was adequate. The breakfast was fine- packaged oatmeal,orange juice, coffee, milk, raisin bran/ generic cheerios, svenhard's pastries, bread for toast and a waffle maker- gives one the opportunity to enjoy the many great local dining places instead:) The prices doubled the nights we were there- because it was "Valentine's" weekend (Feb 15-17). We didn't request maid service during our stay because we didn't want our personal items disturbed in the small room. One day, there was a very personable young man (from another motel location) at the desk with whom we enjoyed conversing.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

We froze to death in our room.... the supposed heater was about 1 candlepower on a freezing night....the whole place is old fashioned in a cheap way & needs a good scrub & painting as well as some renovations. Breakfast was poor & served right in front of the checkin desk a very strange arrangement. Sorry wont be returning there.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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carmeloaks, Director of Sales at The Wilkie's Inn - Clarion Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2013

We accommodate many guests each evening, and we strive to make their stay a satisfying one. Consequently, it's disappointing to learn that you're unhappy. Please accept our sincere apology. We want you to know that the comments and suggestions we receive from our
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doing wrong and how we can improve. Your willingness to share your recent experience is genuinely appreciated. Please be assured that the issues you've raised have been addressed and the appropriate action has been taken.

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

RESERVATION: We stayed at the Wilkie's Clarion January 19-21 during the MLK holiday weekend. We had booked a queen bedroom about a week before our stay on the comfort inn website. The rate was $70 per night before the 10% AAA discount, the least expensive holiday weekend rate I had ever seen online in a hotel in Pacific Grove. Of course you will not find this rate available at other times of the year -like the Concours d'elegance in August. This hotel can be used to accumulate Quality Comfort Inn points, but based on the web site, it apparently cannot be reserved as a free night using those points.

LOCATION: the hotel is really a motel- you drive your car up to the door, with all doors on exterior corridors facing the parking lot. The motel is the first of a series of motels and hotels on Lighthouse Ave, when driving north from the town center. It is hard to miss during the daytime as it is painted a rather garish pink. Walk 15 minutes south along the sidewalks of an upscale apartment area, and you are in the center of town with innumerable restaurants. Walk 15 minutes north past the golf course, and you are at the ocean -although you would not want to do this at sunset, as the residential streets in that area have no sidewalks, and no there are no pathways along the street, so you would end up walking in the middle of the street alongside parked cars.

PARKING: there are 22 parking spaces on the property, and 24 rooms. Parking is also available on the street a short distance away. Some people even park across the street next to the other hotels. The parking lot is separated from the street by an attractive garden island. Employees apparently take up about 3-4 parking spaces -these are noticeable because they don't move and are in the same spot every day. We had no difficulty finding parking on the premises even late at night, when the hotel was apparently fully booked. The two closest diagonal spots to the check-in office are for compact cars only, as it is a tight squeeze to circle around the garden island into these spots, when all the other spaces are taken -I tried it with my 1998 Honda Civic and barley made it, without having to back up.

CHECK-IN: We checked in at 4pm with the parking lot only a third full, and were assigned to room 102. I asked if they had a room available on the second floor, and the manager said no. 102 is just behind the stairs, which is next to the ice machine, and closest to the check-in office, and the unloading area for check-ins vehicles. It is the room with the most noise, and least privacy as people go up and down the carpeted stairs at all hours, and can peer into room 102. In hot weather you would hear the ice-machine going. However at the rate I paid I wasn't about to haggle much about getting another room.

PLUSH FURNISHINGS IN A CRAMPED ROOM: My wife said the queen size bed was really a full size bed. The room also came with a microwave, a 33" tall refrigerator, a love seat, a three drawer dresser, a chair with padded armrests and backing, a desk 18" by 33", two night stands with lights, an ottoman next to the TV and a lamp next to the love seat. The sliding closet doors were fully mirrored floor to ceiling. Ceiling fan with attached bright lights. The bed mattress was firm but comfortable. Afternoon sunshine streamed in the windows. Window equipped with both sheer and blackout curtains, although the latter didn't quite close all the way. Ice bucket with two glasses, not plastic cups. Coffee maker with porcelain cups, not styrofoam cups. Red patterned carpeting was industrial grade, designed for maximum durability, and was not comfortable to walk on. Crooked floor near the dresser as if the foundation had settled unevenly.

TV: The 31" flat screen TV is located above the dresser in an entertainment system. The base pulls out, so you can pull out the TV from the entertainment system. The base also swivels on a mount, so you can watch it from an angle, instead of from directly in bed. There are 90+ cable channels available including a multitude of various ESPN and HBO channels. I watched 3 hours of the NFL game from the comfortable love seat on the side of the room next to the window.

REMODELED BATHROOM: The bathroom was remodeled with an attractive granite sink, bright overhead lights, a swing out makeup mirror, modern tiles on the walls above the bathtub, but was tight to get in -the opening door almost touched the toilet. There was also a helpful night light in the bathroom attached to the hair dryer mount.

NOISE: Flushing the toilet almost shook the entire building. Fortunately they were modern, low water, high flush types, so the toilets didn't run for very long when refilling. We could hear our upstairs guests footsteps on the thinly padded carpet. Noise also traveled around the locked interior connecting doors from our neighbors, as we could hear talking. Fortunately none of our neighbors were loud snorers. Modern screened windows with tight fitting openings to diminish noise from the parking lot. We could hear kids running around in the exterior corridors, and bouncing on the stairs.. There is no pool nor jacuzzi so perhaps so this place might not appeal to families with kids. Very little traffic noise from Lighthouse Avenue.

ROOM CONFIGURATION: There are 11 rooms on the first floor, rooms 101-111, and 13 rooms on the second floor, rooms 201-212,214 -there is no room 213. Rooms 102-110, 202-210 have their main window alongside the door facing the exterior corridor, and the parking lot. Rooms 101 and 201 at the north end have a main corner window facing the northeast with a partial ocean view above the residential rooftops across the street along Bayview avenue. 201 is a king size bedroom, and one of several not available on the comfort inn web site -you have to call directly to reserve a specific room number. Rooms 110 and 210 have their main window facing south. Rooms 201-210 also have a main window facing east -although not much to write home about - a view of a two story duplex. 202 has a partial ocean view to the side of the duplex. Rooms 212 and room 214 appear to be much larger rooms than the others, with two beds. Room 214 has windows facing north over the parking lot and west over Lighthouse Ave, and south over a residential house.

ROOMS TO GET, ROOMS TO AVOID The most desirable rooms would appear to be 101,201, 202, 212 and 214. The least desirable rooms would be the room that I got, 102 and 109 next to the stairs, and perhaps 110, with a window facing south toward an old residential house, with a motor home parked in front. Rooms 103-109 have a view of the front grills of vehicles in the parking lot, and would hear noises from their upstair guests' footsteps.

WIFI ACCESS: free wifi access. We were able to get a strong signal from the Wifi access during most the daytime hours. However there was no access in the early morning hours before breakfast.

BREAKFAST: the usual continental breakfast with waffle maker, toast with butter (didn't see any jam), apples, pastries, quaker oats, cold cereal, milk, orange juice. Breakfast is served in the check-in office at 730am. There are only 2 chairs, so most people eat standing up, with paper plates balancing on the fireplace mantle, or on the check-in counter. They do have trays to take back to your room -but our room had no sitting table.

ALCOVE: a unique feature of this hotel is the exterior sun room alcove at the top of the stairs next to room 201. There are 4 padded chairs around a marble table, surrounded on three sides by glass and a roof to keep out the elements. A great place to read a book in the afternoon sunshine, or a night with the overhead light, protected from the wind and rain.

BUS: A Monterey-Salinas-Transit mini bus stops at the bus stop near room 214 for those without wheels.

NEXT TIME: I would come back again, but would make my reservation by phone for specific designated rooms, using the comfort inn web site as a starting point for bargaining for price.

Room Tip: rooms 101,201,202 have partial ocean views, rooms 212,214 are the largest, rooms 102,110 are closest...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1038 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2424
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
Price Range: £62 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Wilkie's Inn - Clarion Collection 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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