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The Old St. Angela Inn
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Morristown, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beyond Charming”
Reviewed 14 July 2008

I'm giving this property 4 stars (circles) with the understanding that it's to be compared with other b & b's, and not 4 star, full-service resorts. This is an excellent b & b - one of the best I've stayed at. But, have to leave that 5-star (circle) rating open for the ones I haven't tried yet...

The inn is located on a main street, but in a quiet residential area. For the most part it was quiet, although there was traffic noise, from time to time. It's in a great location for walking into Monterey - the aquarium and Cannery Row. Not a far walk at all, and a nice stroll, along the walking path right along the dunes/rocks of the coast. We did drive into Pacific Grove for dinner, though - it probably would have been fine to walk there one way, but we likely wouldn't have wanted to walk back after a big meal. We ate at Passionfish, by the way, and I'd HIGHLY recommend it. They specialize in fish (duh) but from sustainable sources, so it's a no-guilt meal, in that respect. And, the presentation and preparations are creative and really, really good.

Jerry and Diane couldn't be more gracious hosts. The moment we walked through the door into the breakfast sun room, we felt comfortable, which isn't always the case, at a b & b. Hot beverages are available 24/7 and there's usually a cake or some sweet snack available, too. Aside from that, don't miss the cookie jars in the living room - yummy cookies, two kinds, are in limited supply. Breakfasts are great. You're served a hot entrée but there's also lots available, buffet-style. Fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread/bagels for toast, scones, muffins, etc.

We were in the Newport room. We knew it would be small from reading some reviews, and it was. But, we were pretty darn comfy. The bed is made up with lots of decorative pillows in beautiful shams - finding a place to set them all, when it was time for sleeping, was a challenge. They made a great presentation, but were awkward to deal with - a VERY MINOR inconvenience and had no bearing on our overall very positive feelings about this inn.

Our bathroom had a pedestal sink, nice marble-top side table, toilet with shelving overhead, and whirlpool tub. These folks think of everything to make sure guests are comfortable - along with soap, shampoo and lotion, they provide cotton swabs and cotton cosmetic pads - a really nice touch.

One inconvenience is the parking. There is no off-street parking, and the street does fill with cars, either from inn guests or residents on the street. One evening, after returning from dinner on the late side, we found the last spot available on the street. I'm sure the neighborhood is perfectly safe, but we wouldn't have liked parking a rental car on another street had it come to that.

PG appears to be a totally cute town. We didn't have a lot of time for exploring, but would definitely choose it over Monterey, when/f we return to this area of CA again. I think it's ideally located, a little off the beaten path, but really convenient to everything.

Big thumbs up for this inn. Nice job. I wouldn't hesitate to return, if our future travels bring us back to the Monterey Peninsula.

  • Liked — attention to detail, genuine graciousness of the hosts.
  • Disliked — no convenient parking
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2008

We recently took a trip to the West Coast for our 25th wedding anniversary. From what I had read about The Old Saint Angela Inn on TripAdvisor, my expectations were pretty high. We were not disappointed. We had a wonderful time there and would recommend it to anyone planning a trip to the area. The accommodations were very nicely decorated in Victorian style with cozy rooms. We had a comfortable bed in our room. We stayed in the Newport room, which was a bit small, but we knew that when we booked it. The larger rooms, especially the ones upstairs, were very, very nice, and we would probably choose one of those when we return (which we will). I should mention the food - it was GREAT! Breakfasts were made up individually when we arrived in the dining room (not just a simple buffet that sits out for a while), and there was also an assortment of muffins, home made breads, bagels, toast, and a wonderful fruit salad every day. In fact, the first day we arrived in the afternoon, the entire home smelled of delicious breakfast bread in the oven for the next morning. We had everything from blueberry pancakes, Mexican egg casserole, and French toast made with croissants with homemade strawberry compote on the top. What a treat!

The afternoon "tea time" was also great. Every day, something different including wonderful dips and crackers, cheeses, fruit, and two choices of wine. The home baked cookies (two choices) were always out in the living room for taking along with coffee, tea, cocoa, popcorn, soft drinks, and bottled water!!

We wished we could have stayed longer than the three days because Dianne (the owner) could not have been nicer. Hospitality is definitely where her expertise lies - she is wonderful!

Hoping to Return Soon

PS The garden was also a delight. The fire pit and waterfall were especially pleasant. And, the walk to the coast, at about one city block, could not be beat.

  • Liked — The hospitality.
  • Stayed May 2008
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1 Thank MPfromNC
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Tucson AZ
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2008

A fantastic place to stay. We learned during our stay that many guests were repeaters that had been coming for years. Plue, during our stay the no-vacancy sign was always up.

Good location, you can walk to pretty much everything. We will be coming back.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank driverphil
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South Florida, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2008

My wife and I were looking for the perfect get away from the usual tourist trap hotels and lousy service. Needless to say, Old St. Angela had my wife and I thinking that this would be the perfect way to retire. To our amazement, the owners were originally from South Florida too. I can see why they settled to Pacific Groove. We stayed in the Newport room. It views the gardens to your left. The only thing I didn't like about the room was the way the door closed into the bathroom. It was a bit cramped, but overall, the bed was very cosy, leaving the windows open at night kept the room nice and cool. The morning breakfasts were a very tasty treat. Something different each day. The afternoon tea, wine, and snacks were wonderful, yes and my introduction to snickerdoodles. The B&B was walking distance to downtown Pacific Groove and Cannery Row which made it a great location. My wife and I enjoyed our stay at this B&B and would come back if we are to visit the Monterey area again.

  • Liked — The friendly staff and treats
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank saxmanlee
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Fresno, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2008

I've stayed here several times now and having stayed in similar spots in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, England, Scotland, and the US, I must say this tops the list. Not only is the place charming, with a stunning garden, fire pit, lovely breakfast, and wonderful rooms, but the inn keepers are real treasures. Fresh baked cookies available throughout the day and evening, wine and goodies in the afternoon. The aquarium is a short walk away. And the coastal walkway just 100 yards from your door.

  • Liked — Inn keepers
  • Disliked — nada
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Californiasojourner
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Burlington, WI
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2007

I came from Wisconsin to Monterey to get married on October 20th. We had a 15 guests total (besides us) and decided to rent the entire house (9 rooms) of the Old St. Angela Inn for everyone to stay at on the 19th and 20th. Our experience was far beyond expectation and I would *highly* recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.

The breakfasts were absolutely out of this world, as were the afternoon "teas" (I say that in quotes because there was so much delicious food and wine, more than what you would typically expect). There were also fresh baked goodies all over to munch on.

The rooms were very quiet (our 3 year and 4 month old nieces were in the room next door and we never heard them), although some of the rooms facing the street did have some traffic noise (but it is to be expected, given the ideal location of the B&B - it is literally 5 minutes from everything).

Dianne, the owner, was extremely friendly and accommodating and really did go above and beyond. The rooms and the common areas of the house were *immaculate* and I loved the way they were decorated.

The garden area was definitely one of the highlights - we spent many hours each night with our friends by the fire pit.

Again, I would without hesitation recommend staying here if you are going as one couple, but even better if you have a group where you can reserve the entire house. It made our weekend even that much more special. I wouldn't have changed a thing.

  • Liked — The hospitality and food
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
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Thank NikkiJski
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Iowa City
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2007

We recently spent 3 days at the Old St. Angel Inn after 5 days in San Francisco for a nephew's wedding. What a relaxing treat it was to be welcomed to this beautiful B & B by Dianne and Jerry. They and their staff made us feel so welcome and at home it was hard to leave. The house is beautifully decorated and comfortably tasteful. Just a couple short blocks to the ocean and a very enjoyable walk to downtown Pacific Grove and wonderful shops and restaurants. Afternoon wine and tea was an incredible treat of cheeses, cookies, cakes and/or wonderful treats. Breakfast was equally satisfying with wonderful blueberry pancakes one morning and a delicious quiche another. The rooms was very comfortable, the bed a dream and no TV was a welcome break from that electronic connection we all seem to think we can't live without. Wireless internet throughout the house provided adequate opportunity to keep in touch with the outside world why allowing yourself to enjoy the peace and quiet of this wonderful neighborhood setting. I only hope we will be able to return in the near future for another wonderful visit.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank bbrooks
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Property: The Old St. Angela Inn
Address: 321 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2934
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Pacific Grove
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Old St. Angela Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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