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“Good location and price, but my least favorite stop for the money on my Cali road trip”
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Sunset Inn
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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imadork
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“Good location and price, but my least favorite stop for the money on my Cali road trip”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Good location (block from beautiful ocean), and we got a good price. The room was cute, we had a fireplace (not needed in summer though), and a comfy bed. Upon first look, the bathroom was nice as well, and tiled beautifully. We had the handicapped room, although are not in need of it, but that was not a problem. However, at night our warm was stuffy and when we went to turn on the air conditioner switch, we realized it didn't actually work because there was no ac vents and no ac in the room. Well, that would be fine if there was a fan, but there wasn't, so even with the shutters open, it was pretty stuffy. Also, the walls are thin which means you can hear your neighbors using the restroom. Finally, the shower got water all over the floor because it was the same floor as the rest of the bathroom (not sure if this is only in handicapped room). However, the biggest problem was the shower heads (there were two), but they were absolutely disgusting..green gook, white good..obviously not cleaned in forever, and mold on the baseboards of the shower. The accesories in the restroom were not cleaned at all. It was gross. However, for the price we paid, and since the room itself was clean, I will still give 3 stars, but please up the cleaning practices, and make it more apparent in advertising that there is NOT air conditioning, which is pretty much assumed in the U.S.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The was the third motel/hotel in which I've stayed along Asilomar Blvd, during assorted trips to wonderful Pacific Grove.

I love staying in PG, compared to much busier Monterey. I highly recommend this particular area across from Asilomar Beach if you want a quiet location where you can stroll to the coastline for ocean views and spectacular sunsets. Sunset Inn is at the northern end of the street, across from the Point Pinos Lighthouse. From here, it is a fantastic walk in any direction.

The hotel itself is typical of those in this area-- clearly a remodeled motel, with varying degrees of successes along this row of accommodations. At Sunset inn, plantation shuttered windows and hardwood laminate floors area lovely touch. We had the front upstairs room, with a large comfortable bed, chaise longue, fireplace, and large screen TV. We had trouble with TV channels, but no big deal, as we rarely watch it. Unlike other reviewers, we didn't find the room or location be noisy at all, as few cars go along that section of the narrow road. We were warned by the receptionist that we'd hear noise from the office in the morning, but that never occurred.

The room was clean, but the shutters in need of dusting.

Tim in the front office is quite knowledgeable of local restaurants. Ask his advice, and let him know if you want the "local" favs, or the tourist places. Drive or walk to the nearby area of Lighthouse Ave, not far from the hotel, for restaurants in quaint buildings. Barbara, who is there in the morning, was helpful at resolving a billing issue. NOTE: keep your eye on your credit card bill's "pending" charges" because, in addition to being charged for the actual room, it took a full ten days to have the pending charge removed. This is unusually long, and after being told it would be off in three days, only to find it a week later, I had to call her again to intervene.

Breakfast: There's coffee available in the morning. I rarely eat breakfast, so it didn't matter, but was surprised there wasnt a bit more out, even just a few yogurts. For breakfast or other meals, a couple minutes walking distance and across from the cemetery, is Point Pinos Grill, but we didn't eat there. A short drive away, there's a bagel place on Forest Avenue.

Room Tip: We had the upstairs room in the front, above the office. It was very quiet, and from one window, the...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Older hotel, we could not open the window due to not screen on the window. The room is tiny and some rooms have conjoined steps leading to being able to hear other guests. Great location in the middle of Carmel and Monterey.

Room Tip: Don't get a room which shares a staircase
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Napa, California
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Sunset Inn is inexpensive (for Monterey/Pacific Grove) basic lodging for folks who want a great location, but don't care about amenities. Some rooms have phones, some don't; some have hairdryers, some don't. Regular coffee is available in the rooms, but not decaf. The rooms are clean, well decorated and the beds are comfortable. There is a lovely little patio at the front that is perfect for afternoon wine/tea (BYOB). The area is quiet and the beach is a short (5 min) walk away.

Room Tip: There are upstairs and downstairs rooms. None are really handicapped accessible.. all seem to have...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Sunset Inn only for one night. The rooms were large and well furnished. The fireplace made it feel very cosy. Although we had the first room by the entrance, we were told, it's very quiet at night, which it truly was.
A couple of nags - the fridge was very noisy during the night, so we eventually had to unplug it, to sleep.
As the houses are wood, one can quite clearly hear the neighbours and in our case, we had a couple that kept arguing, so the stay was a bit uncomfortable due to that. Otherwise, very serene setting with walks nearby to the beach and light house. For a stop over I would recommend it for sure.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Frisco, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay during our three nights. The room was very quaint, cozy and clean. It was also very romantic. The only problem we had was that the fireplace didn't work in our room which was a bit disappointing.
We loved the location. It's a short walk from the water and rocky beautiful coastline. We even walked to it one morning to watch the sun come up.
Apparently, it bothers some people that there isn't a breakfast included but not us. There are plenty of wonderful places to grab breakfast a short drive away.
Overall, we had a wonderful time and would stay again.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Pros:
A pleasant stay. The room was large and clean with a comfortable bed. It was quiet and near the beach which was nice. Staff were pleasant and helpful. It is well placed for access to both Carmel and Monterey if driving. Reasonably priced in an area that tends to be pricey
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I had not realised that some rooms, including ours were upstairs and these stairs were quite steep. Trip Advisor says that a continental breakfast is included although having just checked the inn's website, this is not shown there. There is no breakfast provided and this was a definite negative for us as the inn is in a residential area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sunset Inn
Address: 133 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2094
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Pacific Grove
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Pacific Grove
#2 Family Hotel in Pacific Grove
#3 Romantic Hotel in Pacific Grove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sunset Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 1939 historic landmark is located one half block from the Pacific and right next to Pacific Grove Golf course. Enjoy redesigned rooms with wood floors, plush beds and linens, and large flat screen televisions. Free wireless Internet access and continental breakfast is included. ... more   less 
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