I took my husband to Pebble Beach as a 10th wedding anniversary present. I'm very glad I chose to book us at the Inn vs. the Lodge. Although the Lodge is beautiful, the Inn has a quainter feel to it, and I thought it was a better choice for our trip. The rooms are very comfortable (we had a room with an ocean view overlooking the first hole), with a gas fireplace on a timer (what a smart idea - so nice to put the fireplace on before getting into bed and not worrying about turning it off), a small balcony with two chairs and a side table. The rooms were a good size, not huge but certainly spacious enough. The bathroom was well appointed. We did have an issue with the shower backing up a bit, however it was fixed within a couple of hours of me reporting it to the front desk. The bed was fantastically comfortable; both the mattress as well as the soft bedding. We both slept wonderfully (and we're not good sleepers generally). Overall, I wouldn't call the rooms luxurious, however they were very very comfortable and cozy. Granted it was not very busy when we were there, however I found the Inn to be very very quiet.
Service was very good; attentive and friendly. There is attention paid to the details. However, I had high expectations given the price, and honestly I can't say the service was $800 per night great. That being said, it was very very good. After checking into our room, we dropped our things and went for a walk. When we returned about an hour or so later, there was a bottle of champagne chilling and two glasses, and a hand written note from the manager congratulating us and welcoming us. A very nice touch. The concierge desk was very friendly and helpful with whatever needs you may have.
Everywhere we ate the food was outstanding, however I have to say that the best meal we had was probably at Peppoli's. Both food and service were memorable - I would definitely eat there again, and highly recommend it! We also ate at Stillwater in the Lodge. The view was amazing, the food excellent, however unlike Peppoli's, our waiter was not very engaging. If he had been, that would have really made it perfect and set it apart. The only reason I would chose Stillwater over Peppoli's would be for the view of the 18th green; that was something! Peppoli's has a beautiful view of the ocean and sunset (if not overcast like it was for us), so the view there would not disappoint.
It is easy to get around the larger PB property by way of shuttle buses. They run every half hour.
As for the golf, I am not a golfer; it is my husband who is. However, I rode along for his 3 rounds (PB, Spyglass and Spanish Bay), and being a golf widow I know enough to recognize and appreciate the beauty and diversity of the courses. The Pebble Beach course is challenging and majestic, Spyglass equaling challenging and beautiful, however I have to say that Spanish Bay was my favourite. It has beautiful rolling green hills and wide fairways, and most of the holes are on the ocean. This course was very obviously an easier course than the others; it didn't look particularly challenging, just highly enjoyable! Overall, the golf is worth the money, no question! As a side note; the new driving range at PB is quite outstanding, be sure to pay a visit!
Regarding the weather, and the lack of AC that many reviewers have commented on.... I suppose the lack of AC would be of concern if it got really hot, but it rarely gets really hot in Pebble Beach. It's right on the ocean, there's always a breeze, and the average temperatures in the summer are perhaps high 70's. Honestly, I don't think AC is needed.
I could go on and on. It was an amazing trip, I would highly recommend it if you can afford it. I hope to be fortunate enough to return one day - what an experience!
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