Most of the Pacific Grove lodging is small, locally owned hotels and bed & breakfasts. Many offer quite a bit of charm and give you a place to call home during your stay.
Pacific Grove is a quaint coastal town near Monterey, California with a population of about 15,000. It is known for its historic Victorian homes and Asilomar State Beach.
Since many of these places are locally owned, you can find some great deals here. This cute town is the perfect alternative to the busier and more expensive town of Monterey.
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Pacific Gardens Inn
Address: 701 Asilomar Boulevard
# of Rooms: 28
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Estimated Price: $120 - $215
The Pacific Gardens Inn is one of the top Pacific Grove lodging choices. It's a simple 2.5-star hotel within walking distance to Asilomar Beach. Several of the rooms offer kitchenettes, so you can make simple meals in your room. There is also plenty of free parking, free Wifi, and a hot tub to relax.
Pros: The rooms are meticulously clean and very inviting. If you are traveling with your dog, they offer several pet-friendly rooms. Breakfast is included. The hotel also features a full kitchen and laundry facilities downstairs, so you can make meals or freshen up your clothes during your stay.
Cons: Even though they are clean, the rooms are dated. Select a second-story room to avoid hearing your upstairs neighbors walking around. There is no elevator, so you will want to consider this if stairs are a problem.
Address: 133 Asilomar Boulevard
# of Rooms: 21
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Estimated Price: $130 - $440
The Sunset Inn is one of the most popular Pacific Grove lodging options. The location of this 21-room hotel offers easy access to the beautiful beaches (just half a block away), the city of Monterey, and the scenic 17-Mile drive. This historic landmark is also right next to the Pacific Grove Golf Course.
Pros: Many of the upstairs rooms feature a balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee and the beautiful Pacific Grove sunsets. The rooms with jacuzzi tubs are also very lovely. There is free parking and breakfast is included.
Cons: The walls between some of the rooms are thin, so bring earplugs or request a quiet room if you are a light sleeper.
Address: 775 Asilomar Boulevard
# of Rooms: 19
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Estimated Price: $120 - $275
The Rosedale Inn is a cute motel hideaway on Pacific Grove's southwest corner. They offer both standard rooms and suites. It's just steps from the beach near the Asilomar Dunes. It's also close to the Museum of Natural History and Point Pinos Lighthouse.
Pros: Many of the rooms have been recently refurbished. Each building only has a few rooms, all of which are very clean and roomy, which makes for a comfortable stay. I also love the fact that all the rooms have a slightly different personality. Breakfast is included and parking is free.
Cons: If you are a light sleeper, request a room away from the road. It isn't an extremely busy road, but might keep you up at night if you aren't used to the noise. It's an older building, so some of the rooms are a little dark. The outside has not been rehabbed, so it might make a bad first impression, but for the price, the charm and cleanliness inside is worth it.
Staying at a bed and breakfast affords you even more of the comforts of home. Many offer peaceful stays along with several public areas where you can meet other guests. I always prefer staying at a bed and breakfast over a hotel, as you can really get to know the owners and the other people staying there too.
Seven Gables Inn
Address: 555 Ocean View Boulevard
# of Rooms: 25
Estimated Price: $325 - $460
The Seven Gables Inn is by far the best Pacific Grove lodging option. Set on a small cliff above the beautiful Monterey Bay, the location for this bed and breakfast can't be beat. It's a truly romantic place to stay and the perfect place for couples on a honeymoon or looking for a quiet weekend getaway.
Green Gables Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
Address: 301 Ocean View Boulevard
# of Rooms: 11
Estimated Price: $260 - $325
The Green Gables Inn sits in an 1888 Queen Anne Victorian home. The remodeled rooms offer both the original historic charm along with modern amenities. This gorgeous retreat is just steps from the colorful Monterey Bay shoreline. It's set on the border between Monterey and Pacific Grove, so you are close to several restaurants and shops in both towns.
A new trend in traveling is to stay in the apartment or house of a local. This trend is supported by many online companies that connect would-be renters with those wanting to rent out their house.
One of the top organizations to jump on this trend is TripAdvisor. So many people use them for their hotel bookings that they recently expanded their services to include private vacation rentals.
For Pacific Grove lodging, they feature more than 40 places for rent. Another 400+ are available if you include the surrounding communities such as Monterey and Carmel.
It's easy to search for a place to stay that fits your needs. You contact the owner (who has reviews from past guests) through TripAdvisor, and then work directly with the owner on the details.
Best of all, making this agreement with a local resident also means you already have a friend in town before you arrive.