Rate based on Check-in: Apr 23, 2014 Check-out: Apr 25, 2014

Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

3 stars
1038 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
27 reviews
Great value, good location

We were quite happy with our room in this hotel. It was well-kept, clean, and we were surprised by... See full review

  • NickF
  • Jul 9, 2013
Good value

Stayed one night on a road trip down the coast. Seaway inn was a convenient stopping point. It's... See full review

  • Fairfield
  • Oct 28, 2012
Butterflies in Pacific Grove near scenic 17-Mile Drive
This small, budget inn is ideally located to the awe-inspiring vistas along 17-Mile Drive. The scenic route begins in Pacific Grove, winds through Del Monte Forest and rolls down the Pacific coastline to Pebble Beach. Though set in charming Pacific Grove, Clarion Collection Pacific Grove sits closer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row than some hotels in Monterey proper. Add a free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi and guests are plenty content. The hotel is minutes from Carmel, the Point Pinos Lighthouse and a path along the ocean.
Highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi at Clarion Collection Pacific Grove
  • Business travelers appreciate free copies of The Wall Street Journal
  • Rooms feature a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffee-maker
  • Affordability less than a mile from famous 17-Mile Drive

Rooms
Clean, spacious rooms have been remodeled at Clarion Collection Pacific Grove. Store snacks and beverages in the refrigerator, pop popcorn in the microwave or use the coffee-maker any time of day. Free Wi-Fi lets laptop users stay connected in rooms that also include cable TV and free HBO. For something fancier, book a room with a whirlpool bathtub, a DVD player, a VHS player, a ceiling fan and/ or a large work desk. Nonsmoking rooms are available upon request at Clarion Collection Pacific Grove.
Features

Find free parking and daily newspapers about a mile from the Asilomar Conference Grounds at the economical Clarion Collection Pacific Grove. Right in town, families can enjoy the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Catch a glimpse of the orange monarchs migrating here from November through mid February, earning Pacific Grove the nickname "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." Golfers find plenty of play nearby, too. Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course are especially close.

Transportation

  • Monterey Peninsula Airport (6.4 mi/10.4 km)
  • San Jose International Airport (75.3 mi/121 km)
  • San Francisco International Airport (108 mi/174 km)

Attractions

  • 17-Mile Drive (0.7 mi/1.2 km)
  • Asilomar Conference Grounds (1.1 mi/1.8 km)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (1.7 mi/2.8 km)
  • Cannery Row (2.1 mi/3.4 km)
  • Fisherman's Wharf (3 mi/4.8 km)
  • Monterey Conference Center (3 mi/4.9 km)
  • Pebble Beach Golf Course (4.8 mi/7.7 km)
  • Carmel Mission Basilica (7.7 mi/12.4 km)
  • Santa Cruz (46.2 mi/74.3 km)
  • San Francisco (116 mi/187 km)

Business

  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Fax and copy services available (fees apply)

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Dining
Free breakfast
Coffee maker in room
Meal plan - continental
Services
FAX
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Indoor parking
Outdoor parking
Accessibility
Ramp access to buildings
Room
DVD player
Television with cable
Radio
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Iron

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Hotel Map

36.6275 -121.9287
Nearby airports
Monterey Peninsula Arpt., (MRY), 10.00, MI, E; San Jose Int'l Airport, (SJC), 50.00, MI, NE; San Francisco Int'l Airport, (SFO), 100.00, MI, NE;
Area description
City Center, Hwy 1 Exit 399A

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (27)

Ratings and reviews for Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Overall score

3.3 / 5
27 out of 27
Amenities:
3.3
Room cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
4

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

2
Parrshooter
Fresno, CA
Jan 13, 2014

Needs work!

Key didn't work. Had to go to the front desk 3 times to get a key that finally worked. Lady at the desk seemed to be put out when I went back the 3rd time. Room was not very quiet. Noise from up stairs was very loud. Breakfast was marginal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

4
NickF
San Francisco, CA
Jul 9, 2013

Great value, good location

We were quite happy with our room in this hotel. It was well-kept, clean, and we were surprised by the small touches and decor. It wasn't the most luxurious hotel room we've seen, but a great room for the price. We came for July 4th and the hotel was sold out by the weekend. The parking lot had plenty of spaces during the day, though at night spaces were a bit tight. There's usually a decent amount of on-street parking nearby if that happens. This hotel is in a very residential area, away from tourist central but a short walk to the coast, Point Pinos lighthouse, Lovers Point Park (we rented bikes from Adventures by the Sea), and a few other parks. It's a bit far to walk to Cannery Row and the aquarium, but certainly doable (about 2 miles walking distance).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

3
Dottie M.
Wisconsin
May 1, 2013

Great Price in a Great Location

Very pleasant and affordable stay in Pacific Grove. Just a few blocks from a gorgeous beach. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We'd definitely stay here again!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

4
Fairfield
Perth, Australia
Oct 28, 2012

Good value

Stayed one night on a road trip down the coast. Seaway inn was a convenient stopping point. It's too far to walk to the aquarium or cannery row but the price was only $79 and we had a car for travelling around. The room was a little overcrowded with furniture, but it had a comfortable bed, fridge, microwave, tv. Parking was right at the door. The room was clean and had nice toiletries. Breakfast was basic hotel fare. Juice, bagels, waffles, cereal. Staff were friendly. I would stay here again. If you can get a god rate, it's excellent value for the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

2
Bachmom
California
Sep 21, 2012

Not as good as before

I was disappointed with our stay. I've stayed there many times. But, this time the room did not feel as clean as before. The bedspread did not look laundered. My clean white slippers were dirty when I packed them to leave. The coffee pot in the breakfast/lobby was not clean either. I think I will try another place next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

3
JDAC
Central California
Feb 4, 2012

Girls Get-A-Way

I have gone to the Pacific Grove area for a number of years and stayed at this property a long time ago. I remembered it as better than a number of the aging motels in the area. HOWEVER, since the affiliation with the Clarion group and perhaps the added years, it seems to have gone down hill a bit. Sure, the bath had been redone, but the draperies in the main room were hanging and didn't close properly even after we re-hooked them and the carpet seemed dirty. The continental breakfast was only a step up from the muffin/cupcake, packaged sweet roll, juice, and coffee you get so many places who offer "breakfast". Also, the only place to sit was outside or back in your room on the bed. The room seemed small and crowded with a chair and ottoman in it besides the queen bed, nightstands and armour with TV. While we weren't in the market for a 5-Star property being on a budget trip, I was surprised at the ordinary-ness of this motel given its affiliation with Clarion. Guess I was expecting too much. Thr rate was good and the location couldn't be beat, walking distance to downtown Pacific Grove, the beach, and almost across the street from the butterfly sanctuary.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

As a longtime visitor to Pacific Grove I would say don't miss the Aquarium and Pt Lobos (a short drive south of Carmel) If you have kids, wear them out at the Dennis the Menace Playground in Monterey.

Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

2
Natural k2
Sacramento, CA, USA
Feb 1, 2012

Brick Bed

Overall i do not regret my stay here merely because of cost. But, the beds were hard and i think the owners are family who live on site. They were outside talking loudly until 11pm. However, i would recommend this site for a one night stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

3
Husker
Omaha, NE
Nov 13, 2011

Good, clean reasonably priced accomodations

This is a typical 1960's motel that has been relatively-well maintained throughout. Good location in Pacific Grove. Located in the western part of Pacific Grove ; very close to the Pacific Grove public golf course; and within a walkable distance to Monterey Bay, in a quiet neighborhood.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

4
auntie mayne
Colorado, USA
Aug 26, 2011

Real Pacific Grove!

even tho the property is a bit dated, it is situated just where i wanted to be.... right in the middle of everything good! never having been to california before, i wasnt quite sure what to expect. 1 blk away from the monarch butterfly sanctuary, a mile to asilomar state park, a nice walk to town and restaurants. folks at the desk couldnt have been nicer!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

near to so much! see asilomar state park, pacific grove and monterey very easily. only minutes to carmel.

Review of Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Reviewer score

3
abas
San Jose
Aug 9, 2011

Great place to stay

Hotel location is good; close to Ocean;a great place to stay for the money we spent. clean rooms and great shower. Breakfast was good. only issue we found was breakfast was served in the Hotel office and there was not enough room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
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