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Asilomar Conference Grounds

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Asilomar Conference Grounds Review

On 107 acres in a state park, Asilomar stands among evergreen woods on the edge of a wild beach. Thirteen of the 30 buildings at the former YWCA retreat were designed by the celebrated California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. The complex mostly serves groups and conferences, and a stay here may bring back fond memories of summer camp: there are games in the social hall, campfires outside, and paved paths between the buildings. Thankfully, the rooms are tasteful and modern, if simple. The general public can book individual rooms up to six months in advance.

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  • 312 rooms
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-04-2014

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    Don't let your conference organizers pick this place

    My husband had a conference at Asilomar so my daughter (2 years old) and I tagged along. The park and grounds are beautiful but once you get inside the place that's where the trouble begins. They have very limited food service hours. (Meals were included in our conference package). Breakfast 7:30 - 9, lunch 12-1 and dinner 6-7. If you miss out too bad plus there is only 1 entree per meal. This was an inconvenience but rooms were awful. We spent 2 nights in the Willow lodge. We shared our bed with a bug and we shared our bathroom with a bunch of ants. They made us move the third night. We had to check out and move all of our luggage and they wouldn't let us check back in until after 2:30. We stayed in the Shores and now I have a bunch of bites all over my arms and legs. I am thinking bedbugs!! This place does have so much potential but it does need room renovations and better dining options.

    by SunnyAZ, 2/15/07

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