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The Lighthouse Lodge 3.0

Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California

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  • Heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi
  • Spacious rooms with working fireplaces, Jacuzzi soaking tubs, and flat-screen TVs
  • Calm, secluded surroundings, including a historic cemetery, and a short distance from Asilomar State Beach
  • In-room spa services
  • Golf course nearby (comparable to Pebble Beach, with much lower green fees)
  • Free American breakfast and afternoon pool-side barbecue
  • Kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators, stocked minibars, and coffeemakers
  • Pets allowed for a small fee


  • Far from area shopping and dining
  • Rooms are not air conditioned
  • Wi-Fi for a fee
  • Some decor and amenities are dated (like tube TVs)
  • Some complaints of poor water pressure and lack of hot water

Bottom Line

The Lighthouse Lodge may not offer the most luxurious digs in the area, but rooms are large and feature working fireplaces and kitchenettes. Decor is on the dated side (think early 1990s motor-inn lodge) and the exterior appearance is nothing to fawn over, but for the price it's hard to beat. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor activities for those seeking some fresh air -- especially with the adjacent historic cemetery, nearby beach, and golf course. But some may find Pacific Grove a bit too far off the beaten path; for a hotel in a similar price range in more popular Monterey, consider the Inn at Del Monte Beach.

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Situated on Point Pinos on the northern side of Pacific Grove

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The Lighthouse Lodge is located on Point Pinos, an underdeveloped area on the northern side of Pacific Grove. Guests will need a car to access most area attractions, but it's very close to the beach and the lighthouse it is named after -- which is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the West Coast.

Located right at the end of Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove is known for its undeveloped beachfronts, diverse wildlife and history as an artists' community since the latter part of the 19th century. The town's popularity grew steadily as word of its clean sea breezes and abundant wildlife spread. Today, the town's geography makes it quieter and more secluded than nearby Monterey and Carmel, and it's home to a few museums, shops, and restaurants that support the thriving tourist industry.

The town takes pride in its commitment to preserving its famous natural attractions. No development of any kind is allowed directly on the water, which has left beaches and scenic points completely unspoiled. One of the area's biggest draws is the Monarch butterfly breeding grounds, which flock to the protected area from late October until mid-February.

  • 1-hour-28-minute drive to San Jose International Airport
  • 5-minute walk to the historic Point Pinos Lighthouse
  • 5-minute walk to Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links
  • 8-minute walk to Asilomar State Beach
  • 3-minute drive to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
  • 6-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 17-minute drive to the Carmel Mission

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1150 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula 93950, United States

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • Lodge Room
  • Standard Queen Room

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