Often overshadowed by its popular neighbor Monterey, the charming coastal city of Pacific Grove offers the same stellar views, with a bit of a quieter, more hometown feel. Located in the heart of downtown, Gosby House Inn, is a centrally located spot to call home that’s also kind on your wallet.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Gosby House Inn was built in 1886 in the Queen Anne style of architecture. As Pacific Grove grew in popularity throughout the years, so did the inn. Today, it offers 22 guestrooms; some are accessed via the main house, while other boast private entrances.
In spring of 2023 the entire Gosby House property was renovated. Though a collection of antiques and original touches like stained glass windows remain, the modern amenities today’s travelers expect including refrigerators, coffee makers, integrated USB ports, and Bluetooth speakers are now standard in all guest rooms.
I stayed in The Everett room. Located along the street, toward the back of the property, along with a king bed and gas fireplace, it featured a private outdoor entrance and a small, fenced in patio. The layout was ideal, as I was traveling with a dog in tow.
If you’d prefer a room with a bit more of a historic vibe, consider booking a room in the main house. The Hart features large bay windows that look out at downtown Pacific Grove; The Steinbeck offers an in-room sink, but the private bathroom is located across the hall. Keep in mind there is no elevator and rooms on the second floor of the main house are accessed via stairs.
Gosby House Inn does not have an onsite restaurant but there are plenty of eateries within walking distance or an easy drive if you prefer to make the trip to nearby Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea. As with all Four Sisters Inns, breakfast is included with every stay. Served buffet style, the main dish changes daily (I enjoyed the artichoke quiche during my stay.) but there are a variety of staples available daily including oatmeal, fruit, muesli and a variety breads, muffins, and pastries.
Each evening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests are invited to a complimentary wine and cheese hour held in the dining room of the main house. Along with cheese, crackers, and charcuterie, there’s always fresh based cookies to tempt you before dinner. Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and tea are available 24/7.
Oceanfront Lovers Point Park is a 10-minute walk from the historic inn, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a tad bit more than a mile away.
Guestrooms at Gosby House Inn start at $170. Wi-Fi is included. There is no parking lot, but street parking in plentiful. Bicycles are available to borrow on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can compare rates and make reservations at Booking.com or Expedia as well.
Dog-friendly rooms are available; reservations must be made by phone at (831) 375-1287. There is a one-time, flat fee of $65. Dogs are not allowed in the dining room; to assist folks traveling with their pampered pooches, breakfast can be delivered to your room at no additional charge.
Review and photos by San Francisco Bay Area travel writer and television correspondent Dana Rebmann. Her stay was organized by Gosby House Inn, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.