Accessibility for Everyone
As part of the California State Parks system, our accessible lodging welcomes people with all levels of physical ability. Prior to arrival, visitors with special access needs are invited to contact the Front Desk at (831) 372-8016. If for any reason we’re unable to accommodate you, we’ll gladly recommend other hotels with facilities that meet your individual needs.
In cooperation with California State Parks, the State has initiated a very important plan to improve access to our facility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Phase One of the multi-faceted project will begin October 2012 and focus primarily on the exterior pathways and roadways by eliminating hazards, widening and leveling walking paths, and better connecting buildings. The project will be completed in stages and systematically progress around the property over six months. This is an exciting project that will allow appropriate access throughout the property and to the coast.
Improved Access for the Disabled
A long-term project to upgrade Asilomar to meet the guidelines set by the American with Disabilities Act as well as state and federal laws is currently underway.
Improvements completed to date include renovated public restrooms in the Phoebe A. Hearst Social Hall, Crocker Dining Hall, Merrill Hall, Chapel Auditorium, Chapel, Pirates’ Den, Nautilus, Triton, and Surf & Sand Meeting Room, Mott Training Center. Stage lifts at Merrill Hall and Chapel Auditorium, accessible lift at the swimming pool, accessible picnic and campfire area and new exterior handrails at Chapel Auditorium and the Scripps/Lodge area. There is also a beach wheelchair for accessibility to Asilomar State Beach.
The grounds and walking paths at Asilomar are hilly, making it challenging to navigate for people using manual wheelchairs or for someone who has difficulty walking. Asilomar's jitney (a 24-hour on-grounds shuttle service) is available to transport individuals and luggage anywhere within the property.
We offer a van with ramp upon request. For 24-hour service dial "0" from any house phone for the Front Desk or from a cell phone dial (831) 372-8016. The boardwalk to Sunset Avenue is wheelchair accessible. Directly across Sunset Avenue is a short boardwalk that leads to a viewing location. There are no accessible paths onto the beach.
There are designated accessible parking spaces located throughout Asilomar, which are indicated on the property map. In addition to the designated accessible parking spaces on grounds, any of our timed parking spaces can be utilized for overnight parking by a guest displaying a state issued permanent or temporary placard / license plate.
Our security department can also issue a temporary courtesy-parking pass for guests who do not have a state-issued permanent or temporary placard / license plate. The courtesy-parking pass will permit parking in designated spaces and timed parking spaces. This pass will not permit parking in a space designated for disabled.
Completely remodeled fully accessible guest rooms include rooms 603 and 604 in Surf & Sand, rooms 717, 718, 719, and 720 in Sea Galaxy and rooms 1114 and 1115 in East Woods. At this time, although not fully accessible, rooms 401 and 413 in Stuck-up Inn are the most wheelchair accessible guest rooms. Additional lodging that might be appropriate for someone that is semi-ambulatory is in South Long Views, Afterglow, Embers and Hearth.
The toilet area in these rooms has limited transfer space. For specific access features, information and availability contact the Asilomar Front Desk by dialing "0" from any house phone or dial (831) 372-8016 from your cell phone.
Additional equipment available through Housekeeping includes:
- One plastic shower bench with back that straddles the tub
- One plastic stool with back that sits in side the tub
- One toilet seat extension with attached grab bars
- Board to place under the mattress to make it firmer
One hundred and seven acres of dunes, beach and forest are dedicated to a natural ecological environment and are therefore considered a bit rugged by some guests – particularly those who are elderly or physically disabled. The paved pathways have some slopes, steps and uneven surfaces.
Accessible Meeting Rooms
All meeting rooms have wheelchair access into the room with the exception of Willow Inn, Manzanita, Oak Knoll, Toyon and Acacia. Meeting rooms (not including living rooms) that have fully accessible public restrooms include Merrill Hall, Chapel, Surf & Sand, Nautilus and Triton.
There are partially accessible restrooms for Kiln, Fred Farr Forum, Oak Shelter and Evergreen. Living Rooms with accessible public restrooms are Pirates' Den, Stuck-Up Inn, Embers, Hearth and Afterglow.
Accessibility at Crocker Dining Hall
The Crocker Dining Hall has a unisex accessible restroom.
All buildings and rooms recently renovated have new accessibility signs.
Available assistive equipment from the front desk includes:
- TDD/TTY for telephone call assistance
- Silent alarm clock – vibrates pillow when alarm is set
- Knock sensor device – flashes a light if someone knocks at the door