Front view of The Writer's Studio. The sitting area to the left is called The Grotto, and is for exclusive use of guests staying in the studio.

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

This charming and historic studio was once owned by American author John Steinbeck. It's been featured in several articles including “20 Romantic AirBnB Getaways” and “Get Cultured While You Sleep at These AirBnBs That are Historical Landmarks.”

The space

This cozy studio retreat has one bedroom with a queen bed and and a sitting area, a spacious full bathroom, and a fully stocked kitchen. There is cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet.

The studio is approximately 350 square feet. It is original 1920's architecture and has short doorways throughout the studio. Tall guests will need to mind their heads.

It is one of three cottages on the property and sits behind The Steinbeck Cottage and next to The Traveler's Cottage.

This studio has a unique and rich literary history, having belonged to John Steinbeck in the early 1940's. He used it as his writing studio and worked on novels including The Sea of Cortez while living here. It has been renovated to pay homage to the period and history of the property. It has a masculine and sophisticated, yet romantic feel.

Guest access

Guests will enjoy a dedicated outdoor sitting area, beautiful views of the garden, and peeks of the ocean.

Interaction with guests

While The Writer's Studio is one of the three cottages on the property, it offers plenty of privacy and has its own dedicated outdoor area.

For larger groups, The Writer's Studio can be rented with The Traveler's Cottage which is next door on the same property (, and/or with The Steinbeck Cottage (

Other things to note

The city of Pacific Grove requires a 10% city occupancy tax for all reservations. This will be an additional charge above the listed daily rate and the payment request will be added to your reservation, once the reservation is made.

The cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove (#0326).

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $137 CAD
Security Deposit: $273 CAD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

The city of Pacific Grove requires a 10% city occupancy tax for all reservations. This will be an additional charge above the listed daily rate and the payment request will be added to your reservation, once the reservation is made.

The cottage is licensed with the city of Pacific Grove (#0326).

Please see rental agreement for full details.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

205 Reviews

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Emma User Profile
June 2017
If you are reading this review then don't hesitate a second longer - book book book! What a magical place x

Katie User Profile
June 2017
Fantastic little cottage perfect for two--walking distance to aquarium and the coast!

Fernando User Profile
June 2017
The Writer's Studio was the perfect home away from home while in Monterey/Pacific Grove. It was just as we'd pictured it and is in a great neighborhood! We walked most everywhere including down to the aquarium. Every detail in the house is well thought out and adorable. We were very comfortable here and I only wish we'd had more time to enjoy it all. You will not regret a stay here!

Norman User Profile
June 2017
We stayed at the Writer's Studio for two nights and it was a wonderful experience. It's beautifully decorated and looked after, the care and love showed in every detail. Even without the fact that John Steinbeck once lived there it would be a gorgeous place to stay, but with that fact added it becomes a bibliophile's dream. The grounds are so pretty and well maintained and everything taken together gives it a unique and delightful air. The location is very close to the main town and with just a short drive you can easily explore Cannery Row and all the other attractions. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to spend there, we can definitely recommend Kevin and Vicky's cottage.

Michael User Profile
June 2017
The Writers Studio was perfect. My wife and I stayed there while exploring Big Sur. It was the perfect place to come home to. It was quiet, cozy and romantic.... as my wife told me to say. :) It was a short walk to shops, Resturants and Monterey Bay. I wish we could have stayed longer! Don't hesitate to stay here.

Brianne User Profile
June 2017
This place was such a great find! Not only was it historical, but it was super romantic as well. The cottages are pretty separated from each other so we never saw anyone else. It's also very easy to walk to Cannery Row and the aquarium. If we come back to Monterey we will definitely try to stay here again!

Michael User Profile
June 2017
Quiet, secluded, and relaxing! My wife an I stayed here for 7 nights for our honeymoon and fell in love! It's cozy and romantic on every corner. Whether you're perched on the window seat reading your favorite book or drinking a nice warm cup of coffee outside in the garden. Highly recommend this to anyone who needs a getaway!

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San Jose, California, United States · Joined in March 2013
Kevin & Vicky User ProfileKevin & Vicky is a superhost.

It’s nice to meet you! Here’s a little bit about us…

This is Kevin. I was born in San Francisco, lived in Ireland when I was young, but San Jose has been home for most of my life. I’m an avid reader, enjoy writing, and I love history.

This is Vicky. I was born in Vietnam and I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 2 years old. I work in high-tech, love baking and traveling, and can be found at the gym regularly.

Together, we love exploring new things. Whether it’s new foods, places to visit or experiences, we love the adventure of life. Most of all, we love time with each other, our kids, family and friends.

We chose Pacific Grove because it is a charming town with wonderful restaurants, a beautiful coastline and the historic Cannery Row. And there’s plenty to do – sailing, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and wonderful coastline pathways to stroll between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover’s Point. Pacific Grove also has the historic literary appeal of being the home of John Steinbeck, American author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

Besides being charming and beautiful, the cottages are distinctly unique having once been the home of author John Steinbeck. There is a rich and wonderful history to these 100-year-old cottages. When Steinbeck resided here he formulated the plot of The Grapes of Wrath, and wrote several books including The Sea of Cortez. This is the home he shared with his second wife, Gwyn Conger, who would become the inspiration for the lead antagonist, Kate Trask, in his epic novel, East of Eden. In a letter to a friend, Steinbeck wrote of the cottages, “It is a pleasant little house, and we miss it… You’ll find you get a lot of thinking done in that house.” ' (from John Steinbeck, A Life in Letters).

We are excited to share this wonderful piece of history with you and know you will enjoy your stay.

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