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This two-story adobe has sheltered families, government officials, artists, writers and fishermen, beginning in the Mexican era. During its time as a rooming house, known as the French Hotel, a young writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, stayed a few months in the autumn of 1879. Poor, in frail health and unknown, Stevenson was cared for by friends while he courted his future wife, Fanny Osbourne. It was in Monterey that Stevenson penned the "Old Pacific Capital." Some say that his setting for the tale "Treasure Island" came from his walks along the Monterey Peninsula. Today, the Stevenson House has been restored with several rooms devoted to "Stevensonia."


  • Hotel/Robert Louis Stevenson House as it looks today
  • undated black and white photo of hotel/house
  • Robert Louis Stevenson

The home/hotel also served as the setting for John Steinbeck's short story, How Edith McGillcuddy Met R.L.S.