A few weeks ago I decided to visit Carmel, something I do quite often since it is a nice break from the Bay Area and our dog loves the off leash beach. We stayed at the Carmel Garden Inn, with two dogs. We had been a few times before, but a few years ago when it was under different ownership. We enjoy this property because it has courtyards at each room so you can enjoy outdoor seating with more privacy. It was nice meeting the new owners who were very friendly and accommodating. Specifically, they worked with the city to stop construction over the weekend--which would have been annoying if it kept going through the weekend. The evening snacks ( wine, cheese, hummus, shortbread) were very good. One day we brought a bottle of champagne back to the hotel and my request for champagne glasses was met with not only the glasses, but also an ice bucket and later champagne was brought out in the office sitting area to enable us to stick to champagne. The stories from the owners added charm to the stay as you can imagine the life within Carmel more, rather than being just a visitor.
I believe that the new owners are working very hard to bring the image of this B&B up. So far they are doing well. I do hope they work to maintain the charm as they proceed. I hope to return in the near future..