Our second time here and we've already booked our third. I don't write a lot of reviews unless there is something truly memorable (good or bad) about the places we visit.
My wife and I wanted to celebrate her birthday and mothers day all on this weekend. We decided to come back to Carmel Garden Inn as we remembered our last stay to be simply wonderful. And that's just what this place is, simple and wonderful.
We booked the Fuchsia room, one of the few rooms that has a private patio. Just what we needed. Just like our last visit, we had our three year old son and brought our little dog. Our son loved going in and out of the room to play with his toys outside but giving us the peace of mind that he was safe. The same went with our dog. She loved going in and out of the room. We love this room so much we booked it again the same time next year.
One of the really interesting things that we found ourselves doing was wanting to eat in. This place was so peaceful, and away from the busy (and a lot of times annoying) touristy area of Ocean Ave that we just wanted to grab dinner and just take it back to our room and enjoy the patio. We didn't have to worry about our son getting bored (or dressed) like if we had gone out to dinner. Not to mention the craziness of just having to get to a restaurant.
Probably the best part of this place, is the staff. Julian and his team welcomed us back like we were old friends staying with them for the weekend. When we got there, we were instantly on a first name basis chatting it up like old times. I found myself just hanging out with Julian or Dennis just talking about the gardens (great job Dennis) and stuff to do.
This is a great place to stay, that has the perfect Carmel charm. If you're looking for super modern amenities, a hotel bar, swimming pools and a place close to everything with the hustle of a downtown, then this is not the place for you.
If you're looking for a place to just simply relax and have no cares. This is perfect.
Oh and I can't forget, they do have a great breakfast and a nice spread for happy hour. Susan, nice work. The blueberry bar thing and corn cake you made was awesome.
To summarize, we came to Carmel to relax and get away from the stress, and Julian and his team delivered once again.
Thank you guys again and we will see you when we come back.