We went to this place in July of 2012. I love the dining/living area. When we arrived classical music was playing and the fireplace was on. It felt really warm and inviting. We had two rooms. One for our three daughter which was next to the living area in the outside area (room 16). This room is very spacious and is perfect for 3 people. It has a big bed and one small bed. Nice seating area and closet. When you open the outside door it's right in from of the open fire pit. The fire pit (if it's not on) the front desk will turn it on for you. It has several chairs/couch to sit and relax. I could get Internet connection from this area too. I enjoyed sitting on the cool evenings reading a book and listening to the waves of the sea. We were in room 15 which is in the back of the main building. Our room was nice, and very clean. It has a heater and heats up pretty fast. The room is small but has everything we needed. The bathrooms are nice and filled with elegant soaps. The shower is awesome. It comes out super strong and felt like a massage to me.
The Staff: Very pleasant. They always were helpful and very professional. Breakfast is served every morning in the dining area. I am a early bird so I was in their early with my laptop. They have a nice selection of items. Lots of fruit, simple items like milk and cereal or you can request and hot warm breakfast. I would come in and get a cup of fresh, brewed coffee,tea, and juice. One of the cooks would come over to ask me did I want a croissant. They made various kinds. My favorite was the ham and cheese. The cooks were very kind. I enjoyed just taking with them each day. I felt like they were a part of my family. You ever watch Downton Abby? It reminds me of that setting. Walking into a place where you felt cared for and having a place to relax and be taken care of. We actually hugged the staff when we left. I hated to leave. In the evening cookies and other pastries are served along with tea. Warning: The cookies are delicious so be careful if you are on a diet. You will be able to go into the kitchen area at night a put items in the refrigerator if you like. You can also make instant coffee, or tea or get water that you can take back to your room. There is also a TV in the living area and it has cable. Not too many people watched T. V when I was there. I did on Friday night.
The downside: No Internet access in my room or my girl's room. There is Wi Fi in the dining area. I am assuming there is wi fi in the area (rooms in the main building). So if you need some form of entertainment I would recommend bringing some DVD's and a DVD player or battery radio.
There are a lot of shops nearby and I saw many people just walking down the strip. They have maps to show you where everything is. We decided to drive. It's a very safe area. Police are all over the place. Well it's Carmel. LOL. The Inn is about 2 blocks from the ocean which is nice. We walked there and you can actually see the beach. There are so many big, beautiful homes in the area. I would recommend driving all the way down the strip to the I think it was called State Park. It's another part of the beach and a bigger place to park. That part of the beach was really clean.
My daughter lost her Samsung I pod on the beach. Fortunately a man found it and turned it in to the police. We went to the station and got it back. Wow, that would never happen in a big city.
Our favorite lunch place was Bruno's. I can't remember the street but it's a store but in the back they make sandwiches. They seem to stay busy but they make big, huge sandwiches.
Ok I know this was long but I wanted to tell you everything I could to help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like being a house guest in someone's exclusive seaside home. This early California country style inn, established in 1929, boasts of ocean views and the sounds of the surf crashing on the soft sand of Carmel Beach. Enjoy the serene comfort in one of our cozy rooms, by the fire in our fireside lounge, or outside on one of our garden patios. The Sandpiper Inn is the perfect getaway for the romantic couple or for those that just want to get away from the daily grind and relax. ... more less
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