my husband and I had a wonderful stay at the Tickle Pink. This is THE hotel in Carmel for a romantic getaway - we met couples at the wine tasting that return on their anniversary every 5 years, and we can see why. we will be back too.
Our room was a spacious king suite featuring a full balcony and glass wall with nearly a 180 degree view of the Pacific. The room included a mini fridge, full coffee maker with starbucks fresh ground coffee, spa robe and slippers, wine glasses, luxury linens, a whirlpool tub, fireplace with duraflame logs provided, water bottles replenished daily, champagne on arrival, continental breakfast delivered to our room every morning, and wine tasting every evening with the other guests. The rooms were exceptionally clean; the staff was unobtrusive and efficient, the grounds are lovely. When we first drove up we wondered if we were in the right place - until we opened the door to our room.
this hotel is not new, but it has been very meticulously upgraded and tended to. the glass doors roll with the touch of a finger (not an easy thing to accomplish in a salty climate) and the bathroom was modern and luxurious. The hard furnishings are a bit dated in the room but somehow suit the space, and the linens are wonderful. The hotel provides 2 luggage stands - one of my pet peeves is hotels that provide a place for only one piece of luggage in a king or double bed room. (?!) Just one more little thing they do right at the Tickle Pink.
the wine tasting is nightly on their ocean view cliff side deck. nice local wines were served with an assortment of cheeses and fruits. breakfast is also served here if you prefer not to have it delivered to you each morning.
we found that we didnt do much touring in the area. the hotel was so nice that we mainly stayed in our room!!! we were on a 10 day driving tour of San Francisco, yosemite, cambria, and carmel/monterrey, and happened on the Tickle Pink out of sheer luck using Trip Advisor reviews. We booked 2 nights and wish we had more time. Next time we will probably just go there and skip San Franciso! The Tickle Pink was just what 2 road-weary 50 somethings needed to end our journey before returning to SF to go home. we really wish we had more time and could have stayed longer!!
fyi - this hotel is in Carmel Highlands and it can be foggy there at night. We had dinner delivered one night from a nearby restaurant; the front desk made several recommendations when we mentioned that we did not feel like getting back in the car to go out. there is also a limited snack menu that can be delivered to you by the hotel staff. they also have movies and binoculars avaiable upon request.
our only negative comment was room 31 had a bit of road noise around rush hour, but the view more than made up for that.
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