We wanted to escape the heat so for our annual anniversary/birthday trip, my husband suggested a few nights in San Francisco then a drive down to Carmel for a few days. He had been to Carmel to play golf and experienced the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway but I had not.
The drive down was beautiful, stopped and bought the most wonderful strawberries, blackberries and cherries. We arrived at Tickle Pink mid-afternoon, our room not quite ready and we had expected this so no problem. We sat out on the terrace/lounge area and took in the beauty of flowers, surf crashing on rocks, cool breeze, clean air and a glass of wine.
Our room was ready soon and what a wonderful treat it was. Room 14...had to be the best one...we had a one bedroom suite with fireplace, wrap-around balcony and a view to die for. The bedroom was plush, great pillows, fine linens...but, the afternoon sun made the rooms warm and that's when I learned there was no air conditioning...uh, oh...but, not to worry...just open the sliding glass door and the bedroom window and that problem was solved. Soon after we settled in, a surprise was delivered...chilled champagne...welcome to heaven!
We enjoyed watching the waves, sipping champagne and taking it all in...this beautiful place. There is wine and cheese in the lounge and my husband brought a sampling to our room...promptly a sea gull arrived...did not intrude but he kept us company our entire visit. We walked down to Pacific's Edge for dinner then back up...sat out on the lounge chairs, brought out the extra blanket (yippee, yippee, yippee) gazed at the stars, listened to the waves and decided we would never leave.
The staff is wonderful. They provided maps, tips, and suggestions. The Inn is small...no elevators and very private. The breakfast was offered in the lounge/terrace area or brought to the room and we had it delivered every day. Bite-size eggs florentine, ham, assorted pastries (omg) juice and coffee. Cereal and oatmeal were other options...oatmeal is instant.
Fresh bottles of water were left in our mini-fridge each day...there was a coffee maker...regular size. After shopping all day at Carmel Plaza we often came back with a variety of cheeses and wine...Room Service would bring 'set ups'...plates, silverware, wine glasses and napkins. Televisions in both rooms, hundreds of channels and an assortment of classic movies you could choose from in the office. Music channels also available but we enjoyed listening to the waves. We were there 4 nights, saw 2 sunsets...foggy evenings the other 2 so no stars but could still hear waves. We had 2 very sunny days for sight-seeing and shopped on the cloudy days. If you have a car, don't miss the 17 Mile Drive...simply gorgeous...we had lunch at Pebble Beach but fog rolled in and we had to skip Spanish Bay.
We enjoyed the fireplace at night...left the doors and windows open and hated to leave.
The staff was more than wonderful...for instance, we had wanted to drive to Big Sur so they called to find out if weather was clear, which it was not so we had to save that drive for another trip.
The wi-fi was complimentary, service was excellent, room was beautiful, the only thing I found lacking: needed more outlets. This is a place where you will find joy to the spirit and harmony to the soul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Carmel oceanfront hotel dramatically situated above the rocky coastline that stands at the gateway to world-famous Big Sur. Let yourself be pampered with every amenity…from cozy European bedding and private decks with sweeping views to homemade breakfast pastries and an evening wine & cheese reception with soothing classical music. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tickle Pink Carmel
- Tickle Pink Bed Breakfast