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“Perhaps the best hotel ever” 5 of 5 stars
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155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #2 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Fairfield, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Perhaps the best hotel ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I travel quite a bit and we generally stay at 5 star hotels. When I brought my wife here for her birthday we were blown away. The view is absolutely amazing (you have to get an ocean view room). We were welcomed with a nice bottle of champagne, chocolates, and a rose which was a very classy touch. The room smelt like someone recently used the fireplace but only used cozy smelling, "comfort" wood (pine maybe? I have no idea). The breakfast in the morning was pretty good but the view, classical music, and breakfast room made it an amazing experience. I kept looking at other people in the room, thinking that they must be famous or filthy rich to be here. In other words I felt like I was dining with royalty. This is now our special place that we come when we need a good escape.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We booked a romantic getaway and stayed one night in the Senator's Cottage before going to Monterrey. Our room was very charming, we loved the privacy of our cottage and best of all the patio is AMAZING. The views were amazing, the service was wonderful and the food was great. The wine at sunset is very romantic and they offer heaters because it’s a little cold in the evenings. It was a great way to start our vacation and I highly recommend staying here if you are in the area. There is a state park nearby and I highly recommend that one morning if you have the time.

Room Tip: Highly recommend the Senator's Cottage!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Clean and charming inn. No complaints other than we couldn't stay another night. Wonderful breakfast!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is basically a very fancy motel, but worth it for the views alone!

Wine and cheese on the deck each eveing, a complimentary bottle of champagne in the room, and simply amazing views out to sea.

we only stopped for one night but well worth it.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I guess the best way to sum up our review is that the girlfriend wanted to give it a 6 out of 5. She apparently never wanted to leave and come home with me. You have to book well in advance is our first bit of advice and ensure you plan your arrival day to get there for the Wine and Cheese reception the inn puts on for the guests. It runs 4-6pm, but as other reviews pointed it out it went longer on the day we were there. The room we selected had a wood burning fire place, pre-arranged and ready to go. It was well worth the selection of a room with an ocean view and higher balcony (we stayed in room 20). We drew a pair of binoculars from the front desk (free of charge) and enjoyed complimentary champagne and chocolates while watching the whales from our room! Breakfast was very good (expanded continental breakfast) served right to our room in the morning. Starbucks coffee in the rooms as well. Fresh roses topped the room off that we found to be more than adequate in size. We made sure we stayed right until noon to enjoy every minute and though it is expensive the service, views and rooms are worth the splurge. Last note, was that it is a couple minutes out of Carmel town (proper) but we enjoyed the Hyatt Highlands restaurant next door (Pacific Edge) and it was the perfect meal to compliment our stay at the Tickle Pink Inn.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

There are some great things about this hotel. The check in was quick and efficient. The views are beautiful. The wine reception each evening was great. Nice wines and it is pour your own. The breakfast was just enough. A little something to start the day.

Now, the reasons we won't be returning. We were in room 4 a 1 bedroom suite that was on the middle floor. Unfortunately you could hear every step the people above us made. I am pretty sure they had arrived from Europe because they were up and walking all night. I mean you could hear every step. We had 3 sleepless nights.

The view is beautiful but...it is right on the road. When you are outside enjoying the view you are serenaded not but the crashing waves but by the hundreds of cars zooming by. The balcony is very private but the sound of the cars was a bummer.

The other downside is it is 10 minutes out of town. Once we were back in the room we were reluctant to head back into town and then drive home after dinner. Having the beautiful view did not balance out the downside. I would be very hesitant to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hanford, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed here July 4th & 5th the place is pricey but I would very highly recommend it for special occasions. Our room was an Ocean View, Whirlpool Suite with Fireplace & Balcony. The view was truly priceless. If you are a coffee lover you might appreciate the unlimited supply of freshly ground Starbucks coffee in your room, a first for me. Breakfast & evening wine & cheese plus the bottle of champagne in your room on check in was great. The staff is outstanding and very helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms with the best of everything are rooms 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 they are also the most expensive...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tickle Pink Inn

Address: 155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#3 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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

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