My husband and I visited the Tickle Pink Inn for five nights back in August, 2012. I'm writing in December because I haven't had a chance to write until now. My husband and I leave near the beach in South Florida, where there are many beautiful hotels and beaches, so I feel quite comfortable comparing this hotel. We have pretty high standards, generally five star hotels, and Tickle Pink Inn did not disappoint (with one exception below.) What Tickle Pink Inn provided for us was a feeling of really getting away and having a taste of luxury following the prior week in Alaska, where sometimes luxury wasn't even an option. The Alaska/Carmel vacation was a unique, two-part vacation, and I love the way it turned out. It was a great compromise for my husband and myself. I would also highly recommend Carmel as a destination in itself, and the Tickle Pink Inn made the whole stay so easy and pleasant. It was nothing like a hotel on a Florida beach, as we were up on a hill, and the area was not commercialized. Of course, it was too cold to swim in the water, but we saw plenty of seals and other animals that made the trip special in other ways.
We loved the view and the rooms at the Tickle Pink Inn, as well as the restaurant next door. The restaurant next door has a casual bar area, where you can order off a light menu, as well as a full sit-down five star dinner area with the same spectacular view as we had from our hotel rooms. Near the bar, there was lots of dancing and great music. It was a lively crowd of all ages. We wished we had some dancing shoes.
As far as the hotel rooms, it was one of the few hotels where it felt so clean that I didn't mind going barefoot in the hotel. The bedding was super fresh and changed regularly, and the bed itself was ultra-comfortable. We loved the gift of champagne and chocolates that we received at check in. Our suite had a lovely fireplace and two TV sets. We could only watch a movie that we borrowed from the front desk at the TV in the living room, however. We had a full ocean view, and it was spectacular. The location is great for visiting the nearby downtown Carmel, the local winery, as well as the beautiful parks nearby. We loved shopping in downtown Carmel. What a charming place, with so many great restaurants! On one perfectly blue sunny day, we took a drive down the Big Sur, and we took tons of fabulous photos. It's a great location for doing all of the above as long as you have a car.
The breakfast was nice, though offered few things in the gluten free category. I asked the servers if they had any cereals in the back, and they were not even open to checking. Later, in the check-in area, I asked the manager if they could get some Rice Crispies or other cereal for the breakfast, and he told me to go to a grocery store nearby. That response was a bit disconcerting for a hotel of this caliber, and really that was my only complaint about the experience.
The afternoon/evening wine and cheese was really nice.
Overall, we are left with very fond memories of Tickle Pink Inn, and we felt it was a very good value. I will recommend it to my friends and family as a top choice for visiting Carmel.