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“Great Place to Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Tickle Pink Inn
155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #2 of 21 hotels in Carmel
San Rafael, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We spent 2 nights here with another couple to celebrate our 58th wedding anniversary. We were very pleased with our room and with the service. Of course, the setting itself is beautiful, and we had a great view of the cove and the ocean beyond in room No. 11. This is a basic king bed room, small but very adequate for a couple, and affordable. We were delighted to find a full-size coffeemaker, along with good quality ground beans, hidden within one of the cabinets. A cup of coffee to start the day is a must, and I don't mean one of those watery brews served up in so many hotel rooms!

We enjoyed the breakfast and cocktail hour on the covered deck, and found that if we appeared at the time they opened we were able to find a spot to sit. (The area is small for the size of the hotel, but very charming.)

We are somewhat disabled and knew there is no elevator. A staff person was available when we arrived and our bags were delivered to our room with minutes, along with champagne and chocolates. The time will come when we can no longer "do stairs", but until then this will be our top choice for a place to stay in Carmel.

Room Tip: Room No. 11 is a flight of stairs up from the parking lot. The cove view was beautiful, even though...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This property sticks out as one of my favorite places I have ever stayed for the combination of reasons that all who have commented before have stated. The positioning of the building is dramatically set into the cliff side, the inn is as cozy as it looks, and the rooms are really, really nice. As are the people who work there. So nice in fact, that at my request of the nearest place to get some batteries, the innkeeper dug in a drawer and gave me four for the road. Clearly, not an expectation whatsoever but yet another detail that defines the experience. It is also within excellent proximity to getting your day going into Big Sur.

A few notes: 1) The road up to the inn is a little twisty and close, so just be prepared to pay attention once you turn off the main road. 2) For those who like a later dinner just be aware that you should plan your night accordingly as restaurants are not open real late in Carmel and you will have to get in the car. During the week, seems like most places close around 9ish so just keep it in mind.

Otherwise, enjoy the stay, the view, and this awesome Inn. Would recommend highly.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Tickle Pink, located high on the cliffs in the Carmel Highlands, was almost perfect in every respect. Our double queen ocean view room with a balcony was spacious and very well appointed. There are no elevators but access is quite easy. If you have accessibility issues make sure to note them when you make reservations. Parking is tight. Champagne and chocolates for our arrival. The clientele have high expectations and for the most part appear to always choose high end lodging. All of the staff were excellent and the breakfast buffet was quite sufficient. The Tickle Pink is absolutely perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary special occasion. If you go out at night, make sure to be very careful as there are almost no street lights in Carmel or in the Highlands area. If you are unfamiliar with the area pre plan your route!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

What a charming inn! A friend of mine suggested that my husband and I stay here while driving along California Highway !. This hotel is situated on top of a cliff overlooking the pacific ocean. We did not have advanced reservations, but luckily a room was available. When we arrived, we informed them that it was our anniversary. They put us in a room with an ocean view and we could not have been more pleased! To our surprise, they also had a bottle of champagne and chocolates waiting for us. We arrived just in time to watch the sun set from our balcony. Oh yeah, while we waited for them to set up our room, we were informed that it was wine and cheese hour. We enoyed this very much...the food was set up in this quaint little room with antiques, and we sat on the deck overlooking the ocean. If you are looking for a romantic place to stay, this is it! The price is also very reasonable.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Me and my sister stayed at Tickle Pink Inn for 2 nights in early September as part of a 12-day, California road trip. The location of the hotel was superb, the suite was spacious and the view from the balcony was absolutely beautiful. Very convenient for Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Route 1 with all the spectacular scenery the coast has to offer. The absolute highlight for me was arriving late afternoon and seeing two pods of humpback whales (about 40-50 in total) about a mile out at sea and right in front of us. Absolutely awe-inspiring and something I'll never forget. If you want a peaceful location where you can fall asleep listening to the sound of the ocean, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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9 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

What can I say other than it was everything I was expecting and more. I loved the tone and ambience of the hotel, very classy, quiet and upper crust. I was delighted to stay at this hotel, enjoyed the pampering and fine wine and cheese, champagne and chocolates and rose upon my arrival with a set of slippers and robes waiting for me and my husband. We enjoyed our own private deck and had. A gorgeous view of the pacific. The wine and cheese hour was beautiful and I wish I was there for more than a single night, so we Missed the complimentary breakfast and had to depart to continue our PCH journey. Would highly recommend this hotel. The staff was wonderful, the service splendid and it was a customers dream of being pampered.

Room Tip: Request a room and deck that faces the ocean. Beautiful!
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Peabody, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed at Tickle Pink for two nights in early September. Our room (#15) had an amazing view. The room itself was good sized and comfortable. We were welcomed with a rose, a bottle of champagne and chocolates waiting for us.
The afternoon wine & cheese (plus more!) in the Terrace Lounge is a great wind-down before dinner and the continental breakfast (also in the same place) offers plenty of variety (and some really good pastries!) The lounge has a great view of the cove in the open area plus an indoor area for those who prefer.
There is an outdoor spa area that looks lovely (however, we didn't use it).
Others have mentioned parking - there isn't a lot but enough for the guests. Often during the day staff will use it, but you can squeeze in. The lot itself is very small, so sometimes it's an adventure to back out and turn around. The inn doesn't have much for grounds - the view is its selling point.
The inn is pricey, but I would still recommend it - sitting on the balcony watching the sunset is worth the price!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Tickle Pink Hotel
Tickle Pink Carmel
Tickle Pink Bed Breakfast
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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#5 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 

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