We visited Tickle Pink this past November, and decided to finally getting around to review. We had room #24, 2nd floor with the best views of the coast. Large expansive deck/balcony. We enjoyed our time here immensely. Although pricey, we felt it was worth the price of admission. You simply cannot beat the experience of having such a beautiful, serene place to visit for relaxation and ambiance.
My wife practically melted into the bed and could hardly wake her up in the morning to get her down for our breakfast treat. We did not want to leave the room, it was so nice to be there.The pluses:
1. large suite
5. peaceful and intimate setting
6. highlands location
7. expansive balcony
8. good breakfast options
9. afternoon wine and cheese
1. Dated decor
2. uncomfortable sofa
3. small bath area
4. creaky floors near door
5. terrible parking, hard to find a spot and tight.
We had one odd experience our first night. The fire alarms wen off and made a horrendous noise throughout the whole hotel complex. The staff could not turn it off. the fire dept came and we expected that we would need to evacuate. We got no information or any explanation on what was going on. We had absolutely no idea of what to do. This was around 9:00 pm. Imagine, having the alarms in the room and the whole hotel blasting for approx 1/2 an hour.
The least the management could have done is offered us some short of explanation or maybe a discount for the situation due to our discomfort and inconvenience. The staff at the front desk were not very warm and friendly. I would describe their attitudes as distant and aloof maybe. They just seemed to not be very personable. I mean, this was our first time, and we were excited to be there. Oh well, it did not ruin the whole experience of it.
I got time to do some jogging in the hills, very pleasant forest surroundings and nice people walking their dogs. Other fun things to do include visiting down town Carmel and Point Lobos for some power walking on the trails. We had a great time.
Tip: you can park across from park on Highway one and avoid the entrance fee, just walk on in.
- 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