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“Fantastic room with Stunning Views” 5 of 5 stars
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155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic room with Stunning Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

As we opened the door to our suite we were met with a great view out over the coastline through the windows running the full length of the room. As we entered and walked round the fireplace, we saw the jacuzzi tub complete with rose petals and champagne glasses all ready for a quiet night in. It was so nice that my wife decided that we were going to stay in and have our champagne out on the balcony watching the sunset, followed by dinner in front of the log fire. A truly perfect evening!

In fact it was such a nice evening we did the same the following night - the last night of our honeymoon and it was a perfect ending to an amazing 3 weeks. This hotel is everything that it claims to be and I would thoroughly recommend it to all my friends and family. Well worth the money and a true highlight of our honeymoon.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Teesside UK
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19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2009

We were really looking forward to staying at the Tickle Pink Inn, but throughout our stay, the place was shrouded in fog! It was more like England in November than California in July. This inevitably coloured our experience, which otherwise was very enjoayable

Our room, which was on the first floor, had a balcony overlooking the ocean. I could imagine that the sunset would have been fantastic-if we could have seen it. It was a little on the small side, as was the bathroom, but the bed was truly exceptional in terms of comfort.

The staff were really friendly and helpful and tried their utmost to make our stay a memorable one.

We had dinner at the Hyatt next door on our first evening, which was OK but so, so expensive - so we went elsewhere on our second night.

We had to take our wine and cheese inside because it was so cold, but I have to commend the Tickle Pink on the quality and variety of cheese - it was .just like being in France!

I can't say the same about the wine, but as a true Francophile, that's not surprising.

All in all, a really great place to stay if you're visiting Carmel. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

We went to the Tickle Pink for my wife and my anniversary. I had the responsibility to find a place for us to stay as we toured the coast. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor and based the hotel I chose on them, which led me to the Tickle Pink. When we arrived we were greeted at the front desk and were brought to our room. We had the Jacuzzi suite. WOW!! We were amazed at the view and the quality of the room. When I had booked with them I had let them know that it was for our anniversary and in the room they had a basket with champagne and cheese waiting for us. Since we had been driving for a while we just wanted to relax for a while so we went to sit down for a while on the bed and were amazed at the comfort of the bed! it felt like you were sleeping on a cloud! We were asleep in a matter of minutes!

Once we woke up an hour later we went out to our own private balcony which ran the entire length of the room, which is glass, facing the cove. As we enjoyed our view, we did notice the traffic driving below, but the noise was barely noticeable. And the ocean wave made up for it. We called room service, and within 5 minute they brought what we had ordered. Finally we filled the jacuzzi to enjoy a nice evening relaxing. Once done we slipped into the "o so soft" robes and watched a movie with the fireplace roaring in the background.

The next morning we asked if they could bring some of the items that they put out for breakfast to our room for us to enjoy while on the balcony. we were pleasantly surprised to have a platter overflowing with food and fruit, coffee and juices.

From staff, room service, quality of room, bedding, view, price, to just the whole experience, it was a perfect stay! We cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

We booked the Tickled Pink Inn as a treat at the end of our holiday & had 3 nights in a cove room. It exceeded our expectations immediately. The view was outstanding - the staff were lovely & the room perfect. We were so surprised when the door knocked & a bottle of champagne, chocolates & a rose arrived. The travel agent also told us it was room only - but we discovered breakfast (either delivered to your room at on extra cost or on the heated patio) was included everyday. The breakfast was excellent. As was the wine & cheese available every day. There were also non-alcoholic drinks & tea & coffee. There are lots of little extra touches which make the stay extra special. Starbucks coffee, bottled water, bathrobes & slippers, loofa - gilchrist & soames toiletries, fresh milk if required etc. There was also free wifi & a selection of dvd's to watch. We visited Point Lobos National Park & did the entire coast walk - can easily be done in a morning or turn it into a day out by relaxing on the beaches there. The scenery is stunning. We saw deer, seals, pelicans & were very lucky to see some sea otters. We also drove along the Big Sur Highway to Hearst Castle (worth a visit) - one of the best coastal drives ever. 17 mile drive is also great (toll road) It would be nice the next time to hire bicycles in Monteray & tour it that way. Carmel was lovely - some amazing houses there. All in all an excellent stay - will definitely return one day.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakton, VA
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8 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

Most reviewers have it right; nice place... great views... friendly service/staff, etc... We did not find the Inn to be in any way "tired"... matter of fact we found it to be nicely appointed, clean with a lovely wine reception in the evening and well rounded continental breakfast brought to the room (a nice touch)... the view from our Ocean View Suite made the extra $$ well worth it... just lovely... though we did have contend with "june gloom" and the view was not nearly as clear as it would have been any other time of the year... the Inn is situated a bit South of the town of Carmel and the traffic can be heavy... no matter... we'd recommend the Inn..

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

Tickle Pink clearly has an loyal fan base, and from the visitors book it is obvious that many customers return year after year - for peace and quiet overlooking the calm Pacific, the comfort of the balcony and the log fire in the room (for when it gets chilly, which it does) this place ticks the boxes. A modest DVD collection, complimentary cheese and wine in the evenings and chocolates and champagne on arrival are also lovely touches - I can see why people like it.

So there is nothing really wrong with it, but for the price I expected something a bit more plush - this place is a bit tired, in need of a refurb (esp the rather chintzy rooms).

Most disappointing of all was breakfast - for a boutique hotel, the breakfast was an unimaginative, uninspiring buffet - I expected better.

If I were to visit this area again I would probably find somewhere in Carmel, which is a very pleasant little town. A few small changes to Tickle Pink are required though to make it worth the money.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kurtoff, Manager at Tickle Pink Inn, responded to this review, July 10, 2009
We truly appreciate the positive comments in this review. Indeed, many of our valued guests return year after year to re-experience the breathtaking views, plush accommodations, and complimentary amenities and services that we provide. It is always satisfying to listen to couples reminisce about honeymoons spent with us, and even more thrilling to help plan an engagement. We are fortunate to be in a position to create meaningful memories for our clientele.

We are disheartened and surprised to read that this guest found our property to be tired, and our rooms chintzy. We know of no other property that has done more in the last 12 months to update rooms, improve services, and enhance amenities. During this time, we have installed new carpets, drape assemblies, lamps, artwork, recessed lighting, and curved shower rods throughout. For our in-room amenities, we have added slippers, loofah sponges, Starbucks coffee, portable fans, free local telephone calls and free wireless Internet access. Additionally, we have not initiated any reductions to our complimentary services. While we continuously thrive to provide more for our guests, we encourage and welcome any comments and suggestions for improving our property.

We are very sorry that this guest did not enjoy our complimentary Expanded Continental Breakfast, as most of our guests do. Included are an array of freshly baked pastries (in our own kitchen - muffins, strudels, scones, croissants and bagels), cream cheese, peanut butter, jams, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs Florentine, ham, granola, fresh fruit, Starbucks coffee, and a wide variety of juices and teas. We believe it is a generous display offering a balanced variety for all.

We are hopeful that anyone considering a visit to this beautiful part of California takes the opportunity to stay at our special and unique Inn.
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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

We stayed one night in Carmel driving from SF down Big Sur. Loved the TPI! Bed was the most comfortable we've ever slept in - beautiful view & private room (Crow's Nest).

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#5 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 35
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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