I would definitely stay at L’Auberge in Carmel again.
Best : Service: bell-luggage, valet, restaurant and front desk - everyone was prompt, helpful and friendly. Inner Courtyard: Better seen in person than in the pictures: Private and enjoyable for breakfast or evening cocktail. Restaurant: Eat here one night for dinner. The food and wine-pairing dinner was excellent, even if it does set you back some – it was worth it. Location: One block off of Ocean Ave’s gallery / shopping and three blocks from the beach. Driving in Carmel is unnecessary due to location, but if needed the hotel has a dedicated Mercedes for the valet to shuttle you for local trips (no cab necessary in town).
Room: We had a Deluxe Courtyard Queen (#16). Bottled water, snacks and turn-down cookies were complimentary. The bathroom Japanese soaking tub fully large enough for two and bath-salts were included (treat yourself). The stand up shower was on the small side, but fine. Bed was very comfortable, room quiet and dark for sleeping, in-room iPod docking station for music, free wifi. Only missing was in-room coffee maker for morning coffee (and NOTE: the hotel was happy to bring you breakfast, or morning coffee to your room – but I still like it in-room). Very happy with the room.
Other surprises: There is $25-per-day gratuity “resort” fee that included tips for all service persons (so no tipping required for services – valet, bell, restaurants). I’m sure this was to adequately tip due to Carmet visitor demographics - larger number of non-US visitors that don’t tip, and ‘mature’ visitors that come to Carmel. We liked this, but tipped extra when settling up the bill anyway. Service is important here – the bell service to get your bags up-stairs would be more important for visitors that usually would need an elevator. We had a small bag of bath-salts left in our car as a small amenity when leaving the hotel. Special requests to print out wine-notes was accommodated by the front desk.
To improve: in-room coffee, better liquor selection. The hotel has an EXCELLENT liquor selection for everything you would predictably want. But could use some further broadening, particularly with popular local “Craft Distilleries”, and a broadened cocktail menu (the need to get with the current trend of offering creative cocktails and specialized "craft-distilled" liquors).
L'Auberge had the 'maturity' and service level of a true boutique hotel, with the intimacy of a B&B. Would recommend and stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1929, the European-style luxury hotel is located just four blocks from famous Carmel Beach and an easy stroll to the village's numerous art galleries, shops and restaurants. Major renovations have transformed the hotel's 20 guest rooms, entrance and landscaped courtyard into a romantic Carmel setting. Luxuriously romantic, the Carmel hotel was created for adults to relax, rejuvenate and nurture relationships—the perfect Carmel escape getaway. The interior decor of guest rooms is rich and pleasing, warm jewel tones accent the quaint charm of the architecture. Individually designed guest rooms feature the finest fabrics and linens, enlarged bath areas with radiant floor heating, some with soaking tubs. It is one of Carmel’s few full service luxury hotels offering valet parking, room service and highly personalized guest services. The highlight of L'Auberge Carmel is its intimate 12-table restaurant, Aubergine, featuring a 4500-bottle wine cellar. It is the passion of Executive Chef Justin Cogley. All accommodations include a sumptuous continental breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Auberge Carmel Hotel Carmel