We stayed 5 nights at L'Auberge. It is a beautiful small hotel with 20 rooms that makes you feel like you could be in Florence. Wonderful service, charming staff, very European style of service and decor. The courtyard is beautiful, we ate breakfast outside daily but not until 9.20am when the chill of the Carmel morning hasd gone and the sun was coming into the courtyard. the tables have heaters for your comfort. The breakfast and service was excellent and they were even able to accomodate a gluten allergy with GF toast daily. Our bed was so comfortable, fabulous linens and pillows and our every need was considered from bath salts to fresh fruit, caramels, cold water replenished daily in our fridge and anything such as ice etc delivered in seconds. The bathroom had a beautiful big bathtub that could fit 2 easily. The restaurant is outstanding with fabulous service and 5 star cuisine, quite formal in service and presentation. The pre-concierge was excellent, her recommendations were all good from horseback riding to sailing and she planned our whole trip with us before we even arrived. The concierge at the hotel was equally helpful and charming and payed great attention to our needs. I would highly recommend this resort for a couple. It is not really a place to bring children it is very peaceful and children would be difficult. Our next door neighbor had a lovely toddler but it did disturb us somewhat. It is the perfect place
for a romantic weekend or vacation. Carmel weather is beautiful quite cool 50-60's particularly in the mornings and evenings, bring appropriate clothing. Shorts in July won't work, you will need a jacket and long pants and long sleeved t shirts.