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“Ocean View Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #15 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Montara, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Ocean View Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This location was a surprise. From the upper level of the two floor suite the ocean view was unobstructed. To be able to sit and watch the waves was great. We loved it. Then we went to the main lobby area, which was even better set up with comfortable chairs and a telescope. The whales were right there. In twenty years of living by the ocean, this was the best whale watching experience by far. The room was comfortable and fully appointed. The hotel service was unfailing and quick to respond to requests. This space was almost too comfortable to leave!
The only reason for leaving the 5th star off was the restaurant service. It fell short of the quality of the hotel itself, especially considering the prices. Especially for dinner, you will find something much better in Carmel.

Room Tip: Unobstructed view of the ocean is well worth any cost difference.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
We are so sorry that you did not experience better service during your recent visit. We are happy to hear that you did enjoy the gorgeous location and your stay. We will look into the issues with your service and hope you visit us again. Thank you for your review.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The view (full ocean) saved the experience. We were disappointed with the room - small, poorly-appointed (mostly shelving) and in much need of updating. No place to sit, just one desk chair (2 chairs on balcony, but it was cold outside). Use of fireplace filled the room with smoke and set off the fire alarm (both nights, so really it wasn't a fireplace room). No qualms with staff - all friendly and helpful. We did get a small price break when we checked out and I voiced our concerns, but we would not go back.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
We are happy you decided to stay with us and so sorry about your experience. We will look into your feedback regarding the room and we are very happy that you enjoyed the views. We sincerely hope you'll consider visiting us again. Thank you for taking the time to review our property.
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I just loved out stay at the hotel the staff are friendly the food is good and the views are out of this world. Go for a swim and then in the hot tub to relax. This could be a man thing but a fire in the bed room is great and lovely at night. I know me and the wife will be coming back next time in Carmel

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for the five five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed the amenities… Swimming and the hot tubbing are always a nice way to spend the day. The fireplaces in the rooms are also a a plus. We sincerely hope you will visit us again.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed in a horizontal ocean view one bedroom residence suite. The accommodation was hugh, modern, well equipped and comfortable. The view and fireplace made the experience romantic. The staff members were extremely polite and service oriented. The food prepared by the chefs on premise was the best during our entire stay - especially the baker. There were majestic views from our bedroom, spa tub, living room, kitchen, patio balcony, Sunset lounge, and Pacific Edge restaurant. To top it all off, Lobos Point walking trails had the most spectacular views of them all and it was just a few minutes up Hwy 1. I find it difficult to believe someone would give this property a negative review unless you are handicap. I did notice handicap access to the various buildings was available but slightly inconvenient which appear to be due to the rocky hill side location.

Room Tip: The top floors or townhouse suites appear to have the best views and no noisy upper floor neighbors...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for the fantastic review! We're so happy that you had such a wonderful experience with us and that you enjoyed the views and local attractions… Point Lobos is beautiful this time of year and and we are glad happy that you were able to visit it. We sincerely hope you visit us again.
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Aptos, California, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My wife and I decided to take a couple of days off and didn't want to go very far. We spent Saturday and Sunday at the Highlands Inn and enjoyed it very much. I used to play music at the Inn about 20 years ago and we were both a little put off by some of the negative reviews we read. I am happy to say, that we experienced only one of the issues that some people had complained about. The people in the unit above us had a young child who ran about for a while making noise. I can't blame the inn for the parents lack of courtesy, but the floors are thin and carry sound. Other than that we received excellent service from the staff and had a good weekend. Our room had been renovated and was very clean. Carmel is famous for tiny little artist cottages and the scale of the rooms is on the small side, but staying indoors in Big Sur is a miss-use of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Get outdoors and live a little....If six hundred dollars is a lot of money, go somewhere else....it's Carmel...and Carmel is expensive for some budgets.

Room Tip: Rooms on the third floor and above have the best views...below that, trees ...imagine that, trees bl...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
We are so happy that you decided to visit us and that you experienced a relaxing getaway! We apologize for the noise in the room above you. We do what we can to ensure a peaceful relaxing stay in our beautiful location. We hope you visit us again soon and thank you for your review.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The drive up to this hotel is spectacular, with stunning sea views. The reception and public areas are very nice and modern, and expectations were high.... until we were shown to our rooms. We had booked three ocean view king rooms, and all three were small, shabby and tired - very disappointing given the price we paid to stay here. The pool area and walkways are similarly tired and in need of refurbishment. We had asked for a rollaway bed for our young son, which wasn't in the room on arrival, and we realized that there wouldn't have been room for one anyway so just put him in bed with us, making for a poor night's sleep. On the positive side, the service was very good (apart from the annoying and persistent call from a chap trying to persuade us to sit through a timeshare talk). The bar is very pleasant with a good range of cocktails, and we had an outstanding meal in the restaurant, which also had a fantastic wine list. The babysitter we booked in the evening was probably the best we've had anywhere. All in all, I would probably return if I could get a good deal on the room, but the rooms at the Intercontinental in Monterey (the other place we stayed) are infinitely superior even if the hotel lacks the charm of the Carmel Highlands.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
We are happy you enjoyed the wonderful location and dining with us at Pacific's Edge restaurant. We sincerely hope you visit us again and thank you for the wonderful review!
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New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Had a nice stopover here on our drive to LA, we were of course redeeming our free stay as a Hyatt Gold member. We got the room by the pool. Really friendly staff. Free valet parking available. The standard room is on the smaller side, but the interior is beautifully done and also includes a fireplace that uses real wood. The bathroom however was totally out of sync with the rest of the room and lacked the luxury of the room outside. They had a binocular in the room for whale watching. Yes, there are whales in the area, only that we started seeing whales only once we started our drive along the Sur coast. We ordered breakfast to our room and it was filling and delicious. They do have dining options by the poolside or in the main building. The garden is well kept and is really beautiful.

Rooms by the poolside seem to have obstructed views because of the trees across the road. But other than that, everything else seemed perfect. This is probably the best place to stay in Carmel to enjoy the views from high up. The view from the main building is simply gorgeous.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
We are so happy you enjoyed the wonderful views. Room service is always a nice treat for breakfast and we are glad that it was delicious. We hope you will visit us again and happy new year to you.
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Additional Information about Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Address: 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#4 Spa Hotel in Carmel
#13 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hyatt Carmel Highlands 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
448 room luxury resort nestled in Monterey pines overlooking Point Lobos State Reserve. Oceanview rooms include wood burning fireplaces and private balconies and 11 suites also include in-room double spa baths, kitchenettes. Renowned Pacific's Edge Restaurant(dinner only) and California Market Restaurant (breakfast & lunch). ... more   less 
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Hotel Carmel
Highlands Hotel Hyatt Carmel
Carmel Highland Inn
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