My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at the Vagabond's House Inn for our anniversary. We found the hotel on TripAdvisor and after comparing it to several others, we decided that it was what we were looking for: small, intimate, walking distance to downtown Carmel (shops, restaurants, galleries, etc.), close to the ocean, breakfast daily and wine and cheese reception in the evening. We spoke with Tom, the manager, on the phone and arranged one of the newly renovated rooms for our getaway. We were welcomed by Randall on arrival and taken to our room. On arrival, we were given a breakfast selection sheet that you could either fill out daily or if you didn't, they would bring the same meal each day. (More on that later). The staff, including housekeepers, were friendly and informative about restaurants and directions.
Walking into our room was a little slice of heaven. An extra large room when you compare it to many other hotels. There was a fireplace on the left and a nice little sofa with footstools at the foot of the bed, along with a nice blanket to cozy up in front of the fire, watch tv, eat breakfast (brought to us each morning). It was chilly when we arrived and we really enjoyed the fire. A lovely bottle of champagne, which we didn't order, was waiting for us also. The bed was beautifully and luxuriously laid out. The room had a small closet and the bed tables doubled as dresser drawers. The closet had a refrigerator in it and mineral water was refilled daily, at no charge. There was also a built in cabinet that had wine glasses, ice bucket, various utensils and helpful items for the stay. The bed was comfortable as was the room as a whole. The window covering was a honeycomb shade that could be raised from the bottom or lowered from the top, which I thought was great because it allowed privacy, yet you could also have natural light in the room. The room was very quiet - we didn't hear anyone the whole time. I don't think there were any children staying at the inn, but if there were, they were especially well behaved
The dressing/bathroom area had the most beautiful rolling farm door that Randal told me had been specially made from found wood and iron for the hotel, which separated the living area from the bathroom. The bathroom had a large claw foot tub, two separate sinks on either side of the dressing area and cushy robes. The extra large shower with marble subway tile as an extra luxury I wasn't expecting and for fun, the curtain over the window in the shower was Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven". It made the shower experience something different. The water closet was ingeniously wallpapered with pages of old books. So clever! Two other extra touches in the dressing area - heated floors that were timed to come on in the morning and evening, and you could sync your ipod to a blue tooth device that fit in the shower head so you could listen to music while showering. I haven't experienced either of those two exceptional amenities anywhere else. Randal told me they were the first inn to get the Kohler appliance for the music.
The grounds were impeccably maintained with touches of fall around the courtyard, such as ghourds places here and there. The little water feature was a nice addition too. It was too cold to sit outside but there are some nice adirondak chairs and a picnic table in the courtyard for when the weather is warmer.
We only had the wine and cheese the first night on arrival since we were out and about, but there was a nice red and white wine, with several selections of cheese. We perused the many menus in the lobby and talked with Tom about restaurant selections. His suggestions were excellent. The art in the lobby was appealing to us - it is painted on found wood by a local high school art teacher and is for sale. Breakfast was delivered on schedule daily. The options were soft or hard boiled egg, toast, bagel/cream cheese, yogurt/granola, fruit, and a selection of juices and coffee/tea. I may be leaving some items out, but these are items we chose. It was really nice having breakfast in our room and was sufficient to get us through our morning activities.
Parking can be a bit of a challenge, especially when the rental car agency gave us a Ford Expedition because they didn't have the jeep we requested. Street parking on Delores is limited to 2 hours before 10pm (I think), and is 24-hours on 4th Street, but it's hard to find. The hotel does have a small parking lot - maybe 7-8 spaces, which we were able to use most of the time but again, a big vehicle is challenging. We didn't do a lot of driving when we were around town, but we did take the 17-mile drive up to Pebble Beach and the Pacific Grove Light House. The walk to the beach is a steep hill, but it was manageable.
I can't say enough nice things about this getaway. The Vagabonds Home Inn was more than I had hoped for. Thanks to Tom and the rest of the staff who made this such an enjoyable place to stay for our 37th anniversary.