We stayed 5 days in "Dolores St. Cottage I (#99)". This small house is specious (over 750 sqft) and very cozy. It has open space living & kitchen, good size bedroom w/ king bed and small size bedroom w/ double bed. The carpet in this cottage was nice & very clean and looks new. The king size bed I slept in was comfortable. There are one full bath and a half bath. The kitchen and baths are old but clean enough for us. There are dining table and two chairs but wasn't enough chairs for family. I hope there are 3-4 chairs. We didn't really cook but big space kitchen was nice to prepare breakfast. There were plenty towels and sheets in the closet (no housekeeping service in cottage). Towels were very good quality!
Parking was behind the house and enough space to park bigger size car. The parking has 2 space and share with cottage next door (downstairs cottage next to us). It has small patio with table and chairs in the back of the house which access from kitchen door. There are satires from parking to patio and door to kitchen. There is a front entrance on Dolores St. Street is quiet and you can have good night sleep.
The rate was good for specious 2 bed room cottage in Carmel.
Our cottage doesn't share with anyone. It's a private home. Another cottage next to us share with upstairs & downstairs but it has own entrance & parking. 3 bedroom cottage (Dolores St Cottage II) is upstairs. I took a peak this 3 bedroom cottage and it looks nice. The parking this unit is side of the house which is little narrow and it might be hard for big car. Downstairs cottage might be dark (not sure) but it has easy access from parking, no stairs.
Some Cons: 1) There weren't enough storage space for clothing. There was a closet but No hungers to hand our clothes. There was also small drawer but not useful. Small bedroom has also closet but there were big vacuum, big iron board, etc inside so there is no room for storage.
2) One blind in the king bedroom didn't close completely. Also blind above the bed was dirty. Lots of dust so I cleaned up.
3) We arrived past 2pm and we couldn't get in which is okay check-in is 3 but we asked if we could park. The lady said "No" and asked us street parking. The front lady was not rude or anything but it was nice if she let us park (it was already past 2pm and just one hour park extra we asked)
We checked in at Briarwood Inn this time and last year we stayed one of small cottage called "Cambridge" at Fireplace Inn - They are sister Inn's. I felt Fireplace Inn provides better customer services. It's fanny I wrote review at Fireplace Inn last year but somehow changed to Briarwood Inn. Now some of cottages were switched between Fireplace Inn & Briarwood Inn. Dolores St. Cottages are closer to Briarwood Inn and Cambridge cottage is closer to Fireplace Inn - you can access from/to side alley to the office at Fireplace Inn. When I booked this room it was from Briarwood Inn and checked in at Briarwood Inn office but now it looks like it's in Fireplace Inn? (it's little strange). Cottages don't include breakfast and not housekeeping services. Cambridge had included breakfast.
Overall experience in this cottage was very good. I love the space and comfort of the house. Location is very good and quiet. I recommend to anyone who like private, specious room and doesn't mind no housekeeping service and no breakfast. If you want updated & modern room then this is not for you.
There aren't many reviews for cottage so hope this will help.
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