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Tradewinds Carmel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Mission Street at Third Avenue, PO Box 3403, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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“Unparalleled Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Tradewinds is a beautiful, cozy boutique hotel a few blocks from the main street that runs through town. My friend and I stayed in the Poet's Suite, which featured balconies, a jet/jacuzzi tub, one and a half bathrooms, a sitting area with a couch that converts to a bed, and a master bedroom with a giant, sumptuous bed covered with a down comforter. There are two large TVs, a small kitchen area with coffee and teas, dishware and a coffee maker (no microwave). They also provide pretty kimonos. They provided us with an orchid, snacks and chocolate covered strawberries

As lovely as the suite and grounds are, what struck us was the incredible customer service. Every person we encountered catered to our every need. In the morning, rather than having to go to the breakfast buffet, they delivered the food to us. There were homemade pastries, toasted bagels and cream cheese, fruit salad, and a big pitcher of coffee with sugar and cream. Staff gave us excellent suggestions for dinner (Vesuvio's, an Italian restaurant, was great) and pointed out shops we might want to check out the next day.

Tradewinds is luxurious but intimate hotel--and they allow dogs too! I left my pug at home, but we'll all be back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Wow! What an incredible review! You described the Poets Suite so well that we wish that you worked here! Thank you so so much! We love our suites since they are so private and look out over the courtyard with the fire pit, stream and Meditation Garden, and parking is so convenient but you don't see it from the suites. We hope that you can return sometime soon! Warm Regards, the staff at Tradewinds Carmel
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stayed here for two nights because we had heard great things about Carmel and wanted to stay in the village part. The hotel is perfectly fine - nice room, good (included in the cost) cold breakfast. However the location isn't really central, so it was about a ten minute walk to get anywhere worth going and an even longer walk to get down to the beach. They do offer free wireless and put out chocolate covered strawberries when you arrive, which is a nice touch.

Stayed July 2014
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Hello and Thank you for your review-happy that you enjoyed the room, breakfast, Free WiFI, and chocolate covered strawberries! We are 3 blocks from the main street of Carmel on a nice quiet residential street. I am sorry that you would have preferred to be closer to the main street but then you risk having noise from the traffic and busy pedestrian streets. Our sister property, Carmel Lodge, is only 2 blocks from Ocean Avenue and has free parking and wifi, as well.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It's nice but probably won't stay here again. First the room...nothing special about the room, balcony overlooking someone's roof, no aircon in the room. Also it's supposed to be pet friendly but they don't offer any goodies (dog biscuit, water bowl, etc.) for dogs. No place to walk dogs other than in the residential area.

Stayed July 2014
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The rooms were featured in Architectural Digest but I know that we can't be the perfect place for every one. Thank you for writing that we are "nice"!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

One of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. They greeted us with a flower and showed us around the little relaxation garden they have- it has water features and seating areas.
The room had a fire and a huge, amazingly comfortable bed.
There were chocolate covered strawberries waiting in the room for us- a nice touch.
It was within walking distance to anywhere you need to go including the waterfront and restaurants.
The only tiny thing was- we arrived after dark and it was very difficult to find as the sign is not very well lit and is low down- just something to watch out for!
But I would recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: We stayed in a deluxe king with a view- it was lovely
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Wow! Thank you so much! You said it all!
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I really liked this hotel. It was so lovely. It had great personal touches. The location is perfect. It was very clean.The decor is terrific-inside and out. The bed and linens were So comfy! You can tell it used to be an older motel type place. That's just Carmel. The history adds to the quaintness. They've done a good job with the remodel and renovation. My only complaint is the lower level rooms are loud! You could hear every move made upstairs. (That's been noted before in reviews. Listen to them. I didn't. It's not an exaggeration.) I would stay here again in a heart beat, just upstairs.

Stayed June 2014
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for your kind review! We do our best to minimize any noise from other guests. Luckily, we are on a quiet residential street so our guests don't have street noise to worry about like on the main and other busy streets of Carmel. I love that you found the room "comphy" and "lovely". Thank you and we hope that you can enjoy one of our ocean view rooms next time!
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We enjoyed our one night stay in this quaint hotel. We were appreciative of them accepting our golden retriever in such a nice, large room. The hotel is a nice walk up the hill from a busy downtown Carmel. The front desk personnel were very helpful with recommendations on dog friendly restaurants and even a 5 star dog wash facility after exploring the beach. The continental breakfast was also yummy with lots of fresh fruit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
I like your review! "Nice Karma, nice room.." Thank you so much. We are glad that you enjoyed the fresh cut up fruit on the breakfast buffet!
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is such a romantic and tranquil hotel in Carmel. Probably ideal for a couple romantic stay. There is free parking at the hotel and the restaurants and shops are within walking distance. The breakfast buffet is simple but perfect. There is a strong influence from Indonesia as far as the interior and exterior decos are regarded. I loved our room, the small zen type fountain in it and the strawberries with chocolate welcoming us in the room. I also loved the kimono robes provided in the room and actually bought one to take back home. The staff were really welcoming and friendly. I would definitely return to Tradewinds Carmel when back in Carmel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you so much! Thank you for pointing out that Tradewinds is ideal for a romantic stay. We agree! We love honeymoons and anniversaries! We try to make each and every guest's experience special and memorable from the chocolate covered strawberries and orchids upon arrival to the Meditation Garden where you can put your bamboo sheath with a wish or prayer on it in the fountains. We hope that you can return soon. All the best to you!
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Address: Mission Street at Third Avenue, PO Box 3403, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Carmel
#6 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#6 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tradewinds Carmel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary, Mediterranean - 3 blocks from Ocean Ave. on a quiet residential street. ... more   less 
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