We've stayed here before, and this was a return trip based on that stay, but things are not the same as they were a year ago. Rumor has it that the place has changed hands (no confirmation). The rooms are clean and tidy, but many things are in need of maintenance. In our room, one of the nightstands had a glass top, the other did not. There was a clock radio/phone provided, but there was no outlet for the radio, and the phone was unplugged and didn't work (I did try plugging it in, and there was dialtone). The refrigerator in the room needed defrosting, and anything put inside it froze. The bath towels were coming apart at the edges and seemed worn out..
The breakfast was just toast/cereal/waffles/juice/coffee/milk. No other protein provided. There was not much attention paid to keeping things supplied. One morning, someone complained to the desk that they were cold; could the fireplace in the breakfast room be turned on? The staff there were wearing jackets, and they refused the request, saying it was not cold enough to warrant the fireplace. There was no in-room coffee provided, nor did the room have a microwave oven. In the breakfast room, there was a microwave oven, however it was marked "staff use only."
Outside, the fireplace on the patio was not working or turned on. You could see places where someone needed to apply a paintbrush. The hotel claims to be 3-star, but perhaps that was in another life. This was the 2nd week in December, and although much of Carmel was decorated for the holidays, the Wayfarer was not.
On the plus side is the location, with limited parking provided, and the price. You can walk to Ocean Ave easily. If you can overlook the deferred maintenance and the staff's thrifty attitude, you just might enjoy your stay here. Keep in mind that there are many ways to spend far more for a hotel room in Carmel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- English styled country Inn with rooms and suites, ocean views, garden and patio; quiet area three blocks from the village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Wayfarer Hotel Carmel