We loved the Lamp Lighter Inn! As we pulled up to the property we immediately began to smile because not only were the cottages extremely charming...think Hansel and Gretel and you've got the picture...but the entire property gave evidence of loving care. It's always good when the first impression makes you excited to see more and as we walked to the office along the meandering path surrounded by beautiful flowers we couldn't wait to see our room.
We stayed in the Katydid room, which is the smallest room they offer. It was charming! The Queen size bed was very comfortable and the room had all the amenities we could want...a medium size cafe table with two chairs and set with complimentary sherry, a microwave and coffee maker with a small refrigerator in the cabinet underneath, swing-arm reading lamps on each side of the bed, a flat screened TV and a small closet that supplied two robes to use along with space to hang our things. We set up the luggage rack under the window for the large suitcase and had plenty of room to walk between it and the bed. We opened the windows and could hear the ocean! The bedroom has cathedral ceilings, so the feeling is open and airy despite it being smaller than a typical hotel room.
The bathroom is small but again supplied all that is needed; a hair dryer, tissue, natural shampoo, conditioner and lotion along with soft towels and a swing-arm makeup mirror over the pedestal sink and a walk-in shower. I would guess that the shower might concern someone who suffers with claustrophobia, but for us it was fine. Since there is only room for one person to be in the bathroom at a time, it helped tremendously that the other person could finish getting ready in the bedroom using either the full-length mirror or the large mirror over the cafe table.
Each morning a basket is delivered to the room at the requested time that contains hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, muffins, orange juice and a newspaper. We either made coffee and tea in our room or walked next door to "the den" where coffee was available along with hot water for our choice from a basket offering tea, hot chocolate or spiced cider. Fresh fruit was also available here. The den is open most if not all of the time for these items and also supplies a sitting area and books that can be borrowed.
Some mornings we took our breakfast basket outside to one of the tables set up among the garden beds. There are several sitting areas outside that are very pleasant. The music played throughout the area added nicely to the beautiful surroundings.
The town of Carmel is filled with wonderful shops and great restaurants just steps away from the inn heading uphill and the beach is a short walk downhill, so the location of the inn was ideal for us. Everyone was friendly and helpful throughout our stay, giving us great recommendations, directions and help whether you were speaking to the owner, Bobby, or any one of his team members including even the gardeners! It seems a very happy place to work. Our room was very clean and comfortable and the setting was like being in a fairy tale. We had a chance to peek in on some of the other rooms and they offer more space and some even have fireplaces, so I'm there seems to be something for everyone. On top of all this, the property is pet-friendly. Though we couldn't take advantage of this since we'd flown into San Francisco without pets, we enjoyed giving attention to a very affectionate cat named Shadow that lives down the street but seems to know that the people who work or stay at the inn are always ready to give her some attention. By the way, Carmel itself seems to be one of the most dog-friendly towns I've ever been to, so dog lovers will enjoy the multitude of dogs seen on its streets or along the beaches.
In summary, our stay at the Lamp Lighter Inn was fantastic. We whole-heartedly recommend it and hope we can stay there again very soon!
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