After having stayed at the Mission Ranch years, ago, I was very curious to see if The Homestead would match it for beauty and service. What the inn lacks in property (it is a series of small apartment-like rooms about two blocks from the center of Carmel), it makes up for in charm. Tucked into a corner lot, the suites are just steps from each other with beautiful hanging baskets of flowers, little stone paths, tiny porches, and as many flowers as can be packed into such a small space. Our room was very large, with two queen-sized beds. There was a small gas fireplace tucked in one corner of the room, and two armoires, one of which hid a large television. The decor was rustic, but very tasteful and understated. There were two comfortable swivel leather club chairs, as well as a good-sized table and chairs. We also had a coffee machine in the room, but no fridge. There was also no air conditioning, but the weather was very cool and there was a ceiling fan, so we were very comfortable--although the street does get noisy fairly early in the morning. The bathroom was large and bright and clean with fluffy towels and bathrobes, but it did take us a little while to figure out how to make the shower work (pull down on the spout in the tub faucet). We especially liked the little stone patio with a stone fireplace right outside our room. With all the potted flowers and little garden, it was a restful place to sit. The convenience of walking into town was lovely--just two short blocks to all the restaurants, shops, and art galleries that Carmel has to offer. The beach is also just a short walk away (although the return walk uphill was a little tiring). Parking was not available at the inn but we had no problem finding street parking very close by. The only disappointment was the continental breakfast offered at the Mission Ranch. We were excited to go, but it was very meager. Coffee and tea, a rather picked over selection of sad little donuts and bagels, and either Cheerios or granola. There was, however, plenty of fresh fruit. The little cartons of orange juice were a watery concentrate--some cheap brand I had never heard of. Breakfast was served in the tennis clubhouse where there were very few tables and people kept coming in and out in their tennis attire, sweaty from playing, buying balls, and generally making us feel very out of place--not at all a relaxing start to the day and not worth the drive over. Overall, though, we had a wonderful stay and I definitely would recommend it to anyone visiting Carmel.
Rooms on the street side may be noisy in the mornings.
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