We spent two nights here the weekend between Christmas and New Year. We had a fourth floor room at the end of the hall, which was very quiet until the last morning, when we had somewhat noisy neighbors on the other side of a connecting door. We enjoyed the hot tub, the outdoor fire pit, and the fireplace in the dining room. The swimming pool was pretty cold, but that's not surprising at the end of December. We loved the aquatic decor in our room, with lots of blues and greens.
Breakfast was not included in our package, but we were offered it for half the price we would have paid walking in off the street. The food was good, especially the spicy fried potatoes, the cranberry bread, and fresh fruit. The atmosphere in the dining-room was more like a lounge - big easy chairs instead of standard restaurant chairs. The service in the hotel and restaurant was great except for the bartender in the lounge. We had coupons for a drink apiece, and were treated like the money was coming out of the bartender's pocket. We always tip based on what the price would have been, and probably would have stayed for another drink if the reception hadn't been so chilly. There were complementary hot hors d'oeuvres, but we did not know this until we talked to another family outside by the fire pit. Oh, well, that meant we had a good appetite when we went out to dinner in downtown Carmel.
The hotel is very close to the Mission, and not far from Point Lobos, one of the most beautiful places on earth. There's a supermarket right across the street, so pick up some goodies, and find a gorgeous spot in either Point Lobos or one of the beaches in Carmel to have a romantic picnic (or a family picnic, if that's your style).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At our Carmel Ca. hotel you will find a quaint, yet stylish setting with an array of gracious amenities that include a heated pool, fitness center and the "Fuse" restaurant. We’ve truly created a destination within a destination. Additionally, we offer fantastic facilities for weddings, business meetings, retreats and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Mission Hotel Carmel