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“Excellent location, welcoming staff, great value in Carmel” 5 of 5 stars
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Hofsas House Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #19 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
San Jose, California
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“Excellent location, welcoming staff, great value in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

A friend and I stayed here for a weekend in January. I was impressed with the friendly, helpful and welcoming staff. At check-in they offered help with locating anything we were looking to see, and gave us help with restaurants. The hotel is well located, within a short walk to the center of town. We stayed in a room (#21) with two beds - a large queen (or king, not sure) and a twin. We had a cute kitchenette which would come in handy if you wanted to cook up a few things or store some snacks. There was a large, shared balcony outside the door with some tables and chairs and a view of the tree tops. The room windows have blinds, which means you can let in the light without sacrificing privacy. It was also very quiet. All in all, a great place at a great price.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the central location and friendly service! We hope you visit us again soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Berkeley, California
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29 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

This hotel is an older but quaint hotel set on a very steep slope. They have a pool and sauna. We stayed over Christmas and the host was extremely helpful with restaurant reservations. We parked the car on Friday night and walked everywhere. The beach is about a 15 minute walk; stores 5 minutes. Ask for the bridal suite. You can park right outside your door on the same level as the room; it has a fireplace; and from the deck out back you can see the ocean. The continental breakfast consists of bakery rolls in a basket and orange juice. Pets are allowed for an extra fee. WiFi was a bit spotty but it is free as is parking. Great location to drive the 17 mile drive; Area is very quiet and peaceful.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, January 18, 2012
We are glad you enjoyed the central location at Hofsas House and the in room fireplaces! We hope you will visit us again and pets are always welcome!
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Ceres, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We had a great night at the Hofsas House. Four women shared a room. It was very large and had a fire place. We booked online through Booking Buddies. Received a very good price. Not a place if you can't climb stairs and walk.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We are glad you enjoyed a great price and a large room at our hotel! We hope you will visit us again!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

For an extra $25.00 per pet per night Fido is welcome here.
The hotel is older, pink on the outside, and built on a steep hill, so room access involves stairs for many. Close to everything downtown. Take San Carlos and/or Delores Street to access the best Carmel has to offer. Shopping, Food, Drink. Hotel parking is free, but the lot is small so be prepared to park on the streets.

The rooms are large and the walls are thin. People walking by, people talking all sound as if they are in your room. Our room has a full kitchen...full size refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, pots and pans and dishes. A bit unnecessary and impractical because Carmel has so many restaurants, few grocery stores, and isn't as kid friendly as it is dog friendly.

There is warm spiced cider and chocolate chip cookies in the early evening and continental breakfast. They served Yoplait yogurts, small assorted pastries, fresh bananas or apples, and orange juice. There is coffee in the room but we thought it was nasty...we walked into town to buy coffee every morning.

Dogs are welcomed EVERYWHERE. I have never experienced anything like it.

Carmel is expensive. Rooms, food, shopping. You get what you pay for for the most part, but you will pay dearly. Come prepared and you will enjoy yourself.

Room Tip: along San Carlos street rooms are easier to access for those that would have trouble with stairs...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for the detailed review. We hope you will visit us again and we are glad you enjoyed the cider and chocolate chip cookies.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

I consider several factors in choosing a hotel, then rating it afterwards. I also try and get hotels that have character or a feel for where we are, or the type of trip I am on. In other words, when Prague, I don't want the Hilton. When in Carmel, I don't want a motel 6.
Reviews by others are very important, and we do our homework.
Location, price, cleanliness, comfort, water pressure, communication with staff, breakfast offerings, parking...all count toward a good rating.

This was a 2 day business trip where I tagged along. The rest of the group stayed elsewhere but we had the dog so I researched places we could stay. On our first trip to Carmel 3 years ago I didn't bring the dog and regretted missing the opportunity. I must have been the only person in town without a dog. I would have stayed at that same place again, but dogs were not allowed. They recommended Hofsas house.

Location is near everything. THis hotel is in a more quiet section of Carmel (although Carmel is quiet), so I should say less busy with foot traffic. It was easy walking distance to the beach, shops, parks. Because I do geocaching as a hobby, I walked all over Carmel, thru the parks (except the one that had a "no dogs" sign which I found very odd!) up and down hills, the back way to the mission, around the coast, back up, several times. If you are in shape, there is no need to ever move your car once parked. The hotel is on a hill which was really nice because of the great view from the upper ocean side rooms! Although on a hill, and with no elevators, you can come and go from the upper side and not climb so many stairs. Just a note, bringing a flashlight is a good idea. The town can get quite dark and night. Plenty of parking, which is very rare.

Once in the room, cleanliness, good hot water pressure, lighting, mirrors, space to put personal bathroom items, comfort and sometimes view are considered. The third floor "dog" king room was larger than I expected. Plenty of room to move around. Bathroom was snug with the door open, but closed it was fine. A pocked door would have been better. The mini fridge in the bathroom didn't work but as soon as we mentioned it the next morning it was replaced. Handy to have a hair dryer, so no need to pack one. We even had a closet that the hubby used. Bathroom was simple and clean. Plenty of hot water with great pressure, adequate lighting. Counter space was less than I like, but fine. Beds were a tad on the harder side (we have a new latex one so most beds woud seem hard now), but we slept fine. We have NEVER taken a dog to a hotel before. I have actually avoided hotels that allow pets in the past, due to allergies, and not knowing how clean they are. Our room was opened up to the breeze and airing out. The linens were white so we were able to tell right off that they were clean (as compared to the old style bedspreads where you never know what has been on it). I was happy and relieved.
We had a nice wide walkway and a big balcony with tables and chairs we could sit at and enjoy the view while eating breakfast on the chilly beautiful November mornings.

Staff and owner were very nice and helpful. We were pleased with the rates we were given for a 5 night stay. We really appreciated the recommendations we were given of places to eat that allowed dogs, considering the temperature outside.The few times we ate without asking were quite disappointing. Don't count on a mcdonalds or taco bell. The only "fast" food is outside the old area- Subway. Food is costly.

We were grateful for the simple breakfast. I don't know what others were complaining about. We found the pastries and bread quite tasty and fresh. Then again, we are early risers and maybe didn't get "leftovers". We asked for a carafe of hot chocolate to take to our room in the morning and often got one when we came back at night to warm up. The staff always were accomodating.

We felt like we were the only ones in the hotel the first few nights. Others mentioned how noise travels. Well, it is an old hotel with wooden walkways and stairs. Yes. Footsteps carry. It took me forever to figure out the steady pattern of clunking I kept hearing was the office footsteps back and forth, but it didn't bother me. Neither did people walking on stairs or walkways. We almost tiptoed, but still made some sound.
I never heard another dog, or saw one for that matter.
Only one night did we have trouble. Some "younger" folk were outside someplace visiting and enjoying themselves until we couldn't stand it anymore. We had been tryng to sleep for almost 4 hours. The doggie "howl" warning alarm sounded a few times because he thought someone was going to come in- and it did sound like it. I kept jumping out of bed to quiet him to not disturb others. Eventually, hubby went out and told them it had gone on too long and we were trying to sleep....they nicely apologised and it got quiet immediately. If people read these reviews then they will be aware of how sounds carry when there is no sound but the ocean, and be more careful. Carmel isn't a 'party" place so I couldn't imagine anything that can't be remedied.

We enjoyed our stay and if we get the opportunity again, will definately go back. Carmel inthe winter is wonderful. The only negative is the cost of food over several days, but that is Carmel, not the hotel.

Room Tip: The king on 3rd floor with a view which allows dogs is great. A Balcony you can relax on and watch t...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, including the great location, cleanliness and large rooms. We hope you will visit us again soon!
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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

The Hofsas House may not be the most luxurious hotel in Carmel, but it’s affordable, spacious, and friendly. If you want to be within short walking distance of the town’s many fantastic shops, restaurants, and art galleries, as well as one of the most stunning beaches in the world, but don’t have a small fortune to pay for the privilege, there’s no better deal. That’s why our family keeps coming back.

The Hofsas House has a variety of room configurations, including two-room suites. This was perfect for us when my husband, two kids, and I were travelling with my parents. Some rooms have fireplaces, kitchenettes, and balconies. There are also dog-friendly rooms for an additional $25/night, which is how we stumbled on the Hofsas House in the first place. To get the room that best meets your needs, it’s best to call or check out the room descriptions on the hotel’s web site.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We are happy you enjoyed the great value we offer at Hofsas House! A charming hotel, centrally located in the heat of Carmel, for a very friendly price. We hope you stay with us again next time you are in the area!
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Los Altos Hills, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

This Hotel (motel???) is excellent for travelers with dogs. About 3 blocks from the Ocean Ave, the main street, it is the last motel on the street and a short walk to a nice small park that is also used as an informal dog park. I was invited to release my 2 golden retrievers so they could play with the couple of dogs already there.

Very quiet location. our room did have an ocean view, although about a 20 degree--not 180 degree--view. with the window open you can hear the surf at night. We also had a very nice balcony.

As others have already said, the establishment is pretty basic, clean, well cared for, with a very accommodating staff. The TV was not the best, but we only cared because of a football game we wanted to watch.

For Carmel, a very good value.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hofsas House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual European elegance with the warmth of family hospitality, a boutique family-owned inn with 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Other amenities include: continental breakfast, heated swimming pool, dry saunas, off-street parking, free wireless Internet access & some rooms dog friendly. ... more   less 
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