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“Good location, good value, needs a few upgrades” 4 of 5 stars
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Hofsas House Hotel
Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #18 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Silverthorne, Colorado
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77 reviews 77 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Good location, good value, needs a few upgrades”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Listing the best things first, Hofsas gives excellent value for the price, has a good location with easy walking into the main part of town, has a nice Old World charm that is lacking in many other places in Carmel, and the Front Desk was very friendly and accommodating. On the downside, the walls are very thin, and the room heat (good baseboard heating) is completely controlled from the main bedroom, so the bathroom (which was very clean and relatively modern) stayed quite cold -- it didn't have heat lamps, which would be a great improvement.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the great location and we hope to see you again soon.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Carmel..what can you say, it has it's charms. Dogs and children, if you are like W.C. Fields you'll want to steer clear of here. This dog friendly and family friendly motel has a lot of rooms stacked 4 floors high. A small warm pool and decent breakfast plus the clean rooms make this attractive. The downside is the walls and floors are quite thin, you can hear dogs and kids pacing above and next to you ( Hint: get a room as high up as possible& Bring the ear plugs)) The wooden stairways creak and shake also. We had to move our room after the first night , we could hear a dog running around the room even when the owners were gone.UGH! I saw no elevator, the 4 story motel is built on a really steep hill, parking is awkward, in 3 different lots. it's a challenge getting around.But you can walk right into the center of town in about 5 minutes. The rooms have been redone with radiant heating in the very clean bathroom floors( very cozy), rooms have firm beds, very small tube TVs, only 3 lamps and not many electric outlets. The locks on the doors are old and flimsy , the keys have difficulty opening some of them. Cute Kitsch:The doors have a 2 part, farm style split across the middle, so you can hang out with the lower half closed, and the upper half open while you chat with Elsie and borrow a cup of sugar or suntan lotion.
Breakfast is really fresh artisan style pastries fruit , yogurts and good coffee and juice. not bad. This would not be my first choice unless I had a animal or small kids.But on a budget you'll probably be fine if the above drawbacks do not bother you.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed the great location- we hope to see you again soon & thank you for your review!
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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We dropped off our bags early at the Hofsas House as we needed to pick up friends at the Monterey Airport. When we returned to check-in the staff had already delivered them to our room. The Front Desk personnel is most welcoming, cordial and attentive, like family.

This unique hotel is perfectly situated off the main drag in downtown Carmel, walking distance to everything with plenty of on site parking. They also have a heated pool with plenty of lounge chairs. Every morning they serve great coffee, orange juice, perfect pastry's, fresh fruit and yogurt.

Clean and quaint lodging with updated bathrooms added to our comfort. Quality bath towels and bed linens and a little refrig to keep our wine and cheese cool were also appreciated. We especially like the balcony rooms and enjoy the Dutch door looking out toward the treetops and sea. Hearing the sound of the ocean just blocks away made our visit extra special. We loved our three night stay and look forward to returning before the end of the year.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the great location and our friendly staff! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This hotel is just north of Ocean Blvd. in a quieter area, but still an easy walk downtown. We also walked a little further to the beach, so we could avoid the hunt for parking there. The hotel is older, but rather unique, with different wallpaper and quilts in the rooms. From our second floor room, we had a glimpse of the ocean, but it you were up on the 3rd or 4th floors, you could see it quite well. There are some shared patio tables and chairs on the both the second and fourth floors. Inside the room, our mattress was rather firm, which I liked. However, the wooden window blinds were the only window coverings, which I didn't like, as I like to sleep in a dark room. Everyone has their own preferences though. The included breakfast had some great nut bread, as well as other pastries, yogurt and fruit. There are only a few seats in the front lobby to sit and eat at, so most people took their food back to their room. The front receptionists would give you a tray along with a carafe of coffee (not just cups) to take back to your room. Overall, I thought this hotel was very good for the reasonable price we paid. They are also pet friendly (in certain rooms.)

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed the great location and the ocean views. We are happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon. Thank you for the great review!
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Located in a quieter part of Carmel, the Pebble Beach side - easy walk to beach(downhill) - 1960's hotel - well maintained - views of ocean from some rooms - rooms clean and quaint - bathrooms updated - better than average continental breakfast with real bakery sweets - staff very friendly and accommodating - a great value would definitely stay here again - in the same family since it opened!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Thank you for the fantastic review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We thank you for your kind words and we sincerely hope you visit us again soon.
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Clearwater, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I reviewed many places before chosing Hofsas House. We had a little issue with our room being changed, but it was all worked out. We had a room on the front road and the end of the building. It had a fireplace (we did not need it) and a large bathroom with this room. It was quite, with no view. That was ok, since we were driving down Hwy 1 and would see lots of great views. Everything was clean and worked just fine! I walked back from dinner at dark and felt very safe.
If in town again, we would book here but stay for 2 nights and not just one. Carmel is a nice place to relax and enjoy the town.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to your next visit!
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Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Yes, we are a bit prejudiced, but how really can you top the Hofsas House for the $ , the view, the location? Its not the Four Seasons or the Ritz Carlton. Just a great , homey place to stay.

Stay at other places if you want, but you will be back

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the great location and that you keep coming back! We are happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.
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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:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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