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“Charming !” 5 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 #19 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
sacramento
2 reviews
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“Charming !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2009

We loved our stay at the Hofsas House. The staff was friendly and helpful and the room was spotless and cheerful. We loved that it was walking distance to the shops and the ocean. We stay there atleast once a year.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

We only decided to take a short weekend trip to Carmel. Since we were only staying Saturday night, we didn't expect we would get a whole lot of choices. Hofsas House was available and was very reasonable priced. So, we booked.

We were pleasantly surprised and delighted how centrally located Hofsas House and yet it was in a very quiet part of town. When we checked in, we were told by Carrie that we were upgraded to a suite. Don't expect too much. It's not a suite as you would expect at a traditional hotel. However, I was awed by the view and added amenities in our "suite".

Overall, my companion and I had a great experience, especially waking up to the beautiful sun and view of the ocean outside our window.

Yes, indeed, it's a motel, inn, lodge, bed and breakfast, etc. It's basically not a hotel. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, it's pretty awesome without paying an arm and a leg.

I would definitely recommend it if you are not looking for anything fancy.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

This visit was our second visit to Hofsas House. We returned because of the affordability, the proximity to the delights of Carmel, and the gracious hospitality of the staff. We enjoyed the views as well, and took a short walk to eat at The Forge (which we found quite affordable with very good food).

Carrie and the entire staff work very hard to make their guest's stay a pleasant experience...we appreciate them for ensuring our stay was pleasantly memorable.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

We arrived in Carmel without any reservations and the Hofsas House was the first hotel we came to. They offered us a king room for $99 or a larger room with fireplace and view of the ocean for $130 which we accepted.

Although we were there in July it was quite chilly at night so we did actually use the fire. The room was ok but the bathroom could do with being updated.

There is no breakfast room so you have to go to reception to collect breakfast and take it to your room which was ok as there was a large table in the room. Breakfast consisted of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. Basic but ok although it would be nice to have an alternative to the high fat/high calorie pastries e.g. bread or bagels.

For the price we paid, it was good value. Not sure how it compares to other hotels in Carmel.

Carmel is amazing but the restaurants are very expensive. We had a good value meal in Brophy's sports bar, just across the road from the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

While the room was quite sizable for our party of four + doggie, the beds were quite uncomfortable, and the heater was not working properly. It was fixed after a few calls, but just barely.

Their dog policies are also a bit stringent, with a "no dogs allowed on beds or furniture" as part of the contract. If your dog is used to lolling on the furniture or sleeping in bed with you, how do you break him of it in a few days? We stayed at two other "dog-friendly" hotels on our trip--one a major chain; and it did not have such policies written in.

The final straw was when the clerk ran the entire three nights charge on my debit card on the first night, rather than authorizing the first night, as was specified. This screwed up our limited funds big time, and when I complained at the front desk on checkout and asked for them to fix it, the accounting woman acted as though I had asked for her first-born child, and was almost resentful that she had to correct what was, in our eyes, their mistake.

I cannot recommend the place, as there are cheaper, and much more amenable places to stay across the bridge in Monterey. It's also a more active town. Carmel is beautiful, but that's about it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale
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16 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

First the good points. Traveling with 2 teenagers, we booked a family suite w/ fireplace. Separate closet areas and bathrooms, beds very comfortable. Quiet location a couple of blocks from "downtown". Husband loved the dry sauna. Incredible service from all staff, Renee delivered a flashlight and blanket to our room after we told her at checkin that we were heading to the beach after dinner, she also assisted with restaurant selection and provided discount coupon. On the negative-it's really just a motel, nothing fancy or even particularly nice about the room. The website, while accurate, makes the place look nicer than it is in person. Breakfast consisted of pastries, juice, and coffee. OK for the money. Carmel is too charming to settle, would look for something with a little more character next time.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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17 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2009

Received very good rate for two nights at the Hofsas House Hotel. Charming lobby area and helpful desk clerk. Pet friendly hotel, charged $25 per night pet fee. They provided a blanket for the dog, which was a nice touch.

The room had a nice view of the trees and ocean. King sized bed was comfortable and the bathroom was fairly large. Very clean room and grounds.

I especially enjoyed the outdoor seating area on the upper deck. Great place to read, sit in the sun and enjoy the view. Continental breakfast was served in the lobby and they provided a tray to take the food back to your room. Definitely within walking distance to downtown Carmel; about 15 minute walk to the beach.

Worth checking out for the value and location in Carmel.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hofsas House Hotel

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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Carmel
#10 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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