The positives. Everyone working at the B&B including the owners are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and clean. The limited breakfast items are all made fresh and the rosemary cookies offered during the wine social in the evening being especially tasty and certainly unique.
The negatives may come across as nitpicky but they impacted our overall stay. The new owners are slowly improving the property and the rooms are showing some wear that needs addressed. The TV in our room was one of the old fashioned, non-flat screen, non-HD TV's despite the presence of cable. We are not there to watch TV but killing time before dinner reservations, it would have been nice to actually be able to watch what was on. There is a lack of hot breakfast items. Scones made the second morning were delicious. Despite informing the owners of my wife's allergy to bananas during booking, the first morning's breakfast, sure enough, featured banana bread as a core item. The woman working that morning offered scrambled eggs which my wife also ordered the second day and are supplemented with just one piece of toast, with no butter or jam on the side.
The room hosting the breakfast/evening wine social is remodeled and quite nice. With ten rooms and presuming 20 people max, staying at a given time, it would have been nice to have had a couch/coffee table and maybe one additional softer chair for ambiance during the evening wine, substituting out a couple of the diner-style tables and chairs. More conducive to conversation than the breakfast table/chair setting. I can understand not having a local newspaper for each room but having the morning's paper, whether local or from San Francisco, in the common area would have been a nice touch on a Saturday/Sunday morning to obtain some local news and flavor of events planned.
As I said earlier, this B&B is clearly being upgraded but the rooms themselves are quite stark. Our room was dark with wood interiors and limited natural lighting. Hotel "art" is way overstated but in our entire room there were two maybe 12X12 pictures throughout. Some larger, brighter pictures throughout could have provided more ambiance to the darkness within our room. A Canadian couple that we ended up spending some time with during breakfast/evening wine and walking into town complained about their fireplace backing-up smoke into their room. Apparently it happened a second night to the extent that the husband was amazed the smoke alarm did not go off and they had to sleep with the windows open to clear out the air.
In summary. This is a nice place with owners and workers who care. I am certain that over time they will upgrade rooms and offer more amenities you see in other B&B's. We would stay here again but might check out other properties in the area for better deals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our five patio suites have totally new bathrooms from basement to attic. All the patios are freshly painted. Our bistro dining rooms now serves a home made hot item changing each day for breakfast and we have added lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies right from the oven to our wine party. The wood for all ten fireplaces is seasoned pine and lights quickly, cracking with natural warmth to offset the summer foggy evenings in Carmel. S'mores in our fire pit nightly, on request. ... more less
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- Carmel Garden Court Hotel Carmel