Just spent two nights at the Sandpiper Inn. Overall, would recommend. Service is very good - both innkeeper Bill Lee and morning hostess Linda are wonderful - very hospitable and friendly. Bill knows the Carmel area very well and recommended a very good "local" Japanese restaurant that charges meals at half the price of the typical pricey eateries in town. The ambience of the inn is nice but casual - a craftsman styled building (the inn was built in the 1920's) filled with an eclectic assortment of furniture both antique and replica. Morning breakfast is continental but good, featuring delicious croissants from a local Monterey bakery, granola, yogurt and fresh diced fruit. One drawback, although minor, is a slight musty smell (like a used bookstore) in the lobby and library that I did not notice after the first night. The other drawback is the potentially high rates - I paid $119 per night in mid December, but don't think I would pay much more during peak season. Although I realize, rates in Carmel can be quite high for what you get. Keep in mind that some rooms are smaller and offer less privacy. My wife and I stayed in room 11, which I highly recommend for its privacy, quietness, space and best bay view (slightly obstructed by trees and homes).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like being a house guest in someone's exclusive seaside home. This early California country style inn, established in 1929, boasts of ocean views and the sounds of the surf crashing on the soft sand of Carmel Beach. Enjoy the serene comfort in one of our cozy rooms, by the fire in our fireside lounge, or outside on one of our garden patios. The Sandpiper Inn is the perfect getaway for the romantic couple or for those that just want to get away from the daily grind and relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandpiper Inn Carmel Hotel Carmel