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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tickle Pink Inn

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Tickle Pink Inn
Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Just lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2008

Our only regret was that we were only here on a stop over. The view from our room (King bed sea view suite - room 16) was so amazing we just looked at it for about an hour when we got there. Beautiful room, open fire, comfortable chairs, lovely bedroom with a fabulous bed, and a gorgeous bathroom. Our balcony was enormous and even when it was dark proved amazing - for star gazing!
Carmel itself is only a 10 minute taxi ride that cost us about 10 or 15 dollars, and is also lovely. i did a lot of research into places to stay along highway 1, and anywhere with these kind of views and luxurious rooms tends to be around 700 per night, whereas this cost us 300. So a great choice at a great price.

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — can't think of anything!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2008

We traveled here over the holidays and were planning a few days in the Monterey area, as well as a few days in Napa. As other reviewers have remarked, this is quite expensive. On the other hand, the views, service, food, and other amenities were quite good.

When I checked in, the person who worked the desk was not friendly and very officious but I didn't chat with her again on the trip. The person I spoke mostly with after that first check-in was extremely helpful and very nice. I'd attribute the first person's behavior probably to being tired.

We stayed in the Senator's cottage which is not connected to the hotel. It is many flights of stairs below the main hotel - which can be quite a walk if you don't want to drive up and around. For us, we considered it great exercise and the views on the way up/down made it worth it. The views and privacy of the cottage make it perfect for a family or honeymooners. We enjoyed just looking out the window at all hours of the day. It was spacious and comfortable, but be forewarned that if one of you needs to use the internet, there was no internet from the cottage and you have to go up to the main office to use it.

The breakfasts were good but the same every day. Since they had a 3 night minimum, this can get a bit boring. The afternoon wine and cheese part was also good and everyone serving was very nice. The inn is a drive from Carmel's downtown and even though it's close, this can be a bother. Otherwise, we enjoyed our stay quite a bit and would recommend it.

  • Liked — very comfortable beds & great views
  • Stayed December 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2008

We were upgraded to a deluxe room. This is obviously a former motel converted into a boutique hotel. We had a most enjoyable stay with a warm, raging log fireplace, plenty of space, clean linens and an excellent, comfortable bed. The hot tub is a bit small and doesn't really have much of a view, but it was fun for just the two of us after dinner on a cold night.

  • Liked — Really romantic location
  • Stayed March 2007
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2 Thank Stinkaroo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2007

We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to relax, and soak in 180-degree views of the fantastic northern California coastline.
Things we liked:

- Fantastic views of the Pacific & the coastline from the room, and when you open the balcony doors you get to hear the ocean waves crashing onto the rocks below!
- Terrific, personal service - everyone at the desk was extremely helpful. Someone made a note of a casual question I asked while making my reservation, and when we checked in, they asked me about it again and made sure my question was addressed! Also, we got great restaurant recommendations. I'm an experienced traveler, and I can tell you the service was truly personalized and impressive.
- Breakfast brought to your room- it was easy to order, and brought over promptly (and hot); again, great service

Things lacking (though it shouldn't be a deal breaker):

- No restaurant on-site - need to go into town (4-5 miles drive north) for lunch/dinner or depend on the next-door Highlands Inn restaurant (they do accommodate room service to the Tickle Pink)
- Room/bathroom & furnishings are closer to a $ 200/nt hotel, not that of a $ 400+/nt hotel. Nothing seriously wrong as such with the room, just not the level of luxury you'll see with a property that charges at that rate. (E.g. the bathroom fixtures had peeling brass plating; rooms were fairly small) Just be aware that you're paying $ 150 for the room, and the balance $ 250+ for location & view. If that's fine with you, and you level-set your expectations beforehand, you'll be fine.

  • Stayed December 2007
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8 Thank Well-Travelled-CA
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2007

I've just returned from a 2 night stay at the Tickle Pink and wanted to write a detailed report for those who are interested, so that i can maybe help you know what to expect a little bit better...

Let me start by saying that this was a special trip for my boyfriend's bday (i'm not allowed to say HOW old he turned, but let's just say that it was a significant bday!) and i really wanted it to be as special as possible. He works hard and treats me like gold, so i felt that this "significant bday" should really be memorable for him.

My boyfriend had no idea where we were going, until we actually pulled into the inn. It was a fun surprise for both of us, as i had never even seen the TP before. We received a friendly greeting, and a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie as well as a nice description of the property and what they offered. I had booked us an oceanview suite with fireplace and jacuzzi tub. We were thrilled when we arrived at room 34 - the views were of course breathtaking and it felt very private and secluded. It really was much better than i could have imagined!

A few minutes later our champagne and chocolates arrived, along with a yellow rose. We unpacked and then enjoyed the views for awhile before going upstairs to the wine and cheese reception. (They served 2 varieties of red, 2 of white as well as sparkling cider and water. Snacks included goat cheese, crackers, sliced bread, 5 kinds of cubed cheese, peppers, olives, grapes and some other fruits) It was lovely to sit outside under the heat lamps! Afterwards we left the hotel to go get dinner, and when we returned is when the trouble started...

Apparantly the people staying above us were having some sort of competition to see just how much they could stomp around, back and forth ALL night. It was horrible. I just want to warn people that you will hear EVERYthing that goes on through these thin walls - cabinets slamming shut, footsteps, even conversations. You will also hear their jacuzzi tub filling up, and then the noise of the jets as well. This completely put a damper on our night. I will admit that i'm a bit more sensitive to noise than the average person, but this was just totally unnacceptable.
Looking back, we should have gone up and asked them to please quiet down - but really, how do you ask someone to not walk back and forth?! Again, i just want to warn those looking for peace and quiet that you definitely do NOT want to have anyone above you.

So, after our lovely neighbors finally quieted down for the night, they were up bright and early the next morning, stomping and slamming til their hearts content. This day was my boyfriend's bday and i had visions of us lounging around in bed, drinking mimosas and just enjoying the quiet...needless to say, this didn't happen and i was sooo disappointed. We made the best of it and decided to make coffee (they offer fresh ground coffee as well as tea and hot chocolate in the rooms - very nice touch) and sit on our balcony. The robes that they provide are wonderful. We hated to get out of them!

I should also note that our friends upstairs decided that feeding the seagulls would just be a great idea - so can you imagine the amount of poop that 2 dozen seagulls produces?? And where do you think it landed? Yes...on our balcony, while we were out there reading the paper.

After breakfast i went to the front desk and spoke with anne, who was happy to move us to suite 16 - a room with no one above us, thank goodness. I truly don't think i could have spent another minute in our old room, especially since the same neighbors would indeed be there for the 2nd night. Anne did apologize, but i got the feeling that this is not the first noise complaint they've recieved - more on that later. And it would have been nice if they had offered ~some~ sort of compensation - maybe even another bottle of champagne - especially since this was a special occasion, but i guess i wasn't in the mood to ask.

The only downfall was that our new suite didn't have a jacuzzi tub, but DID have a fireplace, larger balcony and better view. I happily accepted! Our wrap around balcony could easily have fit 20 people, and the unobstructed view was truly amazing. Suite 16 was so quiet, and we were finally able to lounge in bed and enjoy that champagne that i mentioned earlier :) They offer complimentery dvd rentals - about 3 dozen classics (including Play Misty for Me, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dial M for Murder) and 3 dozen new releases. We were there on a rainy, windy day, so it was wonderful to stay in and enjoy a movie with the heater and fireplace going! We even slept with the bedroom window slightly open because we love the sounds of a storm. It was so wonderful to snuggle under the down comforter and luxorious sheets! (Speaking of rain, there are several umbrellas available for guest use - just ask in the lobby.)

I enjoyed the dimmers they have in the living room - great for mood lighting! Also, bring cd's because they do have cd players in each room. Very romantic to have jazz, etc. playing in the background. Gilchrist and Soames bath products are provided - us girls will appreciate that :) Be warned that they DO allow smoking on the balconies here...Luckily none of our neighbors lit up, but i could see how gross it would be to have smoke blowing around you while you're trying to enjoy the ocean breezes.

Obviously we enjoyed suite 16 MUCH more than 34 - i liked the fact that #16 had a seperate bedroom, it felt more private that way. #34 was just one large room, with the living room, jacuzzi and bed all in the same area. I also felt the decor in 16 was slightly better. But like many other reviewers have said, it is a bit dated. For example, a very faded, gold framed, print hung above our jacuzzi. It kind of looked like something you might find in a retirement community or something...But i felt that the bathroom, bedroom, drapes, carpeting, etc. were pretty consistent with the average quality of a 4 star hotel. Remember, this isn't the Four Seasons. :)

I hope i have helped in planning any future trips! I really wished i had known about the noise issue before going - it would have made a huge difference in our stay. I gave the TP 3 stars because the first night was pretty much awful, but the 2nd night was almost 5 stars. We most likely won't be back - too many other places we want to see, but we appreciate and respect other people's love of this sweet little place.

( P.S. As we walked into the lobby to check out, we overheard another couple in there complaining - i heard the words, " we couldn't get a moment's rest." It makes me think that maybe THEY got stuck in #34 underneath Mr. and Mrs. Loud, just like we had on our first night...)

  • Liked — Views, of course!
  • Disliked — Thin walls, too close to other people. Would rather pay higher rates and stay in a more secluded place.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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22 Thank nosacrificeatall
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Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2007

Tickle Pink Inn has a quaint relaxing atmosphere that you just won't find at your common hotel chains. I am amazed at some of the negative reviews a few have made about the place. I suppose there are people out there that will find fault with anything or everything no matter where they stay.

That being said.... Tickle Pink is in a class by itself. Yes, it is older, yes, it is small, yes it is a bit out of the way but the owners have made it into somthing special and unique that stands out amongst the cookie cutter facilities one could stay at if they so wanted. Both my new husband and I prefer something a bit different than what everyone else might want and so TPI is a good fit for us. If you are looking for new, boxy and ordinary place to stay my suggestion is go somewhere else.

My husband and I stayed in room 3. The view from the balcony (where our wedding ceremony was performed!) was breath taking, and the weather wonderful even for October and the staff very intentive.

The linens were everything they said they would be. Comfortable, and felt delightfully decadent against your skin. The amenities a bit above average and the extensive continental breakfast adequate (although after 4 days you did begin to crave something a bit different and I would have intensified the seasonings somewhat on their egg florentine speciality) Oh and yes they do have hairdryers in the room... they are thoughtlfully hidden away in the vanity drawer)

The wine reception was a nice break in the early evening with a good wine selection and excellent cheeses.

We plan to return to Tickle Pink for our 10th anniversary. The staff went far beyond just 'good customer service' to make our small intimate wedding all that it could be.

We know several friends that have stayed at both TPI and the monstrosity down below called the Hyatt (which in my opinion blocks a perfectly good view, (said friends paid substantially more for their room compared to TPI & they all say they would pick TPI over it any day of the week)

Just a word of warning........ watch out for Gary the seagull if you decide to eat out on the balcony....... he loves muffins..........

  • Liked — the linens and view
  • Disliked — no restaurant onsite
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank ArkansasSugar
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Suffolk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2007

Stayed here for 1 night as part of a tour of California and it was superb. The building doesn;t look much from the outside but the rooms are really comfortable and welcoming and there is an informal relaxed atmosphere to the place.

All the staff were very helpful and they have put a lot of effort into simple touches that make a big difference. They seem to have thought of most things.

Would definitely stay again

  • Liked — The quality of the rooms and thought around design
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rohi
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Property: Tickle Pink Inn
Address: 155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923-9601
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#3 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Carmel oceanfront hotel dramatically situated above the rocky coastline that stands at the gateway to world-famous Big Sur. Let yourself be pampered with every amenity…from cozy European bedding and private decks with sweeping views to homemade breakfast pastries and an evening wine & cheese reception with soothing classical music. ... more   less 
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