The staff at the Tickle Pink Inn try very hard to wow you with little "luxuries," like a bottle of champagne upon check-in, fancy bathroom amenities, nice linens, etc. Clearly, they are trying to make guests feel the experience is worth the steep price. If you've got the money to spend and don't care about the price, it's a nice stay. But, if you're watching your pennies and money is a factor, I'm not sure it's fully worth it. The room we had was really nice and the view of the cove - a direct view of the ocean is even more expensive -- was lovely. They offer a wine and cheese selection in the afternoons, but the space alotted for this on the deck is small for the number of guests who show up and there's some jockeying for seats. The same problem occurs at breakfast -- which is a relatively nice spread -- as people have to maneuver around each other to select food. Cramped quarters is an ongoing issue: the parking lot is tight, and the views, while beautiful, are sometimes limited by trees, other buildings, etc. Also, there is no elevator, and no air conditioning; the desk clerk said that the area doesn't get hot and advised us to open the doors. It's a nice place, but not as special as we had hoped, considering the price.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Tickle Pink Carmel
- Tickle Pink Bed Breakfast