Not one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in, but probably one of my favorites. We needed a last minute reservation for Labor Day weekend and booking.com directed us here as one of the few places with a room left. The price was in our budget ($189) and looked fairly nice from the photos, so we went for it.
First, great location! It's located right on a main street in Carmel so we were easily within walking distance to great shops, fabulous restaurants, bars...and the beach, too! Monterey is a short drive away and if you walk straight down to the beach from the hotel, you can see a great view of Pebble Beach golf course to the north.
The hotel has old charm appeal. It has not been rennovated to comply with earthquake standards and I think as a result, the walls are lumpy and some of the doorways are slanted. If this bothers you, don't stay here. For myself and my boyfriend, we loved the uniqueness of the place and appreciated these little quirks and oddities as contributing to the fact that it is a stay we will never forget.
The rooms are rather small, but having a large walk-in closet in our room definitely helped as we did not have to leave our bags and such lying across the floor of our room. What they may lack in luxury, they make up in personal touches...the next day's weather report left in your room the night before, a turndown service complete with chocolate mints, a newspaper left at your door in the morning, and a bottle opener fastened to the door of the bathroom! The pillow-top mattress was quite comfortable and the padded headboard and extra pillows made sitting up to watch TV quite relaxing.
The staff was great! We received a very friendly greeting at check-in and the front desk staff was always fairly chatty and helfpul. The bellmen were very friendly and helpful as well. They even allowed us to store our bicycles in their manager's office, which we could access at anytime and gave us peace of mind, not having to chain them up outside to some desolate bike rack.
My only real complaint was the showers. The showerheads were angled so that they were directly overhead and they were quite high, reducing the force of the stream from an already weak water pressure considerably. It took forever to shampoo and rinse my thin hair, can't imagine what someone with long thick hair would do.
Due to the short duration of our stay, we did not get a chance to check out the hotel restaurant/bar Il Fornaio, but it looked delicious!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pine Inn is a boutique, full-service hotel, boasting the most elegant rooms in Carmel and all the amenities you expect. Our custom-furnished rooms feature Aireloom Pillow-Top mattresses for the best night’s sleep. We are located in the heart of Carmel, California surrounded by quaint shops, art galleries, and hidden courtyards—only four blocks from Carmel’s sandy white beach (breathtaking views of Pebble Beach and Point Lobos!). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pine Hotel Carmel