We spent 2 nights at L'Auberge & it was like arriving in heaven after a rather ordinary apartment experience in San Francisco. It has a delightfully European feel to it - think stylish French country Inn. The staff are delightful, professional & cannot do enough to help whilst still being discreet. We had a courtyard room on the ground floor & whilst the room itself was lovely & spacious with a big bathroom, my only comment with being on the ground floor was that we had to close our curtains on occasion for privacy if there were guests eating or drinking in the courtyard outside our window. The location is great - right in the middle of the most charming town & a few minutes walk to the beach.
Just one comment, the delightful receptionist informed us on our arrival that there was no need to tip hotel staff as a charge of $30 was added to the bill on departure to cover it which we thought was a great idea as being Aussies we struggle a bit with the whole tipping culture in the US. What I didn't realize she meant was $30 per day & if you stop in the bar on your way home from dinner for a little nightcap as we did, you are still expected to tip the barstaff.
All in all though a most enjoyable stay & would highly recommend for a romantic getaway albeit not a cheap one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1929, the European-style luxury hotel is located just four blocks from famous Carmel Beach and an easy stroll to the village's numerous art galleries, shops and restaurants. Major renovations have transformed the hotel's 20 guest rooms, entrance and landscaped courtyard into a romantic Carmel setting. Luxuriously romantic, the Carmel hotel was created for adults to relax, rejuvenate and nurture relationships—the perfect Carmel escape getaway. The interior decor of guest rooms is rich and pleasing, warm jewel tones accent the quaint charm of the architecture. Individually designed guest rooms feature the finest fabrics and linens, enlarged bath areas with radiant floor heating, some with soaking tubs. It is one of Carmel’s few full service luxury hotels offering valet parking, room service and highly personalized guest services. The highlight of L'Auberge Carmel is its intimate 12-table restaurant, Aubergine, featuring a 4500-bottle wine cellar. It is the passion of Executive Chef Justin Cogley. All accommodations include a sumptuous continental breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Auberge Carmel Hotel Carmel