The Auberge Carmel is absolutely fantastic. I travel extensively in the US and abroad staying at all top hotels and inns - Four Seasons, Ritz, etc etc and this is one of my new favorite places to stay in the entire world.
Location is perfect - just off the main drag in town - but on a quiet side street so it feels removed from the bustle - a couple of long blocks up the hill from the beach - with the front room having distant ocean views. Our room #12 - was on the front corner and was large with a distant view of the water.
It is not a luxury hotel (no spa no gym) - but rather what i would call a luxury European style inn. The place itself is quaint and charming beyond belief - while the rooms are large and very nicely appointed. Bathrooms are large- have radiant floor heat and large soaking tubs and all the nice touches you would expect at a high end property.
Service is amazing - Christian one of the concierges could not have been more helpful - friendly and knowledgeable.
Courtyard is very attractive and an amazing spot for the complementary breakfast they offer.
Its all the little things that make this place so great - welcoming drinks - free water and snacks and coffee in the lobby through out the day - a fantastic if simple breakfast that you can take in your room - in the courtyard or in the dining room all included in your room rate. Great quality sheets - nice flat screen - great towels and robes in the bathroom - cookies left by your bedside every night.
The restaurant deserves its own entire review - its very high quality cuisine - in a small and cozy dining room - food is amazing as is the staff - but you do pay a high price for it. If your are not a "foodie" I might save the money and dine at any of the other fine restaurants in town.
The only negative in the whole experience was the room could be a bit noisy - not terribly so - and not surprisingly given the age of the building - but given all the other upgrades I would have assumed it would be a bit more noise proof. If you are very sensitive to noise something to consider or ask about when booking maybe our room is a nosier one.
But that is me being very nitpicky - overall the place is wonderful - cant wait for a return visit - I would without a second of doubt recommend it to anyone - by far the best place to stay in Carmel and well worth the price.
- 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