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“Beautiful but could be so much better for the price” 4 of 5 stars
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #16 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Santa Cruz, California
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8 reviews
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“Beautiful but could be so much better for the price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We actually had our wedding here, but while the venue was beautiful, convenient, and wonderful overall.. some minuses detracted from it. The staff were disappointing. We got surly bellboys and porters and manager types who just seemed to plaster a smile on their face and do next to nothing else. The price is semi-ridiculous for what you get. $400ish+ per night for a room with no central air (open the window for the ocean air they say) that hasn't been renovated since the early 90s at best. The main building is the best, most breathtaking, most classy part of the place, the rest is just pretty good. The fireplaces in the rooms were nice, but I needed more wood after about 30 minutes! I would come back here for a nice dinner maybe, but not to stay.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
We are so happy you chose to have your wedding with us and had a wonderful experience overall. we appreciate your feedback regarding your rooms and service. We will look into your comments and we sincerely hope you will stay with us again soon.
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San Rafael, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

For the price we paid our supposed to be luxury king size bedroom with ocean view (over 590$/night), i think they could have given us a nicer and bigger room. Our room was so tiny that the king size bed took all the space. We could hardly move around. The luxury that you normally find in a 4-5* hotel wasn't there. Room absolutely no special at all. Little fridge noisy, bathroom needs to be updated.
It's true that the views from the deck were fantastic. Restaurant was ok but we had to wait a long time between appetizer and entree for nothing special (salmon). Also overpriced.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Annikablack
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
We appreciate your review- it helps us to know what you enjoyed and where we need to improve. We will look into your comments and thank you for taking the time to review. We sincerely hope you will visit us again.
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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Just returned from a four-night stay at the Highlands Inn with the family. This was our first visit to the property, and I was really anxious to see what all the hype was about.

Well, when it comes to views, it simply doesn't get any better than this. The vistas of the rocky shore and Pacific Ocean are incredible to say the least. I compare it to looking at the priciest high definition TV...only there is no screen.

But the resort, on the other hand, has its issues. Many of the reviews I read prior to my stay were truly spot on in that the rooms are old, worn, and dated. The carpet was striped, and looked like something out of a 70s movie. It was also pretty stained, and in dire need of at least a deep cleaning, if not a replacement altogether. The furniture, which was sparse to begin with, has definitely seen its better days. Plus the heaters (along the baseboards) looked pretty beat up, and made load, clanking noises throughout the night. The utensils were nice and the appliances were up to date though.

We stayed in a multi-level one bedroom, which worked out great for us since we had our boys. This was also a plus as we had no one above us. Even so, you can still hear walking around at all times. These units are farther back, which but that makes for nicer views and less road noise.

Not much to do at the resort itself, other than just enjoy the scenery. There is a pool, but we never saw anyone use it. Not even a video library. Guess that is to be expected as the property mainly caters to adults. Would be nice if they had one, or at least some sort of activities. Still…great place to relax, hike, and enjoy nature. Monterrey is only 10 minutes away, and there is lots to see and do there as well.

Never ate at the property as they are all so overpriced. We always just search for the closest grocery store, and load up on food for our stay. In this case, there is a Safeway about two miles up the road. Had everything, and at great prices too.

All in all, we had a very pleasurable stay. The location, staff, and views help to offset the deficiencies of the rooms themselves. But Hyatt really needs to step it up with the room makeovers quickly if it going to keep its placard out front.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank M0455
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoyed staying with us and we appreciate your feedback regarding your rooms. We will look into your comments and we sincerely hope you will stay with us again soon.
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

High above the ocean in a lush site with oversize rooms, including a large Jacuzzi and a plentiful kitchen, this timeshare had everything one could want. From the restaurant one looked down on incredible views. Not far away was the lovely town of Carmel, California and nearby were Monterey and Pacific Grove. Even the mild weather made for an additional plus to this romantic stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Juvyjac
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
We are so happy you enjoyed staying with us and that you were able to enjoy some beautiful coastal weather! We sincerely hope you will stay with us again soon. Thank you for the wonderful review!
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Central Oregon, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We just loved this place. The view was incredible in Room 214. (Just like Valentines Day date.). We loved the hot tub and wood burning fireplace. Los Lobos State Park is very close and hiking is beautiful. Close to the town and other places are not too far. Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Pacific Grove was fun to go to. We had breakfast out on the Patio and the food was great with an awesome view. I can't wait to come back again sometime.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
We are so happy you enjoyed staying with us and that you enjoyed the local attractions! Thank you for the wonderful review & we sincerely hope you will stay with us again soon.
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Corona, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The Highlands Inn at Carmel is a beautiful Hotel/Residental Resort. We were gifted a stay at a time share unit in one of the residential condos with an amazing ocean view. The rooms were amazing...,open and clean and classy. It was an open floor plan with nice wood hanging partitions that you can close to have privacy in the bedroom and/or the bathroom suite. There is a jacuzzi tub that is to die for...separate glass shower and separate room for the toilet...with a fan! The living room is very tasteful with a very comfortable soft leather couch (and a very firm pull out bed) and a comfy over size chair all sitting next to a wood burning fireplace that they fill with wood and kindling for you each day. If you run out of wood all you have to do is go to the nearest wood storage area by your condo and get more! The smells of those wood burning fireplaces mixed with the ocean air is intoxicating, We kept saying how great the air smelled!
The grounds are well kept, very green with many flowers in bloom. They have a pool by the main lodge with a jacuzzi and 2 smaller jacuzzis throughout the property. There are a few stairs to walk to get down to the main Lodge but the walk is so pretty that you almost don't notice them! We found a wonderful fire pit for the guests to use that overlooks the ocean and is stocked with wood and kindling as well. If you should desire a bottle of wine or a snack while there then simple pick up the phone they have provided and order it like room service and they will deliver it to you fireside! Unfortunately we tried to order the "Smores Kit" off the fire pit menu but they did not have any..=(
At the main lodge the staff was very friendly and helpful. We ate a couple times at The Market restaurant that overlooks the pool with amazing views of the ocean and rocks. There is outside seating from which you can enjoy the view and the wonderful scent of the fireplaces that are burning around the property. The lodge itself has a giant room that has an active fireplace at each end with water/coffee and tea self serve. In the cocktail lounge area there is an amazing wall of glass where they have provided a telescope so you can take in the ocean view and possible see sea lions or Otters hanging out. The occasional bark of the sea lions can be heard in the distance.
We agreed to do a Time Share presentation which lasted about 1 1/2 hrs and was actually pleasant with no pressure. We opted out of buying one at this time but did receive a $100 voucher to use for almost anything at the resort. We applied it to our incidentals bill at the end.

Overall our stay at this resort was nothing short of perfect! Had we been in a little better financial situation we would have purchased that timeshare...the resort was that amazing! There is nothing else like beauty of Carmel...it is breathtaking and the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn made our stay there something we will never forget!

Room Tip: We had an ocean view but any room there whether ocean or grounds view would be good!.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Rondoffos
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoyed the fun fire-pits and the wonderful views. We sincerely hope you will stay with us again soon.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

Amazing views! Especially From the Hotels restaurant! The staff is very friendly and helpful, but I feel sorry for them because they are trying to save a dying horse. The price for the quality of the rooms is simply not worth it.. We have stayed at the finest hotels in Hawaii and the cost/benefit makes sense.. Here, the rooms are dated from the 70s . we were up all night listening to foot steps, voices, drawers closing etc...It was suppose to be a relaxing vacation.. we cut our loses and canceled our 2nd night. They said they would not charge us.. Time will tell.. Also, if you are a person that has pulmonary problems or is sensitive to firepit smoke.. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU..It has more of a Boy Scout Camp feel to it.. We enjoyed very much our next two nights at the Holiday in Tracy, Ca for 2/3 less the cost.. quiet, clean, fresh rooms.... time for re Hiatt to rebuild...

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 Thank monerg5
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CarmelHighlands, Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
We are so sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with us, and we encourage you to call and speak with our general manager. We pride ourselves on wonderful customer service, and a truly memorable, beautiful visit on this stunning property. We apologize that your room was not up to par. We hope you will consider staying with us again and we hope to speak with you soon.
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Property: Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Address: 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#17 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hyatt Carmel Highlands 4*
Number of rooms: 448
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
448 room luxury resort nestled in Monterey Pines overlooking Point Lobos State Reserve. Oceanview rooms include wood burning fireplaces and private balconies and 11 suites also include in-room double spa baths, kitchenettes. Renowned Pacific's Edge Restaurant (dinner only) and California Market Restaurant (breakfast & lunch). Rumors have been circulating that California Market is closed for renovation. These rumors are not true. We are open and enjoying the Fall weather and delicious seasonal menu items. In 2016, we will be going through several renovations at the hotel and will update guests once we have a firm schedule. ... more   less 
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