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“Wonderful Ocean View suite and quiet.” 5 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 #18 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
California
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Wonderful Ocean View suite and quiet.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

We just returned from our 20th Anniversary trip and we stayed at the Highlands Inn, Carmel. It's nice that the hotel gave us a suite high up in the hill with a beautiful view of the ocean, the cove, and Point Lobos State Park. Shortly after we checked in, they also sent in a bottle of chilled champangue and chocolate coated strawberries. The suite has a fully equipped kitchen, nice sitting area, and a huge hot tub. Nicely furnished. Being up on the top floor, we enjoyed plenty of view and still have privacy. It certainly make our Anniversary very romantic and memorable. However, we didn't get to see sunset because it was cloudy the two days we were there.

We took the timeshare offers so the two night stay was very good rate and the timeshare units are also supposedly better than the hotel units. The timeshare presentation was decent and not a lot of pressure.

The Pacific Edge restaurant was outstanding. We truly enjoyed our meals. We loved the tasting menu, the lobster appetizer, and I have a surprisingly good carrot cake which has a yummy mango and pineapple roll on top.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

We were up & down the central coast to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We had an excellent room by the pool, ocean view, WOOD burning fire place with complementary chocolate strawberries & wine. The Pacific Edge was a great restaurant also.

  • Liked — The room
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2008

Well I have mixed feeling about this resort. It charges Four Season's prices but is not near a Four Seasons. The views, however, are stunning and you can tell when it was refurbished (my best guess is late 1990's) it was probably nice but refurbishing again should be on their schedule.
Let me prefice this review by saying that I am very particular--
PRO's:
1. The views, the views, the views
2. Illy coffee (not Starbucks--YEAH!)
3. Fabulous lounge/ sitting area with more views
4. Fireplaces with free and abundant firewood
5. Mini kitchenette
**did I mention the views??

CONS:
1. Dated interior rooms
2. You cannot---I repeat CANNOT get a cot in there. There is one king bed and one queen sofa bed (with a better than average sofa mattress). They give you a blow up mattress if you need a cot (we had 5 people), but there is no room for this. In order to accomodate the blow up mattress you had to move tables and chairs and navigate cautiously around the mattress. Do not think you can stay here is you have 5 people since it is a townhome--it won't work!
3. Supplies are stingy--only four dishes in the kitchen and 4 forks, etc. Also, as mentioned before --we had 5 people. We had to request more plates and forks --which they brought but we had to request lots of things.
4. The binoculars they have in the room and the ironing board were broken. The refridgerator leaked and you could hear the dripping. Maintenence told us to leave it on low to defrost while we were there. Why do I have to defrost a fridge while I'm on vacation???
5. Housekeeping was poor--they never gave us replacement conditioners ---we always questioned whether or not they were there because nothing looked particularly cleaned.
6. No air conditioning--which is o.k. most of the time, but one day was humid and I would've like to have air.
7. Balconies are not private--I had wonderful neighbors to chat with, however, there were times I would've liked to be out by myself without conversation.
8. Pancakes--Yuck!
9. Mattress that needed replacing --It tilted toward the middle--

***this was a difficult review to write because I was so impressed and taken with the views that I tended to be willing to overlook some of the other issues that normally would've been a deal breaker for me. It doesn't appear that Hyatt is good with maintaining the rooms. I'll let some of my photo's speak for themselves.

  • Liked — The views, location, coffee, lounge and sitting area
  • Disliked — Rooms were not maintained to my satisfaction, rooms are fast becoming dated
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank sjrbt
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Chesterfield, MO
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2008

I was so disappointed to have paid $688.50 (AAA rate) for one night for the ocean view townhouse and not have nice furnishings. As you can see from the photos, the furniture is mismatched, chipped, and scratched. The pillow was so worn on the chair, we were reluctant to sit on it due to it looking very dirty. The baseboards were likewise banged up. Carpet was worn as well. The ocean view from the bedroom was blocked by an evergreen tree. The balconies needed repainting and the decking material looked as though it had never been stained or treated--very, very rustic.

When I called the front desk to express my disappointment, they explained that the interiors were scheduled to be updated in the fall. They were very nice in showing us another townhouse. It was a little better and we did move.

  • Liked — Friendly, helpful staff
  • Disliked — Room furnishings
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank wsmorton
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SF Bay Area
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

As past Hyatt Hotel partons we were contacted by the group selling time shares at Highlands Inn. We had always wanted to stay there but the $350 per night rates were a little out of our travel budget. Their offer of about $100 per night (with a $100 on-site restaurant credit) made this a deal we could not refuse. Wonderful accommodations (a room with a coastal ocean view that could be photographed and framed), a very friendly and helpful staff and immaculate grounds made this two day stay a lasting memory. The 90 minute time share presentation was truly a "no pressure" program explanation and tour. We acutally took up more time than that to give it very careful consideration. We will return to Highlands Inn, even at the full rack rate if necessary.

  • Liked — EVERYTHING
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Philadelphia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2008

This place is desperately in need of updating the rooms. It really should not be able to call itself a Park Hyatt with rooms that are run down and dated.

The hotel location is wonderful, just south of Carmel and on the northern edge of the Big Sur region. The view is terrific, and rooms have balconies for sitting. We also had a fireplace in the room that was great to enjoy as we went to sleep, though it is so well vented that it provided very little heat to the room. Bed is comfortable as are the cozy robes. All this is very nice, but there were a couple issues that left us disappointed with our stay.

For starters, the crowd is pretty old and square. Plenty of blue hair and cashmere cardigans to be seen in the public areas - and I think the staff mainly attend to these folks. It's not that we wanted a lobby scene like at a W or something, but we did feel out of place in this stuffy environment.
We are in our 30s an were treated rather coldly by a stiff lady at check in. Though according to the bellman the hotel had plenty of availability, we were given a tiny room with a diminutive shower stall - straight out of a 1980s Comfort Inn. Why assign guests to one of your worst rooms when there are plenty better available? Also, our balcony did have the nice view, but it was also level with the chimneys of the units below ours. It was hard to enjoy that great Pacific air with smoke blowing in our faces.
The furniture was old and peeling, the balcony door did not slide or lock easily at all, the carpet was dingy. Were these things a big deal? Of course not, but none of it is appropriate both for the price, as well as the "Park" designation of the hotel.


Bottomline:
Stay here only of you get a great rate and be ready to insist on a good room. Go with low expectations: expecting a 3 star motor lodge that happens to have a great bed and fine dining (but outrageously overpriced) restaurant on site.

Much of the property is dedicated to time share units. These are the rooms in prime locations, highest up on the hill. I think Hyatt should have these guys dedicate some more of the resources to updating and maintaining the neglected hotel part of the property. We will definitely return to the area, but unfortunately not to the Park Hyatt Highland Inn.

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Petaluma, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Park Hyatt for two nights. The location is fantastic, with incredible views of the ocean. The room decor was a little dated but had a full kitchen, with dishwasher, full size refrigerator, microwave, stove with an oven and somewhat stocked with utensils and a small amount of plates and glasses. The fireplace was completely set up and there was an ample supply of extra wood just down the path from the room. The downstairs living room area had a sleeper couch and a small dinning table. The TVs are old style and not flat screen. Having an overpriced cocktail at the bar overlooking the ocean was lovely. They had a wonderful jazz duo which played for a couple of hours.

Disappointing: They charge extra for internet access and of all things music.

Very Disappointing: The food at the Pacific View Restaurant was very disappointing. It was over priced and simply not good. The desert was particularly disappointing. The wine list as also overpriced.

If I were to come again, I would stay at a location closer to town or in town.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The restaurant
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank Sharongcc
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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:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#4 Spa Hotel in Carmel
#17 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
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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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