The photos of this place made us look forward to staying. I must say here that I was hesitant because I'm not really a fan of 'quaint' (can mean eclectic or just plain weird according to the owners individual taste in decorating!), or 'Inns' (can be small and kind of friendly to the point of intrusive). Well, I was right to be hesitant. Despite the photos, the Inn also has a sister Inn across the road so it was a bit confusing where we were to check in. We did, in a small space where there was room for a chair that was taken by a man who looked quite comfortably and lengthily ensconsed taking up the happy hour drinks session in that tiny space at the reception.
Over to the room, upstairs with the bags to the far end passing in front of the other rooms with rolling baggage along the timber landing (note to self to try to be extra quiet leaving early the next morning). Room decorated in a mishmash of furniture styles and looking a little worn and patched. The carpets (one over the other atop something else pretty lumpy looking) looked like they could do with a good clean. The bathroom was a real squeeze and the less said the better. The sherry on offer was unnecessary (but very quaint..) but in all fairness, the bed was comfortable (at least I think so, we'd been driving all day and I may have slept well on a sack of patatoes!) and the owner had provided us the night before with a bunch of breakfast items (minus the pastries) that would ordinarily be provided at 8am be which time we'd be long gone. They were very welcome and included fruit, juice, yoghurt, water. All items we made use of on our next day of 10 hours driving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked into the famous artisan village of Carmel-by-the-Sea you will find this classic country-style bed and breakfast inn. Each guest room is individually appointed with distinctive furnishings creating an enchanted ambiance of romance and comfort. All rooms have a private bath, television, telephone ... and our signature sherry. A light breakfast is included in room rate as well as complimentary wine and cheese reception every afternoon, free WiFi and parking. Coffee makers, tea, iron and ironing board, mini fridge, hair dryers, Gilchrist & Soames bath Amenities are in every room.Casa de Carmel is great for romantic getaways, honeymoons, families with children, vacations with friends, personal retreats, and business travelers alike. Downstairs rooms are wheelchair accessible and pet friendly rooms are available. The location of this Carmel-by-the-Sea bed and breakfast inn is perfect for easy access to Carmel beach, the finest restaurants, unique shops and well-known art galleries. The majestic Big Sur is just a short drive south and the opulent Pebble Beach is adjacent to the north. The Tor House and Monterey Bay Aquarium are just minutes away as is the wine region of Carmel Valley and Point Lobos State Reserve, where Ansel Adams took many famous photos. We welcome your visit to Casa de Carmel - an extraordinary travel experience you will remember ... and aspire to relive often! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa De Carmel Hotel Carmel