We booked this hotel over the phone on a summer weekend when it was the last property available. And on arriving we discovered why!
The place would actually be quite charming if weren't for the frowsy, bedraggled air that permeates every corner. We arrived just before sunset and there were guests sitting out on the patio with glasses of wine (offered by the hotel). Nice touch, but too bad the wine was such poor quality (I am from California, so I know).
The room itself was highly disappointing, especially since we were paying $180 (plus tax!) for the night!. There are motels that are much more attractive and appealing! The view from our room was lovely, but the windows were so dirty that it was not easy to see it. All furnishings were shabby and worn, and appeared not to have been changed or even refreshed since sometime in the (early) 1980's. The television a) did not work ,and b) will soon be a collectors' item (massive CRT)! The carpet bore numerous holes, stains, and even burn marks. The bed-linens were clean, but old and dilapidated. The bathroom was light and airy, but there was mould between the tiles, the door was filthy, and the shower rod was rusty (!).
This said, the location is perfect. You can walk to Ocean Street and the beach, and there is not that much traffic. The owners are gracious and kind. Structurally, the hotel is well laid-out, with good sized rooms with great views. It just needs a MAJOR renovation. Until then, chose ANY other Carmel property, unless you have dogs (this hotel is pet-friendly, since any damage four-legged friends could cause would simply blend in with the rest of decor) or are desperate and can't find any other place to stay (but brace yourselves!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- English styled country Inn with rooms and suites, ocean views, garden and patio; quiet area three blocks from the village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Wayfarer Hotel Carmel