We only stayed here for one night as a stop-over on the way to Big Sur but wish we had more time here. It is very easy to find and the location is only a couple of minutes drive away from highway 1 and Ocean Avenue where you can find some nice places to eat.
We were recommended a place to have dinner nearby but unfortunately by the time we had unpacked our bags and had a (long) rest, it was past 9pm which is when most restaurants nearby close.
We stayed in room 11 which I think is one of the smallest, most basic within the B&B but it is just enough for our needs. At first we had difficultly finding our room (embarrassingly) because the way the rooms are positioned are around twists and turns across different pathways. This is by no means a negative thing though because it meant each block had a little secluded area to sit outside and enjoy a beverage if the weather was nice enough. You walk past pretty plants and flowers when getting to and from your room and the whole feeling just felt quaint and charming.
There was also a really cosy-looking public garden area for guests to enjoy!
Anyway, our room was really clean and modern with a queen bed. The bathroom was really nicely decorated.. very modern.
Our room was facing the car park and we didn't hear much traffic noise although the walls ARE rather thin so you will hear noises from people in the room above you walking around. This didn't bother us too much though as we are usually too tired by the time we go to sleep anyway!
Also... the other negative thing I could say is that they could have painted the walls a nice colour as everything else seemed well put together apart from the walls. Again... just a minor note that wouldn't stop us from staying again.
Self-serve breakfast in the morning is from 8am-10am. We loved our breakfast even though it was the basics! They had a few varieties of pastries, granola yogurt, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea. Everything was nicely presented and simple. Even though all food items were cold, they were fresh and tasty. We even took some coffee and tea back to our room with us for our trip ahead.
Overall, I felt really relaxed staying here and could easily have stayed here for a few more days. I wish I had more time to explore the village area and Carmel itself but unfortunately Big Sur was our goal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vendange Carmel Inn has just been recently been renovated this month. We are doing a pre-opening starting now to showcase our new rooms with brand new furniture and brand new bathrooms as well. We have an exquisite pergola area and Wi-Fi that access all the buildings now. We have fixed the noise issues during the renovation process as guests reviews have told us both were a major issue. Now our rooms are very elegant, modern, and very tasteful with a special theme. Please come in and check them out! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Crystal Bay Hotel Carmel