My husband and I drove the Central Coast and wanted to stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea over Monterey. We were correct, Carmel is an adorable and romantic little village and Monterey is somewhat of a concrete jungle by the ocean (unless you're staying at Pebble Beach).
Anyways, we read the reviews and I was a little skeptical but booked nonetheless. The walls were in fact very thin. I could hear our neighbor coughing. However, we didn't spend much time in the hotel. We spent most of our time hiking and walking around town. We used the hotel for sleeping and showering. And it served its purpose very comfortably. Our bed was fine and I'm a lover of expensive mattresses and fine linens with high thread counts. It wasn't the Westin, but it was still nice. The pillows were nice down and varied in firmness. The sheets were soft and the mattress was pretty good.
The room was quaint - yes, it hasn't been updated in a long time, but it's cute in a retro sort of way. We had a refrigerator to keep our champagne cool and the strawberries that we picked up on the side of the road from the actual farm. I highly recommend the strawberries if you drive by a stand south of Big Sur.
They have fresh-baked pastries delivered from a bakery in the morning. The staff was SUPER friendly and gave excellent restaurant recommendations.
Personally, I'd rather spend the money on activities than hotels. If you share this mantra and are a heavy sleeper, then book here.
Also, unlike some of the more "high end" hotels we stayed at during our week long trip, they did not nickel and dime us. Parking was free. We could use the refrigerator (no sensors). Wireless internet was free. Coffee and bakery pastries were free. Etc.
If you are the type of person that always manages to find a reason to complain, rather than actually enjoying your vacation, then this is not the hotel for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casual European elegance with the warmth of family hospitality, a boutique family-owned inn with 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Other amenities include: continental breakfast, heated swimming pool, dry saunas, off-street parking, free wireless Internet access & some rooms dog friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hofsas Hotel Carmel
- Hofsas House Hotel Carmel