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“Not a bad choice if your purpose is sleeping”
Review of Hofsas House Hotel

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Hofsas House Hotel
Ranked #21 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 16, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2009

On our recent trip up to northern California we decided to add an extra night in the quiet city of Carmel. We did not have a reservation at our usual favorite because we had not planned to stop there on this trip so we disappointed to find it booked. We knew finding a pet friendly place would not be difficult in this town so we were happy to find a vacentcy at the Hosas House Hotel. Let me tell you, this is Now our favorite place. Not only did we get a lovely room with a ocean view but it was also a pet lovers dream. The room was street level and large enough for him not to feel closed in. The room came with cont. breakfast that is more then generous and the staff is very knowledgable about the town. It is family owned and the people seen very happy to work there it is passed on to the guests. As a pet lover and ex-hotel hospitality trainer my hat is off to the owners and staff of this establishment. Hope to see them again soon.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

We loved our stay at the Hofsas House. The staff was friendly and helpful and the room was spotless and cheerful. We loved that it was walking distance to the shops and the ocean. We stay there atleast once a year.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

We only decided to take a short weekend trip to Carmel. Since we were only staying Saturday night, we didn't expect we would get a whole lot of choices. Hofsas House was available and was very reasonable priced. So, we booked.

We were pleasantly surprised and delighted how centrally located Hofsas House and yet it was in a very quiet part of town. When we checked in, we were told by Carrie that we were upgraded to a suite. Don't expect too much. It's not a suite as you would expect at a traditional hotel. However, I was awed by the view and added amenities in our "suite".

Overall, my companion and I had a great experience, especially waking up to the beautiful sun and view of the ocean outside our window.

Yes, indeed, it's a motel, inn, lodge, bed and breakfast, etc. It's basically not a hotel. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, it's pretty awesome without paying an arm and a leg.

I would definitely recommend it if you are not looking for anything fancy.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

This visit was our second visit to Hofsas House. We returned because of the affordability, the proximity to the delights of Carmel, and the gracious hospitality of the staff. We enjoyed the views as well, and took a short walk to eat at The Forge (which we found quite affordable with very good food).

Carrie and the entire staff work very hard to make their guest's stay a pleasant experience...we appreciate them for ensuring our stay was pleasantly memorable.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

We arrived in Carmel without any reservations and the Hofsas House was the first hotel we came to. They offered us a king room for $99 or a larger room with fireplace and view of the ocean for $130 which we accepted.

Although we were there in July it was quite chilly at night so we did actually use the fire. The room was ok but the bathroom could do with being updated.

There is no breakfast room so you have to go to reception to collect breakfast and take it to your room which was ok as there was a large table in the room. Breakfast consisted of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. Basic but ok although it would be nice to have an alternative to the high fat/high calorie pastries e.g. bread or bagels.

For the price we paid, it was good value. Not sure how it compares to other hotels in Carmel.

Carmel is amazing but the restaurants are very expensive. We had a good value meal in Brophy's sports bar, just across the road from the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

While the room was quite sizable for our party of four + doggie, the beds were quite uncomfortable, and the heater was not working properly. It was fixed after a few calls, but just barely.

Their dog policies are also a bit stringent, with a "no dogs allowed on beds or furniture" as part of the contract. If your dog is used to lolling on the furniture or sleeping in bed with you, how do you break him of it in a few days? We stayed at two other "dog-friendly" hotels on our trip--one a major chain; and it did not have such policies written in.

The final straw was when the clerk ran the entire three nights charge on my debit card on the first night, rather than authorizing the first night, as was specified. This screwed up our limited funds big time, and when I complained at the front desk on checkout and asked for them to fix it, the accounting woman acted as though I had asked for her first-born child, and was almost resentful that she had to correct what was, in our eyes, their mistake.

I cannot recommend the place, as there are cheaper, and much more amenable places to stay across the bridge in Monterey. It's also a more active town. Carmel is beautiful, but that's about it.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hofsas House Hotel

Address: Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range: $138 - $319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hofsas House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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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