The website makes this hotel appear to be a little more upscale than it is -- a mistake that leads to disappointment. This is a budget hotel with poor quality carpeting and very thin walls that transmit all noise. However, efforts to make this a comfortable hotel are evident everywhere (reasonably firm beds, decent quality sitting chairs in the rooms, reasonably updated showers), as are some of the results of cutting corners (shower door that doesn't open properly, depressing kitchenette area). The location is excellent ... the heart of downtown Carmel, and good restaurants, are 2-3 blocks away. The beach is a long, but pleasant, walk. The office staff are very friendly and helpful. The continental "breakfast" featured very tasty pastries and a VERY limited selection of fruit ... some cereal or hardboiled eggs would be a very welcome option. The exterior of the hotel is classic Carmel kitsch. While it is nice that they permit pets, the pet fee is disproportionately high for the property ($25/day). The free internet worked fine from my room, which was relatively close to the front office.
- 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