We recently stayed at Carmel by the Sea for 11 nights. We were very happy with it.
Not all rooms are as modern as the website depicts, but ours was clean and functional.
The location is fantastic. Across the road from the beach and playgrounds, 2 blocks to the new Oracle development with lots of restaurants etc.
The apartment we were in had very light blinds and faced east, so we were up early from both the light and the heat of the sun. We didn't try the a/c, as the breezes were good, but there was only one unit for the 2 bed apt, so not sure how it would have coped.
The facilities are good. The indoor pool and spa were great when it was a little cool outside.
The main pool area is good and was not crowded.
We were on the 5th floor and the views were good. Happily stay again.More