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by Casey Bressan

The Hotel Carmel

A home away from home for nature, art, wine and golf-lovers.

Absolute Highlight

Ambling to the white sandy beach each morning to find much of the local community walking along the coastline, many with their dogs in tow living their best life off-leash.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
27
The design aesthetic is...
homey northern California coastal.
The typical guest is...
families and close friends of all ages.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
no single use amenities.
The location is...
on the edge of the picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, a block from beautiful shops and a 6 minute walk downhill to the beach.
Interaction is encouraged by....
entryways are off shared balconies, with chairs outside, so saying hello to neighbors is a natural and inevitable occurrence.
You should stay here because
it has the feeling of a boutique inn meets a well kept bed and breakfast. You’ll feel at home here.
What took you there?

I went to Carmel with my husband during quarantine in Los Angeles, looking for an accessible escape with a walkable town, and a great outdoor scene. My husband heavily weighted the proximity to Pebble Beach while supporting this 5.5 hour drive up the coast from Los Angeles.

What was your room like?

My room was home-like with a desk and multiple chairs, allowing us to work from the room very comfortably, and a plush bed, which was a welcomed attribute after long days walking. The walls were thin, and I was grateful for a corner room. The look was all white with wicker accents, and photographs of the local landscape. Our balcony had two fold-up director’s chairs and a tree-stump side table, where we had most meals.

What about the venue

The lounge, off of the reception area was set up like a chic living room with a communal breakfast table and comfortable leather couches. The courtyard had a welcoming patio with couches, Adirondack chairs, a fire-pit, and a small pool. Free coffee and breakfast were included, along with a daily wine reception in the early evening, plus a charming local pub attached. 

Tell us about the destination

Carmel-by-the-Sea is an absolute hamlet town and I cannot wait to return. Art, food and connecting with nature seem to be the main hobbies of visitors and locals, with a stunning beach and bustling village town as main features. The first overseas settlers were Spanish, but the village has a distinct German feel, with the most beautiful gardens and picturesque gingerbread houses (German farmhouses) lining each street. Claims to fame include having Clint Eastwood serving as Mayor and an esoteric law forbidding heels over two inches, due to the walking nature of town and potentially uneven streets. It also cannot be overlooked that Pebble Beach Golf Course is an 8 minute drive away. My husband played and I walked the grounds, which were a stunning display of the California coastline.

Who did you meet there?

COVID-19 is not conducive to meeting people on the road unfortunately, but we did meet golfers in town to enjoy the beautiful courses and young families having a holiday and visiting loved ones.

Surrounding Activities

Golf!

Knock Pebble Beach off your bucket list.

Pebble Beach

Coastal cruise on 17 Mile Drive

Enjoy the stunning coastal cliffs, talcum-powder white beaches, and mystical forests on the famed, scenic and truly enchanting 17 Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

Delve into the Carmel culture

Carmel is an incredible art and cultural destination so be sure to visit galleries and historic walking tours while you’re there.

Gallery by the Sea Carmel