Carmel’s beachfront hotels offer visitors of the sleepy seaside California town a chance to enjoy accommodations with unparalleled ocean views coupled with direct access to some of the most photographed beaches on the West Coast. These hotels are a little pricier than similarly themed properties found more inland, but also offer an experience that their landlocked counterparts can't compete with. Couples often find these hotels particularly inviting, considering the romantic ambiance and breathtaking vistas.
Tickle Pink Inn
The Tickle Pink Inn is an AAA-rated four diamond property nestled on a rocky crag that serves as the gateway to Big Sur. Guests can put on a Tickle Pink-embroidered terrycloth robe and slippers before strolling down to the terrace hot tub for a relaxing dip. Towel service is available upon request. The property also features a gazebo, gift shop, chess board, free movie rentals and binoculars for enjoying the coastline. A complimentary continental breakfast is prepared fresh each morning, while a reception with wine, cheese and fruit is held each evening in the lounge area near a crackling fire. All rooms and suites feature fine hardwood furniture and balconies with ocean views, while select rooms also have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Additionally, the spacious Senator's Cottage has a living room, dining room, kitchen and private patio.
Colonial Terrace Inn by the Sea
The Colonial Terrace Inn, built in 1925, is one of the oldest hotels in Carmel and sits just 72 steps from the white sand beach of Carmel Bay. Visitors are within walking distance of a European-style village featuring an array of boutiques, art galleries and gourmet restaurants, while attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Chateau Julien Winery are just a short drive away. Complimentary beach chairs and towels are provided for guests' use, and helpful staff can book in-room massage treatments through one of the local day spas. In addition, fresh-baked pastries, bagels, yogurt and juices are laid out each morning and can be enjoyed in the property's terraced gardens. Most of the hotel's 26 rooms and suites feature 32-inch LCD TVs, fireplaces, complimentary bottled water and Aveda bath products. A few even have spa tubs, wet bars and kitchenettes.
La Playa Hotel
The La Playa Hotel is a Mediterranean-style property offering views of the bay, with 73 guest rooms, two large suites and five charming cottages. Carmel's best restaurants and shops are four blocks away, while the Monterey Peninsula Airport and Pebble Beach golf course are just five minutes by car. The property features award-winning gardens, an outdoor heated swimming pool, free guest parking and a variety of spa treatments. In addition, corporate travelers can make use of an unstaffed business center and five different conference rooms with space for up to 112 people. Meal options include al fresco dining year round at the on-site Terrace Grill Restaurant, while room service is offered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Room amenities range from designer bath products and robes to private decks to full kitchens. This property is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
The Hyatt Carmel Highlands caters to everyone from honeymooners to nature enthusiasts to executive travelers, with local points of interest like Historical Cannery Row, the Laguna Seca Raceway and the Point Lobos State Reserve close by. An on-site general store sells groceries, clothes and gifts, while a concierge can help out-of-towners better plan their visit. Activities around the hotel include kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, biking and horseback riding, with complimentary mountain bikes available for guests' use. The property features a heated outdoor pool, three Jacuzzis, in-room spa services and a yoga/fitness center. On-site dining options include a casual bistro overlooking Yankee Point and a more formal AAA-rated four-diamond restaurant serving fresh coastal cuisines. Luxuriously appointed rooms feature designer beds, flat screen LCD TVs, DVD players, iHome stereos and private safes.
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