I spent several nights here in May 2007. Although not luxurious, I found the hotel fine for my needs. The in-room fridge was handy because I could pick up food and drinks at the supermarket and keep them in the room. I didn't use the pool because it was kind of cool when I was there but it seemed OK.
They serve a continental breakfast which was about average. There is a deck area next to the upper rooms that has a partial view of the ocean. Again, nothing special but it's a nice place to eat and read the paper (provided the wind doesn't grab it).
I was on my own, so I'm not sure how this place would fare as a "romantic getaway"; I'd recommend it for someone who's looking for straightforward accommodations while unwinding in Carmel. I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful.
Unique Quality: Location is good -- just a couple of blocks from Ocean Ave, easy walking distance from shops and restaurants. It's not too far up or down the hill, either. It's worth it just to have a place to park! (Although the parking lot is a little tight...)
Price was good, too: it was the least expensive 3-star hotel available at the time I booked my trip. (I think I ended up paying less than the rate quoted when I booked; there was an advertised price, but the travel site said there would be a higher rate, however I ended up paying the advertised price.)
They offer free Internet connections, but I could not get it working with my (unusual) palm-top computer. I was able to work around this by checking e-mail on my cell phone; I would expect it would work OK with conventional laptop computers. Maybe you shouldn't be checking e-mail or surfing the web while vacationing in Carmel!
Directions: A couple of blocks off Ocean Ave. on San Carlos.
Lincoln Street & 7th Avenue, Carmel, California, 93921, United States
Camino Real At 8th Avenue, Carmel, California, 93921, United States
Mission Street at Third Avenue, PO Box 3403, Carmel, California, 93921, United States
Ocean Ave. & Torres Street, Carmel, California, 93921, United States
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Address: 5th And San Carlos, P.O. Box 3574, Carmel, California, 93921-3574, United States