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California’s Best Hotels: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a cosmopolitan community but retains its small-town feel. Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the California Coast on the Monterey Peninsula. It has charming, pedestrian-friendly streets that feel like they are drawn from a fairytale. It is home to many cultural attractions, including Tor House, Forest Theatre Guild, Pacific Repertory Theatre and the Pacific Repertory Theatre. There are also nearly 100 art galleries.

These amazing hotels can help you plan your Carmel-by-the-Sea vacation.

L’Auberge Carmel

The L’Auberge Inn was first opened in 1929. Its design is reminiscent of a French chateau. There are 20 rooms with radiant floor heating and a choice of a four-poster canopy bed or a tufted bed. For guests looking to enhance their stay, L’Auberge Carmel has both a wine-tasting and dining package. All guests are served a hot breakfast each morning. The hotel’s restaurant also offers cooking classes and a wine cellar. The inn is just a short distance from Carmel Beach.

La Playa Carmel

La Playa Carmel, a 75-room hotel that is considered the Grande Dame of Carmel has a chic beach cottage feel and is just a short walk from the sand. The house is a 1905 conversion on quiet residential streets. Each accommodation has a garden, ocean or estate view. You can take a dip in your pool or relax on the terrace. Conscientious staff will assist guests in making reservations at local sites such as Galante Vineyards, or obtaining tickets for events at venues such as the Golden Bough Playhouse. Each morning, a decadent champagne breakfast buffet will be served.

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

The Quail Lodge and Golf Club boasts an 18-hole championship-level course. You don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy this luxury resort. The amenities include tennis and pickleball courts as well as bocce ball pits, and a heated pool. The hotel also features a state of the art fitness center, business center, and banquet hall. There are 93 rooms and suites that have ranch-inspired decor. Both the Monterey Symphony Orchestra and Monterey Museum of Art can be found nearby.

Highlands Inn

The Highlands Inn is a Hyatt Residence Club perched high on a hill in Carmel Highlands, overlooking the Pacific. The classic California mission-style architecture is well matched by the well-manicured Monterey landscape. The 48-room hotel has been welcoming guests since 1913. It also has modern amenities such as a gym with Hyatt StayFit, complimentary internet, and a swimming pool. There are three outdoor hot tubs, as well as meeting rooms. You can also borrow complimentary bicycles. The Highlands Inn can be found just 3 miles from Carmel River State Beach. It is also a short drive to downtown Carmel.

The Vagabond’s House

The Vagabond’s House, a small Tudor-style bed & breakfast is located in the middle of Carmel-By-The-Sea. It was built in the 1920s and has 13 luxurious rooms that open onto a central courtyard of stone. This courtyard is filled with plants, ferns flowers, waterfalls, trees, and an oak tree. All rooms are rustic and have fireplaces, refrigerators, and private bathrooms. Some rooms even include a kitchen. There is an additional charge for pets, which can be kept in the rooms. The spa offers massages, facials, scrubs, and other treatments for the whole body. The inn is located three blocks away from Ocean Avenue and only a ten minute walk to Sunset Beach.

Tally Ho Inn

The Tally Ho Inn is located just five minutes away from the water. It offers spacious rooms with Jacuzzis, flat-screen TVs and pillow-top mattresses in large suites and rooms. On weekdays, guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast at Il Fornaio across the street. Weekend breakfasts are served at the inn. The inn is located just one block away from Ocean Avenue’s high-end shops and near historical sites such as the Carmel Mission Basilica or Museum.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Do you love the idea of living at the crossroads of luxury and nature? Carmel Valley Ranch, an all-suite resort is located east of downtown. The 139 one-bedroom suites have a rustic-chic feel with cathedral ceilings and travertine fireplaces. There are also large decks and mini-fridges. The resort has a program director who will guide you through the many activities available at this ranch. You can swing from a tree, walk in the woods, or meditate on a hilltop Yoga platform. Or, you can play 18 holes of golf. The full-service Spa Aiyana is available for you to indulge in.

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