Just spent two evenings at the Sandpiper -- and after perusing through many of the reviews again -- some of them hit on some valid points.
The inn is in need of some minor updating -- and upon our arrival -- our daughter-in-law stated that the place "smelled like old people" -- but we figured it was the kelp odor from the bay. :-)
My step-son and his wife stayed in the inn (room # 6) -- and my wife and I stayed in one of the detached rooms (room 'C'). Yes, room 'C' has an unshaded skylight -- but we are sound sleepers -- and early risers -- so, this posed no problem for us.
Room 'C' had a fresh smell and was nice and clean. We heard of no problems with room 6 either.
The rooms have neither television nor telephone -- and the inn is generally very quiet. This shouldn't be an issue with those of us greater than 40 years of age -- but younger visitors may take issue with this.
The breakfast was excellent!! The Sandpiper offers fresh fruit, granola, scones and plain or ham and cheese croissants.
There is wireless -- but it was basically unusable in the outside rooms -- I can only speak of room 'C' -- but can imagine a similar dilemma in the other outside rooms.
This inn is several blocks away from downtown -- but only a block away from Scenic Road -- where you can stroll along the beach and enjoy the fabulous scenery.
We love the west coast -- and will (hopefully) return to Carmel. We would definitely return to the Sandpiper.
Do your homework on Carmel and the Sandpiper before you go and you should not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like being a house guest in someone's exclusive seaside home. This early California country style inn, established in 1929, boasts of ocean views and the sounds of the surf crashing on the soft sand of Carmel Beach. Enjoy the serene comfort in one of our cozy rooms, by the fire in our fireside lounge, or outside on one of our garden patios. The Sandpiper Inn is the perfect getaway for the romantic couple or for those that just want to get away from the daily grind and relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandpiper Inn Carmel Hotel Carmel