Reading the reviews here, it can be hard to gauge whether Tickle Pink is good or not. Let me try to provide some balance.
There are some aspects you might quibble about. The decor's not to everyone's taste, perhaps being a bit frilly in places. But money has been invested in it - it's not terrible or shabby. From the back, the room entrances are like a motel courtyard. The Inn is close to a couple of other properties, including the Hyatt, though you could say that provides extra amenities nearby. It's quite close to highway 1 and some of the lower rooms could suffer from a little traffic noise. Service can be a little patchy. The wine at the wine and cheese get-together is all one label and only passable.
On the other hand, once you are in your room and looking out, the views are spectacular. If you go for one of the higher rooms, the view's even better and you're well away from any road noise. You can in fact hear the crash of the sea. Many rooms have a fireplace, and with the fire going stepping out on your balcony on a fine day or under a starlit sky is wonderful. Our room was a generous size, too, and everything was clean and reasonably well cared for. We loved being there.
Overall, Tickle Pink is a good choice for accommodation close to Carmel. Ignore what's behind you, look out from your balcony for the whales and seals, and with a crackling fire going it's hard to beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Carmel oceanfront hotel dramatically situated above the rocky coastline that stands at the gateway to world-famous Big Sur. Let yourself be pampered with every amenity…from cozy European bedding and private decks with sweeping views to homemade breakfast pastries and an evening wine & cheese reception with soothing classical music. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tickle Pink Carmel
- Tickle Pink Bed Breakfast