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Tickle Pink Inn
Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Savannah, Georgia
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39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“good for your soul...”
Reviewed 6 February 2013

What a find. Our room was in the Crow's nest right above the hotel lobby. A quaint corner unit with a fireplace and a private balcony facing north on the rugged Carmel coast. Loved it. We've stayed in technically "nicer" places....but the view, the sea air, the aroma of the smoke from the fireplaces....it was all spectacular.

Room Tip: upper floor, fireplace and jacuzzi tubs are all great things to consider
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 February 2013 via mobile

The views from the room is absolutely breath taking! You have a private balcony with visiting seagulls! The bed is amazing and the TV has a huge range of channels! We had troubles with the TV but the maintenance man came straight out and was great! Check in was easy as well as check out! We received a bottle of champagne on arrival which doesn't happen often these days! We would love to go back and enjoy more than one night!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Dallas/Ft. Worth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2013

"Wow" is the most appropriate word. We loved this place! We stayed in room 20, which is a top-floor fireplace unit. CHARMING from start to finish. Cozy, updated, nice bedding/mattress, gigantic balcony/deck overlooking the ocean, and the relaxing sound of waves crashing in the distance. I cannot think of another hotel where you can sit in your own room, in front of a blazing fire (real wood, not gas), and have a spectacular panoramic view of one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world. Yes please!!

It looked to me like all the rooms had great views, but the views to the southwest are the most dramatic and "Big-Sur-ish."

The Tickle Pink staff was friendly, helpful, and kind. Breakfast was even better than we were expecting. Highlights of the "expanded continental" were fresh strawberries and blueberries, scones, egg salad, and some really tasty sausage. The breakfast patio had windscreens, heaters, and jaw-dropping views, so we were able to sit and eat our breakfast outside, despite the cooler temperatures.

Tickle Pink exceeded our expectations and its own reviews. I can truly say that about only a handful of hotels. I consider it luxurious, but it is more of a cozy-homey-luxury than a butler-and-turn-down-service luxury. For us, it is about as close as we have come to perfection for a relaxing ocean-front getaway.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norco, California, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2013

My husband and I just celebrated our 29th at this wonderful Inn.The Deluxe Ocean View Suite is the best of the best. Fireplace, jacuzzi in the room, and the best of all the gorgeous views. The furnishings were wonderful, the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in besides my own. Don't let the absence of a restaurant at this Inn steer you away from choosing to stay here, they offer room service from the restaurant next door, we enjoyed a delicious dinner all alone on our balcony watching the sunset, and the next morning a equally wonderful breakfast. This was our 1st time in Carmel and we will be returning to this wonderful area. We spent the 1st day exploring to the south, in Big Sur, if you don't know about the hidden Phiffer Beach, pack a picnic and find out how to get there, it is worth the trip. Also, right across the 1 from the inn is Point Lobos State park, a whole days worth of exploring awaits you there. We look forward to staying here on our next trip up the coast.

Room Tip: Choose the top floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2013

This was the second time that my wife and I have been lucky enough to stay at the Tickle Pink Inn.
The place is simply stunning. The rooms are very comfortable, the wine and cheese reception in the afternoon is outstanding. The breakfast included in the morning is outstanding as well. One special thing that we did not do is they will offer the breakfast in your room as well. But I would say that the breakfast area has a view to die for.
Overall the prices including the above mentioned amenties are reasonable.
Sitting on the deck of our room was a view of the ocean crashing into the rocks below, very nice!!
Any time we would be in the vicinty of Carmel, we would choose to stay here.

Room Tip: Get a top floor room if possible. The views are better.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2013

My wife and I just spent three nights at the inn. We stayed in a suite with some of the best ocean views we have seen. The whales were frolicking during our stay. There is no restaurant, but the breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese were a plus. We could walk the the restaurants at the Highlands Inn. I could give this an Excellent but for a couple issues, one temporary and the other not. During our stay the Inn had several rooms under construction. This caused for issues with parking (the construction workers shared spaces with the guests), noise and dust. They were even working on the weekend! The other was the noise caused by in-room Jacuzzi's. Our upstairs neighbor had a Jacuzzi that was very noisy.

Room Tip: The large suites have expansive terraces.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Morgan Hill, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2013

The staff at this hotel has thought of everything to make your stay not only comfortable, but relaxed and pampered. The lobby was cozy. We were greeted by a friendly staff member who clearly explained the amenities at the hotel and in our room. Our room had a private balcony with a sitting area. The room was beautifully decorated. The bathroom was large with a jacuzzi tub. The bed was comfortable with tons of soft pillows. Champagne and chocolates were waiting for us. The room was equipped with with everything needed: iPod dock, tv, refrigerator, safe, wine glasses, openers, coffee maker with coffee and teas, accessible outlets, iron and board, robes, slippers,hair dryer, and bathroom essentials. I could think of nothing else I needed that was not already in the room. We slept well hearing only a little noise from other guests. We woke up to the most incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. We opened our curtains and laid in bed watching the view. We later went to the hotel lounge area for a complimentary breakfast. The lounge area has awesome views as well. The breakfast was buffet style with a wide assortment of food, juices, coffee and tea. We spent the morning hiking around near by Point Lobos State Park where we could see the spouts of the gray whales and an occasional breeching of a whale along with beautiful scenery. In the afternoon, we went to Carmel by the Sea, which is a few miles north, and did some wine tasting. We came back to the hotel in time for a spectacular sunset. The hotel offers a wonderful, complementary wine and cheese reception, which is nicely done. There were three or four wines and several types of cheeses with crackers and bread to choose from. That evening we ate dinner at the restuarant at the Highlands Inn, next door. We checked out the next morning promising ourselves to come back again. It was truly relaxing and comfortable.

Room Tip: I believe that all the rooms have a ocean view, but ask for a top level room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tickle Pink Inn
Address: 155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923-9601
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#3 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 35
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 
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Tickle Pink Carmel
Tickle Pink Bed Breakfast

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