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Tradewinds Carmel
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

We liked the Tradewinds, but our expectations may have been a little overly raised by the reviews. It is a boutique Motel and they have taken great efforts to update it to a very comfortable level with a delicious buffet continental breakfast (fruit, cereals, pastries, bagels, etc.), and well appointed rooms including very soft linens and robes, modern spacious bathrooms and complimentary welcome treats including chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, fresh orchids and snacks-nuts, candy, pretzels. The Asian-inspired decore was very relaxing and made me feel like we were staying at a spa. I recommend it if you would like to stay someplace quiet near downtown. Also, the staff was very professional and helpful.

I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because our first floor room was a bit noisy and had basically no view (facing the wall and windows of the place next door). On the plus, with our sheer curtain pulled we were able to get enough light and also plenty of privacy. Our last stay was at the Four Seasons, so I may also have overly high expectations of what to expect.

Room Tip: A few tips if you stay here- 1. Do call them directly when booking. Each room varies a lot by location as some have fantastic views and fireplaces and others, esp. on the first floor are lacking these. They can recommend the best room based on availability and your needs. 2. The Tradewinds is uphill from town. It is close, but that last block is a bit steep and tiring. 3. Great restaurants for couples nearby that we recommend- Casanova, Mundaka, La Bicyclette. The Tradewind receptionist recommended them and they were all winners. We also recommend stopping by the Hyatt Marketplace restaurant if you are out driving near Point Lobos which has great views and delicious food. 4. Consider how much you value view vs. privacy. Some of the rooms with a view look onto a walkway with guests walking by at eye level of your room. 5. Rooms with the best view are on the highest floors. There are no elevators, so you will be taking some stairs up and down (after walking up a steep hill coming back from town).
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2013

Thank you for your thorough review. Your comments are spot on! Downtown Carmel is a village known for its quaint small inns, family-owned top quality restaurants and unique shopping, not to mention the extraordinary natural scenery. Carmel prides itself on fighting to keep out chains (although there are some). Tradewinds is an inn, and is, what we believe, the best in Carmel. You won't find some of the special amenities offered at Tradewinds in a resort or large chain hotel like Four Seasons or the Ritz. We strive to offer the quality of a Four Seasons, but, of course, we are completely different which is why Carmel is such a popular tourist destination. We favor family-owned businesses that have a soul which is missing so much in the world today. Thank you for staying with us and recognizing our special qualities!

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Reviewed 23 March 2013

This property was a nice retreat for us. The ability to walk to restaurants and shopping was wonderful and the nights were very quiet - no traffic noise! Maybe next time we will splurge and ask for a 3rd floor ocean-view room. The only thing my husband commented on was that the mattress seemed a bit too firm but otherwise, all was perfect. The staff was very helpful and kind. We would definitely stay again if given the opportunity!

Room Tip: Third floor rooms facing the west or southwest would be good if looking for a good view. Our room was on second floor; quiet but no ocean view.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2013

Thank you! We love our location, too....quiet and off the beaten path, but close enough to walk to the best restaurants and shopping. Happy that you were able to relax. That is our goal! P.S. will check that mattress since our guests normally say that they don't want to get out of bed. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

I love Carmel, have been there more times than I can count, but can't stand all the cutesy, faux Victorian lodgings with double ruffled bed skirts, porcelain bunnies and teddy bears wearing velvet blazers. Spare me the preciousness, please. Tradewinds was the complete opposite. Its modern Asian style is restrained, tasteful and there's not a stuffed animal in sight. The staff were uniformly friendly and helpful without being obsequious. The room was spotless, the breakfast fresh, and the street quiet. It's our new lodging of choice in Carmel. And even better: The reservation agent was very willing to negotiate, so our rate was well below the web site rate.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2013

Oh, we agree! Thank you for pointing out what we are always thinking. We are looking for a marketing/sales manager. Want a job?!

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

I must say that I am a fairly picky hotel guest. With that out of the way, I loved Tradewinds Carmel. The hotel is small and luxurious. The room was lovely - great beds, very nice bathroom, excellent linens and towels. Very clean. The grounds feature fountains (a bit loud from our room, but it was soothing like rain!!), a fire pit and a meditation area. The location is excellent, as well. You can walk anywhere in Carmel, which was perfect. The staff was nice, too. Next time I would like a room with a fireplace. I will definitely return.

Room Tip: Our partial ocean view was an ocean view out the front window. Not really worth the extra price, but beautiful as we were coming or going.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2013

Thank you for your detailed kind comments on what we do our best to offer. It is truly appreciated.

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Reviewed 5 March 2013

We had a lovely stay at Tradewinds. The staff was very helpful and the room was very nice as well. Rooms were decorated with an Asian theme, but they took time with the details, really making it lovely. Gas fireplace in each unit and comfortable bed and good bedding. Breakfast with fresh fruit and good pastry. Grounds were really gorgeous! All in all, a lovely experience. Internet was a little unreliable at times, but it was free!

Room Tip: In summer, you should ask for a room with a balcony.
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1  Thank Cynthia T
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sstilwell, Owner at Tradewinds Carmel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2013

Your review is greatly appreciated! We are glad that you liked our breakfast which includes the fresh fruit and pastries from our local Parker-Lusseau Bakery. Most of our king rooms have fireplaces. We hope that you can return soon. Warm Regards.

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