First, so many positives! The young, dark-haired man who checked us in was very pleasant and thoroughly explained all of the details of our stay. He also lit the fire pit for us both nights of our stay upon request. Ending each evening with a drink and book by the firepit was amazing! The J. Lohr (king) room was large, well-appointed, well-decorated, and very clean. We enjoyed having a little private patio. Breakfast was great (they served eggs!!!, so it was not only a sugar-carb fest, like many free breakfasts) and well-timed (8-10am). WiFi and parking were really easy. Cozy, comfortable beds! Oh, and we loved the mini-fridge which allowed us to enjoy a picnic on the beach! I also love that they provided a hair dryer and nice soaps, shampoos, etc.
And now a few downsides. It's technically in Carmel but far out of town on a very busy road (5-8 min drive downtown). We live in San Francisco and deal with noise all day, but then we're able to easily walk to shops, restaurants, cafés, etc. Our room had the downside without the upsides of that situation. :)
Vendange happened to be much less expensive than anything in town, so it was great for a last-minute trip. I could see us staying here again if everything in town was ~$50-100+ more expensive per night.
If they somehow fixed the noise problem (the bathroom window, facing the street, is currently not close-able; maybe find a way to sound-proof that window?) and offered a shuttle to/from town (even every hour would be fine) we'd be more likely to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vendange Carmel Inn has just been recently been renovated this month. We are doing a pre-opening starting now to showcase our new rooms with brand new furniture and brand new bathrooms as well. We have an exquisite pergola area and Wi-Fi that access all the buildings now. We have fixed the noise issues during the renovation process as guests reviews have told us both were a major issue. Now our rooms are very elegant, modern, and very tasteful with a special theme. Please come in and check them out! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Crystal Bay Hotel Carmel