My wife and I have stayed at a variety of hotels, inns and B&Bs in Carmel, and I can confidently state that Forest Lodge is our new favorite. We stayed there recently and everything was wonderful. We are locals (in Monterey) but sometimes we like to just escape the house and have a special night out, and Forest Lodge is PERFECT for this.
The very sweet and professional front desk gals got us checked in quickly and efficiently. Our cottage, the Dali Suite, was very comfortable and spacious. The large living room features a GIANT stone fireplace, and we fired that up right away; makes the place nice and cozy, romantic. The whole place has a pleasant mountain lodge feeling, but it's not rustic nor outdated... it is modern and well appointed. The bedroom is cozy, and the bed was very comfortable. Nice, high quality linens and bath towels.
Speaking of the bathroom... it is LARGE. Most hotel bathrooms are small at best, and sometimes cramped. Here, the opposite is true; plenty of room and a large and deep tub/shower as well. There is a small deck off of the bedroom; we didn't use it, but it's there. There are also several common outdoor seating/patio areas just steps out the door, and the grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. And peaceful.
Oh, the other awesome thing is the location! Forest Lodge is perfectly situated at the cross streets of Ocean Ave and Junipero Serra, and it is convenient to walk to all the downtown locations from there. It is only 2 minutes to the market, and to all the shops wonderful restaurants on Ocean Ave and nearby streets. We went shopping, had drinks, and then to dinner all within three blocks. Could not be more convenient or relaxing. We will definitely come back to Forest Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An old lodge with a new begining. The lodge is located downtown Carmel on Ocean Ave. A unique Inn recently remodeled using local materials and as much reclaimed product as we could. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forest Hotel Carmel