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Hofsas House Hotel
Ranked #21 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We made our stay at the lovely Hofsas House Hotel, a dog-friendly, family-owned boutique inn with 38 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views overlooking the pines in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Dutch doors can be found in each room, which allows guests to enjoy the fresh ocean air. And guests can take in glorious sunsets over the Pacific Ocean from the privacy of the inn's decks or guest balconies. Some rooms and most suites have fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars or kitchens.

Every room is unique and is ideal depending on the size of your party, from a family on vacation to a couple looking for a romantic getaway to even friends getting away for a few days. These spacious rooms are a welcome treat to anyone looking for some much needed R&R.

Take advantage of their complimentary continental breakfast every morning with French Roast coffee, tea, fresh pastries delivered from a local bakery, yogurt, juice and fruit.

Carmel is known for being dog-friendly, thanks in part to dog lover and Carmel hotel owner Doris Day, and most hotels, restaurants and retail shops allow guests with dogs. It is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement. Former Mayor Clint Eastwood repealed the local law prohibiting the eating of ice cream in public.

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor have an excellent view.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoy the unique rooms and the complimentary continental breakfast! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Very reasonable place to stay in lovely Carmel. And besides for the AAA discount, the owners give an additional discount for returning visitors to the hotel. If you are looking for an ultra swanky place this is not it. It is an older hotel, but very very clean and well maintained. Has a great little heated pool and sauna room, too. Complimentary breakfast includes coffee, juice, yogurt, pastries, and yummy ham and cheese croissants. Restaurants, shops and galleries are all very close. The beach is about a 15 minute walk, and all uphill coming back, just be aware. Other reviewers have complained about the uncomfortable beds, but I have not encountered that at all. There are units that have a kitchen with a stove, frig and microwave...very handy.

Room Tip: be sure to ask about the extras...some rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, and some have a full ki...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

We are so happy you enjoyed the great location and the in-room amenities! We are glad you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon. Thank you for the great review!

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Reviewed 25 April 2013

I was happy to know that this hotel is dog friendly, we've being staying here for a few years always same time of the year: Sea Otter Bicycle Race in Monterey. It works for the husband and his teammates because is relatively close to the circuit and I can stay in Carmel and enjoy my favorite town in California. Staff is very nice, breakfast in the morning, pool, the rooms are clean, our room was small but had the basics and we dont go to Carmel to stay in a hotel room.Carmel is a quaint small town for walking and the hotel is located 3 blocks from their main street and walking distance from the beach.
They even provided a blanket for Jagger, also provided waste bags,( they were outside).

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2013

We are happy you decided to join us with your four-legged friend! Thank you for the great review and we sincerely hope you choose to stay with us next time you visit Carmel.

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

I will start with the few pros to give it the 2 rating.:

* The staff were very friendly and are dog friendly by giving you a blanket for them to sleep on.
* The location is near shopping and if lucky to get an upper floor has very nice views.
* The continental breakfast is a typical pastry breakfast but was a nice touch to have the ham/cheese one.
* Has a heated pool and sauna even though we didn't use it, it looked nice.

The cons: The price isn't that cheap for the area and what you get is not worth the money you do save.

* The bed was so uncomfortable. We woke up sore each morning.
* The walls are PAPER THIN. We heard everyone walking above us, TV from neighbors. We were thankful when the power went out except when the upstairs neighbors were having 'fun' in their squeaky bed. Everything sounded like it was in our room.
* The maids were vacuuming upstairs and could smell the dust come into our room.
* The toilet leaked all over the floor.
* The bathroom floor warmers were a nice touch if they actually worked.
* No real place for your dog to do their business.

Room Tip: Stay on a top floor that has no neighbors and bring your own mattress topper.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit with us. We strive to offer a great value at our truly unique hotel, with a wonderfully central Carmel location. We will look into your comments and we sincerely hope you will consider staying with us again.

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Reviewed 21 March 2013

Quaint hotel with very friendly service that makes you feel relaxed. Lots of advice on where to eat & shop and it is only a couple of blocks from the hotel to many restaurants. Continental breakfast is nice & you can have a tray to take it back to your room if you wish. The lighting in the bathroom was poor - the shower was in complete darkness but apart from that this was a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Opt for a balcony room facing the sea.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2013

We are so happy you enjoyed the wonderful location! We hope you chose to stay with us next time you are in Carmel. Thank you for the great review.

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Hofsas House is a family-run hotel that makes you feel like you're vacationing at the home of your favorite aunt. The rooms are large and very comfortable; although not super high-end Four Seasons luxurious, there are lovely touches like working fireplaces stocked with Duraflame logs and matches, eat-in kitchenettes, and cozy blankets for chilly nights. Can't beat the views of the Pacific. I really appreciated owner Carrie's warmth. (Full disclosure: My stay at Hofsas House was comped as part of a press trip to the area.)

Room Tip: If you don't mind stairs, ask for a room on the top level to get the best ocean views.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2013

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the fireplace, ocean views and the great location! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Two blocks from Carmel main Avenue. KIndly staff. The rate Includes breakfast.
In spite of Kitsch decoration the hotel is clean and comfortable.
We rented a room over the street so we had to park in front of it.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2013

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed tthe great location! We are so happy you had a nice stay and we hope to see you again soon.

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Additional Information about Hofsas House Hotel

Address: Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range: £94 - £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hofsas House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual European elegance with the warmth of family hospitality, a boutique family-owned inn with 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Other amenities include: continental breakfast, heated swimming pool, dry saunas, off-street parking, free wireless Internet access & some rooms dog friendly. ... more   less 
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