Cypress Inn Historic Carmel inn owned by Doris Day
Retired Weekenders, Dog Owners, Romantic Couples
Reason to Stay:
Dog Friendly Hotel, Celebrity Owned, Penthouse Suite
Preferred Room:King Suite
Special Features:Dog Friendly, City Center, Celebrity Owned
Amenities:Lounge, Bar, Private Entrances
Often compared to East Hampton, but with a local 2nd home market that's even pricier than its East Coast competition, Carmel is home to a collection of one-off inns and boutique hotels like Cypress Inn located walking distance to the main village.
Oozing in storybook charm but also pet-friendly like much of Carmel itself including its famous white sand beach. Cypress Inn is tucked behind a regal white facade with interior courtyards lined in Mexican Saltillo tiles and Hollywood-inspired drinking lounge covered in vintage Doris Day movie posters. The posters aren't a coincidence; the inn is owned and operated by Doris Day and Dennis LeVett who have made it a 4-star refuge for travelers with felines and Fido's in tow.
A quirky landmark that won't have you rethinking Day as a designer of any type, the hotel attracts a mature crowd of dressy guests that converge on the weekend live music jams in the main bar, called Terry's, that also doubles as the in-house restaurant serving an impressive tapas and affordable dinner menu of $25 steamed lobster tails, $20 grilled sand dabs and $26 fillet mignon with brandy-peppercorn sauce.
A cozy collection of rooms was recently updated with iron canopy beds and animal friendly amenities like private streetfront entrances and large verandas ideal for those with 120-lbs four-legged friends. Entry-level guest rooms tend on the small side with old-world décor and recently updated bathrooms with pedestal sinks and occasional soaking tub. Top-of-the-line suites located at the top of the hotel have large outdoor spaces, working fireplaces and balcony views of the Pacific.
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