Retired Weekenders, Dog Owners, Romantic Couples
Reason to Stay
Dog Friendly Hotel, Celebrity Owned, Penthouse Suite
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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.
Dog Friendly, City Center, Celebrity Owned
Lounge, Bar, Private Entrances