What We Love
- An elaborate daily continental breakfast including locally made French pastries is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Lush tropical landscaping with three-story-high bamboo, bird of paradise trees and a meditation garden with a gurgling fountain
- Quiet sidestreet location, walkable to everywhere, within earshot of the breaking ocean waves
- The Asian contemporary style — very fashion-forward for stuffy Carmel
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What To Know
- Rooms are built around a central courtyard, but excellent landscaping provides privacy
- Some rooms have distant ocean views; the beach is eight blocks away
- Four rooms have not been restyled; they’re perfectly comfortable, but lack the chic factor
- Few hotels in Carmel have AC — this one is no exception — which means sleeping with the windows open and occasionally hearing passersby. Light sleepers should bring ear plugs
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A 2004 makeover by designer Charles Gruwell, of Mandalay Bay Las Vegas fame, landed the Tradewinds Carmel on the pages of Architectural Digest for its excellent use of space and fresh Asian-inspired decor. You can’t see the property until you’re in the middle of it: Gurgling fountains, tall trees and lush landscaping conceal many of the 28 guestrooms, creating a spa-like atmosphere. The architectural footprint is that of a Midcentury Modern hotel, but the rooms feel Asian and airy. They’re spacious and restrained in style, with a soothing flaxen color scheme, bamboo and rattan furnishings, Japanese pen-and-ink artwork and zero clutter. Second-floor rooms also have vaulted wooden ceilings that reveal the building’s quality construction. For a splash of color — and a warm welcome — the bellman delivers a stem of purple orchids at check-in.
Bed & Bath
Low-slung platform featherbeds are dressed in Egyptian cotton linens, with fluffy down pillows and duvets and custom silk runners. At the corner of the King rooms is a gas fireplace with a timer so that you can fall asleep with a fire glowing. Kimono-style robes from Bali hang in the closet, and every remodeled bathroom has a custom-built vanity with plenty of room to unpack your toiletries. Some bathrooms have separate travertine-tiled shower stalls and jetted tubs (ask when you book). We appreciate thoughtful touches like heavy long-staple cotton towels and locally made olive oil soap with bits of lavender and herbs.
Though it’s right in the village of Carmel, you get the feeling of being at a resort in the tropics. Out many windows you spot spiky ferns, tall bamboo and lush bird of paradise trees that grow higher than the roofline. The ocean’s breaking waves are never out of earshot. The beautifully landscaped courtyard comprises a stone firepit and a lush meditation garden with a towering Buddha fountain lit at night by tiki torch. Though Tradewinds lacks resort-style amenities (there’s no pool, spa, gym or restaurant), nothing is far away. The front desk can arrange in-room massages; the center of town is a five-minute walk, the beach 10.
In the Area
Carmel has a timeless storybook-village quality and some marvelous, whimsical architecture. Plan to stroll the cobbled streets, but carry a sweater: Fog twirls through the ubiquitous Monterey pines, and wind whooshes off the never-distant Pacific Ocean. The principle in-town activity is window shopping Ocean Avenue, which is lined with girly-girl boutiques and expensive galleries. To meet real local artists, stop by the Carmel Art Association. The real magic of Carmel is its coastline, best viewed on a drive along Scenic Road. For nature walks, nothing beats nearby Point Lobos State Reserve, a vast rocky promontory famous for wind-swept cypress groves, tide pools and thrilling coastal vistas.
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Wonderful hotel with lovely rooms, great location and view, and very tasty breakfast. I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling alone, or as a couple, and looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to stay.
What a beautiful hotel! They’re very welcoming to dogs 🐩 and have a very nice staff. Oh and the breakfast is very good too. The location is only a few blocks from the heart of Carmel’s shopping and restaurant district.
The property itself is "Zen" on the surface. BUT The pipes were noisy, very little water pressure in the shower. The walls are thin so you can hear the people next door going to the bathroom...TV didn't work until my husband found a loose wire...at 6am we were awakened by an alarm that we didn't set. Their continental breakfast was truly ordinary. The day staff acted with what my husband calls
"fake sincerity"....though the woman who checked us in the previous evening was pleasant.
There are many other places that are dog friendly in Carmel ...so we won't be back here again. We stayed many times in Carmel ....The reason we stayed here in the first place was that we "won" 2 nights accommodation in a silent auction fundraiser for the local shelter....we were originally told we had 1 year to use the voucher...long story short they tried to get us to pay for one night before they would honor one night after less than 9 months later...finally said we could use the voucher for one night only....that sums up my husband's opinion of the management's "fake sincerity"
We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely inn. It is several blocks from the beach but walkable. Only reason for knocking off one star is the ripoff extra charge for any dog (ours is a non sheddding poodle). Charge me for damage but not for him being there. Breakfast was just meh! Would like to see some more carb free options like meat or a crust less quiche.
This wonderful property is located within walking distance of town. It has Balinese ambiance both in the rooms and on the property grounds. The staff was friendly and had helpful suggestions on sightseeing in the area. We would stay there again.