Dreaming of a California getaway away from a big city? How about a storybook of a town by a beach? My family took a winter getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea (Carmel for short) – you’ll have to read about all the things we did! This post is about where we stayed in Carmel-by-the-Sea: The Hofsas House Hotel.
Disclosure: Our stay was hosted by Hofsas House Hotel. Some of our expenses were comped and some were not.
About Hofsas House Hotel
This Bavarian themed inn is one of the oldest in Carmel. What started as a few cottages in the 1940s, expanded in the 1950s to an additional 25 rooms and a pool. The hotel has been a family-run hotel since the beginning. If you visit now, you’ll likely to meet Carrie Theis, granddaughter of the hotel’s founder.
No two rooms are decorated alike (as Carrie told me, “We like color.). Some are suites, and great for families. Our suite had a private balcony with a sliver of a view of the ocean and fireplace (request room 40 if that sounds good to you).
The hotel offers some packages that can get you golfing or relaxing in a spa, as well as in-room packages like wine and cheese pairing (which I believe I had in our room upon our arrival thanks to our gracious host). You can bet I enjoyed a glass out on our balcony that first night!
What kids will like at Hofsas House
There aren’t many hotels in Carmel with pools, so right away, this one is put above others. It’s a heated pool, so you can swim most any time of the year. Which my kids did. We arrived at the end of January and they went to the pool straight away.
And in case you were wonder, it was a balmy 60-ish degrees there. If you’re expecting Southern California winters, you would be mistaken.
There’s also a dry sauna at the hotel. I guess that one’s more for us parents.
If your child is actually a fur-baby, you’ll be happy to know they are welcomed.
What parents will like at Hofsas House Hotel
Let’s be real: The suites are made for families like mine. The hotel has several two-bedroom suites providing ample space for a family to spread out and relax. The kids could watch one TV in their sleeping area, while we could go to our room and watch too.
Our suite had a small kitchenette, two bathrooms, a separate room with a king-size bed, and a private balcony. Nice, right?
Regrettably, we had terrible weather, so we could only sit on the balcony one evening. You could see a patch of the ocean from our balcony.
There is a fridge in the room, making it convenient to bring some of your own food (if budgeting is important).
Hofsas House serves a complimentary breakfast each morning with fresh pastries, fruit, and yogurt. You can dine by the fireplace in the little lobby or take it back to your room (or balcony, right?).
I’ve got a big appetite at breakfast, so it was not a substantial by my standards (I mean, I ate the Triple D breakfast at From Scratch).
Other freebies parents will like:
- The hotel also offers free, off-the-street parking. We lucked out and had a covered spot, which was great since it rained a lot while we were there.
- Free Wi-Fi
What’s near the hotel?
Hofsas House is within walking distance to all of the cute shops and galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, as well as restaurants. You’ll want to just walk around one afternoon while you’re there to take it all in.
To give you a sample of things that are just one block away, there’s a Dr. Seuss art gallery, the restaurant Hog’s Breath Inn, and a book store called The Pilgrim’s Way Books & Gifts (which is right next to the most enchanting-looking walkway leading to the Secret Garden).
And a dozen more clothing shops and galleries and restaurants in that same block.
A little further, like three or four blocks away, you’ll more kid-friendly things places to visit. Some of the ones that appealed to my kids included Thinker Toys, a toy shop, and the Cottage of Sweets, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Carmel Beach is about an 8-block walk. The owner of the hotel warned us about the “healthy hill” on the way back. It is indeed quite the hill to trek back up! Keep that in mind if you have young ones.
If you’ve got a car, there’s a whole lot more within a few minute’s drive. Skip down to the “Plan your Carmel trip” section to read about a few of them.
If you go
Hofsas House Hotel
Where: San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. (the quirky thing about the town is that there are no addresses, just street coordinates)
Plan your Carmel trip!
Want to plan a Carmel-by-the-Sea getaway? Start with this Carmel Bucket List, and then read through these posts for more ideas:
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