A luxury boutique property in Carmel-by-the-Sea styled after a European hideaway.
While the entire neighbourhood with its art galleries, shops and cafes draws reference from Europe, this Relais & Châteaux property on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a standout with its green shutters, plastered walls and cozy atmosphere.
The property, built in the 1920s as an artist retreat is elegant and quiet despite the high-profile crowd it attracts. Our room (one of 20) with two queen beds, overlooks the charming courtyard, with trickling water fountain and wrought iron chairs reminiscent of a French country home. With a lavish inset tub and heated flooring inside our bathroom, rooms have the feel of self-contained cottages. Each night, turndown service consists of warm chocolate cookies and milk (we even got the recipe).
Award winning Aubergine restaurant serves fare from esteemed Chef Justin Cogley and pastry chef Ron Mendoza. The highlight of the complimentary breakfast is the wonderful flaky pain au chocolat and croissants.
The hotel is a sweet treat just like the handmade caramels (a cute and delicious pun) left tableside in guestrooms.
L’Auberge Carmel, Monte Verde St & 7th Ave; (831) 624-8578.
Read more about the hotels from CSL’s roadtrip to California. This original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.