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Carmel’s Hofsas House

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When deciding where to stay in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea (most often referred to as “Carmel”), visitors will find a wide array of accommodations including quaint Bed and Breakfast Inns and boutique cottages and motels.

Adding to the charm and unique feel of this boutique town situated along California’s Central Coast is the fact that none are national chains, instead owned and operated by long-time residents who’ve helped nurture Carmel over the past several decades.

Wonderful lodging options include the Forest Lodge, Edgemere Cottages, Adobe Inn, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel Wayfarer Inn, The Colonial Terrace Inn, and Svendsgaard’s Inn, just to name a few.

A popular place to lay one’s head in town is at the Hofsas House, an intimate family-owned inn founded almost 100 years ago. A great deal of the Hofsas House charm is its Dutch architectural style and features, including Dutch doors, ocean views (one of the few accommodations in town), and expansive balconies and/or patio areas.

 Each of their 38 rooms and suites—a few of which are the original cottages from when the matriarch of the family lived here and first opened their doors to the public—are delightfully appointed with distinctive, Old World European-style décor. Many also encompass fireplaces, private balconies, and wet bars or kitchens, and like many accommodation options in Carmel, a few of their rooms are dog friendly. Other amenities include a heated swimming pool (also unusual for this area) andmen’s and women’s dry saunas.

Additionally, given their great location and amenities, their prices remain reasonable year-round, compared with some other places that fluctuate greatly during the high and low seasons.

Great emphasis is placed on providing traditional family hospitality, says Carrie Theis, who runs the property with her mother and brother. “Our focus has also been on keeping the boutique feel and sense of relaxation at Hofsas House, as well as all over town. When you look around you see primarily small lots with 1,600 square-foot homes, nothing built higher than two stories, and no chain options or neon signs. We want Carmel to remain as a respite where you can stay, and use it as a base to visit other places throughout the area.”

Theis is also a sort of town ambassador, and a very helpful and friendly wealth of knowledge about the town’s history, residents, galleries, beach areas and so forth.

“There is no need for a car once you get here because everything is so walkable,” she says. “We work very closely with the restaurants and other entities in town to give people who come here more of an experience, so we take great pride in helping people plan their day. There is a lot you can do here, depending on your interests.”

The casual yet personal attention to detail and service here includes enjoying a blissful continental breakfast (delivered to your room upon request), on a sunny deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

And this is only the beginning. …

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