I spent the weekend in Carmel, CA with my family at the Highlands Inn, our favorite Hyatt property in the Golden State.
My previous reviews remain relevant, but I do want to draw your attention to a few positive changes at the property.
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First, the Kenet MD soaps and shampoos have been replaced by Pharmacopia-branded product. That’s a nice upgrade as the Pharmacopia products have a much better scent.
Second, there are new bedside clock radios that have both USB charging and 120-volt power plugs. It’s a nice upgrade from the annoying old Apple 30-pin connectors that went out of date several iPhone generations ago. The sad thing is–at least potentially–is that that Apple and others are moving to USB C plugs. Hopefully, this new clock radio will not quickly become obsolete.
The room service menu has also been updated and there are now 24/7 options available.
We were in our usual bi-level Townhouse Suite and always appreciate the wood-burning fire and beautiful views. We do not have a TV at our house, but my son Augustine knows how to turn the TV on from his visits to my parents’ house. The little fellow found Toy Story 2 all on his own and we decided to let him watch it. He sat transfixed for an hour, meaning it’s time to introduce him to IFE next time we fly.
In all honesty, the hotel itself has no business being a Category-7 property. It’s nice but is only an AAA four-star hotel. The rooms are more rustic and there is no spa and only a small fitness center. We still love it very much and will continue to return, but you come here for the beautiful location and views primarily:
View from our balcony:
Breakfast remains a highlight and the restaurant staff (Kamiki, Shama, Tony, and William) are so excellent. I love that they have all been there for years. It is a joy to see them each time we return to this property.
The hotel is actually nestled in the Carmel Highlands residential neighborhood. My wife and I always love walking through this neighborhood of old homes and mature gardens. Ideally, we will one day be able to come to our own home here instead of the hotel.
The nearby Point Lobos Reserve offers scenic hiking trails and is just a short drive or walk from the hotel:
This hotel remains a family favorite. The townhouse suites are particularly nice for young families because we can buy groceries at the Safeway down the street or Trader Joe’s in Monterey or Pacific Grove and cook our own meals. Two-year-old Augustine does okay in restaurants, but breakfast is enough…
Have you been to the Hyatt Carmel Highlands recently? What are your thoughts on this property?