By Elizabeth Kang
If the often-repeated mantra “location, location, location” bears any weight in your hotel hunt, then Carmel’s The Getaway will be a heavy hitting contender on your list of worthy competitors. This newly renovated hotel’s location is ideal for exploring the seaside town on foot, being smack dab in the city center — next to shopping, restaurants, and right down the street from the beach.
The Getaway is perfect for a weekend family getaway or romantic couple’s retreat, or even a fun-filled girls’ trip, as it’s quaint, casual and cozy, yet modern, contemporary and stylish (as well as dog friendly!)
A Modern Aesthetic
Freshly remodeled and newly renovated, The Getaway is a 34-room boutique hotel located on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Swathed in sparkling white paint and Cobalt-blue accents, the B&B appears bright and beach-y from the outside. The inside in just as clean and modern, with fresh whites, sandy beiges and pops of fresh blue. Room amenities include cozy electric fireplaces, LCD flat screen TVs, plush robes, Wi-Fi, down bedding and complimentary flip flops. The chic bathrooms are simple and stylish, with modern tile flooring and clean, white vanities.
The B&B’s lobby makes a cute and cozy first impression, with a large, warming stone fireplace, plush sofa, and modern beach decor. Be sure to carve out time to enjoy the sleek and modern outdoor fireplace — the perfect spot to enjoy some of the welcoming goodies offered at The Getaway’s “Evening Bubbles & Snacks.”
Included with your stay at this charming B&B are some impressive perks that make the daily rate’s price point feel like an absolute steal.
After a few hours on the road, The Getaway’s “Evening Bubbles & Snacks” is a most welcome way to unwind. Enjoy complimentary sparkling, red, or white wine, along with yummy nibbles such as olives, nuts, popcorn, and fruit.
The real knockout star, however, is breakfast, which is quite a few steps up from the usual continental fare. Guests will delight in the delicious, diverse and vibrant morning spread of house-made granola, fruit and yogurt parfaits, veggie frittata, lox bruschetta, seasonal mixed fruit, freshly roasted coffee, juices, and more. It’s a delightful and generous breakfast, and a lovely way to start the day.
Another fantastic perk available to guests of the hotel are beach cruiser bicycles. The property has plenty of the charming blue bikes (complete with baskets) available to take out, which is a such a fun way to explore the city. A highly recommended bike route to take is down Scenic Road, which brings you through a one-way street of breathtaking and unique beachside homes and idyllic coastline. The street is easily accessible from the hotel and is an easy, safe ride.
Family & Fido Friendly
Although The Getaway is perfectly situated for couples, it’s just as accommodating to families, (including fur babies!) with a few King-bed suites that offer pullout sleeper sofas and can accommodate a family of four. Children will love being in close proximity to the beach, and the hotel is just a short drive to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is well-known for its dog-friendly policies, and The Getaway is no exception. Included in Fido’s stay is a cozy pet bed, waste-disposal bags, doggie treats, bowls for food and water, and even a customized ID tag. (Only certain rooms are pet friendly, so be sure to call the hotel to make sure you’re booking an appropriate 1st-floor room.) A one-time $75 cleaning fee is charged for one dog ($90 for two) upon check-in.
The Getaway is a universally pleasing and surprisingly affordable addition to the Carmel hotel scene. The convenient location, charming aesthetic, and high-quality perks included with your stay make this memorable B&B worth returning to.
Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street, Carmel, Ca
(Rooms from $175)