There are no billboards in Carmel. There are no streetlights. And if you pay close attention, you’ll notice there are only odd numbered addresses. If you really want to define what makes a destination so iconic in its enchantments, so unassumingly quaint, you can begin by dissecting it, beckon by beckon. A cobblestone street here. A beachside bakery there. Or, you can just getaway for the smorgasbord of solace it provides. The Getaway, Carmel, CA, has provided us one more magical means of doing either one.
The sweet mystique of Carmel-by-the-Sea has proven itself timeless and untouchable. The oft frilly lodgings are adored by many, less than preferable to many more. In the spirit of The Hideway before it, the Plumpjack team has opened doors to the much-anticipated Getaway, where sleek interiors bring a modernized finish to a town that can surely embrace it.
Playful, fresh, and updated, the white brick walls and the Gilchrist & Soames amenities announce this is not your grandma’s Carmel (though she might have enjoyed the plush Denver Mattress Company bed as much as you will). Sliding barn door divisions, built-in fireplaces and geometric bathroom tiles accented by sparkling Waterworks hardware complete a look that is contemporary, classic, and a refreshing spin on this celebrated seaside enclave. One that has managed the impossible balance of revitalizing its presence while keeping its essence entirely in-tact.
Centrically located, the beach, the bakeries, the boutique shopping, all steps out the Getaway door. The charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea sells itself, any additional upgrades brought to this Xanadu only enhance its delight. Like when some really good pasta place opens in Tuscany.
We travelled with the kids, and if you do, I recommend the first floor king with sitting area. The separate room with the pull out sofa makes it so no one is stumbling over one another – a sure fire way to take the wind out of any vacation sail. Two bathrooms, two fireplaces. Space is a commodity in this quaint commune by the beach. If you can find room to spread out, you have found something. And if you find said room with a leather club chair and down bedding, you tell your friends.
Breakfast, sparkly afternoon beverages, and bites by the fire, all included (those bubbles and bites are quite the perk). A trio of treats always available (gummies, gumballs, and lolly pops). Plus, that silky swath of sand beneath those Cypress trees, those bakeries and breakfast nooks that look like they were plucked from a storybook, and a quiet kinship between nature and her inhabitants…the Getaway may have come and gilded the grounds, and it’s done a dynamite job. But Carmel, you were pretty glorious to begin with.
The Getaway, Junipero Street & Ocean Avenue Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923, USA.
Tel: +1(831) 624-3864
The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea just moments away from Carmel Plaza and Devondorf Park and Carmel’s white sandy beaches. If driving, take PCH (Pacific Coast Hightway) to Ocean, and it’s at the corner of Ocean and Junipero. Parking is complimentary.
Type of Hotel: Boutique Hotel
Number of Rooms: 24 rooms including complimentary Wi-Fi
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: Lower rooms can absorb the noise of rooms above. Bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs Courtesy of The Getaway, a Plumpjack Property