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Hofsas House Boutique Family Friendly Hotel in Carmel By the Sea

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With New Orleans warming up and summer right around the corner, we were given the opportunity to escape to Carmel by the sea in beautiful California. We stayed three nights at the Hofsas House and took the opportunity to road trip down Highway One to enjoy California’s Coastline.

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When I first learned about Hofsas House and Carmel by the Sea, I was excited to try something new. We typically do not stray from our typical hotel chains because earning points for free hotel nights is one of my favorite pastimes. Hofsas House offered us a two-night stay in exchange for some exposure to our readers!

Hofsas House exterior

The Hofsas House is open for business and ready for Plaid Shirt Yoga Pants and her family to stay the weekend.

Hofsas House and Carmel by the Sea

Carmel by the Sea is a quaint town located about two hours outside of San Francisco. The region is known for its beautiful scenery, wineries, and is pet-friendly. Carmel by the Sea is also known for not having any big box stores, chains, or widely known hotels – everything around here is quaint small businesses and mom and pop stores.

The Hofsas House is a small family owned hotel that prides itself on being family and pet-friendly. It was built in 1957. The house is built into the hill so after you check in, there is a scary, but the fun hill that leads you to the parking lot.

Front of the Hofsas House.

How can you not want to stay at the Hofsas House when it is this cute!

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Cute Charm in a Boutique Hotel

Pulling up to the Hofsas House you see a pink building with an adorable mural greeting you to the hotel’s lobby. This German-inspired mural and decorations are what makes staying at the Hofsas House a dream.

Hofsas House Mural and steep hill.

The mural to the Hofsas House is just one of the unique things about this hotel.

Room 28

We stayed in Room 28, one of the family suites. It had three beds, two bathrooms, and reminded me of stepping into my grandmother’s house! Each room is decorated differently, and this one suited our style. Nice wallpaper and paint without being too loud, beautiful bedding, and statement furniture.

Statement furniture in room 28.

Loved having the couch and statement furniture in our room.

Both bathrooms had a tub/shower hybrid with a sliding glass door. There was a sink in the main part of the bathroom as well as a sink and long vanity outside. Having this many sinks, and vanities sure did help us get ready for our exciting days of exploring Carmel, Whale Watching, 17-mile drive, and Riding on this Historic Highway 1.

Toiletries at Hofsas House

Some of the best toiletries I’ve received at a hotel.

The room did not have air conditioning or a ceiling fan but had plenty of windows to open up to let the fresh sea breeze in. The bedding was very light, and the beds were super comfortable. In fact, on the first night, Allison exclaimed that she wanted to sleep in the bed forever because it was one of the most comfortable beds she has slept in!

Room 28 two queen beds

Ally and I shared a room in our two bedroom suite.

Second bedroom in room 28

Mom’s room in our two bedroom suite.

There was also a small kitchenette in the room that Ally and I shared. I enjoyed having the kitchenette because we were able to easily drink our coffee in the morning and have a relaxing morning like we would at home.

Kitchenette in room 28

Cute Kitchen area that assisted with our coffee talk in the morning.

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Delicious Goodies

Carrie Theis, general manager and grand-daughter of the original owners, set up some delicious goodies for us to help us enjoy our stay. There were wine and cheese waiting for us from a local cheese shop and winery, and the option to pick up a picnic lunch from 5th Street Deli, and dinner at Abalonetti in Monterey. After taking the road trip from San Francisco, the wine and cheese pairing was much appreciated!

Cookie and wine from Hofsas House.

The Hofsas House just finished celebrating their 70th year in business!

Two cheeses from Carmel by the Sea.

Two local kinds of cheese were there to pair with our wine and cookies.

Delicious Continental Breakfast

Each morning we enjoyed a Continental Breakfast of baked goods, yogurt, and fresh fruit. The family usually sends me to gather breakfast while we are on trips, and Hofsas House had people like this in mind! There is a small basket you can put all your goodies in to bring to the rest of the family to enjoy dinner. I love baked goodies with chocolate, and one of the mornings there was a yummy chocolate croissant. That by far was my favorite.

Muffins for the hofsas house.

All types of muffins and goodies to eat for breakfast.

Meeting with the owner, Carrie

The first morning we had a long chat with Carrie in the lobby. With us visiting over a holiday weekend, the hotel was extremely busy and bustling! While chatting with Carrie, we discussed all the site seeing areas we wanted to see and experience. Carrie truly did help us decide where we wanted to go in the city and helped firm up our plans for cruising the California Coastline.

Hofsas House Brunch set up.

Super cute brunch Set up in the lobby.

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time at Hofsas House with my mom and sister over the Easter (and my birthday) weekend! Even though we were not in a handicapable room, there is one room that is handicapable and a couple of rooms that ramp access instead of stairs. The best thing to do when booking your stay is to chat with Carrie, and she will help decide which room best suits your families needs!

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