Friday, June 15, 2012

1 South: Carmel, Hofsas House


Hofsas House  San Carlos St./4th Ave., 3 blks. N of Ocean Blvd., 8 blks. to beach, (800) 221-2548, (831) 624-2745.  4 stories; 38 rooms.  Some wood-burning fireplaces & kitchens.  Heated pool; 2 dry saunas.  Continental breakfast.  Pets ok in some rooms.  free parking.  Built in 1947, this family-run lodging has a classic Old World Bavarian exterior of cross beams and brick enhanced by a welcoming painted mural.  The lobby breakfast includes pastries, yogurt, fruit, hot drinks, and orange juice, and a tray is provided for carrying items back to the room.  Rooms vary in size and amenities and are furnished in eclectic style--some with antique furniture that once belonged to the original owner.  The best rooms are on the third floor with private balconies, but most upper-floor rooms have a view over tall treetops to the Pacific Ocean.  A fun feature is that all rooms have Dutch doors, allowing guests to open the top door to catch a refreshing ocean breeze.  A beach S’mores Package is sometimes available.  
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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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