Pets welcome at family-friendly Hofsas House in Carmel, California


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Carmel sunset as viewed from Hofsas House King Suite


Carmel-by-the-sea is well known as an artist’s enclave. The Hofsas House is no exception and has shared a canvas with artist Maxine Albro. In the 1940’s and 1950’s Albro was living in Carmel. Owner Donna Hofsas commissioned her friend to paint the welcoming mural and the headboard featured in room 47 of the Hofsas House to enhance the Bavarian theme of the inn.

From February 1 – December 31, 2012, the Hofsas House connects with its bohemian roots with the Artist Package. Not only will you stay in room 47, the package includes the opportunity to meet local Carmel sculpture Steven Whyte and take a tour of his studio (located only two blocks away from the Hofsas House.)

Romantic Hofsas House

My husband and I were married in Carmel, so we  think of Carmel By-The-Sea as a romantic escape.  This was our first stay at the Hofsas House and while it is a family-friendly property with a swimming pool and sauna, they offer concierge service and enhancement packages such as s’mores with all the fixings, including a blanket and firewood for those seeking a little romance. Fortunately, Carmel Beach is a short walk from the hotel. Not only is the beach dog-friendly, as is Hofsas House, you can legally burn a fire on the beach.

"Maxine Albro Hofsas House Mural"

Stay in the room that artist Maxine Albro painted, along with this Bavarian-themed mural, with Carmel’s Hofsas House Artist Package

Complimentary continental breakfast

Your stay at The Hofsas House also includes a continental breakfast. The family-run property likes their guests to come downstairs for breakfast so they can help plan their stay in Carmel.  Of course, you are welcome to bring a tray of fresh fruit, pastries from Monterey’s Paris Bakery, yogurt, juice and a carafe of fresh coffee or hot tea back to your hotel room. Which is exactly what we did, as we didn’t want to miss out on our ocean view room.

Ocean view king suite with fireplace

Our ocean view king suite, room #45, included a fireplace with a Duraflame fire log. We had unseasonably warm weather during or early March visit, so the fire was over-kill in my mind, but if your mate wants a fire, why rock the boat? Our room rented for $175 in the slow season, ranging to a high of $229 – a great value compared to other ocean view properties in Carmel.

"Hofsas House King Suite ocean view"

Hofsas House King Suite ocean view in Carmel, California


Review Remarks

Hofsas House is a four story building without an elevator. The owners go out of their way to accommodate guests with disabilities and offer ADA rooms, but there are a lot of stairs on property.

In addition to off street parking, Hofsas House features:

  • King and Queen beds
  • Maid service
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenette
  • Copier
  • Cable/satellite television
  • Shower (no bath tub in our room)
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Telephone and voicemail
  • Alarm clock
  • Microwave
  • Complimentary Wireless internet access
  • Balcony/lanai/terrace
  • Fax machine
  • Handicap room (room 37 offers a king bed with private balcony and ocean view)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Fireplace
  • Ocean view
  • Connecting rooms

If You Go:

Hofsas House (831) 624-2745

Check prices online at Priceline or Expedia.

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Hofsas House.

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