Eclectic, charming, quaint and vintage would be the words I’d use to describe L’Auberge Carmel. As if Carmel isn’t charming enough, I’d say that this quiet hotel makes for the perfect escape yet immersion into the Carmel lifestyle. Just a few steps from the shops, restaurants and beach, L’Auberge Carmel tops my list of favorite stays in Carmel. It was so nice to wake up to fresh coffee in the lobby and so easy to go for runs to Pebble Beach. The staff are incredibly welcoming and kind and the safety of car parking was definitely a plus (I had a $13,000 triathlon bike in mine, and they ensured it’d stay safe and locked – which it did!). If you decide to stay at L’Auberge Carmel, be sure to take your coffee or glass of wine to the courtyard in the evening, to experience the elegant peace of the nights sky and fairy lights.