Carmel’s Charming Tally Ho Inn • We Blog The World
Carmel’s Charming Tally Ho Inn • Tour Travel Hotels
What do you think of when you hear the name Tally Ho? It has a happy ringing tone, although you don’t know what that means and you’ll probably guess it must be from the British. You are right! If you look for its meaning, you will find that it is a courier trainer or a four-handed fun trainer.
You too Learn that Pointing–ho is the traditional cry of the hunter to tell others that the quarry has been sighted. It can also be used with directions including “away” and “back”. Turns out there’s an inn with its name in Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of our favorite romantic getaways in the Bay Area.
One of the things we love about Carmel in general is their attention to detail and luxury “finds” around every corner. This means that hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts have to step up to match the clientele and they do. Every time we have stayed in the area, we have never been disappointed, whether it is a rustic-style luxury hotel like Bernardus Lodge that we reviewed a few years ago, or a family option like Hofsas Hotel which we also looked at. Then there is a bigger brand like Hyatt; they have one in Carmel Highlands which we also reviewed a few years ago and it’s one of the best Hyatts we have reviewed over the years.
Tally Ho is small and always so charming, that we love. With just 12 rooms and suites, you’ll rarely meet someone, and there are also no internal hallways, making it a safer option than larger hotels where you may have to run into guests. Their partner restaurant Il Fornaio is across the street (was closed during our stay but this is subject to change in the coming months). You can have a full American breakfast here during the week or enjoy an extended continental breakfast in their lobby on weekends.
There’s also an outdoor fire pit that works 24/7, so you can sit out front for a picnic or a cup of tea late at night.
We had a King suite on the first floor, so if you want a better view of the ocean, go for a second floor. The rooms have 55-inch LED televisions, Bose Wave radios and free (as it should be in all hotels) High-speed Wi-Fi, but those features are far from why you’d want to stay here. That said, I have to admit that downloading high-resolution images early in the morning was a snap and faster than it would have been using our home Wi-Fi, which is one of the most popular plans. faster.
Comfortable mattresses should be noted because, as we all know, not all mattresses are the same. They have super comfy handcrafted pillow top mattresses and soft pillows – we both slept soundly during our stay with no outside noise or interference. And, if you think it’s because the hotel was empty due to Covid, think again. Carmel’s main thoroughfare was busy with tourists – carefully masked tourists – but tourists nonetheless.
Above and below is the King bed in our suite during our February stay.
There was also a sofa and a nice sitting area with lots of sun. And, of course, there was a gas fireplace that was fully adjustable so you never felt too hot or too cold. How many times have you left a hotel frustrated because the heating system was “off” or you were roasting or freezing due to old systems?
Modern hot tubs and showers, all withmarble accented tiles.
They also have a variety of other room types, including one with a four-poster bed for traditionalists.
Since we still live in an age of Covid precautions, the ‘cleanliness factor’ is worth mentioning. Frankly, I’ve always been a bit of a hotel snob. Even in a pre-Covid world, I used to wipe down TV remotes, hairdryers, and light switches with disinfectant.
Call me anal, but these are usually the areas that get overlooked or just aren’t cleaned enough. We found our suite to be very clean and although I deleted it as a protocol it is because it is a matter of habit, not because the hotel was not delivered. One thing to note: they don’t clean your rooms unless you ask for them due to these Covid protocols, but they deliver clean towels in a plastic bag which is left outside your room door each day. – well done! And yes, the staff were still masked even when walking in the outdoor areas.
For a romantic getaway, this is a great option. Prepare your bottle of champagne or wine for a little toast, either in your room, by the fireplace, or on the patio facing the sea.
We had a lovely patio that overlooked the ocean. And again if you want an even better view like we mentioned above book a room “On one floor.”
The lobby is about as quaint as it gets. While there isn’t a large sitting area to relax in, why would you want when your bedroom has it all? There is a fireplace and they serve European style tea, coffee and pastries, muffins and fruit in the morning.
There are plenty of tea choices and if it’s a cooler evening there’s Hot Cocoa as well.
You enter the hostel on Monte Verde Street, which is right by the ocean, the main drag in Carmel. This means that you are a hop, a jump and a jump from all the best that downtown Carmel has to offer, from luxury goods, fashion and cafes to restaurants, art galleries and shops. antiques.
Another cool feature is a free Tesla car charging unit and a standard car charging unit as well as free parking in an underground garage. This makes it oh so easy to leave your car while you explore the city for the day, without having to worry about moving your car or finding a parking alternative.
Two thumbs up! Would we come back? You bet. The staff were also incredibly friendly and willing to go the extra mile given current Covid restrictions.
Tally Ho Inn
Monte Verde Street at 6th Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
Note: We have been hosted by the hostel but all views expressed are entirely our own.