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Last weekend my husband and I headed to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California for a romantic weekend. It was my first time in Carmel and I couldn’t wait to experience all that this little city had to offer. The Hofsas House couldn’t have been a more perfect hotel to stay in and gave us the European feel that Carmel has.

There is so much history behind The Hofsas House and I couldn’t wait to learn more. Right when we walked in to this boutique hotel we were greeted with smiles and treated like family. In fact, as we were checking in a guest came in and we immediately heard the excitement in her voice as the owner came out and hugged her. Nothing tells you more great things about a hotel then when they have regulars who come in and are overjoyed about being there.

After checking in we talked with the owner, Carrie. Her grandmother Donna Hofsas founded the hotel six decades ago. Carrie spent summers as a child helping her grandmother at the Hofsas House. With so much history behind this hotel, we couldn’t help but be fascinated.

For the past 60 years, European hospitality has fueled Donna Hofsas’  Bavarian-inspired hotel, not to mention it’s spectacular location on the central coast.  The hotel is just minutes from Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Big Sur, It is also located just three blocks north of Ocean Avenue, eight blocks from the picturesque white sand Carmel beach and one block from a child-friendly City park.

Upon entering the lobby you are welcomed with a unique mural from Maxine Albro— she was one of the few female artists commissioned under the New Deal’s Federal Art Project, a program launched during the Great Depression. Her most important commission was a 10 ft by 42 ft mural at Coit Tower, depicting California agricultural life.

More art aligns the Hofsas House with the coat of arms Ms. Hofsas’ husband created which reads,  “Otium Cum Dignitate,” which means “Leisure with Dignity.”

The adorable pink Hofsas House has 38 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views overlooking the pines in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

There are many different style rooms to meet anyone’s demand. From two-bedroom family suites, rooms with kitchens, all the way to a room with your own private balcony. All rooms have dutch doors which is a great touch to this European inspired hotel and a perfect way to let in that cool coastal breeze.

We stayed in a king suite with a kitchenette which was perfect for my husband and me. Our room had some of the most beautiful antique pieces I have ever seen. There was so much detail put into our room that we kept discovering more throughout the weekend.

The Hofsas House has some incredible features that include: a heated pool, dry saunas, view deck areas, private parking lot, continental breakfast, free wi-fi, and of course, it’s pet-friendly.

The continental breakfast is a perfect way to start the day. We loved having the option of eating in the lobby in front of the fireplace or taking our breakfast back to our room for a more intimate experience.

Whether you are looking for an intimate weekend away or taking the family on vacation, The Hofsas House is the perfect hotel for you. The rooms are affordable and your experience there will be one to remember for a lifetime. They also offer a variety of unique packages to make your experience more enjoyable.

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*Hofsas House hosted my stay but opinions are all my own.