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The guest rooms at Tradewinds Carmel look exotic. In 2004, interior designer Charles Gruwell, who created the interiors at Mandalay Bay and Four Seasons in Las Vegas, updated the rooms with a high style inspired by the opulent Aman resorts. A trickling fountain filled with river stones and a fresh orchid in a bamboo holder in the foyer set the tone for the room. The entryway floor of this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is covered in tumbled slate tile; as you enter the bedroom, you step onto tan wool woven carpeting with a subtle grid pattern that evokes a tatami mat. The room has warm colors like cream, tan and brown, with subtle accents in other hues. The bed is swathed in white Frette damask striped linen, accented by Eastern-influenced pillows and a strip of obi cloth. An urn filled with faux bamboo stalks, scroll art showing calligraphy, as well as furnishings like an armoire with bamboo details and silver-cloud-patterned lamps atop dark-red Chinese bedside chests continue the upscale Asian theme. A pair of woven armchairs flank a glass café table that holds a welcome treat as well as faux orchid. Our room had a gas fireplace and a small wet bar with glassware and complimentary snacks on the shelves; below was a small refrigerator.
The bathroom, which sits just off the foyer in some king bedrooms, is decked out in taupe travertine, with a deep jetted tub, separate glassed-in shower and tansu-style vanity chest with Asian hardware and a speckled black-and-tan marble top. Rooms at the Carmel hotel offer a chic and upscale Far East escape.
Tradewinds Carmel has 28 bright and airy Asian-inspired rooms. Top floor accommodations boast open beam ceilings and many rooms have coastal views. The spaces are decorated with art, custom furnishings and silk accents from Bali, China and other parts of Asia. If the tabletop bamboo water feature doesn’t put you to sleep, the goose down feather beds, Thai silk pillowcases and Frette linens will. Kimono robes and complimentary snacks are nice touches. Bathrooms are spacious and boast organic bath amenities; book a king room for a separate tub and glass-walled shower. Several rooms also have fireplaces, balconies and/or spa tubs. Note that the four units in the north building, last remodeled in 2002, are scheduled for new looks at the beginning of 2013.