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Tradewinds Carmel has a unique history and upscale Asian aesthetic that sets it apart from other hotels in scenic Carmel. Established back in 1959, Tradewinds soon became the place to stay for people seeking respite in the artistic oceanside retreat. It was built during the era when Americans were enthralled with Polynesian culture in general and tiki drinks in particular, and the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel reflects founder Richard Catlin’s fascination. The iron lanterns out in front of the hotel drive are vintage pieces, but most everything else has been redone in 2004.
Another unique feature is the lush landscaping that fills the terraced courtyard in the center of the Carmel hotel. Palms, banana trees, ferns and flowering maples shade alcoves with trickling fountains, various incarnations of the Buddha and a fire pit. Despite the loveliness of the property, we must point out that the service style at Tradewinds is rather relaxed. When we checked in, there was no bellman for some reason, so we pulled our own bag to the room. And since there’s no privacy latch on the door, housekeeping walked in on us twice the morning that we checked out. However, we truly appreciated the way the front desk staff described several nearby restaurants and then called around to find us a spot for dinner on a particularly busy weekend. Overall, Tradewinds Carmel offers a beautiful escape by the ocean.