Hyatt Carmel Highland, Overlooking Big Sur Coast

Hyatt Carmel HIghland Hotel Reviews Monterey

Disclosure: In partnership with Hyatt Carmel Highland, all of the following thoughts and opinions are that of Posh Journal.  Carmel has been on our list of places to go for quite some time.  We saw Big Sur as a backdrop in a movie recently and had heard it referenced as a favorite spot, even from friends who have traveled the globe.  The Hyatt Carmel is a renowned hotel in the area and it lived up to its reputation. Below are our top 5 reasons to stay at the Hyatt Carmel Highland when visiting the Carmel and Del Sur area of California.


Hyatt Carmel HIghland Hotel Reviews Monterey

Hyatt Carmel HIghland Hotel Reviews Monterey

    1. Location, Location, Location

Driving into Carmel we saw some hotels that were inland and just didn’t hold a torch to those along the coast.  For those along the ocean, most are along the highway as one would expect.  The Hyatt Carmel Highland, on the other hand, is perched atop the mountain cliffs, with sprawling views north and south of waves crashing on the rocks and old, magnificent trees all about.   Due west you can see miles of the Pacific Ocean, which is in itself breathtaking, and also gives many guests the memorable experience of seeing migrating whales and dolphins.

We were a couple of minutes drive to Point Lobos State Park, where we spent hours there checking out the tide pools and snapping up pictures.  Five minutes away were loads of great restaurants and other things to do for a night out.

  1. A Room With a View 

I first thought that I was the lucky guest that was set up in the best room as mine had floor to ceiling windows looking out at the coastline and ocean.  As I walked the grounds of the hotel I quickly realized that this was the norm for this hotel.  It was brilliantly designed so that the rooms cascade vertically as not to obstruct each other’s views.

Huge balconies with comfortable patio furniture make for nice relaxation time, drinking coffee in the mornings and wine at night.

Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey


Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey


  1. Life on the Edge 

Pacific’s Edge Restaurant also has massive windows instead of walls that give customers that same amazing viewpoint over breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We enjoyed all three there.  The breakfast and lunch menus from California Market at Pacific’s Edge had traditional options done well, as well as very fresh seafood plates (we especially loved any and every dish with their fresh crab!).  The dinner menu takes more risks, even the vegetarian dishes have flavor combinations and flair that you won’t find elsewhere.

The hotel recently revamped the bar area so it’s perched up for an elevated lookout.  There’s a huge adjoining deck where I sipped on my mimosa.  Those that don’t stay at the Hyatt even make it a point to have at least a meal or two at Pacific’s Edge, it’s the perfect place for an anniversary or to pop the big question, yet doesn’t have a stuffy or pretentious vibe.

Hyatt Carmel HIghland Hotel Reviews Monterey



Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey


Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey

  1. To Build a Fire

Rooms are equipped with fireplaces, with chopped wood in the room and plenty more to grab up all around the grounds.  I loved watching my husband make a fire!  There’s definitely a lot of couples at this hotel, and the fireplace is a nice touch for a romantic getaway (the outstanding bottle of local wine that the hotel sent to our room didn’t hurt either).  We actually built a fire each night of our stay… our kids were with us on this trip… it was a lot of fun seeing them cozy up to the fire too.

There’s the unforgettable smell of redwood throughout the entire hotel grounds, with scores of people burning fires in their rooms.

The rooms were recently redone with nice touches to modernize the rooms.  There’s some bold metal art on the walls that go nicely with the fireplace and coastal views.  I like how they’re keeping the rooms unique even after upgrades (many other hotels seem to take away the character after modernizing).  The room had a nice kitchenette, direct TV on large flat screens in both our bedroom and the living room.

 Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey


Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey

  1. The Kindness of Locals

One thing that I noticed about Carmel is that the people that work and live here are as friendly as can be.  I found this to be true for nearby Monterey while staying there too, both are very special places.  The Hyatt has a lot of locals working there who have for years, and it brings a true family feel to the hotel.  From the service at the restaurant to the folks helping with checking in and the rooms, there were genuine smiles and kind conversations throughout.  It wasn’t forced either, I think these are people that just have a great way about them (which makes a lot of sense looking at their surroundings).

The hotel has had massive upgrades to the rooms and the halls in the last year and hosts many weddings, celebrations and now business meetings.  The main area of the hotel has the appeal of a massive wooden lodge, with historic halls and some majestic photography.  The hotel grounds have lovely trees, flowers, and plants all around, and especially surrounding the pool (which is large and heated).  There are wandering paths that meander about the hotel grounds with more plants, trees, tucked away hot tubs and more.  We discovered they had a gym on our second day there, but found ourselves instead of playing ping pong in the adjacent lounge.

Many people say that Carmel and Big Sur are the prettiest parts of the country.  I concur and was mesmerized watching waves crash along the massive rocks and seeing the whitewater splash and sink back into the ocean.   I’m so happy we stayed at Hyatt Carmel Highlands as the hotel and its staff takes great measures so their guests can enjoy this beauty every day and night, and not have to worry about anything else.


Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey


Hyatt Carmel HIghland Hotel Reviews Monterey


Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey

Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey

Hyatt Carmel Highland Hotel Reviews Monterey

Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast
Address: 120 Highland Dr, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 620-1234

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  • Reply Alli Smith May 29, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Carmel and after looking at all your beautiful photos, I want to visit more than ever. The views are breathtaking and the Hyatt is certainly the place to stay. It looks like a lovely place for a weekend getaway.

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) May 29, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I have never been to Carmel, but it is high up on my bucket list. It sounds like such a wonderful place to visit.

  • Reply Jeanette May 29, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I have always wanted to go here but have yet to get there. It looks like I need to add it to the top of my travel list! That place gorgeous! The room looks beautiful, the scenery looks beautiful, and the food looks beautiful.

  • Reply neha May 29, 2017 at 6:06 am

    The location is amazing, I hope you had a great time as everything there looks perfect. I have seldom experienced good locations but without a good view so I think you had a lottery. Thanks for giving the information.

  • Reply Deborah Cruz May 29, 2017 at 6:08 am

    WOW! The views are everything!

    • Reply Deborah Cruz May 29, 2017 at 7:17 am

      This really does look like heaven on earth. Hope you had a magnificent time during your stay.

  • Reply Christy Maurer May 29, 2017 at 6:50 am

    That is a gorgeous location! I love all of the photos of the hotel as well. I could see myself swimming in that pool.

  • Reply mimicutelips May 29, 2017 at 8:02 am

    The Hyatt Carmel looks gorgeous. I love floor to ceiling views and delicious. I don’t get to the West Coast often, but when I do this is a must stay. I love a good fire place.

  • Reply JenellBStewart (@JenellBStewart) May 29, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Oh my goodness. This spot is breathtaking. Ive never been to California and Carmel isn’t an area I’ve ever heard of but clearly its a must see!

    • Reply Paula Whalen Jun 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

      You would never ever regret being there!!! Carmel and drive to Big Sur, it will leave you with a smile that won’t go away. PARADISE!!!!

  • Reply Angelic Sinova May 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Talk about a breathtaking view! The Hyatt Carmel Highland seems like a great hotel for anyone traveling to this area. Although I visit Cali often, I’ve never seen Big Sur before (but it’s on my bucket list!).

  • Reply Katie Kinsley May 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous view! I would love a vacation right about now and that looks like just the place to visit.

  • Reply Bella May 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    WOW these pictures are amazing, incredible views! I would love to spend some time by the water, it would be so relaxing!

  • Reply Maurene Cabrera May 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I haven’t been in this place but I heard a lot of good things about Hyatt Carmel Highland.

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander May 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    This looks stunning, absolutely amazing. I would love to stay here some day. It would be such a pleasure to wake up to such a view.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc May 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I don’t have enough adjectives to describe that place. I just love it and would want to go visit it someday. I can only imagine the majestic sunsets you can get to view from your balcony!

  • Reply My Teen Guide May 30, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I have a friend who loves photographing the sights in Big Sur. I will let her know about this hotel . Myaybe she and her husband could plan a little weekend getaway.

  • Reply Paula Schuck May 31, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This place looks LOVELY. I think it may be time to add this to my travel bucket list. Great imagery, it certainly tells a story.

  • Reply Nancy at Whispered Inspirations May 31, 2017 at 6:41 am

    The food is what got me. The photo just looked so good. It may be time to go on a vacation!

  • Reply Paula Whalen Jun 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I have been staying at Highlands Inn since 1980. Last time I was there was 1995. The two story town house suite was amazing!!!! But now its not affordable. Was $325 back then, now $700 a night. I long to be there again!!! Someday!!!!

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