Sometimes mistaken for a sign of hospitality, hotel-pillow mints are actually sacrificial offerings to the tiny phantom of the mini bar, who in turn spares guests of ambrosial cocktail recipes involving shampoo mixers. Give bogeymen the gift of minty freshness with today's Groupon: for $110, you get a one-night stay in a deluxe guestroom at the Dolphin Inn (up to a $239 value) in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A deposit is required to guarantee room reservations, but will be refunded upon check-in.
The hospitality gurus at Dolphin Inn cater to leisure-seeking guests drawn to Carmel's natural beauty and artistic culture. After a long drive or quick trebuchet flight, bask in the fresh-baked ambience of a complimentary cookie in the lobby before heading to a smoke-free deluxe guestroom, slipping on a plush bathrobe, and diving face-first into the fluffy white comfort of a featherbed. A flat-screen TV and free WiFi provide plugged-in comforts, and a fully heated swimming pool melts away the stress of hours spent live-tweeting updates about a Facebook argument concerning the cultural merits of skateboarding-bulldog videos. Fireplaces and private balconies are available in all deluxe rooms.
The deluxe guest room also includes free continental breakfast for two and daily newspaper delivery. The inn's plentiful amenities relax and refresh visitors for a full day of perusing Carmel's art galleries, boutique shopping, and gourmet restaurants, all located within a short distance. Vehicle-equipped guests can venture out to nearby Monterey and take in historic Cannery Row and the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to sea-otter pups, sunfish, and the elusive hump-finned aquacamel.
San Carlos St. and 4th Ave.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921Get Directions