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Carmel Lodge

3.0 of 5 Motel   |   San Carlos at 5th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921-0951
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Ranked #20 of 21 hotels in Carmel
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Central Valley, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Friendly staff, clean room, comfortable bed, and great location. The room and bathroom were small and the sink had no convenient shelf or space while prepping for the day. The age of the property shows, but it seems fairly well maintained though in need of some updating. It is a great location and you can just leave your car in... More

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Pasadena, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Clean, but needs to be updated. You can tell they may have done some things to update the hotel but you can tell they still have much to work on. Albeit, the weather was not suitable for swim, they have an empty pool that is quite an eye sore and the grounds can use a little more work as well.... More

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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to write a review -- we look and every one of them carefully and try to learn from them. We are updating the hotel as we can and have made some major improvements in the past few months -- new carpeting in all rooms and we're currently almost finished painting the rooms. We're planning to turn... More

Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
14 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a few things that bother me about some hotels and this one had a few. First, it is in need of a serious update. the room was clean, but that sort of gets negated by dingy, old and beat up furniture and fixtures. The front desk area looked updated but not the rooms. Also, I have some difficulty... More

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Stockton, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed overnight at the Carmel Lodge which is near all of the shops and restaurants downtown. It was great being by all of the shops and restaurants. The room was clean and nice. The room didn't have AC or a ceiling fan. They had a oscillating fan but it looked like the cheapest Walmart special. A restaurant was across... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our stay at the Carmel Lodge was comfortable and affordable. However, after leaving and quite some distance from the Lodge I realised I'd left my old watch (sentimental value) in the apartment next to the television. My first thought was "Oh well that's it, it's gone". However I rang and emailed two helpful ladies (Lindsay and Stephanie) at the Carmel... More

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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review

That's so great! Your watch is more-traveled than I am, but we're so happy it found its way back to you!!! More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Having never been to Carmel before, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Arrived on a direct flight from Phoenix and made my way to me rockin Totota Yaris rental car. The people I was working for told me that they didn't use numbers for addresses here so I hit Siri up for directions. After about a 10-15 minute drive... More

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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review

Hey, Michael J! We remember you and that rockin' Yaris! We enjoyed talking to you and would love to roadtrip to Vegas someday to see your show (fair warning!). So glad you enjoyed Carmel -- it's one of the most charming beach towns around, and you definitely need to come back and spend more time here. "Ladies at the Desk" More

Jersey City, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

The rooms are very comfortable and clean, the service is great, and you can't beat the location. For the price (relative), this place is a good deal. The rooms were probably remodeled 10 years ago, but they are so clean, everything feels new.

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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review

Dear D S, Thanks so much for the kind words, and I really appreciate your mention of our housekeeping team. They work very hard for our guests, and it's nice to have their efforts noticed and applauded. Since your stay we have re-carpeted all of the rooms (well, they'll all be done this week), and are in the process of... More

New Canaan, Connecticut
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I had a number of contacts with the staff prior to our arrival for recommendations for Easter brunch. They were so helpful and friendly. The rooms are somewhat dated, but so is Carmel itself which is the charm of the place. The beds were very comfortable, the room, and specially the bathroom, is very clean. I was a bit concerned... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is in the prime location for downtown Carmel. That's really the only big plus. It's noisy, run down and very much like a motel. They do have free breakfast that they bring every morning (however we only somehow received it 1 day), decent shower and TV. No frills...However, for the cost and location it's worth it.

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Palo Alto, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My boyfriend and I booked this hotel for its (relatively) reasonable price and absolutely fantastic location in downtown Carmel. Although it doesn't look particularly fancy from the exterior, the room was spacious, comfortable, and clean. Originally we were given a room on the ground floor with windows facing the road, which was concerning because my boyfriend and I are both... More

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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review

Hi, lilbkwrm (great ID!) Thanks so much for the lovely review -- we really appreciate hearing from our guests. I'm happy we were able to find just the right room for you! Come back and visit again soon -- we've just re-carpeted all the rooms and are painting now. Best, Carmel Lodge 831-624-1255 More

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Address: San Carlos at 5th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921-0951
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmel Lodge 3*
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Carmel Lodge has 38 guest rooms and is conveniently located in downtown Carmel- by-the-Sea and is just steps from fabulous restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping. Carmel Lodge offers their guests complimentary parking in the private lot, complimentary continental breakfast served to the room, and complimentary WiFi. The inn is only a half-mile from the white sands of Carmel Beach where the water is crisp and cool and the beach is clean and beautiful, and dogs can frolic off-leash. ... more   less 
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