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“A Perfect Poodle Weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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Carmel Garden Inn
NW Corner 4th Street and Torres, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly Carmel Garden Court Inn)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 29 Carmel B&B and Inns
Fullerton, California
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“A Perfect Poodle Weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I and our two poodles visited Carmel for the annual Poodle Day activities a week ago. It was our first visit to Carmel Garden Inn and we had one delightful discovery after another as we walked through the garden to our room. First was our spacious private brick courtyard under the oaks with table and seating for four, then into the room with a terrific new eastern king mattress, lots of space around the bed, a fireplace, a mini kitchen with table and seating, a new TV on the wall, a DVD player and a small library of old classic movies in the lobby (free - we watched The Maltese Falcon). Even our dogs got sheeted beds. The bathroom is small but adequate, and is scheduled for upgrades.

Wine, cheese, and other treats were provided in the late afternoon and many of the guests gathered around the tables in the common garden area. There is also common indoor seating if the weather is poor. Breakfast was spectacular and to call it extended continental seems an understatement. On various days we had scones, frittata, muffins, a fabulous chili cornbread with salsa, hard boiled eggs, homemade granola, yogurt... oh my. And the coffee could not be better.

I can't imagine choosing to stay anywhere else in Carmel.

Room Tip: We like the rooms that open to the garden. There are less expensive rooms that open to Torres althou...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you so very much for your review, staying with us and sharing our love of Poodles. Trevi, our silver standard, is shy having been attached by a large dog recently, but had a very good time thanks to all the poodles who stayed with us and you and your two especially. What fun! Your descriptions of our inn are also appreciated for their depth and detail. One of the many things that made purchasing the Inn last March so attractive was the luxury all the common areas and gardens afford. So many guests from strangers enjoying our wine party, to family reunions to Poodle day attendees get to mingle casually, sitting and talking in our gardens and dining room. Thank you again and see you same time next year, Julian
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We recently stayed here, booking last minute, whilst travelling along the Californian coast on our Honeymoon.
Firstly the staff were fantastic, especially Dennis & Julian, they gave us advice on lots of places to visit and were really helpful.
The room was lovely & a very good size, they even have a fire in each room which my partner loved.
The hotel is well located & offers a love breakfast to get you started, there's even wine & cheese hour each evening.
Fantastic placental stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
I remember you two well. Dennis and i had such a good time sharing our insights and stories with you and having you so appreciate them. As we continue to improve our rooms, we will strive to maintain the fun of having you, our guests, give us such positive input. Thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you again some time in the future. All the best, Julian
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Oakland, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Our family of four stayed in the Carmel Garden Inn in August 2013. The room was spacious - a very comfortable King sized bed, and pull out sofa, a little sitting nook with a mini-fridge and coffee maker, a small bathroom, a flat screen tv, and even a fireplace. There was a private brick courtyard out front of our room. The hotel feels old - but in a good way, like it has solid bones. The bathroom is small, and the shower tiny, but it was so charming I didn't really care. They provided a delicious breakfast plus afternoon wine and cheese, both free of charge. The hotel staff were very nice. We got a last minute room and only stayed two nights (normally I believe there's a 3 night minimum that time of year - it was during Carmel's car show). At a little more than $200/night it was a steal by Carmel standards. An easy 5 minute walk to the main strip, with restaurants, galleries, etc. The only thing to consider is that the hotel is above the village in a quiet neighborhood, not down near the water. This was fine for us. First choice for us when we return to Carmel. As an aside - we are not big car fans, but the car show was fabulous. And of course if you are in Carmel you must go to Point Lobos.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
We really appreciate your review and greatly value your photographs. They are clear and really show the features (and bathroom size) accurately. Thank you! As we get into the fine tuning of the remodeling in the coming four weeks (remodeling in November first two weeks) we have your words as the primary guiding principle "The hotel feels old-but in a good way, like it has solid bones." We respect those bones and the Inn's age. Our renovations must preserve and honor both. Hope to see you again soon, Julian
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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We had to book last minute as our other B&B was cancelled due to overbooking. I have to say that Susan, Julien, and Dennis were the nicest people giving us great food and activity recommendations. Breakfast each AM was delicious and their evening apps & wine was fantastic. We stayed in the Rosita room which had a small kitchenette, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom - very spacious! We would stay here again in a heartbeat - certainly turned our pile of lemons into lemonade - thanks again!!! :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. One of the best decisions we have made during the past several months is to have focused on our food, wine and our dining area, thereby giving us all a place to mingle and share with our guests the special and little known things we enjoy doing in our village. Thanks again for staying with us and writing a review. Julian
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Southern California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we stayed at Carmel Garden Inn with our two small dogs. We wanted to go out for several hours one of our evenings but there were no last minute "doggy babysitter" accommodations in town so one of the innkeepers, Andrew, volunteered to sit with our dogs while we were gone. The dogs loved him and he obviously took good care of them as we could see they really liked him! Thanks Andrew for going above and beyond to help make our stay even more special. Nice sincere young man and very helpful.

Thanks Carmel Garden Inn!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thank you for your praise. It means so much to us all here at the Inn. We take a lot of pride in how well you, our guests, are treated. We are also very appreciative of the opportunity we have in only having ten rooms... it affords us the chance to offer service "above and beyond" and to really interface with our guests. Lots of fun. Thank you, Julian
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

on our way to san francisco we stayed one night at this lovely b&b. when we arrived dennis (owner?) welcomed us and was very friendly telling us things about the region and carmel. also in the morning everyone was very helpfull and friendly. our room was big enough, bed great. Only the bathroom is old and should be renovated ( but i think the new owners know that and will do this soon?). At the aftnernoon there was wine and cheese offered, and also the breakfast was very good. Nice place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Your candid review is greatly appreciated. Dennis, our Innkeeper, has enjoyed his passion immensely since we bought the Inn in March. He loves gardening. Susan and i, the owners, do indeed know the need for remodeling the bathrooms. Money is waiting to be spent and the plans for the refurbishment are with the city fathers awaiting approval. Work should be done in November. Thank you for staying with us and for writing the review. Hope to see you with 'new' bathrooms, Julian
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Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

My fiancée and I stayed here recently during the Pebble Beach Concourse event. The hotel rooms are nicely appointed. Our room (Fuschia), had a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, coffee maker & microwave. The bathroom is a bit small, but nice towels and bath supplies (shampoo, conditioner, etc.). The king size bed was very comfortable.

Our room had a nice patio behind a tall fence where we could sit and drink our coffee every morning. There is a nice breakfast every morning along with wine & cheese in the afternoon.

The hotel staff was very friendly & willing to help us with restaurant recommendations. We will definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: We enjoyed our stay in the Fuschia room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julian b, Owner at Carmel Garden Inn, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
We really appreciate your review. All of us here love to host and help you, our guests and we just love praise naturally. We will welcome your return. Julian
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Address: NW Corner 4th Street and Torres, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly Carmel Garden Court Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our five patio suites have totally new bathrooms from basement to attic. All the patios are freshly painted. Our bistro dining rooms now serves a home made hot item changing each day for breakfast and we have added lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies right from the oven to our wine party. The wood for all ten fireplaces is seasoned pine and lights quickly, cracking with natural warmth to offset the summer foggy evenings in Carmel. S'mores in our fire pit nightly, on request. ... more   less 
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