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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 30 Carmel B&B and Inns
San Diego, California
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“Very nice place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

It was the first time in Carmel and I happened to make a perfect choice!
I loved this nice B&B. It hade a real nice time relaxing in front of the fireplace that was not gas by the way, LOL. They had a comfy couch and it was a little chilly in the evening. Breakfast was great and Mary was overly attentive :) She prepared eggs, and I had the freshly baked scones yum.
I am going back in January for business and will always stay at this inn if they have a room available.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice, some have patios if you have a dog, they're dog friendly.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, November 19, 2013
We received your review with a lot of enthusiasm. Here at the Inn probably the single greatest benefit of owning and or working here is your praise and recognition of our service. And to have you return makes us so very happy. Our decision NOT to go the easy way with gas fireplaces certainly has set us apart from the other Inns in Carmel. As you know, we continue to add to our dining menu and improving the rooms. We are especially looking forward to the several dog days next year. Thank you for mentioning we are dog friendly. Many thanks, Julian and all of us here. Mary was particularly pleased by your comment.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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    5 of 5 stars
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This small inn operated much like a B&B. It is old but refurbished. It's the kind of place you would like to stay in if you are in a town like Carmel or somewhere in New England. It has that homey feel and sound, like going to your grandparents house (a good thing). We were greeted with a wine and cheese buffet when we arrived and had a substantial breakfast prior to departure. The staff was accommodating and friendly. It was clean. Our room looked out to the patio and it had a fireplace, although we did not take advantage of it. We were very pleased and would go there again.

  • 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, November 7, 2013
Thank you for your review. We all appreciated your comparing coming to our Bed and Breakfast to "like going to your grandparents house (a good thing)". How very well put. We welcome your comments and look forward to seeing you again. Julian and us all.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Carmel Garden Inn in September for the second time this year. The property is a quaint building tucked away off the main drag, adorned with beautiful flowers. The rooms are small but have everything you need to have a wonderful weekend (or longer) in Carmel. The mattresses on the king beds are more than comfortable and each room comes with its own wood-burning fireplace for those cool coastal days. The owners treated us like we were family for both our stays with them. They are more than friendly, love to hear your plans for the weekend and are quick to provide excellent recommendations that will enhance your stay in the town. The dog-friendly reception area has 4-5 tables for the included homemade breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese hour. We have been thoroughly impressed with both of our stays at the Inn and hope that you will enjoy your stay there too!

Room Tip: All rooms have their own front garden attached, so every one is great!
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  • 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 31, 2013
Your review is greatly appreciated. One of the greatest compliments we can have is returning happy guests. All of us really enjoy telling our guests of the many special things to see and do, eat and drink in our village. However, our Inn affords us the opportunity to listen to the many stories and experiences, likes and dislikes of our guests. A treasure trove of sharing. Thank you, for your review and for staying with us twice so far. See you soon, Julian and us all here at the Inn.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I had a wonderful time in Carmel, with the best bed and breakfast accomodation! I loved the room, as it was cozy and had a warm and inviting feel to it, as if it were a home away from home, with a cozy fireplace, nice bathroom with full shower and tub, and luxurious, comfortable bed, with sitting area and large patio, great to relax and take in the beautiful fushia plants and beautiful trees surrounding the property.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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 28, 2013
Thank you so very much for your review and comments.. Our gardens are being planted for the winter this week and our decorations for the season are coming along well. Your appreciation of our Inn makes us all so very proud. Thank you! Julian and us all at the Inn.
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67 reviews 67 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

My husband and I recently stopped in Carmel and had a brief but very enjoyable stay at the Carmel Garden Inn. It truly is a garden setting with cozy brick patio, colorful plantings and birdsong. The hosts Dennis and Julian were very welcoming and helpful in recommending an excellent restaurant for dinner, The Flying Fish. Being long time Carmel residents they have a wealth of information. Complimentary wine and cheese in the evening and breakfast buffet were both excellent and nicely displayed. Our room had a king bed with good linens, fireplace, flat screen TV, and a mini kitchen although I think that is superfluous given the evening and morning goodies offered in the dining area. The bathroom was very small but I understand that will be corrected in an upcoming remodel. All in all it was delightful and at a very good pricepoint for Carmel and the short walk to downtown.

  • 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 19, 2013
Thank you so very much for your review of us and our Inn. Your comments reflect an appreciation of what we are now. As the months go by, we will continue to make further improvements. However, as many of you have told us, we absolutely must maintain our sense of history and respect for the Inn, its gardens, and architectural integrity. Therefore, all remodeling with be functional and not change the aesthetics of the rooms or gardens. Fortunately, our remodeling appears to be rather non-invasive with little or no interference to our guests.Thank you again for your review and critique of how we are doing. Thanks! Julian and on behalf of us all at the Inn.
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Fullerton, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 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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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 30 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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Carmel Garden Court Hotel Carmel

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