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“Excellent Staff, Good Location, Nice Complimentary Wine and Cheese” 4 of 5 stars
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Carriage House Inn
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Junipero between 7th & 8th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #9 of 29 Carmel B&B and Inns
Los Angeles, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Staff, Good Location, Nice Complimentary Wine and Cheese”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

All to often we forget to take the time to recognize excellence,
particularly in young executives. Those beginning their career who just
want it to be a more successful career than the average employee. These
individuals need to be recognized, mentored, and rewarded.

We found that person in Misty Wenische. Her hospitality training shows
very well. Misty consistently delivers a very high level of concierge
service, rarely encountered and only really found at The Four Seasons, or
some European 5 Star hotel.

"Play Misty for Me" takes on a new meaning in Carmel, replacing the Clint
Eastwood reference of movie lore. Misty is the exceptional employee who
tirelessly helps clients with any and all of their travel needs. Each and
every question answered, no detail too small to take care of. It is not
only the helpful detail of her knowledge which was beneficial, but the most
pleasant attitude in which it was delivered which make Misty exceptional.

Misty's local market knowledge of various restaurants results in superior
dinning experiences and often in a better table because she called on
behalf of the client. Her knowledge and helpfulness substantially improved
my travel experience, and I would recommend the Carriage House to a
generally unfamiliar tourist substantially in part due to the benefit of
having Misty there to advise.

We found the Carriage House to be an entirely good experience. The wine
and breakfast additions were a very nice treat, and the selection of wine
surprisingly good, noticed, and appreciated.

I would put a "MISTY WENISCHE CONCIERGE" sign on her desk and reward
any employee who was able to deliver at her level with the same
recognition.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Crossville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Carriage House Inn was perfect. The quiche and croissants were great. They had coffee, beverages and snacks in the room which were totally complimentary. Then from 5-7 they served wine and cheese plus warm cookies at 8. They provided nightly turndown service complete with chocolate mints.

There were umbrellas, robes, a magnified lighted mirror, fireplace and window seat in the very tastefully decorated room. There were even wine glasses and a cork screw. Really everything you wanted was supplied for a nice getaway. The best thing though were the beds. They were the best we have ever slept in and even had a feather bed on top of the comfy mattress.

We will definitely return to the Carriage House Inn when we go to Carmel.

Room Tip: There is no pool or fitness center. We didn't need these amenities after the great stay in the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We had a lovely room with plenty of space to lounge, prepare food, and store our clothing. I felt as though we were staying in the guest wing of a relative's home. One small gesture - the Inn provides you with snack food & drinks rather than charging for items taken from a mini-bar - went a long way towards making us feel welcome. And the managers Misty and Terri went beyond the call of duty in sharing their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the area, providing detailed suggestions for touring, restaurants, and driving. One of our favorite places in Northern California!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We had (I believe) Room #1 (over the reception area but quiet). It was very nicely furnished. There were really two spacious rooms with a fireplace and comfortable bed. The breakfast was fine (delivered to the room). Location is excellent in that Ocean is a couple of blocks away so it is easy to come and go without parking. Management was excellent. An outstanding stay that we will repeat.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I'm writing this sitting next to the fireplace in our room at the Inn while listening to Christmas music piped through a large new big screen TV connected to Direct TV. We usually stay in Room 3, which is large and airy but quite dated. The room we're in now is #12. It's an upstairs room with a cathedral ceiling that was very recently rennovated, and we're very pleased with it. The carpet is a sort of a wine red with a subtle pattern, the walls are a light tan and the bottom three feet of the wall is paneled with a beautiful dark mahogany that matches the furniture. Very cozy and warm. Our room has a small "dormitory size" refrigerator, a Keurig coffee machine, a large flat screen TV, comlementary Wi-Fi, and a charging station for I-Phones and I-Pads. Very nice! One fun thing about the place is the complementary wine and cheese gathering in the lobby from 5-7 p.m.We always enjoy meeting other guests and chatting with them, and we've had some enjoyable evenings doing that. Finally, a neat thing is the complementary breakfast in the morning: coffee/tea, fruit juice, croissants and other breads, as well as either meat or veggie quiche. Its quite good, and disposes of the need to go out to breakfast. A very major plus is the Inn's location: its convenient to just about everything, though if you want to be close to the ocean, you might consider another place because the Inn is sort of up the hill at the east end of town. We prefer to be close to restaurants and shopping, and the location couldn't be better for that. We drove in for our last vist, and there is plenty of convenient parking at the Inn; this time, we flew into Monterey, and took a 15 cab ride to the Inn, which also worked out fine. We'll be back again next year, if not sooner!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We have been staying at this hotel for several years now and love it. Carriage House Inn is a small and wonderful boutique hotel with cozy rooms, fire places, Jacuzzi tubs, complementary snacks, sodas, juices, plus Keurig K-cup coffee makers in the rooms. The included breakfasts are delivered to the rooms at your requested times. Large flat screen televisions with Direct TV programming. Excellent keish, croissants, muffins as well as granola and a caraffe of hot coffee. Great way to start the day. The Inn is in the Golden Rectangle of Carmel with everything in walking distance. After breakfast in the room, we almost always take a walk to the ocean and beach, right down Ocean Avenue. There is off street parking for each guest room, so you can not worry about where to park. We park on arrival and then walk everywhere.

In the evening, complementary wine is served in the library along with cheese and crackers. Misty, the new inn keeper is an excellent host, as well as long time employee, Terry. They endeavor to make our stays very enjoyable. Also, home made cookies are an ongoing offering in the library. Try to take advantage of special rates during the week, but a stay at the Carriage House is always an enjoyable experience.

Room Tip: We like rooms numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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San Francisco, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

When you are greeted with a glass of wine upon check-in, why stay anywhere else?

Spacious room, cute toile wallpaper and bedspread. Fireplace. Window seat. Windows that open. Mini-fridge with juice, water and sodas. Snack basket in room - candy bar, chips, crackers. Kuerig coffee maker and all the accoutrement for a tasty cup of coffee. Breakfast was a nice selection of warm quiche, pastries, yogurt, fruit.

Terry, Misty and Laurie were all fabulously friendly attendants. Terry helped us check-in (wine!), showed us to our room and led the entertaining Saturday night wine reception. Misty was knowledgeable about the inn and local area. Laurie helped us with dinner recommendations and reservation.

I highly recommend Carriage House Inn for the great staff, cozy rooms, excellent food/wine, and location. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Additional Information about Carriage House Inn

Address: Junipero between 7th & 8th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carriage House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carmel’s AAA 4-diamond luxury inn for over 30 years, the romantic Carriage House Inn offers 13 spacious rooms and suites featuring feather beds and fireplaces and most with spa tubs for the ultimate indulgence. Enjoy a hot continental breakfast delivered to your door each morning complete with quiche, croissant, steaming coffee or tea, fruit, granola, juice and the morning paper. Wine and cheese reception is served each evening in the library. ... more   less 
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