We stayed at Mission Ranch in October and think it’s a little over priced for what’s on offer. The setting is stunning and the staff very helpful.
We had a meadowview triplex which cost $270 per night plus the taxes. The room itself is a bit dated, although I appreciate it is trying to maintain a certain style in keeping with an old ranch, and the bathroom is very small with a whirlpool tub that didn’t whirl. There was also a fridge on the bathroom floor (strange spot) which did more whirling than the tub. The bed offered single hard pillows and more layers on the bed (most of which I am sure are not washed on a regular basis) than a geological cross-section.
The view from the veranda is lovely as it overlooks a meadow and beyond that the sea although you pay a significant premium for this view so it is a shame it is slightly spoiled by the fact that before you can appreciate the meadow/sea view, you have to overlook a school soccer pitch which seemed to have people kicking a football around every time I went out to read my book and have a drink. Not as tranquil as was expecting. The tranquillity was further impacted by the fact that Mission Ranch seems to make most of its money on the restaurant and events and these seem to take priority over guests staying at Mission Ranch. Both nights we were staying, there was a wedding taking place with loud music banging out until midnight which again was at odds with the tranquil experience we were expecting. Carmel is a great town and you will spend most of your time in the excellent restaurants and wine tasting venues so the walk to and from Mission Ranch is indeed a bit of a mission (especially seeing as the road is pitch black at night) and getting a cab is not that easy. Overall, Mission Ranch is a nice venue which has been refurbished in the style of a Clint Eastwood western (he is owner, frequenter of piano bar and former Mayor of Carmel) but it is charging luxury prices without offering luxury accommodation. Would certainly recommend a visit to the packed restaurant which seems very popular but not sure I would recommend staying here for this price.