Carmel is a charming town and this is a lovely setting. It's a drive to town for dinner but the nightlife is right on the property. The rooms are definitely dated, old furniture and retro bedspreads. It is not a luxury hotel. If you have heavy luggage, don't stay on the tops floors because you'll be carrying everything up the stairs yourself. Still, compared to some of the other hotels we stayed at during this trip, the St Regis, Bernardo's and the Post Ranch Inn, the Mission Ranch was a bargain.
We stayed two nights. The first night we ate in town and stopped by the piano bar based on the comments we read. My husband just happens to have a great voice. I mentioned this to the host and the bartender and they obviously had heard that one before. So we sat at the bar and listened for a while to get the lay of the land. While we were sitting there, a few servers came up to the bartender, disgruntled and complaining about the patrons sitting at their tables. We decided right then that we would not be eating there the next night like we had planned.
It is apparent that the bar is full of regulars who like to have a good time. I did talk my husband into singing and it was so fun. Dozens of screaming tipsy women singing at the top of their lungs. They would not him leave until the bar closed. So proud! Afterward BOTH the bartender and the host pulled me aside and said I wasn't kidding!
The lower level of the meadow view triplex is probably the best room to request. The continental breakfast was a bummer. They do have a restaurant so it would be nice if they served something a bit nicer.