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“Good Value, Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Monte Verde Street And Ocean Avenue, PO Box L-1, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #8 of 21 hotels in Carmel
San Diego, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Good Value, Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Lobos Lodge in mid-November. The location is great for exporing Carmel on foot. The room was spacious, clean, and had some designer/upscale touches and a nice neutral colors. King bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows. Interestingly it seemed like a relatively low antigen room (laminate woodgrain flooring with a few area rugs) but my husband was convinced he had an allergic rxn to the room. I specifically selected Lobos Lodge because it was a non-pet establishment.

Front office staff was friendly and helpful, offering suggestion about local restaurants for dinner and had coffee, teas and cookies available.

As others have mentioned, a cold continental breakfast (juice, fruit and pastry) is delivered to your room at a designated time between 8:30-9:15am. The pastries were good (bakery quality, not prepackaged) but not very healthy. Rooms have coffee makers and I suggest you pickup 1/2 & 1/2 from lobby in advance if you want it with your morning coffee instead of the powdered creamer in the coffee condiments. Room also had a small frig (but no microwave).

The sound-proofing between rooms is good, but the noise travels between floors. We heard every footstep of the upstairs guests, and every morning around 7 am it sounded like they were rearranging the furniture upstairs by dragging it around the room.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Los Gatos, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This review is probably not fair at all, considering I've never been to this hotel. However, I called this weekend to book a room for New Year's Eve and was told that the hotel manager was handling all New Year's Eve reservations and was in the office Monday thru Friday from 9:00-5:00pm. I was asked if I wanted to call back or leave a message. I decided to leave a message and I never received a return call, not even to say they were booked. Why a manager has to handle New Year's reservations is beyond me and seems rather silly. And why a "manager" can't return a phone call about possible business is maddening. Lobos Lodge lost a customer without even trying.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We decided that autumn would be a great time to visit Carmel. The weather might still be warm, but the tourist population would be smaller. We were right on both counts. And though the evenings were cool, the Lobos Lodge was the perfect place nonetheless. The fireplace in our room worked great to knock the chill off. It's a gas fireplace, but still charming.

The Lobos Lodge has a lot going for it. It is centrally located on Ocean Avenue four blocks from the beach. It's in the heart the shopping, dining, gallery district. And it has private parking. That's a real plus since even in autumn finding convenient parking in Carmel is a challenge.

The Lobos Lodge is a beautiful place in the mission style. Our room was spacious, with a nice covered balcony, large windows, an ocean view, and a well appointed bathroom. The only issue I had with the entire experience was with the carpeting. The carpet in our room was a bit worn and made my wife keep her flip flops on. My view is that this is a beach inn, so the carpet was a bit sand-worn.

But, the most enchanting aspect of the Lobos Lodge was the breakfast and newspaper that was delivered to our door each morning! That was a wonderful touch. Pastry, fruit, orange juice and the Sunday paper; like being at home but with maid service!

The Lobos Lodge is highly recommended.

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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This place is on Ocean Avenue and about 3 or 4 blocks from Carmel Beach. (So close that it was easy to walk to the beach to see the sunset.) The rooms were large with a fireplace. It was so convenient to all the shops and restaurants. Also the front desk provides a map for some pleasant walks. The breakfast was ok but convenient. The only bad part is that our room was near Ocean Avenue and sometimes noisy at night otherwise for a room at a prime location, this hotel was a great value!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We had a king room at the Lobos Lodge, with a sitting area and fireplace, small dining table and chairs, and a large bathroom. We were very pleased with the room, it was modern and clean, and overall the hotel was well located in Carmel - within a 5 minute walk of most restaurants and the beach. The breakfast was excellent - delivered to our door at the requested time in the morning, the tray had plates with danishes, fruit cups and juice, complete with a little flower garnish. Like other reviewers, our only complaint is the wi-fi - it was very slow and kept dropping the signal. Other than that, we were very happy with the Lobos Lodge and would stay there again.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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edina, mn
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

i have only one complaint about this otherwise very nice hotel and that is their wifi internet. it breaks down frequently and, when it's up, it is excruciatingly slow. what's worse is the rude attitude of the desk lady who told me that "everybody else was able to use it." i have had to go to the coffee shop across the street and, even, log on the normany inn's wifi in order to send this review. their wifi is absolutely terrible.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We discovered this place by coincidence during our trip through California. The rooms are nice, spacious, and clean, the staff is very friendly and ready to help. The location is very convienient, as you can access restaurants and beach by foot.

We really had a nice time and I would recommend it to anyone visiting this little piece of Paradise on Earth.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 Lobos Lodge

Address: Monte Verde Street And Ocean Avenue, PO Box L-1, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Carmel
#6 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#10 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
30 rooms with spacious fireplaces and seating area, intimate setting in Carmel-by-the-Sea just 4 blocks to beach, shops and restaurants. Complimentary continental breakfast, free parking and wifi. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Lobos Hotel Carmel

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