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“Becoming our comfortable home away from home.” 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 #9 of 22 Hotels in Carmel
Lodi, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Becoming our comfortable home away from home.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Close to a "five" in many ways but not quite there. We very much like the location, amenities, decor, quietness, cleanliness, size, gas fireplace and the balcony/deck of the deluxe king rooms (particularly one!). The grounds are very attractive . . . brick walks through beautifully maintained landscaping--brilliant flowers and attractive trees. Coffee, cookies and fruit in the lobby is always good. Parking is very close to the rooms. You can walk to almost any restaurant in town in less than five minutes (which means no driving to those of us who enjoy a glass of wine in the room and at dinner).

It is our experience that you can't beat this fine lodge for the price in central Carmel. Period.

A few small negatives, that as "regulars" as opposed to first time and rightfully impressionable visitors, cause us to withhold the fifth "circle" (call it a star). There are quite a few stairs and very narrow passageways to some of the room . . . which can make dragging a large wheeled suite case to the room a real drag. The delivered continental breakfast is always a disappointment--poor pastry and no fresh coffee (the coffee in the room is less than enjoyable--we tend to got out to one of the local coffee shops for a latte and a good pastry) And, the "service area" of the bathrooms could be larger--single sink and somewhat limited place for personal toiletries. These are very petty concerns. Last stay 2/27-28.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

besides the architecture that is so beautiful, the reception and the room were great. a new experience, the room is apart from the office and other rooms. the fireplace is awesome too. very romantic place.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We (3 adults – 1 couple and a friend) arrived late in Carmel without a booking and after looking at a few different hotels stumbled across the Lobos Lodge.
We had previously looked at the Cyprus Inn mainly because it is partly owned by Doris Day. The room we were shown there by the snooty concierge who obviously didn’t like walks in, was tiny with only just enough room to get around the two ugly floral bedspread be-decked double beds. The room was sandwiched between the hall to the busy entrance foyer and a window to a well frequented pedestrian walkway – zero chance of quiet or privacy. There were also a lot of dogs in the foyer – not good for my husband who has allergies.

So not surprisingly we didn’t stay there (!) and continued looking at hotels not too far from the main shopping street of Ocean Ave.
When we enquired at Lobos Lodge we were greeted with a smile and then given the key to have a look at the proposed room. What a difference right from the start. When we opened the door to the room we were very pleased to find a very large room with two double beds, a sitting area, tv, little breakfast table, balcony and a spacious bathroom with plenty of bench space. The décor was light and airy and fitted well with the beachside location of Carmel-by-the-sea.

And it was cheaper.

And it was in a better location.

And it included onsite parking and a continental breakfast!

Some others have written that the breakfast was sparse. It’s true that it was on the small side but after eating far too much at every meal for the previous few weeks of our trip it was actually nice to just have a light breakfast of fruit, juice and a muffin – plus it was delivered to our room. Coffee is also available at the front office.

We were very glad we stumbled across the Lobos Lodge and would definitely stay there again and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Grand Terrace, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a great hotel (not part of a chain!) in a great location. The room was very comfortable with everything you would expect and more. Within walking distance of shops and restaurants in one direction and the beach in the other. Light breakfast is delivered to the room. Bathtub is great! We definitely plan to return to this spot. Price is very reasonable considering the prime location.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Danville, California
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We've been staying here every year for the past 5 years. Lobos Lodge is the perfect place when staying in Carmel for the ATT proAm at Pebble. it's within walking distance of a Pebble beach and all downtown restaurants. Its clean, reasonable rates, and we're already booked for next year!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We drove into Carmel thinking we'd have to pay a lot of money to stay in one of California's exclusive areas. Wrong - Lobos Lodge was very reasonable and represented excellent value for money. Charming lady booked us in. It was nice that she was so proud of the establishment she worked for. Our room was on the ground floor facing the road - very spacious and comfortable. Exceptional housekeeping. Nicely decorated. Fire was a treat. Everything worked perfectly for us at this stop. Short walk to the beach - it is stunning. We saw seals riding the waves at 7.30am - marvellous. We walked to a local coffee shop in the Mall (lower floor) right at the top of the high street for our breakfast. Friendly locals and great coffee.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

My husband and i stayed here on our journey from San Fran to LA. We spent one night here and instantly wished we have booked longer. The hotel itself is so friendly, clean, cosy and very well thought out. Not far from one of the most gorgeous beaches i have ever walked on and a short stroll from such a lovely boutique style high street. Carmel by the Sea is certainly somewhere that i wish to travel back to again and i would not hesitate to stay at Lobos Lodge Lodge again. Carmel is a pricey place to stay and we thought this place was superb value for money. Thank you for making our stay so memorable.

  • 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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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
#8 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#9 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
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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