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“Grand Dame of Carmel” 4 of 5 stars
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Pine Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ocean Avenue between Lincoln St. and Monte Verde St., Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #18 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
San Diego, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Grand Dame of Carmel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Perfect location at one end of Carmel's shopping treasures and close to the beach. The lobby is gorgeous--a landmark hotel with a great history. The staff is professional and friendly as well. Be prepared to walk short flights of creaky stairs to rooms that could use new bedspreads and window treatments. The inn is an elderly grand dame: she's beautiful, elegant, and in need of a facelift.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We returned to the Pine Inn to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We had been to the hotel over 20 years ago but since we moved back east, this was our first opportunity to return. The charm remains, they took special effort to recognize our anniversary, and our room was comfortable with a view of the Carmel bay and Pebble Beach. We love the Il Fornaio restaurant in the hotel -- such a great room -- and it was a treat to have breakfast there in the morning.

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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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Dublin, Ireland
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Hotel was nicely decorated, they left us out a bottle of champers for our honeymoon. The bar was quite stuffy, the bar lady wasnt the most friendly. Our view from our room wasn't great, although from the bathroom you could see the sunset! We only stayed a night here and it was great to be so close to the beach and main area. Free car parking and breakfast included during the week.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I looked online for a good deal in Carmel for our anniversary. The Pine Inn was the perfect location, close to the beach and on the main drag for shopping! When we arrived we were told that we were upgraded to a suite! It was fabulous, two flat screen TV's and a view of the street. Service was first class from the check in to the service at the restaurant (best bar, fabulous dinners and brunch).

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marin County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is one of the oldest inns in Carmel, and its very traditional lobby decor will telegraph that fact the moment you enter. It is well maintained, however, and the rooms have an old world charm to them as well. The location on lower Ocean Avenue is ideal, and the inn even has its own parking lot - much appreciated on a busy weekend. Other reviewers here have complained about noise and room location. Ours, however, was small but comfortable and had a view of Ocean Ave and the Pacific. On the weekend that we last stayed on Nov, 2012, the room rates were a relative bargain compared to many of Carmel's other lodging options.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

we stayed in this hotel for one night, the room nice but very small.
the breakfast was great.
the hotel looks very nice with all the decorations inside.
however, to get to our room on the second floor we had to climb the stairs and it was hard with all the luggage. even to get to the lobby we had to climb the stairs.
if you come in the late night you do not have any parking spot.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jlloyd54, General Manager at Pine Inn, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
As the general manager of the Pine Inn I wanted to respond to this review. As a reminder, we have a bellman on duty from 6:30 am until 10:30 pm - everyday to assist with luggage. We also have a ramp access to the lobby located just to the right of the stairs that also lead into the lobby.

Thank you.
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los angeles, california
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

On weekends in Fall, hotel rooms are at a premium in Carmel. The Pine Inn sits in the center of the downtown area just 3 blocks from the ocean. It sounds perfect until you enter the fading red lobby. Hallways are narrow and rooms are tiny. The bathrooms are small with no counter space. I searched for a hair dryer to no avail. We found it hanging in the closet when we went to check out. We had to carry our own suitcases up the steep narrow staircase. The price was quite high for this quality. This hotel could regain it's glory with a major remodel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pine Inn

Address: Ocean Avenue between Lincoln St. and Monte Verde St., Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#16 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pine Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pine Inn is a boutique, full-service hotel, boasting the most elegant rooms in Carmel and all the amenities you expect. Our custom-furnished rooms feature Aireloom Pillow-Top mattresses for the best night’s sleep. We are located in the heart of Carmel, California surrounded by quaint shops, art galleries, and hidden courtyards—only four blocks from Carmel’s sandy white beach (breathtaking views of Pebble Beach and Point Lobos!). ... more   less 
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Pine Hotel Carmel

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