We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A great night's sleep” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carmel River Inn

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Save
You added Carmel River Inn to your Saves list
Carmel River Inn
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   26600 Oliver Road, Highway 1 At Carmel River Bridge, Carmel, CA 93922   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #21 of 29 Carmel B&B and Inns
Newport Beach, California
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“A great night's sleep”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We arrived without a reservation and were given a choice of cabins. The first #18 was ok (rustic) but when we saw #35 we selected that one because it had been nicely remodeled. Best part of our one night's stay was the king size innerspring mattress set - had the best night's sleep of our trip.

Service is great here was wonderful and the room was stocked with everything needed for enjoying take-out or snacks.

Unable to give 5 stars because the bed linens were SO bad - polyester or something that made us sweat terribly even though it was a pleasant 60 degrees during out visit. If the management wants to really elevate this property they should finish remodeling the remainder of the cabins and install cotton linens and down pillows.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

225 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    68
    77
    35
    22
    23
See reviews for
55
92
16
8
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (42)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Central California, United States
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We we made reservations for one night, and ended up staying two, because our experience was so enjoyable. The cottage we had was teeny-tiny, but sweet. The patio gave us a little extra room, and that's where we enjoyed our evening glass of wine, and snacks. The grounds are gorgeous, and there are different sized/priced cabins that can accomodate solo travelers seeking privacy, or families on-the-go. The staff was extremely friendly, and accomodating. It's conveniently located within walking distance of a shopping center with restaurants and a grocery story, and downtown Carmel and the Mission are both close by.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Our fourth stay here. We love Carmel because it's so dog friendly. These little cottages are so quaint and the surrounding grounds just perfect for dogs to explore. The older cabins have little kitchenettes which can be quite handy. Some have nice outdoor seating areas in front. Some fireplaces. The refurbished ones seem to have no kitchen but larger/newer bathrooms. Pay attention when you book and ask questions. We actually like the older ones better! You just don't find these kind of accommodations anymore.

A small field with trees for dog romping is behind the Thomas Larkin cottage. We're going to try and stay in 25 or 34/35 next time for this reason, but really any cottage is fine. A dog shower station is next to the field. Easy to get off dirt and sand. The actual hotel looks fine from the outside but why stay there when you can have your own cottage? 25 and 34/35 are furthest from the highway. But the highway's up a hill, covered by foliage; you don't even realize it's there.

The shopping center is across highway 1. Don't miss eating at Rio Grill. Great bar too!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This cottage was adorable and bed was comfortable and warm. Fridge and coffee maker was a plus but the cottage lacked a table. The basket of creamer, sugar, napkins, and stirrers was set on top of an awkward tray (which was set on top of the fridge) and it was constantly wobbling. At one point the basket fell over and everything spilled. I love the amenities of the cottages but it's just too cramped. I would recommend staying here but pay extra for a larger cottage and maybe the cramped feeling wouldn't be an issue.
Service seemed great. It rained the night we stayed there and because of the lack of insulation of these cottages the rain was really loud and woke us up. I'm not complaining because I love waking up to the sound of rain but I needed to note that the walls are thin. Heater worked super well, which is good because it was cold that day.
I would highly recommend staying in this out of the way area!

Room Tip: I would pay extra for a bigger advertised cottage. The cottage was just a little too small.
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Morro bay, ca
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We recently came to the Carmel river inn for a girls weekend in early November 2012, we had a GREAT stay! We were in the "big" cabin #26 with 2 bedrooms, large living area with wood fireplace, large kitchen and great front yard with table and chairs. There were 6 girls total 2 stayed in the hotel portion and the rest of us had the cabin. Although we called many times to acquire about our room the staff never quite explained the size of our room as all 6 of us could have fit in it! But it was great to have a place for everyone to hang out, play games and drink wine, we even made dinner in our room one night to save some $$$$$$. We really enjoyed the grounds walking around and hanging out in the hammocks and having coffee out front in the mornings.
The 2 girls in the hotel portion said that although their room was comfortable they had a light coming in all night and could hear everyone overhead moving about. When we talked to the hotel staff they switched them to an updated cottage for the next night of our stay. Their updated cottage was great! Clean with a private patio.
Can't wait to come back with my family all of the cottages were so cute and all unique! I think I'll try to stay in #29 next time.

My only complaint is that their website is HORRIBLE!!! It gives NO INFORMATION whats-so-ever on the cottages and options that it has! Staff was great, room was clean, they even replenished our wood each night. Great option for a family or girls weekend!

Room Tip: Room 26 was HUGE!!
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Oregon Coast
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We just returned from another wonderful week in "Our Cabin," which is actually one of two we love. These are the small, older cabins that have not been upgraded and remodeled.--they still have small kitchens with full size fridge, microwave, toaster, hot plate, and dining table. We love the convenience of preparing our own breakfasts and some dinners--and being able to reheat leftovers from all the yummy meals in Carmel. The private patio and garden areas for each cabin give us private space and the illusion that the whole 11 acres of gardens is ours alone--esp. after the busy weekend when it gets even quieter and more private. We've been coming here for years--and plan to return at least once a year forever.

Room Tip: The online reservation system has good descriptions and photos of the rooms. We like Cabins 20 and...
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Usa
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Thanks to the reviews on Trip Advisor, I chose the Carmel River Inn as the perfect stopover for our group ride down the Pacific Coast Highway on the weekend of October 19th, 2012.

I was very excited about staying in one of their cabins. However, out of our group of 12, only 3 of us actually chose a cabin to stay in. Everyone else stayed in the standard rooms.

I and another couple were in the Castro cabin (in separate rooms) at the very end of the property. For us, the cabin experience was exceptional. There was a fireplace in the room, wine glasses and plates presented in a picnic basket and a patio to hang out on. It was absolutely perfect and I recommend that experience for anyone looking for a very different and (and possibly) romantic experience.

Those staying in the regular hotel rooms were not as happy.

Stories I heard ranged from hearing a couple fornecating next door to someone upstairs moving furniture around all night long. In fact, if you are the person in the upstairs room who was moving furniture around all night long -- shame on you for keeping everyone awake all night.

So, very thin walls to have to deal with.

There is also no air conditioning in the rooms, though at night it does get cool.

The front desk staff were exceptionally kind, and I loved the cat that came in and out of the office.

As a side note...

We booked this as a group, and as such, received a nice discount. I greatly admire the generous discount that was offered and I hope that never changes. It was difficult to arrange the group discount because the woman in charge of the reservations took forever to reply to her emails. It took days to week(s) sometimes to get an answer back from her when questions were asked. That, I hope gets improved upon in the future. On the other hand, when I arrived to my room, there was a nice bottle of wine waiting for me as "thanks" for having our group stay at their hotel. So, I got a very nice feeling that I was dealing with a "classy" organization.

So, bottom line, the cabin experience is exceptional. For a normal hotel stay I would probably pick something else.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Carmel River Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Carmel River Inn

Address: 26600 Oliver Road, Highway 1 At Carmel River Bridge, Carmel, CA 93922
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Carmel River Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the entrance of the stunning Big Sur coast, Carmel River Inn sits amid a pastoral river setting, providing guests with a basecamp to the adventurous areas around them and the opportunity to truly enjoy the natural surroundings of the Monterey Peninsula. This Central Coast location offers outdoor activities abound, including camping, kayaking, running and cycling. Just a few miles away, you will find the vast coastlines of Monterey Beach offering everything from dramatic cliffs with breathtaking waterfalls, to sandy beaches great for surfing, fishing and swimming, no matter your reason for visiting the beach, you will find it in Monterey! With its close proximity to the world-renowned village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, famous for its extraordinary charm, guests can also enjoy shopping, visiting the local wineries and enjoying a meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Travel with your dog? You will be happy to know that Bring Fido - one of the largest pet travel websites, give both Carmel Beach and Monterey Beach 5 dog bones and ranks them in the top 10 dog beaches in California! And here is what they have to say, "This is a beautiful beach with the happiest dogs on the planet - you'll see every shape, size, and age, running in the sugar sand and splashing in the aquamarine surf. There is no leash law ..." Carmel River Inn offers guests two different experiences, our inn rooms suitable for a good night's sleep or a cozy cottage to unwind and relax, tucked into 10 acres of gardens, forests and meadows. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA and Tingo so you can book your Carmel River Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Carmel River Hotel Carmel

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Carmel River Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.