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.

“Friendly staff” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carmel River Inn

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Save
You added Carmel River Inn to your Saves list
Carmel River Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   26600 Oliver Road, Highway 1 At Carmel River Bridge, Carmel, CA 93922   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Price
Stay 2 Nights, get 10% off
Ranked #16 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Friendly staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Stayed one night here arriving very late and very hungry. The check in guy chris was so helpful ringing around bars and restaurants to find us something open and then making sure we had directions to find it thanks chris for your help.the place itself is clean and practical my first taste of an American motel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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.
Write a Review

286 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    96
    97
    43
    25
    25
See reviews for
69
124
20
11
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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (63)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Round Rock, TX
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Stayed for two nights. The room was just old are ready for retirement or refurbishment. Tiles were cracked or missing in the bathroom, lighting was minimal, carpet down to threads, bed was soft. We were on the ground floor so had a small patio overlooking the brush out back. The river may have been down there? On the plus side, the coffee maker and hair dryer worked well. The shower was ok too. This is our fourth and final time here.

Room Tip: Ground level have outside access in the rear.
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South Hadley, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed at the Carmel River Inn in the Sloat Cottage, which as of June 2013, was not renovated. It was okay, not great. Few things. It is an older unit, which is fine, except that it has a wood burning fireplace in the unit, so upon entering the cottage, every time we entered, there was an overwhelming smell of smoke, it never dissipated. We were traveling with young children and there are ill fitting wooden slat blinds on the windows so you can never get the cottage dark (not good with little ones) - one of the reasons being that the light outside of each unit stays on all night, you are unable to control it. While the bathroom was clean, we were not comfortable putting our kids in the tub for a bath. The finish on the tub was cracked and peeling off - fine for an adult taking a shower, not for bathing children. Last thing is to make sure you know what you're renting in terms of space. Prior to booking I called the property to explain our needs, I was told the Sloat cottage was a 2 bedroom unit where you have to walk through the first bedroom to get to the next. Sounded good. Except that it's not a 2 bedroom. 'Bedroom', to me, implies a room with a door. In the Sloat cottage you walk into a sitting area/kitchen which has a maybe 2/3 height 'wall' and behind the wall is the bed, that area is apparently considered the first bedroom (but again, in my mind, there is no door so it's not really a 2 bedroom unit. We were anticipating a room for parents and a room for the kids). In addition there is a heating unit that goes between the 2 sleeping areas and it is open on both sides so unless the kids, or adults, sleeping in the 1 actual bedroom in the back, are deep sleepers, there is no chance you can talk or watch tv in the first sleeping area. The windows were leaky and the front door didn't seal (to the point you could clearly see light shining around it!) so we woke up in the morning with a number of those bugs that look like giant mosquitos flying around. The beds were okay but very creaky so another tough thing when trying to sleep multiple people in a small space. We did appreciate having the small fridge, sink and supply of glasses, plates and utensils. The staff was friendly enough, the other folks staying on the property were pleasant and those with dogs, at least while we were there, were good about not letting their dogs bark incessantly. Would I stay there again? Not sure. It was okay for the money, and an okay location being literally on Highway 1 and about 3 minutes from the shops/restaurant area in Carmel, but I would have appreciated a better description of the cottages to know what we were getting in to. I definitely would not stay in Sloat again with children! Another thing, which we did not know ahead of time, is they charge $25 per night to use a PackNPlay (portable crib) - for $25/night I could have purchased one!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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.
Laguna Beach, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Rickett Cottage #25 is handicap friendly if someone is in need. The room is clean and newly renovated with a fireplace, plantation shutters, small refrigerator and coffee. There's no desk although there are two chairs and a small end table with a light. A side door leads to a secure fenced patio for our Welsh Pembroke Corgi. Free WiFi was a pleasant surprise.

The area is surrounded by mature trees, trails and lovely gardens that are starting to bloom. If needed a person could walk to the market and shopping across Highway 1.

Room Tip: If using your GPS enter the location from Highway 1 and not through residential streets.
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sparks, Nevada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We Have Stayed at Carmel River Inn five Or Six Times In The Past, One Time We Had A Heating Problem, everytime Was a Very good Time, we Travel A Lot Because Were Retired, We deal With A Lot Of Hotel managers, And We belive Moonstone Propertys Should do Everything To Keep There mang. MAUREEN Happy because She Does A GREAT Job For The Propery By Treating The Guests Like Family, She Was So Helpful In Everthing, We Will Give Carmel River inn A Recommendation To all Of Our Friends because of MAUREEN, She Was Great And Will Make Your Trip A GREAT TRIP THank YOU MAUREEN Once Again LEE & SANDY

Room Tip: Get A Cabin
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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.
Woodinville, Washington
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had requested a double queen (or double double) and a roll-away bed. When we arrived, the hotel had not received the note about the roll-away, but said they could accommodate us. The bed was delivered, but there was no room for it. The manager did help us move the very heavy furniture in order to use the bed, but it was no easy and he wasn't particularly happy to help. The room worked for us, but the roll-away was very poor and uncomfortable. The grounds are quite nice, but the place really needs some updating, painting, etc. It's pretty tired and worn.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Price Your Stay
Hotels you might also like...

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
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 23 Hotels 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. If you have any questions about our facilities or services please contact us and we would love to tell you more! Front Desk is open 24 hours. Pet fee is $20 per pet, per day. Physical Address: 26600 Oliver Road Carmel, California, 93923 Most accurate address to use for GPS directions: Highway 1 at Carmel River Bridge Carmel, California 93923 ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, BookIt.com, Odigeo and EasyToBook 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.