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“Idyllic and charming” 5 of 5 stars
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Svendsgaard's Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   At the corner of San Carlos Street and Fourth Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #16 of 28 Carmel B&B and Inns
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“Idyllic and charming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Rooms were very clean and comfortable. Staff is extremely frIendly and helpful. Charming surroundings - loved the courtyard, which was lit for the holidays, and the cozy fireplace in the reception area. And pretty friendly too! Overall, great place for us to stay and we will come again.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed at Svendsgaard's Inn for 2 nights over the Christmas break and were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed our stay here. We stayed at a different pet-friendly hotel in Carmel earlier this year and while it was also a lovely place, it was much more expensive. For the price, Svendsgaard's is every bit as good, if not better.

What we loved about our stay here:
Very spacious room
Spotlessly clean
In-room refrigerator with a small freezer
A bathroom that had its own hallway to get to (created a lot of extra space for stowing bags, keeping things out the way)
Keurig coffee maker in the room
Fireplace
Good soundproofing -- never heard noise from any other rooms
Nice bathroom amenities (including a shower cap--yay! For once, I didn't have to ask for one.)
Good breakfasts delivered to your door in a cooler bag each morning, with a newspaper, and doggy treats (if you have a dog)
Discounts at local restaurants
Easy walk to loads of restaurants, galleries, the beach
Ample parking
Friendly front desk staff

The downside:
The bed was a bit on the soft side
The bathroom was smaller than average

My husband and I will definitely stay here again. This was the perfect pet-friendly hotel for us! Our dog loved it too!

  • 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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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Swendsgaard's Inn is a charming inn centrally located in Carmel by the Sea. It has charming rooms with fireplace and very good service. A nice little pool is also available for visitors. The front desk provided good guidance on restaurants and visits. The Inn has agreements with a number of restaurants and bar for discounts. These were promptly honoured when used.

Room Tip: Choose room with fireplace. My room at the south-east corner was a good choice.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The service was very good and curtious, the room was nice and well equipped, and the area surrounding was beautiful with many places to see and do!!!
Breakfast was also good.
The front desk was helpful with any issue we had.

Room Tip: Any room is good.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Stayed in the Lars Suite on Nov 9th, 2013.

Pros : -

- Service is good. If you call for maintenance, they will be there in fifteen minutes.
- Great location. Right in the heart of Carmel. Close to art galleries, restaurants, bakery, etc.
- Free breakfast left in front of the main door.
- Value for money compared to other hotels in that area.
- Friendly staff who will give their best to cater to your needs.

Cons : -

I booked this place after reading some really good reviews. I was looking for a room with fireplace and a whirlpool tub and for the price, this place was perfect. I went there with my girlfriend and we also carried our pet cat with us since almost all hotels in Carmel are pet friendly and we did not want leave her in a cat kennel. Check-in time was 3:00pm and we reached around 3:30pm. It was a one and a half hour drive from San Jose and my cat had fallen sick (they do mostly, I should have been aware of that, my bad) and she puked. The staff was really helpful by providing a hose pipe so we can clean the mess. Then when we were ready to check-in, we found that the room was still not ready. It was almost an hour past the posted check-in time and our cat was really freaked out in the car but still we had no option but to stay there. The staff again provided us with a fresh towel to wrap our cat since she was shivering after all the cleaning. That was really a good gesture. We checked in late finally and the hotel staff apologized for the inconvenience. We did not really care about the late check-in as we were really looking forward to our plans ahead. But we did not know that was just the beginning. Soon after, we realized that the bathroom sink was clogged. We used it only once to wash our hands and the water wont drain. We complained and asked for maintenance. For the time being, we decided to use the one in the living room and to our surprise, it was clogged too. It was really frustrating. Maintenance came and started working on it and the guy told that it will take some time. We could not stay while he worked as we had a reservation from 5:30pm at Dametra Cafe and so we left. When we came back, we found that it has been fixed. My girlfriend always wanted to stay in a room with fireplace and so I thought I should turn it on now. But somehow it did not work. I called for maintenance again and the guy who came to fix it told me that there is something wrong with it and it cannot be used and he has to switch off the gas for safety. I really felt disgusted. Why advertise a room with a fireplace when it does not work? All other amenities were pretty good. Bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was there in front of the door as promised but it wasn't great. No hot cooked food, only the ones which you can buy at any grocery store, or even a gas station. One gesture I really appreciated was they did not charge an additional $25 for my pet since the room was not ready when we arrived.

Overall, I wont say it's not a good place to stay but management must make sure all amenities are in a working condition.

I wont stay here if I visit Carmel again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Scottsdale, AZ
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

just returned from this lovely place and really felt welcome and at home. friendly and wonderful staff, room was terrific... made the stay in carmel wonderful.. highly recommend this inn cannot wait to go back.

Room Tip: get a fireplace room
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  • Stayed November 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
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Great for family since there was a private bedroom for my husband and I . It is located very close to wonderful shops but not in noisy area. Always felt safe and tucked away from busy streets. Ocean view out kitchen window through the trees. We walked to ocean without difficulty

  • Stayed July 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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Additional Information about Svendsgaard's Inn

Address: At the corner of San Carlos Street and Fourth Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Svendsgaard's Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the European ambiance of Svendsgaard’s Inn, the newest pet-friendly lodging in Carmel. Located in the heart of Carmel village, most of the 35 guest rooms and suites overlook the garden courtyard and large heated swimming pool. Accommodations include complimentary in-room wireless internet access, continental breakfast and newspaper delivered to your door each morning and plenty of off-street parking. Most rooms and suites also include fireplaces, kitchens, and spa tubs. ... more   less 
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