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Vagabond's House Inn
Dolores St & 4th Ave, P.O. Box 2747, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #2 of 28 Carmel B&B and Inns
san antonio TX
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Truth in packaging?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Very comfortable and charming, convenient to everyplace. The "and breakfast" part is sort of lacking, if you have stayed at places which offer a full breakfast. Here, it's a boiled egg, a piece of toast, some packaged butter and jam. That's it entirely. They have no business charging for that when other places offer sumptuous breakfasts. That was our only disappointment.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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VagabondsCarmel, Owner at Vagabond's House Inn, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Thank you kindly for your mostly positive review. I will take this opportunity to clarify details about our included breakfast. Guests specify what time they would like their breakfast delivered. Breakfast is always delivered to the room for "breakfast in bed". Our breakfast is considered to be expanded continental as it has been for 70 years. We update to the best options available within our menu and add items that are often requested. I am including below the items available to guests. Guests are asked to select the items they would like and are not restricted to the amount they may order.

Fruit: a mix of fresh cut fruit and berries each day
Juice: orange, tomato, apple
Hot Beverages: coffee, decaf, hot cocoa, hot tea (earl grey, english breakfast, green, herbal)
With 1/2 & 1/2, 2% or soy
Cereals: Granola, Special K, Grape nuts
Milk and Yoghurt for cereal: 2%, skim, soy, strawberry, peach, vanilla, plain greek
Eggs: hard boiled or soft boiled to order
Bread: Pastry, Bagel, Whole Wheat Toast

Pastries are fresh baked in house each morning.
Jam is prepared weekly in house from local organic berries
Each mornings fruit is obtained as locally as possible and prepared in our kitchen.
Juice is Odwalla
Eggs are silk textured local free range from Bob at the MPC Farmer's Market
Breakfast trays are delivered with all items served on china and glassware, not prepackaged and no plastics
We offer UDI's when gluten free is requested.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Napier, New Zealand
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162 reviews 162 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed in the little room next to reception. It is charming but the windows look right out onto the road and onto the courtyard on the other side - so it isnt all that private - you have to keep the blinds drawn with the windows open.
Our first night (a Saturday) we couldnt sleep because there was a lot of noise on the road and a lot of guests who got home late and made a lot of noise in the courtyard. Plus there is the noise of running water and the courtyard lights seem to filter into the room. (There are no curtains in this room to cover the gaps of light that filter between the blind and the window edge).
We were really tired the next night and slept well. The bed is very comfortable and the sheets and pillows are lovely and good quality.
Some of the other rooms are much more glamourous and have rolledtop baths and glamourous showers and flash TV but we were happy with the more modest specs in our room.
The people running the B and B are really helpful and friendly. The breakfasts are yummy and delivered to your door. They have very nice afternoon drinks and cheese for guests which is a nice way to wind down after a hectic day sightseeing.
I would recommend this hotel and suggest you just ask for a quiet room if you are light sleepers - or else just have an energetic day so you are really tired.

Room Tip: Ask not to have a room that backs on to the road.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed in room 5A near the office for one night:-

Like:-
Our room can sleep 3 (but has no kitchen/microwave) and it is not so close to water fountain
The quality of bed/linen is superb (new/clean/fluffy)
Well trained staff, all with good manners
Plenty of cold choices for breakfast

Dislike:-
Nothing

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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Assisi, Italy
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The structure is truly original, there are some steps that lead to a very intimate and romantic open-air lobby. The staff is very courteous and helpful in helping visitors to find the right restaurant, the right shop and give all the necessary information.

A glass of wine on arrival and a lot of kindness.
The rooms are spacious, clean and tastefully decorated with a fireplace and a bottle of sherry offered for the evening after eating at fine restaurants in the area.
The In room breakfast was perfect and gorgeous.

The town is lovely.

I would return for shure.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Monterey, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Make sure you ask for one of the newly renovated rooms....they are simply lovely. This is a charming, quiet beautifully situated gem of a hotel, in easy walking distance to 95% of what you want to experience in Carmel (it's a long hike to the Mission!) and very worth your time to investigate. There is an embarrassing # of WAYyy above average eateries close by as well---(but, alas, The French Poodle is no more (sad news for old Carmelites and visitors.))

Room Tip: Ask for one of the new architect renovated rooms when you reserve.
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  • Stayed July 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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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stayed at the Vagabond's House Inn in July and really enjoyed it. We had a room with our own patio where we enjoyed breakfast. The room also came with complimentary Sherry which was really nice and there was complimentary wine in the lobby. The staff were very friendly. The location in Carmel is also very good.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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dallas texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Great little B&B. and a little romantic even for us grey hairs. Staff gave great advice for restaurants and the trip down Hwy 1. Carmel is a great little town but having the staff pint out the good restaurants and places to see was wonderful. THe front staff even made copied of maps.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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Address: Dolores St & 4th Ave, P.O. Box 2747, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming English Tudor-style Bed & Breakfast Inn situated in the heart of Carmel Village, 8 blocks from beach. ... more   less 
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