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“Lovely inn in Carmel” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Tustin, California
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3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely inn in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at the Vagabond's House Inn for our anniversary. We found the hotel on TripAdvisor and after comparing it to several others, we decided that it was what we were looking for: small, intimate, walking distance to downtown Carmel (shops, restaurants, galleries, etc.), close to the ocean, breakfast daily and wine and cheese reception in the evening. We spoke with Tom, the manager, on the phone and arranged one of the newly renovated rooms for our getaway. We were welcomed by Randall on arrival and taken to our room. On arrival, we were given a breakfast selection sheet that you could either fill out daily or if you didn't, they would bring the same meal each day. (More on that later). The staff, including housekeepers, were friendly and informative about restaurants and directions.

Walking into our room was a little slice of heaven. An extra large room when you compare it to many other hotels. There was a fireplace on the left and a nice little sofa with footstools at the foot of the bed, along with a nice blanket to cozy up in front of the fire, watch tv, eat breakfast (brought to us each morning). It was chilly when we arrived and we really enjoyed the fire. A lovely bottle of champagne, which we didn't order, was waiting for us also. The bed was beautifully and luxuriously laid out. The room had a small closet and the bed tables doubled as dresser drawers. The closet had a refrigerator in it and mineral water was refilled daily, at no charge. There was also a built in cabinet that had wine glasses, ice bucket, various utensils and helpful items for the stay. The bed was comfortable as was the room as a whole. The window covering was a honeycomb shade that could be raised from the bottom or lowered from the top, which I thought was great because it allowed privacy, yet you could also have natural light in the room. The room was very quiet - we didn't hear anyone the whole time. I don't think there were any children staying at the inn, but if there were, they were especially well behaved

The dressing/bathroom area had the most beautiful rolling farm door that Randal told me had been specially made from found wood and iron for the hotel, which separated the living area from the bathroom. The bathroom had a large claw foot tub, two separate sinks on either side of the dressing area and cushy robes. The extra large shower with marble subway tile as an extra luxury I wasn't expecting and for fun, the curtain over the window in the shower was Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven". It made the shower experience something different. The water closet was ingeniously wallpapered with pages of old books. So clever! Two other extra touches in the dressing area - heated floors that were timed to come on in the morning and evening, and you could sync your ipod to a blue tooth device that fit in the shower head so you could listen to music while showering. I haven't experienced either of those two exceptional amenities anywhere else. Randal told me they were the first inn to get the Kohler appliance for the music.

The grounds were impeccably maintained with touches of fall around the courtyard, such as ghourds places here and there. The little water feature was a nice addition too. It was too cold to sit outside but there are some nice adirondak chairs and a picnic table in the courtyard for when the weather is warmer.

We only had the wine and cheese the first night on arrival since we were out and about, but there was a nice red and white wine, with several selections of cheese. We perused the many menus in the lobby and talked with Tom about restaurant selections. His suggestions were excellent. The art in the lobby was appealing to us - it is painted on found wood by a local high school art teacher and is for sale. Breakfast was delivered on schedule daily. The options were soft or hard boiled egg, toast, bagel/cream cheese, yogurt/granola, fruit, and a selection of juices and coffee/tea. I may be leaving some items out, but these are items we chose. It was really nice having breakfast in our room and was sufficient to get us through our morning activities.

Parking can be a bit of a challenge, especially when the rental car agency gave us a Ford Expedition because they didn't have the jeep we requested. Street parking on Delores is limited to 2 hours before 10pm (I think), and is 24-hours on 4th Street, but it's hard to find. The hotel does have a small parking lot - maybe 7-8 spaces, which we were able to use most of the time but again, a big vehicle is challenging. We didn't do a lot of driving when we were around town, but we did take the 17-mile drive up to Pebble Beach and the Pacific Grove Light House. The walk to the beach is a steep hill, but it was manageable.

I can't say enough nice things about this getaway. The Vagabonds Home Inn was more than I had hoped for. Thanks to Tom and the rest of the staff who made this such an enjoyable place to stay for our 37th anniversary.

Room Tip: I can highly recommend the recently renovated room #9.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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San Francisco, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stayed the newly renovated room #9 on 11/1/13. The room is beautiful but we were awakened after midnight by the sound of fluttering wings which turned out to be termites swarming. Management did not respond to our call to the emergency number posted on the door of the inn so we had to move to another hotel at 1:00 am. Management finally responded on my cell and said "It's nature." "It's not our fault, it's nature!" I guess they are ignoring the fact that the newly renovated rooms contain large amounts of reclaimed wood. Still working on getting charges to my credit card removed.

Room Tip: Termite infestation in room #9
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

After reading the reviews on Trip advisor I wondered if it would live up to expectations...I needn't have worried, it is every bit as wonderful as everyone says. I received a nice bottle of champagne too and a card for my birthday :) We enjoyed the breakfast in our room and missed this intimate and cosy touch at our next hotel. Thank you for a lovely stay, we shall be back!

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

After an amazing drive from San Diego up thru Big Sur, my wife and I arrived at the Vagabond's House Inn. The courtyard is filled with beautiful trees and flowers, and the sound of the calming waterfall greets you. We were a bit late, which was perfect because as we were being checked in we enjoyed some wine and cheese. The gentleman who checked us in was friendly and conversational and gave us a tour of our room. We stayed in #9 which has been remodeled and it's very nice. We loved the heating floors and my wife really liked the bluetooth shower speaker, nice touch! The bed was very comfortable and we slept with the windows open with the nice cool ocean air and the gentle sound of the waterfall in the courtyard it was perfect! Breakfast was better than expected, everything was tasty, even the fruit was very ripe and delish! We walked to breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost everyday. This was a great central place to hit the 17 mile drive, Monterey Bay Aquarium, shops, restaurants, etc. We hiked Point Lobos Reserve and had the highlight of our trip when we saw a humpback whale fully jump and breach out of the water twice! It was always cozy to come back to the Inn in the evening with lights in the trees of the courtyard and turn on the fireplace and enjoy some wine and goodies we picked up from a deli a few blocks away. It was a perfect anniversary getaway and we hope to find our way back soon!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
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Scotland
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110 reviews 110 reviews
84 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Really nothing to complain about this place. Everything is done well and as everybody says the reality matches the photos. It is very pet friendly and we did miss our dog who was at home on the other side of the Atlantic when we met all the other dogs at the wine reception in the afternoon. Not too sure about the breakfast being delivered form your order which you do when you arrive as I changed my mind but as they don't have any space for anything else that's ok. Lovely fire in our room. Recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This was our second stay at the Vagabond's House Inn. We were there two years ago, and the
room was very nice and comfortable.The room we stayed in this time however,(#9), was amazing.
It had been totally remodeled with a Carrera Marble shower and heated bathroom floors.
It had double vanities with all the amenities you would expect at a five star hotel.
The bed was great and the fireplace was an added bonus. We also thought the breakfast
delivered to the room each morning (you fill out your preferences the night before) was
wonderful. Can't say enough nice things about this place. Great staff and location. The pictures
don't do it justice!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with one of the remodeled rooms, but honestly, they are all extremely nice!
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  • Stayed October 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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Littleton, Colorado
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I spent a weekend at the Vagabond's House Inn for our wedding. The service is incredible, the people are extremely friendly, and the property is wonderful. The room was nice, very spacious, and had everything we needed. The wine and cheese in the evenings was a nice touch, and the front desk recommended several excellent restaurants and made reservations for us. Absolutely perfect weekend.

  • Stayed November 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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Additional Information about Vagabond's House Inn

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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