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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
Stuttgart, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This B&B is really worth to stay if you are in Carmel or around. The rooms are like small houses that are connected by a beautiful courtyard. Our room was spacious, clean and had a fireplace. On arrival we got a glas of wine and some freshly baked cookies (Thank you Thomas :-) ). The delicious breakfast containing a lot of organic food was served in room.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is a well run inn with all the creature comforts travelers enjoy. The rooms are spotless; the staff is welcoming and accommodating; the location allows parking your vehicle and exploring the town and beaches. Even in the summer it got cool but the in-room fireplace took the chill off. Plus, breakfast served in one's room -- well, just idyllic. Wonderful place. Reasonable pricing.

Room Tip: They all seemed lovely. Ours was up and out of the way, with views of the surrounding buildings and...
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  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Selma, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

This location was around alot of great placs to eat. My sister and i were pleased with the breakfast. my room was nice. the bed was comfortable . i appreciated lily's positive costumer service too. ill be back here for sure. keep it up .

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We just loved it!!! Felt at home, in such a charming and comfy room!! There's no better option in town!! When we go back to Carmel, will DEFINITELY stay there again! It is on an excellent location, you can easily stroll the surroundings

Room Tip: They are all absolutely comfy! Don't worry about choosing a room...
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  • 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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Laguna Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Had a great time at this unique and cozy inn that’s just a short walk from everything Carmel has to offer. Our room was kitschy and cozy with lots of space to stretch out, comfy bed, fireplace, large TV, huge bathroom with equally huge shower and clawfoot tub. Same room as egdove11, below, and pretty much the same experience—we loved it and would recommend the both the room and the inn. (See my photos.) The Vagabond and pretty much all of Carmel is about as dog friendly as it gets, and while we are not pet owners, we had a great time meeting the wide variety of canine visitors. We did not avail ourselves of the convenient in-room breakfast as we are dedicated carnivores and early risers and there are so many great restaurants nearby. Friendly staff gave us directions to walk to the beach/bay where we took many great photos. Met a local who suggested dinner at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch (see my review) which is a surprisingly quick drive from the inn. All in all, a fabulous two night stay at Vagabond.

  • Stayed November 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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Oakland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The good stuff
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Super sweet staff
The cutest lil' courtyard
Bright, clean, comfy rooms
Wine & cheese by the fireplace from 4-6pm. Who doesn't like wine & cheese?!!!
Great value for the price for expensive Carmel (it was cheaper to stay here than Monterey!)

What needs improvement
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Bathrooms need a lil' love/refresh. Clean but a lil' dated.

Tips
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Park on the street, not in the lot (avoid door dings and dents)


>> I would definitely stay here again. <<

Room Tip: I stayed in the room by the office and it wasn't too bad. Great price!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Tustin, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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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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