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Carmel Resort Inn
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Carpenter Avenue between First & Second, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #26 of 28 Carmel B&B and Inns
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A great choice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Love this place! We were in Carmel for a wedding and all of us stayed here. It was so nice having our own cottages, great twist on a hotel stay. They were priced affordable too. Its close to the highway and grocery store. The gardens are beautiful and there is a nice community area with tables, a stone grill and a fire pit. The customer service was excellent! They were very nice and accomodating and breakfast was brought to the door each morning. I can't say enough good things about this place...we will definately be back!

Room Tip: Rooms with a frig and microwave seem to be a bit larger.
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  • Stayed May 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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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

A couple of other reviewers have commented that this place was "inexpensive" or "good value." It must cater to a pretty wealthy clientele if they consider $182.50 for a dingy, dark, rundown room "inexpensive." To call this place a resort was totally misleading. There was nothing resorty about it. Besides being dark and dingy, the room, or "cottage," was totally uninviting: the floral carpet clashed harshly with the bedspread. The so-called fireplace was in fact a gas burner, which was the only source of heat in the room. Finally, the motel is in a residential neighborhood, more than a mile from any business or restaurant, and thus not in easy walking distance. The one saving grace was the breakfast, delivered in a basket to the room, consisting of muffins, a croissant, yogurts and canned juice. Coffee was self-service in the room.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We loved our room at the Carmel Resort Inn because the bed was comfortable and the room was inexpensive. However, customer service was not o.k. We arrived at 11:35 on April 29, 2013 and the guy at the front desk told us to return between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. When we got back from visiting the beach, we were tired and he said that we may need to wait another hour. About ten minutes later he had a room ready for us. "Mind You". We booked this room in advance. We finally got into the room and it was cute. We had a comfortable queen bed, nice bath tub and facilities, and a fire place. On April 30, 2013 we were not sure if the room came with a breakfast because the guy at the desk did not tell us about it. I had to rely on my cell phone and I looked up the booking and "behold" it came with breakfast. We waited to about 8:30 a.m. and the breakfast was ok delivered in a basket.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Each cottage is equipped with a good range of facilities. Breakfast was OK and delivered in a basket to your door. There is an outside BBQ open to guests and two cottages are attached convenient for families with interconnecting doors. Rooms are nice - half of a cottage. They are old (1900s) so they creak a bit and are a bit chilly in the off season even with the gas fireplace (I suspect no insulation - the exposed peaked ceiling certainly isn't). The grounds are nice with places to sit and it's walking distance to town - not a short walk but doable. Parking is right adjacent to your unit.
It's either a bit tired or quaint according to your perception but it is a little rough around the edges if you're looking for something in a modern place - it is none of that.

We found it charming, quiet and hospitable as well as convenient. On our next rip to Carmel we will definitely be back. It is good value for money in an expensive town.
The place is pet-friendly (we travel with a cat) and we could walk her in the grounds on a leash which we all enjoyed.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a private patio or garden outside which is nice for a longer stay.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay in Carmel, this may be the place for you. We found the rooms to be clean and were happy there was a gas fireplace because it was the only heat in the room. You have your own parking space which is very convenient with luggage. It is dated. Staff were fine, but were not too forthcoming about the town. It's best to drive to the center of town as it is a bit of a distance away-----although, if the weather is good, you can easily walk it. Breakfast seemed like Costco muffin but for a quick fix was fine. They come around 8:30am. We would most likely try for another hotel next time, but by no mean, this was not a terrible choice---just not very exciting---but again--for the price in Carmel---a decent price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Burlingame, California
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here twice over the last 6 months. The cottages have a quaint feel to them but the bathrooms need updating. The water pressure is good and the bed was comfortable. There is a designated parking near each cottage. The hot tub didn't seem very sanitary. Breakfast basket included muffins, fruits, juice (cans) and water (probably bought from Costco). Located in a residential area, it's pretty quiet except if you have a loud neighbor. Driving to restaurants and the beach takes less than 10 minutes. Would recommend for short stays.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Madera, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

The cottages are good size but the carpets are dirty and the furniture is very shabby. The price is good but you get what you pay for, and it's not much! I don't think I would come back. The only good comment I can make is that the location is great!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carpenter Avenue between First & Second, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Carmel Resort Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carmel Resort Inn is a unique and truly affordable B&B offering a collection of old fashioned "artists" cottages once belonging to individual land owners. Some as old as 100 years, each of these hand crafted cottages have different floor plans and early 1900's construction. It's all part of the original Carmel charm that makes CRI and the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea a charming and yet popular place for visitors from around the world! ... more   less 
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