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“Cute comfortable and affordable (for Carmel)” 4 of 5 stars
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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
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Cute comfortable and affordable (for Carmel)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We arrived right at check-in time and were quickly directed to our little cottage of two bedrooms, two queen-sized beds, and a living room and kitchenette. We were pleased with the space, although all the rooms need to be updated with newer furniture, newer materials and fixtures. However, were this to be done, the price would be much higher. For our purposes, we found our stay comfortable and affordable.

The breakfast basket, while appreciated, was composed of all ingredients we purchase regularly from Costco: Yogurt, fruit, croissant, and Danish-type pastry. No juice. The cottage guests would benefit from an upgrade in the quality of the food items, given this is a visit to Carmel, where fine baked goods are readily available. The fruit, too, was unripe and not ready to be consumed.

On the plus side, the cottages are located in a very quiet part of town, and are convenient to the town center. A bit of a walk, but it can be done. Parking is somewhat hard to find even on a weekday in the summer.

We would recommend a stay here to friends as long as they aren't looking for luxury. We thought it was perfect for the type of short vacation we wanted.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We were spending a few nights in Carmel on our trip down to the big sur,it was different from your usual hotel room,a cottage with your own entrance/driveway and patio.We mad our way to our cottage after arriving later than expected,a nice room with fire,television could be more updated,the only disappointment was a pile of bark dumped on the front garden not yet spread out! It turned out it wasn't warm enough to sit out so it saved us sitting next to it.We liked the idea of breakfast being delivered in a basket to your room,though they could of pushed the boat out and given us two croissant rather than one! Carmel is a lovely place although our resort is hard to get back to without a map/good memory and a torch after 8! The cottages were very quiet and calming place to stay waking up to just the sound of birds was heaven.A nice place to stay.

Room Tip: Don't book if you want to be right in the heart of the town centre,if your looking for peace and...
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Rafael, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This place needs a major overhaul, including the unprofessional staff... Our stay began as we walked in a very musty , tiny room. We had requested a fridge, which of course was not there. When I went to the office to ask for one , They looked at the computer and said" oh yes u requested one, however, they said "this doesnt mean you would get one " . NO customer service skills. .
When we called the front desk to say that we were having trouble operating the shower , and that it was difficult to turn on , the response waw " not really"
ALso, about 50 feet from our so called room "converted shed" there was a full dumspser, not enclosed or hidden , next to a huge stack of empty cardboard boxes. It was there all weekend.
This place certainly should not have the appealing name "Carmel Resort Inn" . It put a damper on our visit to Carmel...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Mount Airy, Maryland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed for one night at the Carmel Resort Inn. Carmel is extremely expensive and this was one of the least expensive places to stay. The cottage was quaint and clean, but the rest of the property needed some cleaning up. It could really be a nice place to stay and I am sure the owners (who were very nice) are trying to do just that. Our cottage had a gas fireplace, which was very cozy in chilly Carmel. I needed WiFi, which they offer, but it was not working that day which was frustrating for me. They deliver a continental breakfast to your door between 8-9, which is a bit late for my husband and I, but it worked out okay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, VA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The hotel setting is very nice and front desk people are accommodating as well. There is evidence of renovations, but there is a long way to go. Carpets are dirty and baths, although clean, are totally outdated. It is definitely an affordable place to stay in very expensive Carmel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madera, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This place was quite cozy and affordable !!! spacious bathroom and tub! comfy beds! hidden away from everything but close to everything at the same time! it was PERFECT the man at the front dest was nice and helpful! so were the house keepers! we will be going back next summer to escape this madera heat! THANK YOU CARMEL RESORT INN!! perfect getaway!

Room Tip: I think any room will be just right! not to many roomas and not to close together!
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  • 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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41 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a perfect hotel if you are in search of a place where you can just get away from it all. The cabin style accomodation is nice for someone in search for privacy. It is also situated a little off the town centre so you are clearly away from everything. This however could be the downside for some (including me). Carmel by itself is a quaint town and the Carmel resort inn really epitomizes it. There are no street lamps in Carmel so searching for this hotel during the night can be a great challenge. It has no big billboard and its almost pitch black in the area at night. Worse there is no mobile phone signal in this hotel.

We got one of the cabins at the end of the inn. So we were in a fairly quiet place. There was supposed to be a free wifi but unfortunately it doesnt seem to reach our end of the hotel. The rooms were huge in fairness. We even had a small bar fridge and a microwave oven. There was a cozy fireplace and the bed was spacious enough. The TV however was not working and there was no one answering in the reception to fix it at night. The rooms come with a breakfast basket which was nice- simple but filling. They gave us fruits, coffee, yoghurt, a croissant and 2 halves of a blueberry and poppy seed muffin.

I like the hotel but it is just way to remote for me.

Room Tip: rooms near reception get better wifi signal
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Additional Information about Carmel Resort Inn

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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