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“Picnic Time” 4 of 5 stars
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Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   NE 5th & Mission, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #26 of 29 Carmel B&B and Inns
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“Picnic Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Initially we were looking to book one of the higher priced hotels/B&B's in Carmel but decided for the price we really wouldn't be making enough use of the room as we would be out and about so we opted for the cheapest option which was the Clarion Carmel (£50).

I expected to find a slightly run down, musty smoke smelling place which we were willing to accept given the price compared to other hotels etc in the area but we were wrong to judge.

On arrival the girl on reception greeted us with such a happy face that you couldn't help feeling excited about something, she was great, had us checked in immediately and told us all about the area where to go for shopping and restaurants etc.

We made our way to the room and were surprised to walk into a lovely, fresh soap and flowers aroma. The room was a good size, much bigger than we were expecting. The decor was quite floral, very cutesy with little knick knacks around the room like small pottery pots that they had put little candy sweets in. The bed (most importantly) was a very comfy double, the bed covers felt and looked clean.

The bath room had a lovely shower and some very useful and thoughtful amenities including the usual shampoo, moisturiser and also sachets of toothpaste and make up removers.

8am Breakfast Basket Arrived with Orange Juice, Cereal, Cinnamon Horns, Bananas, Milk, Chocolate Chew Bar, Peanut Butter Bar and Milk and a US Today Newspaper.

The hotel was a 1-2 minute walk to Ocean Avenue.

This hotel is amazing value, you can't beat it for location and price.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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ciasca, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Thank you for choosing Clarion Carmel Oaks Inn for your recent stay in CITY. We have read your comments about the hotel and we greatly appreciate that you took the time to write them, as our guests’ satisfaction is our main priority. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and we hope to see you again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

My husband and I just returned from CA-we stayed at the Clarion Collection for 2 nights. Great location-within a block walk to restaurants and shopping and the gorgeous beach is a few blocks away! Staff was pleasant during check-in (they even let us park there after we checked out-a plus in Carmel!). All the rooms are accessed via an exterior "corridor" (carpeted on the 2nd floor), which they were vacuuming at 5:35 am on one of the days. I must note they do not have ceiling fans or a/c and you cannot leave your window open at night because it is too noisy from guests returning to their rooms etc. Rooms are clean and breakfast basket is decent. A good value for a place to sleep and shower.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

The rooms have been upgraded recently and they did a decent job. The rooms were clean, bed was comfortable, and the location convenient. The staff when booking was not that helpful. Breakfast was a basket delivered, cereal, milk, oj, apple, granola bars and sweet bun. Nothing fancy but fine.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

The beds are old and horrible. I would never stay there again. They are still in the 80's. The hotel is old. The service was ok. And the location is ok too.

Stayed June 2012
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

The hubs and I stayed this here Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday & Sunday nights), and thought it was decent - definitely not luxury but it worked great for us. The bathroom/ shower looked to be recently updated, the bed was comfy, the room was large - we had a Queen bed and there was a separate area with couch, desk, and armoire/ TV. Sure the TV is old school (no flat screen here), but at least they had DirecTV. Also beware of the mini-fridge; our champagne exploded from being frozen after a few hours in it, ha!

The breakfast baskets they deliver every morning are a nice touch - they had orange juice, milk, cereal, bananas, granola bars, and pastries.

Love that this place is centrally located to shops and restaurants, and about a 10 minute walk to the beach.

Also! They have their own parking lot which is a huge plus.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed here once in 2008 and again, June 2012. We found the service and accommodations to be consistent both times. If you're looking for luxury, this would not be the place for you. If you're looking for a great location (2 blocks from Ocean Street) close to all the shops (Carmel Plaza) and restaurants, a decent place to hang out (rooms have balconies) and clean up (the bathroom was remodeled nicely) for a reasonable price, then this is the place.

It is not fancy, but it is clean. The parking is free. The complimentary basket of goodies is a quaint touch ! There's also a coffee maker and refrigerator in the room. There are many places that do not offer these amenities, so again, for the price and for being in Carmel By The Sea, you can't go wrong.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012 via mobile

Very average, tired property. Still in the 60's. WiFi basically doesn't work. Small heater, inadequate in the cold. Basket breakfast outside the door at 8 am. There are many, better choices in this area

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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carmeloaks, Front Office Manager at Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your stay didn't go as you have thought. We strive our very best to provide an excellent service in beautiful Carmel. Our concierge staff are mostly available to assist any guest during normal business hours. It's disappointing to learn your computer didn't access the internet and it could have been your computer settings. Our staff always tell the time to the guest during check in for the breakfast basket and sometimes it doesn't work for the early risers. But the guest can request the special arrangement for that.
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Address: NE 5th & Mission, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #26 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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