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“Great location and value for money” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea

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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 #25 of 31 Carmel B&B and Inns
Knutsford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great location and value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Although our room was small and the decor could do with an update, the location was perfect and it was great value for money in an expensive and exclusive town. Would definitely stay if we visited Carmel again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed in Carmel for one-night during Big Sur Marathon weekend in April. It is a little hotel/motel, quite close to the beach and very close to the main street. I walked several times to the beach.

The hotel was neat and clean. The breakfast basket was nice - nothing extraordinary but just enough to start your early morning. Parking and wi-fi were free. Overall, it was good for a one-night stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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26 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Carmel is a place you cannot miss on your visit to California, even if it is for just one day as I did. Already knowing Carmel was a very expensive town, I was worried I couldn’t find accommodations at a reasonable price. It is a very small town, so location is not essential as you are within walking distance from, well, anything!. There are plenty of restaurants, art galleries, high end clothing stores, and not one starbucks or McDonalds!!
Let me tell you the Clarion Hotel surpassed my expectations regarding location and quality. For under $100, the place is clean, great bed, TV, beautifully decorated, well located and offers free internet and a free breakfast basket! Of course there are much better places around, but I wouldn’t hesitate to book this place again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rotherham
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13 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights here and apart from the colour of the ceiling the room was very good. there was plenty of room to get around.
Your continental breakfast was dropped outside your room in the morning in a basket. This was a good idea because you could sit in your room and eat your breakfast at leisure.
The hotel is located in Carmel town and easy to get to all shops and resturaunts.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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vancouver, canada
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20 hotel reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We liked this little hotel/motel for its throw back to another time. Its reasonably priced and comfortable in a bohemian kind of way. Its probably the least fancy hotel in town and the furniture looks like its from an upscale garage sale, but it all works here for us. The location is very good for walking aroung the town. The front desk people were very nice and the free breakfast was good but basic - although it does get delivered to you at 8.30 each day. The real highlight is the town, the beach (just head down the hill 10 min) and the area. Budget ideas? Well, we got this hotel on hotwire. We got groupons for bike rentals in Monteray (awesome - all along the waterfront bike path) and we had a picnic on the beach here and on the fantastic drive to Big Sur. If you are driving to Big Sur, you can skip the (pay) drive on 17 mile drive. You can walk the beach right to the famous Pebble beach golf course. Although you will be very close to the course on the beach (I threw a couple golf balls back from the beach) you cant see much of it because its elevated from the beach. There is a way up from the beach but there was a friendly guard on duty.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pleasant Hill, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Do not book this room without carefully looking at the Carmel Oaks Inn website. The walls are a loud mustard gold that looks like glue was left on the walls after wallpaper was removed. The furniture was painted over rather than updated. If you are looking for a relaxing stay in Carmel, this is not the place. I will say that the staff was pleasant and the room was clean, but it does NOT look like the pictures on the choice hotels site. And Coice/Clarion customer relations says it off like it's a "nice marbled look." I regret booking this room through Choice Hotels. It would be different if they had the right pictures on their site, but they're not and Choice has opted to not take responsibility. In fact they said "The description says it's a boutique hotel so the pictures may not match."

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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carmeloaks, Front Office Manager at Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
We're concerned about the problems you've experienced at our hotel during your recent visit. We're writing to thank you for taking the time to share. We accommodate many guests each evening, and we strive to make their stay a satisfying one. Consequently, it's disappointing to learn that you're unhappy.
Please accept our sincere apology.
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Sunnyvale, California
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16 hotel reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The inn is conveniently located a block away from the heart of downtown, although it was a little difficult to find at first as we arrived late at night and there were no street lights and no property numbers, just "cross-street names". We looped around the block a couple of times before finally spotting this place.

The inn itself is a little old, but it is decently clean, quiet and somewhat safe. I liked the location very much as it was within walking distance to some great restaurants in the neighbourhood.

The decor in the room was rather interesting, and they served us breakfast in a small basket that was left outside your room door every morning. The food was average though - some granola bar, milk, orange juice, bananas, but there's a good brunch place just 2 minutes walk away :)

Overall, for the price I paid (on hotwire), it was a decent deal. I'd stay here again, if only for the wonderful location.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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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 Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
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Hotel Class:2 star — Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea 2*
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