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“Walk to Everything” 3 of 5 stars
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Carmel Lodge
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   San Carlos at 5th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921-0951   |  
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Ranked #20 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Moreno Valley, California
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“Walk to Everything”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Carmel Lodge is within easy walking distance to many restaurants and shops. If you're ambitious, you can even walk several blocks to the beach. Carmel Lodge is in a great location.

The room was clean but we felt cramped. The bathroom is in serious need of renovation. For example, the walls were covered in pink tile, there's very little space to store toiletries, and I bumped my head on the showerhead. The room had an old style TV. The bed was firm but comfortable. Our upstairs room had a nice balcony. The complimentary internet was appreciated.

Continental breakfast is included which was a good thing since there is no in-room coffee maker or fridge. I give this hotel high marks for location, but other than that, it's pretty much pretty average.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear MRO_13,
Thank you for the taking the time to write a review, we greatly appreciate it. I'm so glad that you had a nice time here at Carmel Lodge. Currently we are working on ways to improve the overall feel of the property and hopefully next time you'll see the improvements. I like the balconies as well; it gives those rooms an open feel. Thanks again and see you next time!
Sincerely,
Carmel Lodge
831-624-1255
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Sandnes, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

We were a large family group staying here for one night on our Hwy 1 experience. Carmel and Monterey is absolutly worth a visit. The hotel was as expected. Rooms are large and ok equiped, but they could all benefit from renovation. The kids was not tempted to try the pool, which was rather cool and not cleaned recently.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Papa Traveling,
Thank you for the review. Next time you're in Carmel please come back and stay with us again.
By then our rooms should be looking great due to all the wonderful upgrades happening!
Thanks again.
Sincerely,
Carmel Lodge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The carmel lodge is a comfortable old style hotel. situated right in the middle of the charming town. It is surrounded by several other identical style hotels. VERY GOOD STANDARD OF COMFORT. ROOM FURNISHINGS ETC. We had a balcony overlooking the quiet street, which GAVE US SO MUCH MORE SPACE. We were able to have drinks out there of an evening,
Everything in carmel is within 5 minutes walking distance. several restaurants nearer than that.
Free parking on site. Breakfast in with the room rate. This was served in the lobby. Juice, tea, coffee and chocolate. cereals bagels pastries. yoghurts and fruit. We took this up to our room and enjoyed it on the balcony. reception staff very friendly and helpful. great place for aquick stopover or longer. We stayed 3 nights.

Room Tip: on first floor over looking the quiet street. above reception. with balcony. We didn't experienc...
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  • Stayed May 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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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Littlepatsy,
What a wonderful review, thank you! We look forward to having you stay with us again soon!
Sincerely,
Carmel Lodge
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Stayed for 1 night. Cost $176 after TAX and I would probably still be writing that it wasn't good value for money if that price was halved. I'm not sure if the price reflects other accom in Carmel but maybe it's just an expensive place to stay?

Our room was okay but very much just a basic motel. breakfast was poor but the Staff were nice.

The pool wasn't open but didn't look up to much

All in all, if its the cheapest place you can find and that's all that matters then its clean and comfortable enough so go for it, otherwise I guess better places await your custom.

As for location I think anywhere in Carmel is suitable as the place is so small

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear CptChunderpants,
Thank you for the review, they are always appreciated. Also, thank you for the compliment regarding the staff being nice, this is very important to us. You are so very correct regarding Carmel being a bit expensive, especially in the summer. What one must always remember is that Carmel by the Sea is a one-of-a-kind village and is walking distance to everything in town. This area is unique in that nature out ways development and there are no high rise hotels or massive sprawling resorts therefore the small inns and hotels need to accommodate a lot of guests and do it with limited space. Again, thank you for the review and hopefully next time you're in town you'll give us another try.
Sincerely,
Jeremy Barrett
831.624.1255
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Volusia County Fla.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The location is superb. Spacious very clean well appointed rooms. (we had 2) Adequate parking lot. Staff keeps great coffee made all day long in the lobby. We were there 4 nights and the property is more often than not very quiet and peaceful. The natives do get restless (noisy) when the restaurant to the south closes. The things that need improvement are; old tube type TV's & the breakfast food was low rate.

  • Stayed May 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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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear FlaCracker,
I'm so happy that you had a nice stay with us and thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. Apologies for the occasional noise from the restaurant across the street, I will be sure to notify them and see if they can try to keep it down at closing time. Also, you're correct about the continental breakfast, it is a bit sparse and we are working on improving it. Once again, thank you for the lovely review and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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Carmel Lodge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed at the Carmel Lodge for one night during a driving holiday through California and found it to be adequate for our purposes but would would not have been happy staying any longer.
We didn't find the lady on reception particularly pleasant.
The Lodge is well located within Carmel but then I think most of the accommodations are as it is quite a small town.
The Breakfast items provided at reception were basic but unexpected and appreciated.
The room was quite small and the furniture a bit over sized by comparison which would have been more of an issue had we been staying any longer than one night.
The Carmel lodge is essentially a motel and an adequate one at that but don't expect anything more.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear PabMac,
Thank you taking the time the write a review; we appreciate all feedback from our valued guests. I'm glad that your stay with us was fairly good and I completely understand your comments regarding the oversized furniture. Rest assured that we have recently changed ownership and the new owner is already taking steps to improve the entire property, inside and out. If you were to come back 6 months to a year I think that you would be amazed and impressed with the changes. My utmost apologies regarding the unfriendly lady at reception, I will be sure that everyone reads your review and understands that this is not acceptable. Thank you again for the review and I hope that you come back and see again soon.
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Carmel Lodge
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My mother and I had an enjoyable stay here this past weekend. The room was large, with a large bathroom (shower had AWESOME water pressure) and large mirrors (perfect for multiple ladies getting ready for a night out:). The dog friendly room was clean, didn't smell like a dog friendly room, and had comfortable accommodations. The manager Jeremy was very helpful, and even accommodated a last minute room change upon check in. Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel and would book it again if I needed to.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarmelLodgeGM, General Manager at Carmel Lodge, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Dear Emily902,
Thank you so much! We appreciate kind reviews more than you can imagine. I'm thrilled that you, your mother and your four legged pal had a wonderful stay with us. Hopefully you'll be back to Carmel soon and will come stay with us again. Remember, summer is just around the corner and the weather is going to be superb! See you soon!
Most Sincerely,
Carmel Lodge
831-624-1255
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Additional Information about Carmel Lodge

Address: San Carlos at 5th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921-0951
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmel Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carmel Lodge has 38 guest rooms and is conveniently located in downtown Carmel- by-the-Sea and is just steps from fabulous restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping. Carmel Lodge offers their guests complimentary parking in the private lot, complimentary continental breakfast served to the room, and complimentary WiFi. The inn is only a half-mile from the white sands of Carmel Beach where the water is crisp and cool and the beach is clean and beautiful, and dogs can frolic off-leash. ... more   less 
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