I probably would have given 3-1/2 stars if I could.
We stayed in room 20 on the second floor. It was large with a fireplace, nicely decorated, and had a pretty stained glass window. The first night we used the Dura-flame log that was provided, and it was lovely to have a fire. In the morning, they brought us coffee (orange juice for my daughter) and croissants and a few fresh strawberries. You could request a time frame (e.g., 7:30am-8am), and each morning they brought the food within the requested time window. I thought the coffee (with the real half and half in a little pitcher) was quite good for hotel coffee. Parking was free and there seemed to be enough spots even if you came back later in the evening. The free Wi-fi also worked well (we could even get Netflix for our daughter). Our room had a micro-wave (didn't happen to use) and coffee maker, but no fridge. I guess we could have requested one, but it was not a big deal. There was no safe in our room in case you are wondering if they have safes.
One down side was that the carpet was dirty or seemed to be to me. I wore my slippers the entire time. The other thing was that they did not have an outgoing mail slot/basket for guests. I was directed to go down the street. We tried to as we drove away, but it is was a one-way street and beginning to be a hassle, so I ended up mailing my post card from my home town. Kind of a bummer - hopefully they can add an outgoing mail slot for guests. I don't think I have ever stayed at a hotel where this was not available. Also, I found the location kind of noisy (although I think one day was trash day).
Overall, considering that I booked a week or so before our trip, I was happy with our decision. If you are expecting an upscale hotel, you will be disappointed, but if you think of it like glamping, you might leave satisfied enough. Also, the hotel did not advertise Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets (2 days for the price of 1), but I found that these can be purchased at the Lamp Lighter (or Lighthouse) Inn on Ocean Ave near the beach and that you do not need to be a hotel guest to do so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carmel Lodge has 38 guest rooms, is conveniently located in downtown Carmel- by-the-Sea and is just steps from famed Ocean Avenue's 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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