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“Nice downtown location right on Ocean Ave.” 4 of 5 stars
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Normandy Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   Ocean Ave. between Monte Verde St. and Casanova St., Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #16 of 22 Hotels in Carmel
Moscow, Russia
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26 hotel reviews
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“Nice downtown location right on Ocean Ave.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

After spending a few days at Mission Ranch we decided to move downtown and after a lot of research on TripAdvisor we chose the Normandy Inn. This is a very well located hotel with a nice brisk walk to the beach. We booked a deluxe with fireplace which was nice and not noisy even though it faced out onto Ocean Ave. The complimentary breakfast is very basic so once again we walked the five minutes to the Tuck Box on Dolores which conveniently opens at 07:30.
If you have a car to park then make sure you get there ~12:00 even though check in is at 15;00 as there only a handful of spaces and very very narrow, if you have a big SUV you may have an issue squeezing into one! All in all a very good choice.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Woodbridge,California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Spent three days at the Normandy Inn in Carmel. We have stayed here in the past. I would say that the location is the best part of this inn. The owners of the Normandy have gone to a lot of trouble to provide a nice environment for its guests. The inn has probably been in existence for years and it shows to a degree, but the place is great. Breakfast is provided, the reception staff is wonderful, and as mentioned before, the location cannot be beat. If you are expecting a shiny new room go elsewhere. If you want value and location, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The Inn is centrally located, only a couple of blocks from the central town area and the beach, and still quiet at night (apart from the occasional noise from a neighbour). Pleasant surroundings, breakfast is good for continental style fare (no paper plates now) and the pool is a great place to enjoy the meal. Rooms are clean and spacious. However on a warm to hot day ventilation in the room is not great - gets stuffy and very warm. Otherwise very cozy. Would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: On hot days a room on the ocean side might offer a bit of breeze.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Why would you stay anywhere else when The Normandy Inn has everything that Carmel is all about. You have the very best location for shopping-dining or the beach.
The staff will help in ANY way possible to make your stay enjoyable.Be sure and go to the Highlands Inn for good wine and a beautiful sunset or go to Pebble Beach and have a glass of wine as you look out over the 18th green and Carmel bay.
Do not miss Point Lobo just south of Carmel and take the cypress tree trail.
Travel for 30 miles south for some of the most beautiful views on earth and stop in nepenthe for a 50 mile view down the coast.
In closing ask for Sandra or one of her staff for anything you need and they will take good care of you.
Larry and Anne
Shreveport LA
P.S.-We have been staying at the Normandy Inn for more than 10 years and look forward to 10 more!!!

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Greencastle, Indiana, USA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Three days of total relaxation in Carmel are not hard to take. And they were made even more pleasant at the Normandy Inn.
The Inn is convenient to everything, which in this case is stores, restaurants, and the beach.

The public rooms are charming, a mix of antique and modern. The small pool is surrounded by flowers. Breakfast (free) offers a variety of options--all fresh. And our room was very comfortable with all the amenities we needed.
Parking looked as if it might be a problem because the Inn lot is small. However, it's easy and safe to park on the street over night right in front or beside the hotel.

Convenience and charm at a reasonable price. There's a Tiffany store in Carmel, but the Normandy has the real deal!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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18 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This hotel had apparently hosted Bing Crosby and Dean Martin back in the 1930s. The facilities do not appear to have been updated since then. It sounded like Fred Astaire was tap dancing above my head as the walls and ceiling are paper thin. Paper plates is what the breakfast is served on in the breakfast area which seats many fewer people than those competing for tables. I could have stabbed someone, but the plastic knife had snapped on my toast.
The hotel is centrally located and parking can be found in the nearby streets.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This hotel has a charming look, and is clearly dated. However, the rooms were clean - and you can't beat the location. It is only a five-minute walk to the beach. I stayed in the upper level, so it was very quiet. I had a really nice sleep here. If you have someone who has limited mobility, you should request the first level. There are no elevators.

I didn't have breakfast at the hotel because it was available starting at 7:30am. I woke up earlier than that. But I did peek in later to see what they had. It was a simple continental breakfast - similar to what you might see at a Best Western or Hampton Inn. The breakfast room was very cute with French provincial decoration.

Wi-Fi in the room is available, but was a little sluggish at times. So if you expect high-speed internet constantly, you may have to consider other options.

All in all, I would definitely consider staying here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ocean Ave. between Monte Verde St. and Casanova St., Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Normandy Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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