We came down to Carmel for the weekend to take in that special Carmel air and enjoy the sights, food, and stores. The Adobe Inn is definitely a nice and quiet place to stay. Check in was a breeze, front desk staff was friendly, room was comfortable, and their restaurant (Fresh Cream) has AMAZING desserts!! Yes, this place does in fact look like a hotel out of the 70s or maybe early 80s but we didn't really care about that. Aged ambiance yet clean doesn't bother me one bit. We stayed in a double queen room with an ocean horizon view on the top floor. Balcony was definitely a nice touch though nothing incredibly special. Elevator was a little freaky. Not that there was anything wrong with it, mind you, it just felt a little like you were in a moving coffin it was so tiny and, though recently serviced with proof on the wall, it could use a major upgrade.
i don't understand certain reviewers' needs on sites like this to comment on such minor things like "grout in the bathroom being cracked." Yes, the grout around the tile in the bathroom does need to be redone, but come on, people! It's one thing to say your stay sucked because the room was uncomfortable, smelled, the service was rude, and the toilet wouldn't work, but if you're a sane person, are you really going to sit there and tell me that you picked your hotel based on how smooth the grout was between the tile floor in the bathroom?! Even more than that, who spends their time staring at the bathroom floor? For the record, the bathroom was very clean, tile was smooth, grout was cracked yes and i ONLY mention it because i thought about it there and how absurd it is to rate a hotel by cosmetic appearance of an object that doesn't even really impact the quality of your stay.
What did bother me about this place?
- Room was a little pricey. While simple yet clean doesn't bother me, $300+ for a single room with 2 beds, a bathroom, an old tube television and a very small selection of breakfast items seems a bit steep. For the value, i don't think this room was worth more than about $200 max.
- The sink, while virtually spotless did have a rather annoying problem with the stopper. The lever to control the stopper was practically stuck solid in one position with the stopper completely covering over the drain so you literally had to hold the stopper up with your fingers to allow the water to go down rather than the stopper being slightly raised to allow water through. Annoying but it didn't ruin our stay.
What was a nice touch at the Adobe?
-The fireplace. It was really nice to fall asleep to the view and sound of a crackling fire. Very carmel-ish.
- Ease of parking. The Adobe gets big bonus points for having their own parking lot. They also let you stay in their lot for 3 hours after checkout which is nice if you still want to walk around downtown Carmel without having to worry about where to put the car.
- The restaurant! We got some "room service" dessert delivered to our room with a sampler plate from their Fresh Cream restaurant downstairs and it was incredible! Will definitely eat there the next time we go down.
Overall, i would definitely recommend the Adobe Inn. Rooms are comfortable and have everything you need. Yes, they could use a makeover, but they're fully functional, accomodating and spacious. I don't believe any room here is worth more than $200 or so a night though. There are other, more modern places that charge that or more for an upgraded type room. However, location is great, close to everything and we would definitely stay here again!
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