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“Perfect romantic getaway!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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S.E. Corner of Ocean Avenue & Camino Real, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #1 of 30 Carmel B&B and Inns
Alameda, California
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“Perfect romantic getaway!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

My husband and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary in Carmel, CA and stayed at the Lamp Lighter Inn. We rented the Hansel & Gretel cottage and loved the generous space of the living room with fireplace, gorgeous marble bathroom and lovely bedroom with comfy King bed and a gorgeous wall of windows that let the light in during the day and still gave us privacy at night! We highly recommend this establishment - the staff is friendly, accommodating and makes every guest feel like family. From the moment we checked in, Peggy called us by name every morning and evening when she saw us. Guests from the Inn gather around the lovely firepit area in the morning at breakfast and at night before and after dinner sharing their travel stories, restaurant recommendations and other details about their lives. We felt like we met so many lovely people and much of this was possible due to the availability of such a space for the guests to comfortable congregate. The rooms are beyond clean, appointed very nicely and offer mini-fridges with $1 sodas, water and snacks. They even have a lovely decanter of sherry available in the cottage for a nightcap if you like. We were surprised with a lovely bottle of iced champagne the afternoon that we arrived to celebrate our anniversary and that was just the beginning of a very enjoyable stay in Carmel. Didn't hurt that the weather was perfect and the LL is located about a block and a half from the beach and ocean too! Stay here, you won't regret it!

Room Tip: We enjoyed the spaciousness of the cottage but we heard from other guests that the single rooms are...
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  • Stayed February 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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had an awesome time in Carmel! We were just here for one night but had an awesome time! Everyone that works there is incredible and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Prettiest beach in California is just 3 blocks away. The B&B is in a perfect location.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Peaceful, quiet, clean. Wonderful, friendly, available staff. Particularly enjoyed our encounters with Mel. She was delightful and we found much in common. We also particularly enjoyed both the continental breakfasts and the Brie and Merlot in the evenings around the fire pit and with other guests, Since we were already downtown, we had easy access to many shops and restaurants and did not move our car from it's nearby off street parking for two days. We will return to this inn.

  • Stayed January 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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Costa Mesa, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Wow - what a great place - we were so sad to leave! We started out getting a killer deal thanks to an off-season special. We stayed in the Sea Star. It wasn't our first choice, and we would probably pick a different cabin next time. Apparently there were elephants staying in the suite upstairs!

Great ammenities though, and very clean. We let them know our pup would be with us and there was a great dog blanket and treats waiting for her. The bed was huge and comfortable, and although we used the fire place I think there was a little radiator heat in the room because it was warm in the morning. The furnishings are adorable.

I would suggest longer drapes on the door window though...they are too shrt and you can see right on to the bed. Awkward... Also, the showerhead should be replaced. It was all over the place!

Lovely wine/cheese reception around a beautiful fire pit, great staff who are engaged and genuine. It's only a couple of blocks away from the beach so you really don't have to move your car the whole time you're there.

We will be back for sure...too bad it can't be next weekend!

Room Tip: We weren't crazy about the Sea Star. Although the outside noise didn't bother us, if there...
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  • Stayed January 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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Santa Ynez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The staff were friendly and accommodating. We were looking for a dog friendly lodging. Highly recommend for dog folks and non-doggie folks. convenient to walking Carmel and the beach. Loved the outdoor fire pit. Will return. Only thing that sparked our booking was the 1/2 price in January.

  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Arrived in Carmel with the intension of staying at The Mission Ranch looked at a room and decided it looked like an old people's home....so went into town and had a good look around popped into many hotels/inns and didn't like any of them, apart from the Cypress Inn but high end and a bit formal, but great for dinner / bar great staff and atmosphere...

then came across the Lamplighter Inn and was greeted by the resident cat on the mat, and a very warm welcome from the lady in the office, straight away i knew I liked the place. After I booked I discovered its top two out of 32 B&B's on here and so the place is obviously consistent and not a one off.

A nautical fresh feel throughout with a lovely fire place outside for the generous wine and cheese night and a chat to the other guests.

Great location just on the hill up from the beach which is one if the best I discovered on the coast from LA to San Fran, busy and lovely on the main beach and very doggy...but you can find empty rmore remote beaches paths just along the coast....

Then the 17 Mile drive is a must....riding on Pebble beach a must....

And a great mouch about town and restaurants I would say the perfect and stylish beach town!

Couldnt fault anything and as a hotelier myself I am critical....

Room Tip: All looked good to me but a log fire woud be a request ....
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Fresno, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Here are my observations from one night at the Lamp Lighter Inn in January:

The ladies who run it are sweet as pie.

The bed was terribly uncomfortable (we were in the Tree Top room)

Room was cute, location very good, nice outdoor spaces including fire lounge pit, gardens pretty. That said, room was nothing special. Bathroom quite disappointing. Very shabby. From my point of view, there were a lot of overlooked details in the finish.

All in all, we thought it was okay. Very helpful staff with finding restaurant and activities. They were a joy. Just think the facilities were not as "romantic" as they looked online/described by others on Trip Advisor.)

Not sure what these other reviewers saw that we missed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: S.E. Corner of Ocean Avenue & Camino Real, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small seaside Inn centrally located in downtown Carmel. We offer free parking, beach chairs and breakfast. On weekends we have wine and some other small dishes for our guests. ... more   less 
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