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“Lovely place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Carmel Mission Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3665 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Free Breakfast/Cocktails!
Ranked #11 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Christchurch
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“Lovely place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Stayed here for a night on our travels and this is a great place to stay - lovely staff and a hie restaurant - we only had breakfast there but it was great. A little bit out of central Carmel - but a short taxi ride in - Carmel is a very beautiful spot - will worth stopping for

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Piedmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Continuing a holiday tradition, my husband and I just returned from three lovely nights in Carmel, the Monterey Penninsula and Big Sur. You could spend a lot more to stay in this spectactular part of CA, but why would you? We have stayed in the deluxe resorts of Carmel and Big Sur, and the Carmel Mission Inn provides a wonderful experience at a fraction of the cost. I first stayed here when it was a Holiday Inn in 1973 with my father who took me to CA from New Jersey as a graduation present from high school.
The hotel/motel has been upgraded over the years to a first rate establishment featuring large, clean, comfortable rooms complete with pillowtop mattresses, silky sheets, luxurious toiletries, robes, coffee maker, refrigerator, and every other comfort you would expect from a great hotel. A medium sized heated pool and a large hot tub are well maintained and occupy a pretty landscaped courtyard for morning laps.
The lobby is welcoming and has a gas fireplace along with a large outdoor gas firepit burning according to Carmel air quality standards.
Breakfast is just a delight! You may order anything off the menu for a sumptuous cook to order complimentary meal! The free breakfast includes tea, coffee or hot chocolate and Felicia will make sure you are served in a friendly manner in their sunny, poolside dining room. The package also includes two glasses of wine in the afternoon.
You might decide to stay at home during the holidays, but at these prices, you should consider making the trek to Carmel and rejoice in the splendors of the CA coast. The sea otters will be frolicking out at Point Lobos, the Bixby Bridge and the Lighthouse will be beckoning in Big Sur, the holiday lights of Carmel will add a festive twinkle and the bike trails of Monterey will guide you to tide pools and passing whales.
The Carmel Mission Inn is conviently located across the street from the Rio Grill where you can thoroughly enjoy Happy Hour, stroll back across the street under the stars, and tuck yourselves in for a long winter's nap!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Thank you for your review of the Carmel Mission Inn. We truly appreciate your business as a long-term guest of ours. As you pointed out we strive to provide a great value in the Carmel area. It seems that you took advantage of our bed and breakfast package which is an outstanding value and only available on our website or by calling the hotel direct. Thank you for your many kind words and we hope to serve you again in the future. Please remember to contact us direct for the best rates and service.
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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Nice , newly updated hotel. Modern room. It's not in downtown Carmel , but it's only a 3 min drive to shopping/ dining district. Room was clean, had nice view of pool. Not bad for he price. Adjacent to shopping center with restaurants and grocery store

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
We thank you for your positive review of the Carmel Mission Inn. Many find our location very convenient to explore all the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. I’m glad that you enjoyed our clean guestrooms and appreciate the value we offer. We hope to be able to serve you again and please remember to contact the hotel direct or visit our website for the best rates and service.
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San Jose, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here during my birthday. I really liked it. Location is great, next to gas, mall and freeway. Irish pub within walking distance. The lounge was fun with stiff drinks and a live band. Rooms clean and bed.
Staff was so polite and helpful. We were upgraded to a suite. True, it is not in downtown, but it did not really matter because downtown is only few minutes away by car.
Great little gem of a place.
Dogs are aloud on first floor so be prepared for little barking every now and then.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
We are pleased that you enjoyed a relaxing stay at the Carmel Mission Inn. I’m also pleased that you enjoyed our convenient location, clean guestrooms and the personal service that the staff delivered. We truly appreciate your business and welcome the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Please remember to contact the hotel direct or visit our website for the best rates and service.
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Beverly Shores, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I booked this room last minute, like 7 o'clock on the night of my stay. I read that it wasn't near the water, which was more than fine, and was delighted by the rate I booked and extra special treatment at the front desk, including 2 free drinks and free breakfast from a special deal found at TripAdvisor. Really, a terrific deal all in all. The decor is sort of hip/modern. Right behind the hotel complex is a restaurant/bar/office complex called The Barnyard. Check that out for places to eat and drink (just a few steps out of the back of the hotel). I had breakfast in the hotel restaurant and really enjoyed the crepes with dungeness crab - yum! And terrific service there. My only lament is I checked in on a day of super cold temps and the heater in the room struggled to surpass 69 degrees, so a bit chilly, but not a deal killer. Probably just don't have heaters that normally have to work that hard.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
We are genuinely excited when someone states they had a great stay at the Carmel Mission Inn. We are very proud of our hard-working and dedicated staff and I’m glad they made you feel comfortable. You noted the Barnyard center which is a fun little shopping area adjacent to the hotel. We appreciate your business and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Please remember to contact the hotel direct or visit our website for the best rates and service.
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Yes, this is a slightly older property with the character of beautiful architecture in the secondary business centre of Carmel - but that truly is where the buts stop.
When we arrived the front desk the greeting was the best I have ever received. Great enthusiasm to attend to our needs and a good level of local information provided upfront ( Best place to park the car to access our room, location of room, breakfast time and locations, good local knowledge an d recommendations for dinner).
The decor in our room was certainly 'zanny' and eye catching with everything immaculately clean.All the staff we met during our stay were cheery and genuine. Complimentary buffet breakfast was a welcome surprise.
We were fortunate to be placed on the top floor at the rear of the property - which proved to be quiet with a pleasant view onto the hills of Carmel Valley.
Carmel and the surrounding area was great - we watched the sun come down on the beach in the company of a pod of dolphins frolicking in the surf as the tide turned, 17 mile drive with the coast, scenery, fantastic homes and world class golf courses was fine, Monteray Bay Aquarium truly deserves all of it accolades or and some great places to chill out and eat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our Carmel hotel. When someone compliments our front desk to as you did it genuinely puts a smile on their faces. You also mentioned our breakfast buffet which is part of our bed and breakfast package and one of our best values. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again. Please contact the hotel direct or visit our website for the best rates and packages.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Relaxed with the complimentary glass of wine at happy hour. Staff was helpful and courteous, We were given discounts to various restaurants, shops and wine and food tasting events. Breakfast buffet was hot, and delicious with Fresh sliced fruit, Eggs, sausage and breakfast breads -very good. Our server kept our coffee cup filled! Loved our balcony with a breath taking view of the sunset. Slept great, so quiet.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Thank you for the review of our Carmel hotel and we are pleased that you felt relaxed and pampered. We have a friendly and outgoing staff that sincerely tries to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It is also nice to know that you had a great night sleep. We appreciate your business and please come stay with us again in the future. Just remember to contact the hotel direct for the best rates and packages.
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Additional Information about Carmel Mission Inn

Address: 3665 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Carmel
#12 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmel Mission Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At our Carmel Ca. hotel you will find a quaint, yet stylish setting with an array of gracious amenities that include a heated pool, fitness center and the "Fuse" restaurant. We’ve truly created a destination within a destination. Additionally, we offer fantastic facilities for weddings, business meetings, retreats and special events. ... more   less 
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