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Carmel Mission Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3665 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Carmel
San Luis Obispo
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent Value for a GREAT Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

This was a pleasure trip to Carmel and this hotel was a VERY pleasant surprise. Comparing the costs of hotels in the area this place is a GREAT value and the newly renovated rooms are seriously DELIGHTFUL! The colors of the decor are totally fun and exciting...the rooms are appointed in bright colors that have a great effect on the senses. The King bed was incredibly comfortable and the coverings were wonderfully heavy! I love heavy comforters. The bathroom looks european with high-end shampoo and soap...with a modern shower...it is very lovely...they have 2 bathrobes that you can use or even buy if you want. Our room did not have a bath tub but I never use bathtubs so the modern, glassed-in shower was a delight. There is a flat screen LCD TV. I do love "experiences" and for the price this hotel gives you alot. Although the exterior is dated the building still has an "old elegance" about it and the lobby and restaurant were both very enjoyable. The hotel is only a mile for downtown Carmel and it is also very convenient to The Barnyard (which has shopping and eateries) which has a walking entrance at the back of the hotel. We were in a room at the backside so it was easy access. Across the street from this hotel is another very nice mall area called the Crossroads and it has shopping and a couple of nice restaurants where we ate. I would absolutely recommend this hotel because its fun to enjoy vibrant colors in the rooms, everything is clean and neat and it is a good location...and the price is definitely very reasonable! I hope you enjoy this place as much as we did.

  • Liked — The newly renovated rooms in very stylish appointments
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

The remodel and upgrrades to this hotel are great. We have stayed here occasionally over the years and this is the nicest we have seen this hotel. I will definately request a ground level entry room again, as I much preferred this to taking an elevator up to a room off a hallway. It was quiet and super clean. The pool and hot tub area were great too, even for January. The landscaping here is just beautiful.

  • Liked — Updated rooms, clean and quiet.
  • Disliked — Hard to park near your room at night.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san jose, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

My husband, myself and my six year old son spent one night in a deluxe queen room at Carmel Mission Inn this past weekend. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the place was. The rooms have all been recently updated with bright contemporary furnishings. Everything was there that we needed....refrig, coffeemaker, great toiletries, safe, etc. They seemed to think of everything. In addition we had a beautiful view out our window and large fourth floor balcony. We ordered room service in the morning and everything was included as ordered and it arrived on time as promised. Upon check in and check out the staff was very friendly. We couldn't have been happier and plan to return for a longer stay very soon. It is a great find in Carmel in which you usually have to pay a bundle for a decent place to stay. Very satisfied!!!

  • Liked — The location and price
  • Disliked — The beds were a little too soft
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Oakland, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

I satyed here for two nights while visiting Carmel, you will not find better value anywhere in Carmel. The rooms are modern with a kind of aqua theme, they have flat screens and have recently been renovated.

You also get a free drink in their bar/restaurant and the food is good, the staff also go out of their way to help you.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

The front desk staff was not friendly nor were they guest service-oriented. We asked an agent to contact us when our room was ready after it was deemed a "priority rush" to clean but we never received a call. I was placed on hold for four minutes (yes, I timed it) when I asked the front desk (no concierge) for help with restaurant recommendations and reservations. I ended up hanging up instead of holding.

The conference room/luggage storage area was not secure with easy access to anyone that entered the lobby.

It took approximately five minutes for hot water to run in the shower. The front desk agent replied that it's typical for the faucet to run for 10 minutes until the water becomes hot.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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vallejo,ca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2008

After reading several of the reviews, i can say that i agree that this is definitely a great place to stay. It is just a couple of minutes away from downtown with great views to the mountains. Rooms are very clean and contemporary. There was an issue with our first room where the heater didn't work, but after talking to the front desk they changed us to another room with no issues. The flat screen tv, updated furniture, contemporary colors in the rooms made the experience very comfortable. Extra attention to detail doesn't go unnoticed. The hotel comes equipped with a very modern fitness center. In hotel lounge is very relaxing as well with occasional bands playing on the weekend. The hotel gave us complimentary one drink coupons to try out. We will make sure we return soon.

  • Liked — convenience and comfort
  • Disliked — somewhat outdated exterior , but not that bad as much a retro look
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lecco, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2008

OK, as someone here has said, the Carmel Mission is neither a real inn nor is it located exactly in the center of Carmel, but is is a very nice remodeled motel-style hotel just a 5-minute drive away from the city.

For 89$ we got an excellent king bed room with all the comforts we could have expected: boutique décor, comfortable bed, mp3 player dock for our I-Pod, flat cable TV, free wi-fi, complimentary robes and a bathroom with Occitaine products. It was surely the best value in our California trip last november, and I would recommend it to everybody. Yes, you can stay at a cute inn near Carmel beach, but be prepared to spend much more.

Hint: try and get a room in the upper floors. We had one with a tree right in front of our window, covering the view of the parking lot.

  • Liked — room value
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Carmel
#13 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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