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Dolphin Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Corner of 4th & San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #26 of 31 Carmel B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Peaceful, Excellent Service and Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We have stayed here a couple of times now and Jinny on Reception is so gorgeous, the best customer service ever. She even remembered us when we returned. The rooms and breakfast are lovely. Some rooms have fireplaces at a higher rate, but we found it hard to work and the weather didn't really justify using it on our visit. No fault with the fireplace, we are just not familiar with how they work.

Room Tip: Upstairs room location seems nicer. They have a balcony with a tiny view of the ocean in the distan...
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012 via mobile

The location can't be beat, but don't expect much else. It is so dated and in need of a facelift - more so than anywhere I've ever stayed. However, even so, we had a great weekend in Carmel. We could've stayed in a paper bag and still had a great time!

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

Look, like most in Carmel this place won't make you swoon. It is a little tatty, and could use some capital funds to upgrade the furnishings.

However, the staff is very accomodating. We had a "Problem", which was dealt with professionally and to our satisfaction. The location is very good for exploring the village. Delivered continental breakfast is a nice touch. And round the clock cookies is a treat.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bobcaygeon, Ontario
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11 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

Very cute room with fireplace and well appointed bathroom. Nice bedding also.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stayed at the Inn for our Honeymoon 30yrs ago, and we keep coming back. Love the location, can walk to town and to the great resturants like the Carmel Bistro Giovanni , two blocks away. Visit in the winter or spring and get half off the room!

Room Tip: pick the Deluxe rooms near the pool, quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

the folks at the front desk were very helpful. we stayed in the one bedroom suite with our 9 and 11 year old sleeping on the sofa bed in the main room. the inn was overall nice, bathroom and bedroom were nice and clean but the the furniture is kind of old. i got an extra sheet and kept the sofa covered so that we could sit on it (comfortably and not worry about the 'eww' factor). same thing with the dining room chairs, not very inviting. but the bed was comfy and the comforter didn't look old and ragged. overall a nice little inn convenient to restaurants and main street and very peaceful.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We have stayed here a couple of times over the years and this place is not fancy, but it is clean and certainly convenient to town and within walking distance to just about everything. We always try to stay in the end unit nearest the office and parts of the hotel has a 2nd story. Some of the units have a fireplace, but frankly I wouldn't pay extra because you have a fireplace in your room that you will likely never use. In the morning a basket was delivered to our door with fruit and muffins. This hotel is part of the small chain managed/owned by Inns by the Sea and we have stayed at a few others in different locations and they have all been very comfortable, but are higher priced. We always look forward to our stay and I think you will too.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dolphin Inn

Also Known As:
Dolphin Hotel
Dolphin Hotel Carmel
Address: Corner of 4th & San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dolphin Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Home to many golf groups and tour professionals and featuring the popular Brophy’s Tavern, the Dolphin Inn is a Carmel classic located just steps from restaurants, art galleries and one-of-a-kind shopping. All of the spacious rooms and suites feature feather beds, private balconies, and many have gas burning fireplaces. Complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning in the lobby. ... more   less 
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