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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
Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Nice stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We made this our second stop en route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Arriving late afternoon we found this place to be quite relaxed in atmosphere if a little 'hands off' in terms of staffing - this, however, is because as an 'Inn' it is a collection of rooms allied to a central but separate office/reception building and not a hotel style set-up. No restaurant. The room we had was close to the lovely heated outdoor pool and we found it very pleasant, with a nice bathroom, coffee maker/kettle, gas fireplace etc etc. The bedding was a little antiquated but clean fresh and comfy. Breakfast arrives in a cooler bag having been ordered via a slip the night before; it gets left outside your room door. This doesn't sound ideal, does it, but it actually works very nicely and when there was a mistake in the order it was corrected quickly and without fuss. The Inn is well situated in a quiet yet central spot and you can easily walk all around central Carmel from here. The beach is a bit further away, and down quite a steep hill, so driving might be a better option if you don't fancy the climb back up. We enjoyed our brief and relaxing stay in this comfortable Inn in this charming town.

Room Tip: Our room was adjacent to the pool, which I suspect we paid for, but it's probably worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Nice, France
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I am amazed at some of the reviews for this place.
The delivered "continental breakfast" is in fact a cold clingfilm wrapped croisant and 1 danish pastry also film wrapped, not fresh. An over proccessed orange juice and an individual cereal packet (not even 2 for a double room!). Yes this is left outside your room in an insulated bag. Thankfully, there are nice coffee shops and bakeries for breakfast not far away.
The first room we were given (we arived after reception open hours) had such an unpleasant pungant smell it was very difficult to settle and sleep. The next day we switched rooms. They moved us to an upstairs room with a fireplace and expected us to pay extra for the fireplace "up-grade".
The carpets in both the rooms we experienced definately encouraged you to keep your shoes on.
There was a gap around the door in which let the wind blow through in this room so we had to sleep with the fire on. Not something either myself or my husband were happy about.
The bathroom in both rooms were very small and very tired, rust stains around the overflow a lot of limescale marks around the taps. A very grotty shower curtain...
This place definately needs some investment to bring it up to speed. we didn't find it particularly cheap either.
There are thermus flasks of coffee available at reception. We didn't try it.
It is quiet, there is parking and it is quite well placed to wander around the town, although quite a way from the very nice beach so you would probably need to drive to enjoy that.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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!

Stayed April 2012
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Seattle Area
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
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
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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
2 reviews
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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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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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