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“A charming place in Carmel” 4 of 5 stars
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Wayside Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   7th & Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #17 of 29 Carmel B&B and Inns
San Juan Capis
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“A charming place in Carmel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This is a wonderful little Inn to stay in the heart of Carmel, CA. Just 3 blocks and you are in the center of town enjoying all the wonderful shops and restaurants. The Inn is quaint, well managed, accommodating staff and very reasonable. Parking can be difficult, but there are spaces for one car per room. The rooms are large with nice kitchenettes. We stay here every August for the big car shows. The breakfast bags are good, but would like to see them add mini quiches instead of just cereal and fruit. Our room has a balcony and a blue jay visits us every day. The bathrooms are in need of upgrading especially the fixtures and I think some new carpeting is in order, but overall, a very nice place to stay and would recommend it.

Room Tip: The premium suites have two large rooms with a fireplace and are quite nice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose
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17 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We just spent two nights at the Wayside. We had a Deluxe King Suite. It was 2 completely separate rooms, bedroom and living room. This was great as we keep different hours sometimes. The mattress was awesome. The "Kitchenette" was just a big cabinet with a mini-fridge, toaster, coffee maker and cups. It was odd in that the toilet and shower did not have their own private area. To go from the living space to the bedroom or vice versa you need to go past the exposed toilet area. If you share this room with someone you better be cool with seeing them on the can, or having to lock the door from where they are while using it. Sadly the first night we had some noisy rude neighbors, and not just one set. The second night was better. The housekeepers were kind of noisy, and I am not sure why the "DO NOT DISTURB" card in the lock means it is OK to knock on our door before checkout time? The location is great and not completely in the center of things, but right on the edge. The office staff was friendly and efficient, and the very basic breakfast is a nice touch. There are 7 parking spots for 28 rooms BTW so you may be parking on the street. Good stay but not perfect.

Room Tip: #8 has completely separate bedroom and living space, and is upstairs.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orangevale, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

My boyfriend and I decided to spend our two year anniversary on vacation, but couldn't pick a place until the last minute, leaving us with few choices on where to stay. We settled on Carmel, and thankfully, the Wayside Inn had an available room for us. We called and booked a two night stay in the premium king suite in the French building, with a private balcony, fireplace and a Jacuzzi tub.

The room was on the second floor, very spacious, and included a large bed, two bathrobes, a tv, couch, Jacuzzi tub for two, gas fireplace, keurig coffee maker with tea and coffee, mini fridge with waters, microwave, and an outdoor private balcony. The bed, comforter, and pillows were to die for. We never wanted to get out of bed.

Each day there is tea, coffee, hot cocoa, cookies, and fruit in the lobby area. Also, you are given a breakfast menu with a choice of cheerios, raisin bran, rice krispies, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk, and orange juice to place outside of your door at night. When you wake up in the morning, your order will be waiting (:

Although our stay here was great, there were a few things that were a little bothersome:
1. The jets that create the jacuzzi effect in the tub for two were SO LOUD. As soon as we turned the bubbles on, we looked at each other in horror and turned them right back off, afraid that we had broken something or awoken the entire hotel. Unfortunately, that was the first and last time we used those.
2. Not the hotel's fault, but our neighbors were even louder than the jacuzzi. The ones downstairs apparently preferred their....romantic activities...loud, while the women in the room next to us talked so loud that it sounded like they were in our room. Once again, this is not at all the hotel's fault. It just made things a little less private.
3. The private balcony was a nice touch, but anyone walking on the street below could see/hear us, so we didn't spend much time out there, although it was nice to let a breeze in on the warmer days.
4. The heater in the room was placed at the bottom of the floor behind some curtains, so it was a little difficult to keep the room warm since the heat wasn't spreading easily.
5. Although the FAQ sheet said there were instructions for the fireplace...there weren't. They just left us a lighter and some wood, so we attempted to light it for 15 minutes until we realized it was probably a gas fireplace. We had to call and ask where the switch was and how to use it. The gas switch was behind a curtain on the wall. Not a big deal, but we felt pretty dumb afterwards.

If you're looking for a nice room, with fairly good amenities, AMAZING location, and a fair price, look no further.
If you're looking for an extremely personal bed & breakfast with hand and foot service and complete privacy, you may want to look just a little more.

Overall pretty good experience and right within walking distance to the beach and shops and tons of food. Would recommend it (:

Room Tip: French premium king sweet was lovely!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Yorkshire England
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had a 2 night stay here in September and we are so glad we chose Wayside Inn. We felt the position was just right being off the main road which made it quiet yet close to everything we needed. The room was very spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable. I emailed a couple of days before we arrived to request a ground floor room and this was arranged. The staff were all very pleasant and everything was clean. We did not know what to expect for breakfast but the little hamper bags were lovely although a bit more variety of cereal would have been nice and a plate in the bag would be a good idea. Overall we all felt this was a lovely place to stay and would definately go back.

  • 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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cumbria
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

we had a huge room with 2 king beds, it was very clean, perfectly quiet, breakfast was unique delivered to your door in the morning in cool bags and good quality, everything was in walking distance (though Carmel is small and everywhere is walkable from anywhere i'd say)
front desk were friendly, coffee and fruit and fresh cooked biscuits in reception all day was nice touch.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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130 hotel reviews
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Used TA to select my hotel and chose this on the back of good reviews. They were mostly right. Well located with off road parking (a big plus in central Carmel), our room was spacious, clean and well appointed. The staff were all very polite and welcoming. Whilst a short stay, we very much enjoyed our few nights at the Wayside and would recommend the Wayside to any discerning traveller.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Millstone, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Charming inn close to shopping and restaurants. Great bed in an adorable room with terrace. The "box" breakfast, delivered to the room, was a nice touch. The staff was helpful with restaurant suggestions and directions. Convenient parking on premises and proximity to village enabled us to leave the car parked while we walked to shopping, beach and fine restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Wayside Inn

Address: 7th & Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Wayside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the forest just across from Carmel's premier shopping plaza, the Wayside Inn reflects the charm of the quintessential Carmel cottage. Offering 22 guest rooms and suites, special amenities may include spa tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, and large balconies overlooking the quaint village of Carmel. Complimentary continental breakfast is delivered to your door each morning with the daily newspaper and freshly baked cookies are always available in the lobby. ... more   less 
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