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“Wonderful Place to Stay in Carmel” 5 of 5 stars
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Sandpiper Inn Carmel
Ranked #8 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Inverness, CA
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4 reviews
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“Wonderful Place to Stay in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

When I travel, I try to look for lodging that doesn't allow pets, children or TV. In my mind, a stay in Carmel, CA should be an experience without the distractions of everyday life. I have been staying at the Sandpiper during my trips to Carmel for the last 5 years. The crashing waves of nearby Carmel Beach, just a block away, residential quiet, hearty breakfast in the great room, old world charm and uber-friendly staff makes me come back time after time. This will always be my home away from home in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. I shouldn't be talking like this; there goes my secret!

Room Tip: I have preference for Cottage C, which is a semi-detached room next to main building or Room 14 acro...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The rooms are very tastefully decorated, clean and warm, the lobby area and the breakfast room are cozy and inviting. The location is quiet .Just a minute's walk and you are on the beach so that was really convenient. The inn keepers are very cordial and helpful. Had a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My boyfriend and I just spent the weekend here at the Sandpiper Inn and had a great time. It's a beautiful place with views of Carmel Bay. The rooms are charming, clean, and nicely decorated. Breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and we had a choice of 2 different kinds of home made quiches or croissants. It's located a short walk from downtown Carmel so it's nice and quiet and we enjoyed seeing all the different and charming houses in the neighborhood. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Would definitely return!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed in the Sandpiper Inn for 2 nights as part of an amazing road trip down the PCH1 from San Fran to LA Sep ‘12 taking in all the sites on the way over a 4 day period.

We decided to stay in Carmel as we had heard how nice the Carmel and Pebble Beach area was in addition to wanting to see the Aquarium, Whale Watching etc at Monterey Bay.

We booked Room 1 which was a ground floor room and the largest at the inn as we had lots of baggage for our 3 week holiday in California.

The Good
Room 1 was very romantic – big old fashioned bed you could just fall into, instant gas fire, lots of space but the bathroom was a tad small. Best of all you can hear the ocean crashing on the beach from your room!
Service was friendly and décor inviting…nice country home feel to the place, firepit outdoors etc.
Breakfast adequate but nothing to write home about. Other B&Bs made a bigger effort with breakie on our trip. Think we had quiche one morning and had to dash out to get to the Whale Watch another morning.
Parking is a hassle in Carmel but the Inn has plenty of parking out front.
You are 2 min walk from the end of Carmel beach with those evening sunset walks which are spectacular …don’t miss them!


The Bad
You are 20-25mins walk from the town centre so if you plan on dinning at night in town be warned that there is very little street lighting around Carmel if you are walking/driving etc.
The walls are thin at the Inn and while its generally peaceful we did hear a couple’s loud amorous activities upstairs late one night…I suspect so did the entire Inn!lol
No TV in the room is I suppose part of the Inn’s charms but I can see how this is maybe not for everyone…we didn’t mind.

If we are ever in the area again we would stay here again.

Other tips:
Book a lunch seat at the Bench café in Pebble Beach and watch one of the greatest golfing views over the 18th hole towards Carmel beach….spectacular! (and this from an Irish guy who is used to seeing some of the most beautiful coastal golf courses in the world).
Take the 17 mile drive and drink in those views because you wont ever be able to afford those houses!..ps you don’t have to pay the toll if you have a Pebble Beach booking.
Whale Watch in Monterey Bay…take the early morning boat…go see the Aquarium afterwards.
Stroll down Carmel town centre with all its quirky shops and eateries.
Take a bottle of wine and watch the sunset at Carmel beach.

Room Tip: Room 1 on the ground floor is the laregest and is very romantic
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had a wonderful time in this B&B. Short walk to carmel beach and to the shops in Carmel. Carmel by the Sea is a quaint town. Hospitality is unparalleled. Wonderful and gracious hosts with good breakfast and afternoon wine reception. We will definitely resommend this place and will come back again.

Room Tip: Queen room -ocean front
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Excellent accomodations, extremely helpful staff and a peaceful quiet place to unwind. Great location one block from the sea and the sound of the incoming surf is so relaxing. Room, mattress, breakfast, furniture, pictures, music cannot be faulted. Outside landscaping is delightful with many birds. Parking is a little bit limited.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I have been to Carmel many times and for the last 5 years or so I have come back to the Sandpiper Inn. The staff is friendly and helpful. Although it is a B&B, this is a place for those who say they wouldn't stay at a B&B and all of us who do. You can come and go as you please in a quaint, peaceful atmosphere. If you are on vacation to relax, people leave you alone, or you can strike up a conversation at breakfast or out on the patio. The ocean is just 1 1/2 blocks away. You can open your window and hear it all night. Plus its great for a daily walk. I'll keep coming back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Sandpiper Inn Carmel
Address: 2408 Bay View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923-9117
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Like being a house guest in someone's exclusive seaside home. This early California country style inn, established in 1929, boasts of ocean views and the sounds of the surf crashing on the soft sand of Carmel Beach. Enjoy the serene comfort in one of our cozy rooms, by the fire in our fireside lounge, or outside on one of our garden patios. The Sandpiper Inn is the perfect getaway for the romantic couple or for those that just want to get away from the daily grind and relax. ... more   less 
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