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“This is a great comfy hotel.”
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Candle Light Inn
Ranked #10 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
california
1 review
“This is a great comfy hotel.”
Reviewed March 8, 2010

I have stayed in this hotel twice now and have loved it both times. It is really comfy and affordable. It is not fancy but clean and comfortable. The staff is great and the room has everything you could need. We had the king bed with fireplace and two person spa. This hotel is within walking distance of tons of shops and resturants. Also the late check out option maked even one day stays relaxing. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

The Candle Light Inn is a charming and splendid inn/hotel located in the center of Carmel by the Sea, CA. We had a king size (bed) Jacuzzi sweet. The room was large (although it lacked a table for eating or enjoying a morning cup of coffee) and the staff was considerate. This was our first visit to Carmel and we would thoroughly consider the Candle Light Inn during our next visit.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento,ca
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

We stayed 2 nights and the place was great. We got a room with the jacuzzi tub at a great price (off season). We were in that jacuzzi 5 times before we left. I had flowers delivered to the hotel for my girlfriend. The staff put them in the room for me with champagne (that I did not ask for), which made me look even better. It was a big surprise for her. Like the other reviews, minutes from everything, a breakfast cooler every morning, and an outstanding staff. I definately recommend staying here.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sao Jorge, Portugal
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Reviewed January 9, 2010

The Candle Light Inn is perfectly situated within walking distance of great restaurants, galleries, and even a convenience store for that late night ice cream craving. The rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable. The attention to details, like the locally roasted coffee and breakfast delivered to your door in the morning, made me feel at home. Unlike many hotels I've stayed in, the shower and tub were phenomenal along with an incredibly comfortable bed! I'll definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh
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Reviewed November 17, 2009

Staying at the Candle Light Inn, Carmel California was a wonderful experience. The staff could not have been nicer, doing everything they could to make our stay so enjoyable. The room was large, cozy and very clean. The breakfast brought to the door each morning was a good start to the day. The new outdoor fireplace added a nice ambiance to the Inn and was a great place to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. The location of this Inn is great, walking distance to everything in Carmel. I would highy recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

We stayed one night with this charming inn. The room was not 4 star room but well maintained and clean. I selected this property because it was a short walk to all restaurants and shops and with a reasonable price. It was delightful to see the fire was going at the courtyard when we walked back from the dinner. We relaxed around fire-pit enjoying a cool weather and stars. We also enjoyed their continental breakfast basket delivered to the door. Our basket had a muffin, a cake, 2 OJs, 2 cereals and milk and some fruit, plenty for both of us. I've stayed various hotels and inns in Carmel area, from La Playa to cottages for last 15 years. This is the first place we walked out with a smile that what we paid was totally right for the service.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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nynybox8
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Reviewed August 8, 2009

This hotel has old & crummy furniture. Their downstair rooms are dark, with ugly views of their garden tools storage and old alley/ I had to close all the shades, and so the room was DARK! The bathroom is small and had NO HAIRDRYER. The bedding is cratchy, not comfy at all. For a room that costs mid $200, you think they would offer you better. The hotel lobby is so tiny, it seemed only 1 person would fit standing there with the office staff. UGG!
For the rate they charge, you better spend your money else where and get more for your dollars. And by the way, Candle Light Inn traps you with their 7 days no cancellation policy, so you would get stuck with them once you book their rooms. BETTER BE SAFE, AVOID CANDLE LIGHT INN

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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mwats, General Manager at Candle Light Inn, responded to this review, August 25, 2009
We are very disappointed to read this review, and find the tone very harsh and troubling. Although we might consider a few of the comments as valid opinion, there seems to be an overall attempt here to generally smear every aspect of our inn.

Overall, we disagree with the broad critical comments, and would like to correct some of the statements made. Hair Dryers are available – we provide hair dryers in each and every one of our guest rooms. Our gardens are beautiful, and well maintained. Perhaps the gardeners were working near her building during her stay, and if this was cause for disturbing the guest's stay, we would apologize, but feel this point was grossly exaggerated for effect. Our lobby is small, but frequently accommodates four to six guests at check-in comfortably; again, an overstatement. We unaware of a guest describing out bedding as “scratchy”.

We strongly disagree with the allegation that we "trap" our customers with our cancellation policy. As all travelers know, lodging establishments protect their businesses by instituting cancellation requirements which are agreed to by those wishing to reserve a room. We feel it's unfortunate that this online medium would be used to unfairly damage our reputation under circumstances where we have done nothing wrong. Our cancellation policy is typical for the Carmel area.

If this guest was truly unhappy with their stay, and we were in any way deficient in our accommodations or service, then we do apologize, and would like the opportunity to review these claims directly with the guest.

In closing, we invite Tripadvisor readers to consider our other reviews, which provide observations and remarks more useful to travelers in the spirit of this valuable forum, and not simply a mean-spirited, vengeful attack.
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Additional Information about Candle Light Inn

Property: Candle Light Inn
Address: San Carlos Street, Between 4th and 5th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Candle Light Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This romantic Tudor-style inn located in the heart of Carmel offers charm and warmth with a friendly staff providing gracious and personalized service. Candle Light Inn features 20 large guest rooms and suites and a variety of amenities including continental breakfast, daily newspaper delivery, off-street parking, and in-room gourmet coffee service. All guests will also enjoy staying connected with free local phone calls and in-room wireless internet access. ... more   less 
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