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Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The inn is conveniently located a block away from the heart of downtown, although it was a little difficult to find at first as we arrived late at night and there were no street lights and no property numbers, just "cross-street names". We looped around the block a couple of times before finally spotting this place.

The inn itself is a little old, but it is decently clean, quiet and somewhat safe. I liked the location very much as it was within walking distance to some great restaurants in the neighbourhood.

The decor in the room was rather interesting, and they served us breakfast in a small basket that was left outside your room door every morning. The food was average though - some granola bar, milk, orange juice, bananas, but there's a good brunch place just 2 minutes walk away :)

Overall, for the price I paid (on hotwire), it was a decent deal. I'd stay here again, if only for the wonderful location.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christina N
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for an extended weekend with my husband and two children. It was clean and comfortable. The location can't be beat, it is just steps from great restaurants, shops and galleries. It is exactly what we expected for the money we were paying. The little breakfast baskets in the morning were fine to get us fueled in the morning before heading out to the many wonderful sites this area has to offer! We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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carmeloaks, Manager at Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

The hotel itself is a bit outdated, but it is very clean, safe and quiet. The room very large with plenty of space and the bathroom was clean with an ample shower.

The location cannot be beat. It is right in downtown Carmel, walking distance to everything. We parked the car and didn't have to move it until we left. The breakfast was simple cereal and pastries delivered in a basket to your door every morning.

If you are looking for a clean, basic place to sleep in Carmel, this is it. Spend your money on food and the rest of you vacation.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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carmeloaks, Manager at Clarion Collection Carmel By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We got a great deal on hotwire so this is one of those "you get what you pay for" experiences. The hotel is located on a "corner" with no real address so get good directions because your GPS won't be able to find it. It's walking distance to great shops and art galleries. Small town feel. Good for walking around and exploring.

The room was small with dated decor but they made the best use of space. The walls in our room were painted a bright sunny yellow but in an awful sponge painted technique. It was really wierd and looked like stained walls. Not pleasant to look at.

The front desk closes at 8:00 p.m. but there is a phone if you need to reach someone after hours. Breakfast is served in a picnic basket at your doorstep which was cute. Raisin bran, milk, danish, bananas, granola bars.

Overall it was fine but I probably would only stay here for a good deal under $80 a night.



It had everything you need in a basic room, but truly nothing special.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Donna S
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I booked two rooms for a three night stay over the holidays, one queen and one king. Without a doubt, and as many previous reviewers have already commented, the establishment is dated and the property is not bashful of showing its dated details. Just look at the property sign near the entrance to the parking lot - it's missing letters! With that said, the rooms are pretty decent for what it's worth. It is like an amped up Motel 6 room at the heart of Carmel. The rates are about $95.00/night + taxes, which is hard to beat. Remember, you're in Carmel, not in Twentynine Palms. The bathroom appears to have been updated with full granite counter and shower stall, which is an eye opener and also a stark contrast to the rest of the room. The armoire opens up to a flatscreen television set and a mini fridge, perfect accommodation for simple travelers like us. Second floor rooms are also equipped with a balcony with a table for two for some fine wine at night. I also appreciate how the staff leaves a basket filled with pastry, fruits, cereals, mini orange juice and milk cartons between 8:30am to 9:00am every morning. The entire property is very small; there is a small lobby just big enough to check guests in and out and no space for breakfast like in other properties or bed & breakfasts in and around Carmel. Despite the small size of the property, the Clarion Collection makes the effort to provide a morning's breakfast to their guests. While the cold breakfast isn't the greatest, it's the effort that counts. In my eyes, this place deserves a 4-star rating. It doesn't get a complete 5 star because of several small annoyances. For one, our room (#315) did not have a waste basket for trash. I though this was odd and accepted it as part of the room feat, but on the 3rd day, a waste basket magically appeared! Another annoyance is the digital fireplace heater (which was very cool) did not work in my parents' room down in #301. Again, just minor annoyances. We're simple travelers and tend to overlook a lot of minor issues as long as the overall stay is satisfactory.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor if you'd like a balcony.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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