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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
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Casa de Carmel Inn
Ranked #23 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The photos of this place made us look forward to staying. I must say here that I was hesitant because I'm not really a fan of 'quaint' (can mean eclectic or just plain weird according to the owners individual taste in decorating!), or 'Inns' (can be small and kind of friendly to the point of intrusive). Well, I was right to be hesitant. Despite the photos, the Inn also has a sister Inn across the road so it was a bit confusing where we were to check in. We did, in a small space where there was room for a chair that was taken by a man who looked quite comfortably and lengthily ensconsed taking up the happy hour drinks session in that tiny space at the reception.

Over to the room, upstairs with the bags to the far end passing in front of the other rooms with rolling baggage along the timber landing (note to self to try to be extra quiet leaving early the next morning). Room decorated in a mishmash of furniture styles and looking a little worn and patched. The carpets (one over the other atop something else pretty lumpy looking) looked like they could do with a good clean. The bathroom was a real squeeze and the less said the better. The sherry on offer was unnecessary (but very quaint..) but in all fairness, the bed was comfortable (at least I think so, we'd been driving all day and I may have slept well on a sack of patatoes!) and the owner had provided us the night before with a bunch of breakfast items (minus the pastries) that would ordinarily be provided at 8am be which time we'd be long gone. They were very welcome and included fruit, juice, yoghurt, water. All items we made use of on our next day of 10 hours driving.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Granite Bay, California
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Photos made it look very quaint and colorful. Not so. Bed was quite uncomfortable and floors were very dirty. Had to wear socks because there was so much dirt on the floor. Extremely noisy too. Could hear everything going on in the rooms next to us, above us and outside. One good thing...the coffee was great. But I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank pace0
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Redwood City, California
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

My wife and I used to live in Carmel-By-The-Sea and enjoy coming back several times a year. We especially like to bring our dog and enjoy the dog-friendly beach. Casa de Carmel fits our needs quite well and is pet friendly. We have stayed here several times over the years with our dogs. It is close to the beach and at the bottom of town. Casa de Carmel is not a 4 star place nor does it have that “Carmel charm”; it is more along the lines of a motel. However, the rooms are clean, fairly spacious, and reasonably priced. This is not the place for a special occasion, but for our dog’s vacation, it works just fine. He doesn’t really care about charm, just beach! We recently stayed two days and were pleased with the great rate, which included a bottle of Chateau Julien chardonnay wine. The rate includes a basic, but decent continental breakfast of hard-boiled egg, bread, yogurt, sweet roll, fresh fruit, and juice – all delivered to your room around 8:30 a.m. It can be a little noisy in the morning with traffic.

If you want more charm and quiet, their sister inn, the Monte Verde Inn, is across the street and offers various rooms which are pet friendly as well. They even have a one-bedroom condo with full kitchen and deck with a small ocean view.

So if you are looking for a good, clean, reasonably priced dog friendly place in Carmel, you might want to check out Casa de Carmel or the Monte Verde Inn.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
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131 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Love the convienent location as others have mentioned, but our room, number 3, was very small and the bathroom was a very tight squeeze with no counter space at all for toiletries. It was the least expensive room so I guess we got what we paid for, but the bathroom needs paint and the comforter on the bed needs to be replaced as it is faded and had a small tear in it. Could be a charming room with just a little upkeep and somehow finding some counter space or a shelf in the bathroom. Did enjoy the complementary wine and sherry in our room!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank monarchtravel
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Wonderful location to the village with all it's cafes, shops, bars & galleries.
Warm hospitality, very clean and tidy rooms with comfortable bed and nice extra touches in the room that were all complimentary, including breakfast basket to your room in the morning.
Very reasonable rate.
Pretty hard to fault, definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Pete D
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Reno, NV
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46 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

When we first drove up our first reaction was "no, this is not the place that we want to stay" since this was clearly a 50's motel on a narrow lot with very limited parking, and the parking that was there requires considerable talent in backing up in order to get out. The room (unit 4, with a king size bed) was small but nicely upgraded. Quality hardwood floors, superior tile in the bath, a nice flat screen tv with plenty of channels (that bore no resemblence to the tv listings in the local paper), IKEA quality furnishings and all in all, quite nice. The reception persons (only one on duty at a time) were a delight and great to deal with. The evening wine and cookies were really good. The location, on the ocean side of downtown, was perfect. During the day the unit is noisy which made the nightime quiet more surprising. The king size bed could use a better mattress but it worked. The bath shower was one of the best that I have ever exerienced which made the slow water in the sink basin unexpected. The morning basket of the continental breakfast was quite good. The unit was clean and well maintained. All in all, we'd stay there again and recommend the unit as an affordable alternative to relatively high Carmel hotel costs.

Room Tip: I'd go for the king size bed always
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Roseville, California
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

This hotel has lots of Carmel charm and the location is perfect. The upstairs rooms are quiet and the beds are very comfy. You'll get a knock at the door at 8:30 am and a basket is delivered with your breakfast - usually some pastry, hard boiled eggs, juice (coffee is in the room) and fruit. It's a nice start to the day and the decanter of sherry is a nice ending. The Dametra Cafe just around the corner and up one block on Ocean is a wonderful fun place to eat lunch or dinner. Make reservations for dinner - there's usually a line out the door. The beach is a couple blocks down and from room 5 you get a peek at the ocean.

This isn't the fanciest hotel in Carmel but it is comfy, clean, the price is right and the location is perfect. You check in at the Monte Verde hotel across the street.

Room Tip: The second floor has an exit at the top of the stairs to a courtyard that leads to Ocean - you don...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Liz V
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Property: Casa de Carmel Inn
Address: Monte Verde Street, at Ocean Avenue south 2 doors, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa de Carmel Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked into the famous artisan village of Carmel-by-the-Sea you will find this classic country-style bed and breakfast inn. Each guest room is individually appointed with distinctive furnishings creating an enchanted ambiance of romance and comfort. All rooms have a private bath, television, telephone ... and our signature sherry. A light breakfast is included in room rate as well as complimentary wine and cheese reception every afternoon, free WiFi and parking. Coffee makers, tea, iron and ironing board, mini fridge, hair dryers, Gilchrist & Soames bath Amenities are in every room.Casa de Carmel is great for romantic getaways, honeymoons, families with children, vacations with friends, personal retreats, and business travelers alike. Downstairs rooms are wheelchair accessible and pet friendly rooms are available. The location of this Carmel-by-the-Sea bed and breakfast inn is perfect for easy access to Carmel beach, the finest restaurants, unique shops and well-known art galleries. The majestic Big Sur is just a short drive south and the opulent Pebble Beach is adjacent to the north. The Tor House and Monterey Bay Aquarium are just minutes away as is the wine region of Carmel Valley and Point Lobos State Reserve, where Ansel Adams took many famous photos. We welcome your visit to Casa de Carmel - an extraordinary travel experience you will remember ... and aspire to relive often! ... more   less 
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