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“Lovely Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Normandy Inn
Ranked #12 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

After staying one night at a chain hotel in Carmel, we cancelled the remaining two nights there and booked a night at the Normandy Inn. We stayed in one of the cottages and it was huge. There were three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a very large living room and an attached dining area, a kitchen, and a back patio. The continental breakfast was good, though I recommend that you get there early. Location was fabulous. The property gardens were attractive and nicely kept. Parking was wonderful compared to the cramped spaces at the chain hotel. I plan to come back some day.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Normandy Inn is an old building that is well maintained, lots of foliage and flowers, steps going up and steps going down. Room 319 was very basic, yet clean, probably recently painted, nice windows and shades, the bathroom long and narrow and also well maintained. The swimming pool was right outside the room. Water was clear, heated, no one was swimming. Too bad, it looked nice. WiFi was only in the lobby, not in the rooms. Continental breakfast was just as basic as the room. Very limited selection, small dining area, but clean and neat. The hotel is right on the edge of downtown shopping and restaurants. It's also on a slope so exercise walking 'up' to the shops is a built in feature. Price was reasonable and on par with other lodging. The Normandy did not impress me as a romantic destination, but rather a travel and goofing off destination. I would recommend the Normandy.

Room Tip: WiFi in lobby only, not in rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

One of the nicest places I have ever stayed at. Everything was great. Bed was super comfortable. Close to the beach and shopping. Room very large and very clean. I didnt make a reservation and happened upon it and it was the cheapest room of my whole 2 week vacation and the nicest.

Room Tip: Ask for the cottages. about 10 a day more bet huge and well worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

My friends and I stayed at the Normandy Inn and were very happy with the hotel and its location. Some reviews say the rooms need updating, but I think they are quite fine. Carmel is not about new and fancy - it's cozy and charming and so is the Normandy Inn.

The rooms were very clean, the breakfast was quite good, and the Inn is in walking distance to the ocean, shops, and restaurants.

This hotel does not allow animals (most hotels in Carmel are very pet friendly) - since one of my friends has allergies to pets, this was the perfect choice.

Room Tip: For a quiet room ask for a room on the 2nd floor in the back of the building
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Deirdre118
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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Arrived in carmel and just came across this lovely place by chance. We were greeted by a very helpful lady in reception who gladly showed us one of many bungaloes situated all on one level in Ocean street. We were four, so we took two. They were spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Free breakfast and sherry in the evening made for a lovely stay and i can highly recommend the place.

Room Tip: Take seperate chalets as opposed to the building with two floors
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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121 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Three of us stayed in the Normandy Inn for a night. One thing I have to say right off the bat, is that I thought it was very backward and strange that this hotel states on their website that they don't answer emails, and that you must call them to book.
The buildings are very prettily painted, and the gardens are well kept. The location couldn't be better - right on the main street of Carmel - close to the beach and to the shops.
The price for the room isn't too bad, but the room we stayed in badly needed updating. The size of the room was great! It had a kitchen area with refrigerator, microwave and was fitted out with utensils, dishes and pots. There was a table for eating, then a living room with a sofa bed and television. There was a separate bedroom with a queen size bed. The bathroom was very oddly laid out with a dressing table area when you first walked in (nice to have) then the toilet, and crammed next to the toilet was the sink. I always felt like I would drop one of my items into the toilet! Then the shower after the sink. It was a long, narrow bathroom and was inside the bedroom, so that whomever slept on the sofa bed in the living room had to come into the bedroom to use the bathroom - - not very private.
The bedroom needed many more outlets. There was an oddly placed outlet right inside the bedroom door, high up on the wall where you'd normally find the light switch, but it wasn't near a table or a mirror so that it could be used. There were mirrored closet doors, but no outlet near the mirror and very poor lighting in the bedroom so that you couldn't really use the mirrors to get ready in the morning. (i.e. - use a hair dryer or put on your make up) Every good hotel should have a mirror, outside of the bathroom, with very good lighting RIGHT ABOVE the mirror, so that more than one person can get ready at the same time in the morning. Some updating of the rooms could make this hotel much nicer.
Continental breakfast was included, but it was very limited in choice. It was like a breakfast you'd get at a Comfort Inn - only dry cereal, toast, a few pastries, juice, coffee, and a bowl of whole oranges and apples. It would be nice if they had cut up fruit salad, as many hotels do, and a few more food choices.
The staff was neither nasty nor friendly - they just did their job. They were very matter of fact and didn't smile much or make one feel very welcome. But as I say, they weren't mean in any way either. They just attended to business.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stopped in Carmel for a night on our trip on the California 1 and I got a good deal as a AAA member.
It is right in the center of Carmel by the sea, very nice and clean room, no air conditioning, but the temperature goes low at night so there was no need.
Typical breakfast in the morning, and parking inside included: considering the prices in Carmel it was a good combination of price and quality.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Normandy Inn
Address: Ocean Ave. between Monte Verde St. and Casanova St., Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#15 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Normandy Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked into a corner of Carmel-by-the-Sea and surrounded by blooming flower gardens The Normandy Inn is a beautiful experience. The historic Normandy Inn exudes Old World European charm and is located just three blocks from the white-sand Carmel Beach. ... more   less 
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