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Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge
Ranked #9 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
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64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Return Visit - Still A Great Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

We revisited the Horizon Inn for the 4th time - our last visit was two years ago. We were provided a "repeat visitor discount" that helped bring the cost down significantly. Our room was on the second floor with both mountain and ocean views. Nice deck with chairs for afternoon reading.

The room showed a little sign of aging, but still very nice. Our room was exceptionally large, with a gas fireplace that you could turn on and off with a wall switch. King bed and pillows were very comfortable. Our room also had a breakfast bar with sink and refrig which was a nice convenience. Bathroom was a little dated but in good working order.

The Inn is located in the NE corner of Carmel's business district, so it is a bit of a walk (downhill to center of town, uphill back to hotel). But its location is a plus for quiet - there is very little road/foot traffic noise. Off street parking is convenient. There is a hot tub common area. The picnic basket breakfasts provided by the hotel are terrific! Hosts are friendly and helpful. We will continue to stay here on any future trips to Carmel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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HorizonCarmel, Owner at Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
David, thank you for your recent review of your stay. I want to assure you that my husband and I have a wish list of projects for our property that is on-going. This year guests of the Ocean View Lodge have already been enjoying our new 40" flat screen TV installation in January and we are just finalizing our fabric choice for new drapes throughout the Horizon Inn. We also hope to reupholster the cushions for all the Horizon Inn breakfast chairs. We hope you continue to return to see our progress.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

I've been in this hotel in New Years Eve with my family: two children and two adults. My sister in law was there too, with her son in another room. The room's size it was very good for a family, but it's little old. I've made my reservation 9 months before the trip in the site of the hotel, in March, and they put us in a room in front of the parking! I've complained to the front desk and she told me that she couldn't change the room. My sister in law had made her reservation one month before the trip through site Booking and her room was excellent localization. And I told to front desk attendant this too and she told me that her room it was better because she had made by travel agency!! My room was more expensive than hers, and the daily rate of my room it was cheaper than the day I had paid...The breakfast one day it was good and the other day we didn't like. The location is near of downtown, but you have to go by car, since it was too cold and there is nobody on the streets near the hotel

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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HorizonCarmel, Owner at Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge, responded to this review, February 7, 2014
I spent time recently locating the two reservations you referenced. Both reservations were booked through different sources but neither party spoke directly with our staff until they arrived for the New Year's Eve holiday. It is important to note that your family booked online a room with 2 separate beds to accommodate your family of 4 which can only be found on the ground floor. Since your party arrived on a sold out holiday weekend we were at a loss to accommodate your request to change rooms. As for your sister in law who booked through a 3rd party she in fact paid more for her room the first night and was eligible for a small discount on the second night since she was only a party of 2. As is our policy we did not charge you any extra person charges to accommodate your family of four since two of your party were under the age of 13 but we were unable to extend additional discounts on the rate of your room. It is our intent to always provide good value and fair and reasonable pricing to each and every guest.
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

We were hosts with my husband for 2 nights and we really enjoyed staying there. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the location is close to the main street, yet secluded. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. I will certainly go back.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Reasonably priced, cosy and comfortable.

Just stayed for two nights with a few friends to explore the Carmel area.

Beds are very comfortable and the hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Carmel.
I especially liked the fireplace in the room: gives a very unique flavor. Loved the "breakfast in a basket at your door" touch as well though it's not very big.
Sadly I could not experience the jacuzzi, not that I enjoyed the sea view, but all in all a great value for money and a great experience.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights just after Thanksgiving. We found the Inn and the staff to be first rate. Very comfortable indeed and very reasonably priced. We found that the owner and staff to be really kind and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay

Room Tip: Ocean View room is a bonus
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed two nights at the Horizon Inn (sister property to Ocean View Lodge, which is across the street) in early November (2013), and in spite of the hotel being full with a wedding party, we found it a quiet, peaceful, and pleasant place to bunk. Our budget was $200 or under (pre-tax) and at that time of year, supposedly off-season but in fact beautiful, and the Horizon Inn fit our needs perfectly. We needed two beds (very hard to find in hotels that are not chains) and our room had two comfy queens, plenty of closet and drawer space, tub and toilet separate from the sink so we could get ready at the same time, small fridge and microwave, in-room coffee maker, and very decent "picnic" breakfasts--different each morning--left in a basket in front of our door. The heating and ventilation were fine, plenty of hot water and big towels, the rock-surround fireplace was charming, parking in front of the rooms was a little tight but there are more spaces in a lower level lot so we were always able to park off street. The room had a teensy outdoor patio with such a high wall that we could just see the sky and the tops of the surrounding palm trees but I believe the hotel has more outdoor space for guest use that we didn't see because we didn't need to use it.
The Horizon Inn is easy to find from Highway 1, and a safe few-block walk from Ocean Avenue and the ocean itself. The Carmel area is fabulous and the Horizon Inn made a great home base for our forays to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (do-not-miss), 17-mile Drive, the Carmel Mission (another do-not-miss), and the little town of Carmel itself.
The room is good size, everything is clean and nothing is worn out, and we felt completely safe, but you're not getting Ritz design and decor for that price. If you don't have a Ritz budget, you'll be very happy here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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HorizonCarmel, Owner at Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge, responded to this review, February 7, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review and am most appreciative of your thoughtful and insightful remarks. No, we are not the Ritz and we have no intention of trying to compete at that level. I'm grateful for accommodations that are clean and well maintained, comfy and picturesque, intimate and friendly and don't nickel and dime me for every little thing. From reading your review I think our property reflects those characteristics most if not all of the time. We are always looking for ways to improve or things that need attention. The most frustrating thing is having to be patient. So, happy you enjoyed your stay!
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Keene, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Stayed here for the first time on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Carmel and wasn't disappointed. Room 119 had lovely views over the rooftop to the ocean and the Carmel highlands. Loved the secluded deck. Bathroom window was a wonderful luxury for the night air. Gas fireplace in the room would be ideal when the nights are cool. Hotel has a Great location with shopping, the wonderful beach and terrific gourmet market all walkable.

Room Tip: Room 119 is on the upper level and has good, if slightly obstructed, views of ocean and inland hills...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge
Address: Junipero Street and 3rd Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable luxury in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. We are a family owned and operated business. Spacious & attractive rooms, some with balconies, partial to full ocean views, stone fireplace and jacuzzis. Outdoor spa w/FP. Free Continental Brkfst to room. Free WiFi. Ocean View Lodge Rooms are pet-friendly cottage like suites with wood burning fireplaces and separate master bedroom. Cont. Brkfst to room. Free WiFi. Both properties are non-smoking and offer 100% off-street parking. Ask about our economical pet-friendly Annex rooms. ... more   less 
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