We had a fantastic stay at the Carmel Wayfarer. My good friend and I brought our dogs (2) to Carmel for the weekend since Carmel is the most dog friendly city in the country, if not the world! We were NOT disappointed!
The Wayfarer has 2 rooms which are dog friendly. It's $25/night extra for 1 dog and $40 for 2. We paid $166/night for Room 3 which is on the first floor (not including the cost for the dogs). However the first floor/courtyard means walking up a flight of stairs if that's a problem for anyone. You get to room 3 from the Inn's courtyard, which is incredibly charming. Some of the rooms you enter from the street (truly no stairs) but I liked entering from the courtyard.
Room 3 actually felt like a 2 room suite! We had 2 full bathrooms!! There was a bedroom with a queen bed and one of the bathrooms. And a living room with a fireplace, day bed with trundle (so basically 2 twins), mini-fridge that seemed overly cold (better than overly warm!), a TV with VCR (and a charming VHS movie library in the lounge/dining area of the Inn) and the other bathroom. It was a PERFECT situation for our 2 dogs since we separated them when we went to eat breakfast and we could close the double doors between the bedroom and living room and keep them apart. They had dog bowls for us to use and even a soft doggie bed that my puppy loved more than her own bed! Very cozy room. It was just fantastic!!
There is a nice breakfast that is far from "full". More a glorified continental. Toast, bagels, English muffins and some cold cereal. Hot Belgian waffles, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, milk, orange & apple juice, instant oatmeal... that's about it. Breakfast is served from 8-10am and (the best part) they didn't care if we left the dogs in the room while eating in the dining room/lounge. Some places absolutely would not let you leave your dogs in the room at all, but that can be very difficult. The Wayfarer had no problems with this as long as you were being an overall responsible dog owner.
There was also wine & cheese from 4-6pm every evening. This was nice as well. The Innkeeper, Dennis walked around and chatted with us and was incredibly friendly and helpful (as were all the other staff).
Parking wasn't a big problem for us. The spots on the street are 2 hour max between 8am-6pm (so you basically have to move your car by 10am - and I did see tickets!) But the hotel also has a small lot in back with 9 spots. We were able to find a spot there on Saturday morning since we were walking everywhere that day. Ocean Ave is a few blocks walk away - maybe 1/4 of a mile; an easy stroll. To walk all the way to the (leash free!) beach is closer to 3/4 of a mile but again - very walkable. There is SO much to see on Ocean Ave.
Wifi Internet, tho my computer said the signal was low, worked fine. For looking up restaurant websites and checking some email it was no problem and very handy. Not encrypted though - so wide open.
Dog travelers don't miss Diggidy Dog - an amazing pet supplies store in town. They also keep an updated list of pet-friendly lodging and restaurants on their website: http://www.diggidydogcarmel.com/petplaces.html
Don't miss Afternoon Tea at the Cypress Inn! You can dine on finger sandwiches and vanilla bean tea while your doggie chews on a bone at your side!! We LOVED Porto Bella - they treated our dogs so well. Forge in the Forest while I'd heard a lot and was excited - had awful service. I wouldn't go back with all the amazing dog friendly restaurants in the village.
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- English styled country Inn with rooms and suites, ocean views, garden and patio; quiet area three blocks from the village. ... more less
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