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Reviewed July 17, 2013

After having stayed at the Mission Ranch years, ago, I was very curious to see if The Homestead would match it for beauty and service. What the inn lacks in property (it is a series of small apartment-like rooms about two blocks from the center of Carmel), it makes up for in charm. Tucked into a corner lot, the suites are just steps from each other with beautiful hanging baskets of flowers, little stone paths, tiny porches, and as many flowers as can be packed into such a small space. Our room was very large, with two queen-sized beds. There was a small gas fireplace tucked in one corner of the room, and two armoires, one of which hid a large television. The decor was rustic, but very tasteful and understated. There were two comfortable swivel leather club chairs, as well as a good-sized table and chairs. We also had a coffee machine in the room, but no fridge. There was also no air conditioning, but the weather was very cool and there was a ceiling fan, so we were very comfortable--although the street does get noisy fairly early in the morning. The bathroom was large and bright and clean with fluffy towels and bathrobes, but it did take us a little while to figure out how to make the shower work (pull down on the spout in the tub faucet). We especially liked the little stone patio with a stone fireplace right outside our room. With all the potted flowers and little garden, it was a restful place to sit. The convenience of walking into town was lovely--just two short blocks to all the restaurants, shops, and art galleries that Carmel has to offer. The beach is also just a short walk away (although the return walk uphill was a little tiring). Parking was not available at the inn but we had no problem finding street parking very close by. The only disappointment was the continental breakfast offered at the Mission Ranch. We were excited to go, but it was very meager. Coffee and tea, a rather picked over selection of sad little donuts and bagels, and either Cheerios or granola. There was, however, plenty of fresh fruit. The little cartons of orange juice were a watery concentrate--some cheap brand I had never heard of. Breakfast was served in the tennis clubhouse where there were very few tables and people kept coming in and out in their tennis attire, sweaty from playing, buying balls, and generally making us feel very out of place--not at all a relaxing start to the day and not worth the drive over. Overall, though, we had a wonderful stay and I definitely would recommend it to anyone visiting Carmel.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street side may be noisy in the mornings.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank slamarama
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had stayed at the Mission Ranch many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. While we were initially disappointed when there was no room there during this visit, the Homestead Inn was an excellent alternative. The close proximity to town center and the beach was great and the area was exceptional for early morning walks, shopping, and excellent dining options. The wonderful amenities at the Inn, including a small porch outside the room, stone patio, and outdoor fireplace surrounded by beautiful flowers were excellent. Joey was a great help at checkin and Joyce was consistently accommodating during our stay and at checkout. The breakfast, served in the tennis area at Mission Ranch, was disappointing. It was supposed to include hot and cold entries, but the only hot items were the toaster and coffee and tea, and the rest was fair at best.

Room Tip: Our room faced the courtyard (#52) and was a great choice, although the street noise on the other side of the building was a bit of an issue.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank RBal36
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Homestead Inn on our trip up the coast. The Ranch was full so we chose this inn. It was the perfect stopover hotel. We stayed in one of the rustic rooms which felt a little bit like staying at grandma's house. Very clean. Make sure you check in before 7:30pm, otherwise you have to wait for someone to come over from Mission Ranch to check you in. The office closes.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Molly S
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed in one of the "rustic" rooms in the rear building for three nights. One queen bed, fireplace, little kitchen. We loved it! Very convenient to town but quieter because it is on a side street. There is a little grocer a block away if you need to pick something up. I liked the old- fashioned feel of the room. Reminded me of a cabin in the mountains! Anyway, I'm not super picky about decor, as long as things are clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful, but not intrusive. We spent the money we saved on more fun things. Parking wasn't a problem at all, and we were there during the Marathon weekend. We'll be back!

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank BeeceeBeach
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great place for an overnight stay at the Hotel. Nothing much to write about this place besides just that is it walking distance from the city center!! The City center is beautiful and is great place to walk.However there are a lot of hotels between the City center and the Homestead, but If you have the budget constraints....this is the place you should be looking at.

Room Tip: Avoid Road Facing rooms !!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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