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“Old-Fashioned Charm+Amenities” 5 of 5 stars
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8th & Lincoln, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #23 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Old-Fashioned Charm+Amenities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Like so many others, my husband and I were shunted to the Homestead Inn after unsuccessfully trying to book a last-minute room at the sister property, the Mission Ranch. Before committing, we read some reviews that led us to believe that we'd be in a rustic place where we wouldn't have an internet connection or a decent television. I arrived expecting to get splinters in my palms if I touched the walls and where I'd be lucky to check email from my phone. So we were surprised to be led to a spacious room that I wouldn't describe as "rustic" at all, where the internet connection was flawless and the TV was up-to-date. The bathroom was huge, with a vanity that swept the length of it (very handy for spreading out all our gear).

The room was spotless, and we loved the folksy character of the inn (e.g., the staff departs at 7:30 and the room key opens the main door). We had planned to stay for one night but ended up booking a second because we felt so comfortable and relaxed. Oddly enough, even though we were there in the high season, we never saw another guest at the inn although I think the inn was actually full. (When we asked for the second night, we were initially told it was fine. Then, later, the desk clerk informed us with great regret that they'd made a mistake and that we'd have to switch rooms. So, to compensate, they moved us to a bigger room with a terrace and charged us the same price we'd paid for the smaller room with no terrace.)

Breakfast (satisfactory but not stupendous) was served at the Mission Ranch, about a mile away. Some other reviewers have complained about this, but we didn't mind at all. It gave us a chance to rubberneck at the Ranch and to see what we'd missed out on. The Ranch was charming and the setting was beautiful, but we agreed that we'd lucked out when it was full up. We preferred the quiet charm and walk-to-town-and-beach location of The Homestead.

The only very minor negative of the Homestead was the necessity of on-street parking. We never had trouble finding a spot but sometimes it was a couple blocks away and required an uphill climb to the inn. We are in decent shape for 60+ and could handle the mini-hike with no problem, but older travelers might find it a bit trying. Some of the parking adjacent to the inn is legal all day but some is restricted to two hours during the day. So our stay at The Homestead did require a little bit of juggling with the car. (My husband actually lost it at one point but I knew where it was all along, which is a decent argument in favor of marriage ... the ol' two-heads-are-better-than-one theory.) So the parking was a minor inconvenience for us but perhaps a bigger problem for those with mobility challenges. (There is a check-in spot right in front of the hotel and maybe it doubles as handicapped parking. Not sure about that.)

Overall, we LOVED this place and will go out of our way to stay here again. TIP: For a beautiful and easy walk from the Homestead Inn, head down the hill to the ocean. Don't turn right (towards the small but bustling, touristy town) but instead take a left on the path that goes along the ocean. There are beautiful ocean views on one side and lovely homes on the other. It's much nicer to walk along this path than it is to take the overpriced 17-mile drive nearby.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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CT
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars 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 si...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Bal1013
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars 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
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Molly S
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california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

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
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Delhi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Local resident Clint eastwood bought The Homestead in 2000 as a "sister property" to his always booked Mission inn. The Homestead is a series of smaller buildings in th town of Carmel. The rooms are scattered in these buildings. It is a great location to get to anyplace in town, and part of the layout of Carmel is "walking friendly". There are tie-ins to activities at the Mission inn, like tennis and priority listing for the restaurant at that property. From this Inn, you can walk to anything, golf excluded. I don;t golf so i could care less. I do like to walk the town filled with great shops and art galleries. I would call it "rustic" and so do the Innkeepers - who are great on the phone [the only way to book a room is to call] and even more helpful when you check in. We had a room with a kitchen, bath, a queen bed and twin bed, as well as a private porch! We only stayed one night on our way to SF, but wished we could have stayed longer. The rates can not be beat. If you want a high-end Hyatt-like experience with turn down service and $20/nt parking, go someplace else. Parking out front is easier and free. If you want a nice, quiet, well kept room on a historic site, this is it. We stayed in Noveber. Summer would be great here - especiallly with that porch for late afternoon wine.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bob R
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Property: Homestead Inn
Address: 8th & Lincoln, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
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Ranked #23 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Number of rooms: 12

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