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“A very enjoyable stay and the room exceeded our expectations.”
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Hidden Valley Inn
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San Jose, California
1 review
“A very enjoyable stay and the room exceeded our expectations.”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

I searched for a place to stay the weekend of the AT&T golf tournament of course everything was booked so thought I'd check out the Valley. Great stay and not too far, think about this next time you are planning a Carmel stay.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is a very nice place. It's close to Big Sur, Carmel, and other beautiful locations. The staff here is so friendly and eager to help. The property is a little older and not glamorous but that is part of its charm. The rooms are huge and ours had a large patio. There's also a nice breakfast each morning to start your day. Overall a very comfortable place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, CA
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Spent 2 nights here in the off season and felt like the only two people in the world. Very sweet staff, best orange juice I have had in a long time. It kinda felt like we were camping but with a fire place suite. Try the olive and vinegar tasting at the Quail and Olive and have a lovely salad at Cafe Rustica. Stayed in room 5- Free wif fi, fridge, microwave, old school tiny T.V., beautiful swimming pool. Will be back this summer.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed here in June and had a lovely time. Walking distance to local restaurants and wine tasting. Friendly and helpful staff. Nice breakfast in the morning. It was even warm enough to swim for a bit, which was nice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Before I review the actual facility, I wanna just say something about the website. Though I was able to discern that there are two sites (inns), it was hard to determine what kind of room was at which site. We were on a staycation, and the hubby wanted to go swimming or in a jacuzzi. The pool was open (at the Hidden Valley Inn), but not heated. Apparently it is heated during the high season only. We hoped to be able to just walk over to the other site to dip in the jacuzzi...it's a drive up the road a ways. This didn't affect how we enjoyed our stay. But these are things that would factor in if we came in the summer.
Anyway, I made the reservations online last minute and mentioned that it was our anniversary and that I was pregnant, due the following month. The hubby wanted me to get a massage, so I inquired online if a prenatal massage was available in their in-room spa packages. The following morning I received a phone call from Karen informing me that a masseuse on the team was certified to do prenatal massages and the hours she was available that wkend.
When we arrived We were greeted and checked in right away without any difficulty. As requested, our room was not too far of a walk from the parking lot. The room was exceptionally clean. (My test is if I feel comfortable walking on the carpet and in the bathroom barefoot.) It was a king bed/deck room right next to the pool, with a very quaint little patio entrance with table. The view of the Santa Lucia mountains was beautiful despite the clouds and rain. The room is partitioned by a lattice, with the bed on one side and the twin bed pull outs on the opposite side. A little card welcoming us to the inn (and mentioning a nice surprise for our anniversary waited for us in the refrigerator) was propped up next to the tube television. The surprise was 3 chocolate dipped strawberries--that were very succulent and juicy. Though the tv was a small cubed one, it sufficed for our do-absolutely-nothing-wkend-staycation. It had traditional cable channels (no premier ones) allowing us to re-watch movies and tv shows (like Die Hard, RockStar and the Walking Dead). The bed was firm yet comfortable. The bed sheets weren't dusty or musty. The bathroom was mildew-free. But there were a 1-2 black ants, which would've been squished if it weren't for my 8-month prego belly preventing me from wiping them up.
We tried the continental breakfast. It offered 3 different kinds of cereals, hard-boiled eggs and waffles plus OJ, milk, tea and coffee. The waffles were made by staff whom were also quick to tend to us. One tip: the Carmel Valley Village is pretty close. But I don't know whether walking there for dinner would be a good idea. The roadway is pretty dark and windy. I wouldn't feel comfortable walking it.
A quick blurb on my massage: Clare Twohig was the masseuse and she was awesome. Ask for her if you're planning an in-room massage. She knew a of a lot of pressure points and concentrated on those.
Everything about this room was great...with the exception of the walls. They are so thin, my husband and I were involuntarily eavesdropping on the couple next to us, hearing some lively conversations and one of them snoring away at bedtime. There was a second couple in the next room, but we didn't hear much of them.
Overall, there is a high likelihood that we will be back in the future for another simple stay-cation.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Country Garden Inn mid-week in late January. Because the place was fairly slow (winter) they gave us the honeymoon suite. The room was very nicely decorated with king bed and fireplace, refrigerator and small kitchen with microwave and coffee pot. The breakfast room was delightfully decorated and the food more than adequate.

This place IS about 30 minutes from Carmel, but Carmel is certainly doable, if that is your agenda. If you like to be more rural and like a less touristy environment this might be for you.


The little town of Carmel Valley boasts some excellent restaurants. Our hosts recommended Café Rustica, and I would have to say it was one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. The atmosphere was as romantic as one could imagine and the presentation of the food was 10+!

We went for a 45 minute hike at the nearby Garland Ranch Regional Park and were treated to a very nice Indian Grinding Rock with several pestles and some very nice views of the valley from the "cliff trail".



very romantic)

Room Tip: We stayed in the honeymoon suite, but the south facing patio rooms facing the pool would have been o...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My family attended a funeral in Carmel. We needed lots of rooms and wanted them close to one another so we could socialize and morn our lost cousin. This Inn worked out perfectly. The breakfast was wonderful. The staff attentive and helpful. I will stay here next time I visit Carmel.

Room Tip: Room #4 was extra roomy.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Hidden Valley Inn
Address: 102 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9573 (Formerly Country Garden Inns)
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Location: United States > California > Carmel Valley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hidden Valley Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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