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Dolphin Inn 2.5

Carmel, California, United States

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  • Great location, just a short walk to shops, restaurants, and the ocean
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Free breakfast delivered to rooms each morning
  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free off-street parking
  • Fireplaces in some rooms


  • No air conditioners
  • Thin walls
  • Older, lackluster interior showing wear

Bottom Line

Like many other Carmel inns, the 27-room Dolphin Inn has a quaint, old-fashioned feel, and offers guests lots of good freebies and personal attention. Fresh coffee and cookies in the lobby are replenished throughout the day. There are a few small tables with fresh-cut flowers, but unlike the nearby Carriage House Inn, there is no common fireplace or comfy relaxation area. Rooms are simple, spacious and bright, with flat-screen TVs, and some come with fireplaces. But they could use an update: Some rooms have stains on the carpet and peeling paint around the sinks. Guests have commonly complained about sound easily traveling through the walls, especially on the bottom floor or near the vending machines. The outdoor pool, although small and lackluster, is a rare amenity in Carmel, where few inns offer a swimming facility on-site.

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A short walk to all the shops and restaurants of downtown Carmel, in an area easily accessible by foot

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Located on a beautiful tree-lined street in downtown Carmel, the immediate area offers a charming, quaint vibe with plenty of restaurants, bars, and cute shopping boutiques within walking distance. With the free off-street parking, it's the perfect place to park the car and walk to explore the area. While the beach is about a 20-minute walk away, it's still easily accessible, especially if guests opt for taking the car.

  • 1-hour, 24-minute drive to San Jose International Airport
  • 1- to 5-minute walk to various restaurants, boutiques, and bars
  • 13-minute walk to Forest Theater
  • 20-minute walk to Carmel Beach
  • 5-minute drive to Carmel Mission
  • 7-minute drive to Tor House, home of famous poet Robinson Jeffers
  • 8-minute drive to Pebble Beach Golf Course
  • 10-minute drive to Gravity Garden
  • 15-minute drive to Point Lobos

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Corner of 4th & San Carlos Street, Carmel, Monterey Peninsula 93921, United States

Room Types

  • Deluxe King Guestroom
  • Standard King Guestroom
  • Two Double Bed Room W/ Balcony
  • Value Queen Guestroom

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