Carmel Hotels
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L'Auberge Carmel

L'Auberge Carmel Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Coming to a charming place like Carmel usually calls for a quaint inn experience, and the luxurious L'Auberge Carmel -- housed in a white stucco building dating to 1929 -- does not disappoint. Its 20 rooms have warm colors, high-quality bedding, and beautiful modern bathrooms with heated floors (some have deep soaking tubs). They do have some odd quirks, including small flat-screen TVs, and vaulted ceilings that run low in some spots, but for most guests, it just adds to the charm. The inn is built around an adorable brick courtyard, which helps create a homey European vibe, as do the green French shuttered windows with window planters. There aren't as many amenities as at a large chain, but there is free Wi-Fi, and the prime location makes walking to shops or restaurants in downtown Carmel easy.

Carriage House Inn

Carriage House Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 13 rooms of the Carriage House Inn are cozy, quaint, and may feel a bit dated, but overall are full of fairytale charm mirroring Carmel's enchanting vibe -- the Victorian-cottage flowered wallpaper would unlikely be acceptable anywhere else. Fireplaces, free snacks that are replenished daily, and quality toiletries can be found in the rooms, along with other free perks guests can access throughout their stays. The "extended" continental breakfast is a nice touch -- guests get to select the foods they want for breakfast, and the meal is delivered to their room in the morning. One of the hotel's strongest assets is that downtown Carmel is just a short walk away, but it offers some great amenities to return to -- especially free wine and hors d'oeuvres every evening, as well as a charming lobby with fresh flowers, free coffee and treats, and a decent free movie and book selection.

Carmel Lodge

Carmel Lodge Rating: 3.0 Pearls

It may be one of many old inns sprinkled throughout Carmel's beautiful tree-lined streets, but the 38-room Carmel Lodge feels a bit more run-down than the others, which may be why it is scheduled to be torn down in 2013 and rebuilt from the ground up. Still, the location is excellent -- just blocks from grocery stores, local restaurants, and coffee shops -- and the hotel is one of the only dog-friendly lodges in Carmel. Rooms are comfortable, with simple designs, cute shutters, and average bathrooms (though some shower heads are rusting). Most small inns within Carmel offer plenty of free perks, and this one isn't too different except for the annoying parking fee. With virtually zero places to relax on-site, however, Carmel Lodge may be an okay place to sleep -- beware of heat waves, because there's no air-conditioning -- but there isn't much else to see or do on premises.

Wayside Inn

Wayside Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The 22-room Wayside Inn is a motel-style building with a parking lot in the front that slightly cheapens its facade. But despite the first impression, the inn is quaint and charming -- ivy climbs the brick walls, many rooms have balconies, and pretty flowers line the walkways. The rooms don French- or English-cottage decor, which can feel either cozy or tired, depending on your taste. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and iPod docks, and many have fireplaces. But the real highlight of the hotel is its downtown location -- just don't expect much in the way of extra amenities.

Tradewinds Carmel

Tradewinds Carmel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The 28-room Tradewinds Carmel has a Zen vibe throughout the hotel -- from the courtyard, complete with Buddha statues, a small waterfall, and a tranquil fire pit, to the rooms, decorated with Asian prints, stalks of bamboo, and orchids. The rooms are large and feature well-decorated bathrooms with nice soaking or Jacuzzi tubs, but like many small hotels in Carmel, the Tradewinds lacks a fitness center and a spa (though in-room spa treatments are available). Those looking to be closer to town and the beach may consider the Wayside Inn (though its decor is not as nice as the Tradewinds'.)

Hofsas House Hotel

Hofsas House Hotel Rating: 2.5 Pearls

This 38-room German-chalet-style boutique hotel is unique for multiple reasons. First, it actually has a few on-site facilities, including a well-kept (and attractive) heated pool and two saunas. Although rooms are rather bland and dated, with empty walls and old tube TVs, they're clean, large, and have plenty of natural light; some even have private balconies and fireplaces. While there aren't any dining options on-site, the hotel's location is perfect for parking the car and walking to the downtown Carmel area. Being that the hotel was built on a hill and stands four stories tall (most in Carmel are no more than two), the viewing deck, balconies, and even some rooms, offer glimpses of the beautiful Pacific.

Dolphin Inn

Dolphin Inn Rating: 2.5 Pearls

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.

Svendsgaard's Inn

Svendsgaard's Inn Rating: 2.5 Pearls

The tiny Svendsgaard’s Inn is located on the northern edge of Downtown Carmel, within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops. It has 35 spacious and bright rooms with iPod docks -- but decor is a bit outdated (think flower bedspreads and worn carpets), and some feature tube TVs. However, most have fireplaces and big jetted tubs, and there a number of great freebies, including Wi-Fi, a hearty breakfast delivered to your room, off-street parking, and homemade cookies in the lobby every day.

Candle Light Inn

Candle Light Inn Rating: 2.5 Pearls

The 20-room Candle Light Inn is one of the many older places to stay in Carmel, offering a quaint atmosphere with California-style entrances to rooms, which are only accessible by walking outside. Although the inn lacks modern luxuries, like flat-screen TVs or a spa, it has much to brag about. Charming, small touches help this inn face off with its similar competitors -- like its cozy outdoor fire pit and small lobby with freshly baked cookies and a fireplace. Its convenient location along the fairytale-esque streets of Carmel places guests in prime location to spend time strolling the area boutiques and restaurants, as well as close proximity to the ocean. The free basic breakfast delivered to your room each morning is an added perk -- especially while staying in one of the most expensive towns in northern California.

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Locations

  • Carmel
  • Big Sur
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  • Carmel Valley
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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner
  • Balcony
  • Basic Television
  • Cable Television
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