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“Quaint, historical, charming and well-located.”
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Pine Inn
Ranked #22 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Reviewed 4 May 2014

My wife and recently spent the night in this charming old Inn, right on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Carmel's charming "downtown." The Inn is located centrally among the collection of stores, art galleries, restaurants and wine tasting rooms that Carmel is famous for. Everything, including the beach, is a short walk away. Reasonably priced, for Carmel, the Inn has been around since the laste 1800's, being remodeled and expanded several times over the years. While it is in good shape for an older establishment, it is has retained its charm and character. The room was comfortable, with a good bed, though nothing fancy and perhaps could benefit from some TLC (shutters on windows not so good, for example). The service was quite pleasant. The hotel also includes a restaurant, Il Fornaio (an Italian chain) which is pretty good, though not anything special, really. There is a bakery/coffee place on the premises also, for all your morning caffeine & pastry needs. Limited parking.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

We are a couple in our 30s from Australia (living in London). We visited Carmel and we were very happy at The Pine Inn.

It's a beautiful classic hotel in prime position on the main Carmel strip. The room we had was initially small because we were a last minute booking so the next night they upgraded us free of charge to a prime Ocean view room which was beautiful.

Everyone in the hotel were extremely friendly and genuine throughout the stay.

You will pay a lot more for other hotels very similar or worse here. Strongly recommend this one.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Arrived at 3pm and directed to car park to park. But it was already full. Several of the cars had been there from earlier in the day and checked in after us. So if you are in the know do the same if you want any chance of parking. Otherwise you get to park 4-5 blocks away. To rub salt into this the reception smilingly gave us a voucher for their car park and full directions, without any hope of us parking there. Why they didn't just give alternate advice is anyones guess.

There are no drinks available in the hotel if the bar and resturant is shut. None in the rooms and nothing elsewhere, The standard practice of a thermos of coffee somewhere has escaped this hotel.

The place feels like a museum Lobby full of old furnature with signs saying not to use or touch. Pretty but no what you need in a hotel.

So to sum up, nice location, old furnishings, but not really a proper hotel. Something out of the ark.

Room Tip: Park there early in the morning and check in later.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Having come away from a dreadful Best Western in Monterey we stopped for coffee purely by chance in ocean drive Carmel and thought how lovely the town was. After coffee we took a walk through the town and decided we would look for a hotel, tried in Pine Inn and they had an ocean view room available which was good for us. It's very original which is very fitting with age of the town etc. The ladies on reception couldn't have been nicer or more helpful to us. We had a lovely day in Carmel, took breakfast and left to head further south, Carmel and the Pine Inn are both worth a visit.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jimmy H
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Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

The location of this old hotel in Carmel is one of the best but this tired hotel needs some major TLC. Our room was a superior king room which had wooden window shutters that were broken and wouldn't keep the light out in the morning, though the ocean view was nice. The bed headboards were made of cloth(can u say headlice?). I would not have wanted to see a standard room if this was "superior". The restaurant was the best part of the visit and we got the dinner package included which was great! Overall a good experience in Carmel...not great! I would check for other options on my return.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

We arrived in Carmel just before 9PM and already many of the local hotels has already been completely booked. We were fortunate enough to have bumped into some fellow travellers who recommended the Pine Inn (Carmel by the Sea) and we were quite pleased for their kind suggestion. We found the hotel staff to be very friendly and accommodating. The room and the hotel were cute and cozy and quite quaint. Its location was very central and included free parking, which was a welcome relief after having had to pay what seemed to be a ransom at other hotels in nearby cities. One thing that could be improved upon is the $5 coupon off of the price of breakfast; with the price of breakfast being what it is these days and given the price of the hotel room I think it would make more sense to offer a more significant benefit. In perspective this is really a minor issue as we enjoyed our stay here, however perhaps the hotel can find another way to make breakfast at the hotel a more attractive option. Frankly we had no idea what was available for breakfast nor the cost. In any event we are sure you will enjoy your stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights on our road trip in California. This hotel was the first hotel built in Carmel, it is very quaint and traditionally decorated. The location of the hotel was 10/10, as was the restaurant and bakery. Our room was comfortable but small. There was no air conditioning which wasn't a problem for us as it wasn't summer, but I would imagine it may be a problem when it's really hot. The staff are helpful and happy to advise about restaurants etc. parking is available but there's not enough spaces, so we had to get up early to get a space. Carmel is lovely and the beach area is beautiful too.
When requesting any help at reception, it was slightly off putting being watched carefully by other staff members sitting in a room behind main reception. Whilst never rude these people listened and stared the whole time. The hotel has a lot of charm and character and we would stay there again.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Ocean Avenue between Lincoln St. and Monte Verde St., Carmel, CA 93921
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#16 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range: £159 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pine Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pine Inn is a boutique, full-service hotel, boasting the most elegant rooms in Carmel and all the amenities you expect. Our custom-furnished rooms feature Aireloom Pillow-Top mattresses for the best night’s sleep. We are located in the heart of Carmel, California surrounded by quaint shops, art galleries, and hidden courtyards—only four blocks from Carmel’s sandy white beach (breathtaking views of Pebble Beach and Point Lobos!). ... more   less 
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