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Pine Inn
Ranked #22 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Thousand Oaks, California
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60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“We expected more”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This was the last stop on an amazing trip up the CA coast to San Francisco, Napa and Carmel. We were very excited to stay in this cute beach town of adorable cottages and shops.

When we arrived, we had to trust the Navigation to find as anything in Carmel there is no street addresses. Just locations like "Between 6th and Ocean Ave." Once we finally found it, we checked in and was a little surprised at the lack of service. We gave up on waiting for the Bell man to help carry our bags to the Room.

The room itself was dated, not the type of furniture you would expect to see in a beach town. The worst part, the room had poor ventilation and only the bedroom had a window to allow fresh air inside. Never felt comfortable...Felt like I was staying in a museum. They also gave us a silly coupon ($5) to use for breakfast. Passed on that!

Loved Carmel and the town, hated the Pine Inn...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

The Pine Inn is right in the heart of Carmel. Authentic, historic but immaculate. The buffet breakfast had lots of variety. Parking was convenient. There is a restaurant and a breakfast/ lunch bistro that is great if you want to take a picnic lunch with you for a day heading down the coast to Big Sur, one of the most spectacular drives I have ever taken.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ben Lomond, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We recently spent a night in a corner bay-view room at Carmel's Pine Inn. We were there for a special dinner so staying there made sense. Our room was spacious with a wonderful period-piece king bed. Our only problem was a nonfunctioning outlet in the bathroom. I'm sure it will be fixed by the next time we stay there. If stairs are a problem, this is not your place to stay. All rooms are on the 2nd or 3rd floors with indoor stairs. It was not a problem with us, especially with the cheerful helpful porters. Having a restaurant on the premises made for a convenient breakfast, which was very good. The dinner at our event was excellent. We would return without hesitation.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Pine Inn in May. Great location. Really nice staff especially Tom who was super friendly and gave us great restaurant suggestions. They also provide complimentary bottles of water in the room which is nice. In addition you can park in their hotel lot (if space available)! Only negative for me personally is that since it is an older historic hotel it doesn't have that renovated, modern, crisp feel, it feels slightly aged. It also seemed that a lot of the rooms were different sizes since historic building, I wonder how they big who gets the bigger 1 bedrooms versus the smaller ones.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Altos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Historic Pine Inn is a lovely facility with the ambiance of a by-gone era. The lobby is charmingly Victorian and the rooms with the ocean view are well-sized, clean, and well-appointed. The hotel's location is great for walking all over downtown Carmel. However, on both the Friday and Saturday nights we were at Pine Inn in mid-May, there were loud, music-driven, outdoor parties on the patio below that went on till after 10pm. It was annoying enough to suggest that guests in rooms facing the ocean might want to inquire ahead of arrival about parties on the nights they plan, then ask for different rooms. Other than that, the hotel is worth a visit!

Stayed May 2014
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Winchester, KY, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Located on the main drag in Carmel-by-the-sea, this establishment was a nice place to stay, but a few caveats for those who are interested. My room was small, but very comfortable. The bed and pillows were wonderful. No air conditioning, so be prepared for lots of street noise. No elevator, so ask ahead of time if handicap accessible rooms available. If you are security conscious or concerned, there was direct access from the street- no doors- to all floors. Stairs are out of sight from the lobby, which is somewhat difficult to find. Parking is free, but the lot is very small. I had to park on the main street a block away. Restaurants and shops in the area are fun. Service is fair. The desk clerk called a bellman to show me how to get to my room, which was complicated. He pointed up the stairs and gave me a few turn left/turn rights.
If you really want to stay on the main drag of Carmel-by-the-Sea, it's fine.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Burleson,Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

My husband and I just returned from Carmel, and a fantastic stay at the Pine Inn. I have been staying there for 20 years, and it always makes me want to return. I think it is amazing that the original building was built in the 1800's, and moved, somehow, to it's present, perfect location over looking the ocean, and the beautiful town of Carmel. The staff is wonderful, from the front desk, to the bell man, and the evening service that turns down the covers at night, and leaves the next day's forecast, and a chocolate. One room hint-room #1 is wonderful for the elderly, because of very few, if any steps. Also, I always book in advance, and request an ocean view room. All hotels have rooms that vary in ambiance, and you usually get what you pay for, or you get what's left, because you did not book early. I love this hotel, and will return again, and again.

Room Tip: Room #1 is nice for elderly, and someone who would prefer few, or no stairs.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pine Inn
Address: Ocean Avenue between Lincoln St. and Monte Verde St., Carmel, CA 93921
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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