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“The hotel cat”
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Carmel River Inn
Ranked #6 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Nevada City, California
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“The hotel cat”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had a ground floor room with sliding doors to the river that we left open. Much to our surprise, Nikki, the hotel cat decided to spend the weekend with us. She made herself at home, even sleeping on the bed all three nights. The manager recognizes that not everyone would like this, and does his best to monitor her, but we loved it.

Room Tip: My only complaint, and it is the same complaint I have with most hotels, is that there are not enoug...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We stayed at the Carmel RIver Inn because of an internet special they had..The bed was comfortable but the pillows didnt offer any support to your neck. The carpet had stains and we assumed it iwas because it is a pet friendly hotel. The room itself was sufficient but the bathroom needs updating. It was nice that there was a window to the bathroom BUT u couldnt lock it..The outside property was well maintained..there was a nice pool, a nice garden..and it wasnt too far from the Carmel mission and the shopping areas as well..

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We stayed here for one night in the hotel- not the cottages. The rooms were worn, but charming. We had booked a room with two double beds, but they gave us adjoining separate rooms. We had a nice little balcony to sit with a bottle of wine and enjoy a lovely evening. The bed was super comfy. There was a fridge, but no microwave. And just a single cup coffee maker (i don't think it's possible for those to brew a drinkable cup). But the price was good, the staff nice, it was quiet and clean. Would like to stay at the cottages- they look cute!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Santa Barbara CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed here because it was dog-friendly and we liked the idea of having our own lil' cottage. It was a thursday & they upgraded us to one of the remodeled cottages. It had a beautiful bathtub with window overlooking a private yard w/patio table & fenced (perfect for our pup). It had a separate shower, nice fireplace, comfy bed, flat screen tv, wireless, mini-fridge & openable windows. There was a good sized lawn area where we could toss balls to our pup & a little hose & soap area to clean her up if necessary. The staff was very helpful & gave us dog-friendly restaurant advice and a coupon for Flaherty's which had great fresh seafood & veggies & the friendliest waitresses. There is a nice trail near the Mission only 1/8 mile from hotel too. We will be back :-)

Room Tip: We loved the lil' cottages. Alvarado is beautifully remodeled. There are also some more rustic o...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Corona, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

I had never heard of the Carmel River Inn, but we received a promotion and could not pass it up. I'm glad that we didn't. We booked a room in the hotel, not a cottage. When we arrived, they upgraded us to the David Jack's cottage. The room was nice with a fireplace inside and outside, a nice patio with chairs to enjoy the beautiful scenery and close to the swimming pool. The bed was comfy. The bathroom area seemed a little bit dated, but was ok. The hotel staff was very friendly. Even the other visitors at the hotel were friendly.

If you are going to Carmel don't pass up this little hotel.

If I return to Carmel I will stay here again. We were only there for one night and it just wasn't enough to enjoy the area.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2013

We stayed here mid-week and got a great deal with Travelzoo. It is a bit dated, but clean, and it has a pretty setting of trees and flowers. The walls are a bit thin, but we did not hear too much noise from our neighbors. The staff was very nice and the location was great. We stayed in the two story building, but they also had cabins.

Google Maps got us to the proper location. it is just a right turn off Highway 1 at Oliver St.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013

While in Carmel, we made a reservation on this hotel due to its good reputation on Tripadvisor. It did not let us down. It is a very nice and clean hotel. The room was very nice, on the first floor, with a balcony overlooking a garden! The location is great, right next to the Highway, so easy access to the main attractions, and close to Crossroads mall, with everything you need right next-door.
The only complaint I had (and I heard other visitors had the same issue) is the internet connection, which is terrible. Very unstable.
If you are on the first floor you may also hear some noises from the upstairs room. But nothing that bothered us.
But, overall, we had a great stay and highly recommend it!
One tip: if you use the GPS, two locations will show up. Try the Hwy 1 location (you will turn on Oliver Rd from Hwy 1), since the street address will take you to a dead end, and you won't be able to access it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Carmel River Inn
Address: 26600 Oliver Rd, Highway 1 At Carmel River Bridge, Carmel, CA 93923-9219
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Carmel River Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the entrance of the stunning Big Sur coast, Carmel River Inn sits amid a pastoral river setting, providing guests with a basecamp to the adventurous areas around them and the opportunity to truly enjoy the natural surroundings of the Monterey Peninsula. Carmel River Inn offers guests two different experiences, our inn rooms suitable for a good night's sleep or a cozy cottage to unwind and relax, tucked into 10 acres of gardens, forests and meadows. If you have any questions about our facilities or services please contact us and we would love to tell you more! Front Desk is open 24 hours. Pet fee is $20 per pet, per day. Physical Address: 26600 Oliver Road Carmel, California, 93923 Most accurate address to use for GPS directions: Highway 1 at Carmel River Bridge Carmel, California 93923 ... more   less 
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