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“Carmel Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Candle Light Inn
Ranked #10 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews
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“Carmel Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Candle Light Inn was a true gem in a fabulous location in the heart of Carmel! Although we only spent one night there, we would definitely come back again. The curb appeal was charming, an outdoor fire pit gave it nice ambiance on a brisk evening, the bed was great and the rooms were clean, fresh and updated.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We stayed here for two nights during September on our trip South down the PCH to San Diego. We had no complaints about our room, which was very spacious and the bed was huge and so lovely and comfortable. Nice modern bathroom with good shower. We liked the coffee machine in the room and the breakfast was ok but not very substantial but then it was free. Loved the fire pit outside although we did not get a chance to sit there. Love Carmel so pretty and picturesque. Had a little problem finding the streets names in the dark from a car as there are no street lights, but would still go back and hope we can.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sonoma, California, United States
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here recently for two nights and had problems both nights with the use of the bathroom. On Saturday morning, the water was not draining in the shower stall, so it was an extremely quick shower for both of us. We contacted the office staff and brought them to the room to show them the problem. We were told it would be fixed. When we returned to the room that afternoon, we checked the shower and everything seemed to be working properly. However, at 7AM the next morning, we were awakened to a bathroom filled with sewer water that was overflowing onto the bedroom carpet. We quickly packed our belongings and notified the office. They came to our unit, inspected the problem, and offered another room for us to use until check out. That was appreciated because our room was uninhabitable. I know that they don't have to compensate us for our inconvenience, however, one expects a completely functioning bathroom when checking in and we didn't get that. I sent them an email regarding this and never received a response. We were very disappointed that we were not compensated in some way for a less than satisfying experience at the Candelight Inn.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Kettering, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

This was our first time in Carmel and we had a terrific time. This is not our typical type of vacation place but we were there for a family wedding. But found it to be quite impressive. Such a cute town, great people, history and architectural buildings were amazing! The weather was just like San Francisco, not much sun and not at all like we expected. We were there in July and found that their summer type weather is usually October through January. The Candle Light Inn was an awesome place to stay; centrally located, great staff, the grounds was beautiful and loved the fire pit outside in the courtyard!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buffalo, NY
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

We were in town for our anniversary and stayed for two nights on Oct 16 and 17. This is an old motel masquerading as an Inn. A strong odor was present, maybe coming from the carpet or the small fireplace. We bought candles to mask the smell, but were no help. breakfast was convenient but inadequate, just some boxes of cereal and canned juice. We did not even bother with it the second morning. The door to the outside had no weatherstripping around the frame so small rodents could have entered no problem. For some reason the garbage truck arrived both mornings waking us at 7am. The room was dark and uninviting. I felt really bad that I selected this hotel for our anniversary. When we checked out there was another couple receiving a complimentary bottle of wine (which we were never offered). This was our icing on the cake. Stay somewhere else. By the way there does not seem to be anyone on site after hours. You are advised to call 911 if there is an emergency.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed here on our drive down from San Francisco to LA after a recommendation from a friend about Carmel and we were not left disappointed. The room was spacious and very clean, bathroom was nicely finished and breakfast was good. You need to order it the night before and leave your selections under your door mat. Breakfast is then delivered and left outside your room in a cool bag before 8am. Options included a selection of cereals, yoghurt, fruit and muffins. Staff were all polite and very helpful. We were given a map when checking in, which was personalised with restaurant recommendations. We were also given a comprehensive list of restaurants for the local area which was very helpful.

Carmel itself was very picturesque and I think next time we are near we will definitely be calling in and we wouldn't hesitate to book in here again and proabaly for more than 1.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

A friend and I stayed here from the 30th September to the 2nd October. The rooms were spacious and very nicely decorated, and the beds were large and comfy. The breakfast was a nice touch, as was the newspaper - they bring it in a little rucksack and leave it outside your door from about 8AM (I think you can probably ask for it to be earlier), and you can then collect and eat it when you want.

We had originally planned to stay only one night, before travelling inland to Yosemite. However, the government shut-down meant we could not go to Yosemite. The staff member was very helpful, allowing me to use the hotel phone (rather than incurring very large charges on my UK-based mobile phone) to contact Yosemite, and our lodging there, which really helped us a lot. And he was able to arrange a second night in the Inn at a very reasonable price. We had to move rooms but he handled this, transferring our bags from one room to the other, so we could the most of our unexpected extra day in the Carmel area.

The location is good - just a short 2 minute walk from the main streets of shops and restaurants. But it is very quiet. I would thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Candle Light Inn
Address: San Carlos Street, Between 4th and 5th Avenues, Carmel, CA 93921
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Candle Light Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This romantic Tudor-style inn located in the heart of Carmel offers charm and warmth with a friendly staff providing gracious and personalized service. Candle Light Inn features 20 large guest rooms and suites and a variety of amenities including continental breakfast, daily newspaper delivery, off-street parking, and in-room gourmet coffee service. All guests will also enjoy staying connected with free local phone calls and in-room wireless internet access. ... more   less 
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