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Carmel Fireplace Inn
Ranked #20 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Check inn desk clerk needs training on how to ask questions without being offensive. Breakfast area tiny couldn't swing a cat. They served sherry there apparently at 17.00 hrs but we didn't bother too cramped. Breakfast curfew at 9.30 too early 10.00 would work better. Pictures online make it look classically comfortable but it was just cheaply twee. Good pub on the corner across the street though. Location good value for money expensive.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Avila Beach
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Carmel has been rated the most dog-friendly town in the country and we would certainly agree. So we recently stayed here with our two Shih Tzus in Room 37 and had a delightful visit. This room is completely separate from the rest of the Inn, like a little cottage, and had a fireplace and sitting area along with two full-sized beds. There were dog biscuits waiting when we arrived. There is a continental breakfast included along with a small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker in the room, so you could have snacks in your room and save on restaurants. However, there are so many excellent restaurants that are dog friendly (like Casanova) that you will want to go out. This B&B is just a few short blocks from Ocean Avenue, where all the cute shops are, and you can walk down to Carmel Beach, which is off-leash dog friendly. There is even a library of videotapes, many of which feature dogs and cats, for free use at the office. Two paws up!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

The Carmel Fireplace Inn is in serious need of updating. There are so many cute, trendy, updated motels and inns that have updated super successfully that they could learn from. There really isn't any reason that this place couldn't be fabulous. The location is great. Carmel is charming, quirky in places and this place could be too. The gardens and layout of the buildings are interesting and full of personality and potential.
We stayed in a ground floor "not for pets" room as we wanted to be sure to avoid the wet dog smell that could be possible in this pet friendly B&B. Our room was very small. I felt like I was in my friends RV when I was drying my hair in the bathroom. The shower is a plastic enclosure and the sink is stainless steel oddly enough. All very clean though. The complimentary shampoo is BRECK!
I give it 3 stars instead of 2 as it was super clean. Really clean. The staff was friendly and pleasant.
It did make me want to try the other similar places in town on our next stay. It won't be the Fireplace Inn until they update.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

I have mixed feelings about this place though it came highly recommended from a couple who have stayed there numerous times. The layout of the one room worked well for my husband and me and our 2 kids as it had 2 large beds and 1 and 1/2 bathrooms (brilliant). However the only heating was the gas fireplace. There were no closets but the room had a coat rack and a small narrow dresser. The room also had a TV, 2 nice chairs and a small table with a coffee maker. I thought the bed was very comfortable. It was located on the ground floor, on the corner, so a little noisy in the morning.
We arrived prior to check in time and the check in clerk was extremely rude; she made it clear she was annoyed that she had to interact with me. I hadn't even asked if we could check in early. I asked for a suggestion for a (seafood) restaurant for lunch and was told that there were over 100 restaurants in Carmel. She stated that we could probably check in after lunch, but when we returned there was no one at the front desk. We left to go to Point Lobos State Reserve (don't miss it!!). When we returned there was someone new at the front desk, I believe her name was Inga, and she was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast included juice, coffee, tea, pastries, bagels and cream cheese, apple and orange slices and quick breads/muffins. If you want eggs, bacon etc you'll need to go to a restaurant.
Given the huge number of inns/hotels in such a small area I don't know why the owner would tolerate such a rude check in clerk (unless she is the owner). The breakfast and room itself did not compensate for her bad attitude. I do not recommend this place and would not choose to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Pismo Beach, California
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Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed here over Columbus Day weekend and would never do so again. Had most expensive room and the checkin clerk was rude and unhelpful. Rooms were blah. Only positive is the location but there are numerous other inns as convenient with better accommodations and more hospitable service.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had some bad travel karma and were a bit stressed when we arrived, but the charm and comfort of this Inn calmed us right down. The architecture and grounds are a bit of a ramble, but pleasant, with lovely scents in the garden. The bed was comfortable and the inn very quiet. The breakfast room is very pretty and bright, with Provencal linens and dishes. Breakfast consists of bagels, muffins, sweet breads, fruit, juice and hot drinks. The staff will give guests discount coupons to local restaurants and they have a basket full of menus that one can peruse before deciding where to have dinner. The parking lot is small, but there is free parking on the street. We got a great deal and would stay there again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We stayed here for three nights. We had a smaller room with a fireplace on the ground floor. It was quaint and lovely. The room is inviting and pleasant.
It was well kept. Not huge or luxurious but the bed was comfortable and the staff were very nice.
It is located close to the main areas of Carmel. The breakfast is very nice with muffins, coffee, tea, bagels, fruit etc. You can take a tray back to your room if you wish.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Carmel Fireplace Inn
Address: San Carlos St. at 4th, P.O. Box 4082, Carmel, CA 93921
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
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Ranked #20 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Carmel Fireplace Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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