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“Cozy and Great Location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Normandy Inn
Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Cozy and Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

Located at one end of the main road in town and about 2-3 blocks from the beach, the Normandy was a great find! Although dogs are not allowed in this dog friendly town, it is only because of the very senior resident cat. We opted for a room with a fireplace, which was a nice way to end the evening, especially on a chilly, rainy day. The fireplace had the quick start logs so was not gas and not true wood, but still made a cozy atmosphere even though it didn't put off a lot of heat. The room was large and comfortable and even though we were on the 1st floor facing the street, it was quiet. There are small patio tables in various areas, making for a nice place to enjoy a glass of wine or tea outside (when it's not raining). Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available all day in the lobby, along with sherry and cookies in the evenings - nice touch! The breakfast area is small and breakfast simple but adequate.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Marietta, Georgia
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156 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

I love our room The staff are friendly Our room is clean The location is convenient to the beach and the village Lots if restaurants close by. Within minutes to Monterey and a short drive to Big Sur and 17 mile drive

We're planning on coming back thus year and would definitely stay here

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norfolk, VA
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the Normandy Inn so much that the back half of our trip we decided to return! The Inn is located just a few short walking blocks from the beach on Ocean Avenue in Carmel. The Inn is so quaint and beautiful and the innkeepers do not use email! They still have a ledger for keeping track of their guests. (Kind of cute!) They provide a nice continental breakfast as well. Highly recommend.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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184 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

No better option in Carmel, hotel is well located and totaly connected to Carmel's style, with europpean style rooms and fantastic staff. Note this is a family hotel and not one of those chain type hotels with no character. Rooms are old but keep in great condition and the only downside is not having air conditioner (which for me was not a problem since i went during winter). Def will stay there again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

We got a free upgrade to the suit without even asking, The room was spacious, and comfortable, with separate living room and kitchen. Complimentary breakfast, and cookies and drinks throughout the day. They also have outdoor pool, which we didn't get to use. Just 3-4 blocks from the beach.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fairfield, California
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

We arrived on a Saturday evening - the trip into Carmel by the Sea was very congested. A traffic jam on Highway One and onto Ocean Avenue (we were told this is the norm around dinner time). There are no "actual" numerical addresses ...the location of the Inn is on Ocean Avenue near Monte Verde (on the left hand side of street). Parking is very limited at the Inn. When we arrived there was no parking available - we had to find parking on the street. One of the Inn's employees noted there was a parking spot open across the street. He ran out and held it for us until we could move the car from the reserved spot one could park in while checking into the Inn. The Inn is quaint, the rooms clean and nicely decorated. The walls were very thin - we could hear the guest next door coughing. The Inn is not dog friendly (fine by me!) - although Carmel seems to be dog friendly; saw a lot of water bowls in front of various establishments. The continental breakfast was very good. An easy walk down to the beach for beautiful views, a good place to watch the surfers and people watching.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

The Normandy Inn is quaint and in a great location. We only stayed one night, but found it to be very charming and comfortable. The location is perfect. You can easily walk to the beach as well as all the shops and restaurants.
The only things I found to be a turn off were, there are signs everywhere saying no dogs. I realize they do not allow pets but why do they need signs on every gate and in the office saying no dogs? Carmel is very dog friendly and although I respect their right to not allow pets at their Inn, I think it comes across as very cold and a little rude.
Next was a tip cup in the breakfast room. I have worked in the service industry for 12 years and I understand wanting to be tipped. However, this is not a full service restaurant. In fact, it's all self service. Seeing a tip cup on the counter seemed tacky and desperate like they aren't paying their staff enough.
Overall, our brief stay was comfortable and affordable!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Normandy Inn
Address: Ocean Ave. between Monte Verde St. and Casanova St., Carmel, CA 93923
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#15 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Normandy Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked into a corner of Carmel-by-the-Sea and surrounded by blooming flower gardens The Normandy Inn is a beautiful experience. The historic Normandy Inn exudes Old World European charm and is located just three blocks from the white-sand Carmel Beach. ... more   less 
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