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Carmel Mission Inn
Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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“Nice surprise”
Reviewed 2 August 2011

We stayed at the Mission Inn on our way from San Diego to Sonoma. We drove a bit each day, without hotel reservations made in advance. Thanks to (my new love) the iPad we booked a room wherever we found ourselves on that evening. Since hotel rates are pricey in this area and we arrived early evening we used a discount site to book sight unseen. Like another reviewer I exclaimed "oh no" when I saw the exterior, but was quickly and nicely surprised with the interior. And the exterior patio and pool are nice, the facade is just an older style. The room was very comfortable, with new furnishings, comfy bed, flat screen tv, nice bath products, robes, and it was clean. The staff was very nice. We were even "upgraded" to a king balcony room. We had dinner at the Mission Ranch Inn, a very short drive, past the actual Mission. What a great place for dinner. So if you're looking for a budget hotel, a few steps up from the usual chains, this is a great place.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

This was the recommended hotel for a wedding we attended over the July 4th weekend, so we booked the room without doing much investigation into other options. As previous reviewers have said, we were a bit disappointed when we first arrived. After driving through the quaint center of Carmel, we were surprised to see our hotel located just off a busy highway near a gas station and grocery store. From the outside, it looks a bit worn down. However, once we went inside our concerns disappeared. Our room was very comfortable and newly decorated. It was quiet and very clean. You definitely need a car to get to the center of Carmel where most the restaurants and shopping are located, which could be inconvenient depending on your plans. However, if you are planning to also go to 17 Mile Drive or down to Big Sur, this hotel is ideally located for hopping onto the Cabrillo Highway. Overall, this place is a tremendous value. If you need a comfortable place to sleep in Carmel - and you're not interested in luxury or a fabulous view - this place will do well, and you'll have money left over for other things!

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

My niece and I just stayed for two nights at the Carmel Mission Inn. There were a lot of negative reviews, and I was nervous about staying here.We were pleasantly surprised by how nice the property is. It is a very attractive place and is walking distance to two really nice shopping areas ~ yes, they are outdoor shopping malls, but not like strip malls at all. We really enjoyed the restaurants and the shopping in both areas. The hotel is I believe, an older property but it has been refurbished very attractively. The pool area is very nice, we enjoyed sitting outside by the fire pit in the evening (Carmel gets chilly at night!). It is a couple of miles, possibly a little more, to Carmel village, you definitely can't walk, which is the only negative about the location. Service was very good and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It was an economical choice in a pricy place that met our needs completely. If you are searching for a super romantic, charming place, I would look elsewhere ~ Carmel abounds with charm and romance, but you will pay for it. Overall, an absolute recommended hotel!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

We drove south to Carmel after staying at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and nearly choked when we saw our hotel nestled behind a Chevron station and amongst strip malls. Before touring the property I asked my husband if we could get a refund and find another hotel. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. The property, while small, was lovely. We enjoyed the other guests around the pool (being Americans we were in the minority as there were many Europeans staying there) and around the fire pit on the patio. We found the staff to be friendly and accomodating and the rooms to be large enough for my husband, 2 girls, and myself. My girls loved the pool which was thankfully heated to about 80-85 degrees. Another surprising thing is that we liked the location! I walked to the Safeway for muffins, fruit and juice in the mornings and spent about $10 on breakfast for 4 instead of the $35 I had spent at the Westin. We could also walk to restaurants for dinner or do carry out which was welcomed after a day of seeing the sights. The rooms were quiet (much quieter than in SF where we were on the 6th floor and heard street musicians late into the night) and fine.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Fountain Hills
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2011

Excellent hotel w/all the amenities that one would expect of a first class hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, 18 July 2011
Thanks for the review of the Carmel Mission Inn. We are pleased that you enjoyed our amenities and for thinking of us in terms of a "Great Place". We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon. For the best rates, packages and sevice please contact the hotel directly or visit our website. The bed and breakfast package is an outstanding value.
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washington d.c.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2011

Despite the drab exterior, the rooms are well appointed. Bathrobes, in room safes, Large balconies, and high end bath products put this hotel in a higher class. The staff is also terrific! We were moved to a larger room when the desk clerk saw we were staying for several nights. Great location right off Rt 1, but no scenic views. If I were to get picky, there is very little drawer space so couldn't unpack suitcases and the shower only has half a door so the floor gets wet. But overall, a great stay for the price!

  • Stayed July 2011
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, 18 July 2011
Thanks for the positive comments about the Carmel Mission Inn and the "terrific staff". It is always good to share encouraging thoughts with our team members who work hard and represent our area very well. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon. Please remember to contact the hotel or visit our website for the best rates and service. We highly suggest the bed and breakfast package which is our best deal.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2011

Holiday couple from UK travelling California.

This place looks old and drab as you drive up, but the rooms are different again! There must have been a fairly recent refurb as our room was clean and contemporary. It's a cross between a Hotel and a Motel but to be honest, for the rate we paid we didn't care. We had a fridge, safe, widescreen TV. We only stayed 1 night and left early the next morning so location was fine for us, right off the PCH 1, but if you are staying longer then it's definitely too far to walk to Carmel, however it's only 5 mins in the car.

Carmel itself is quite picturesque and a little unique compared to other towns, but nothing special, 1 day there is plenty.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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guestservicecarmel, Guest Relations Manager at Carmel Mission Inn, responded to this review, 18 July 2011
Thank you for reviewing the Carmel Mission Inn. We are please that you appreciated our great cental location and our recent renovation. We appreciate your business and hope you will visit us again. Please try our bed and breakfast package which is available only on our website or by calling the hotel direct. This is our best value.
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Property: Carmel Mission Inn
Address: 3665 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923-8609
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Carmel
#11 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmel Mission Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At our Carmel Ca. hotel you will find a quaint, yet stylish setting with an array of gracious amenities that include a heated pool, fitness center and the "Fuse" restaurant. We’ve truly created a destination within a destination. Additionally, we offer fantastic facilities for weddings, business meetings, retreats and special events. ... more   less 
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