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Excellent bang for your buck in Carmel

Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Carmel Mission Inn CourtyardWe stayed at the Carmel Mission Inn Thanksgiving night through the weekend for a wedding. Upon check in we had to provide the ID for the person who's card held the room even though that wasn't the card that we were paying for the stay with. It wasn't a problem as we were both there however I've never been asked for this before and would have been quite put out had someone reserved the room and not been with us at check in. read more...


Fabulous Experience, Highly Recommend

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Point Lobos State ReserveThe check-in process was fast and smooth. The desk clerk was polite and informative. Our room was large and brightly decorated. The heat system was quiet and worked great. There was a large bench on one end of the room which was a wonderful space for our belongings. Especially for a family of four. The beds and pillows were clean and comfortable and all the furniture was updated. Regarding the location, as long as you are aware that it is not in the downtown area, then there will be no surprises. We were very pleased with the location and with the amount of money we saved by not staying in town. The drive was less than 5 minutes and we had no trouble finding parking when we went to dinner and shopping in town. Additionally, one purpose of our visit was to hike in Point Lobos State Reserve (which was incredible) and this property is very close to the reserve. This is an incredible value and we would stay here again.  read more...


Great Winter Getaway

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Carmel Mission Inn PoolMy fiancé and I took our infant on his first road trip - a winter getaway to Carmel. What a memorable and special time we had in the gorgeous Carmel Mission Inn! The room was spotless, beautifully appointed, comfortable and just totally wonderful - especially the patio which overlooked the pool area. A small refrigerator was provided, which was so helpful, in keeping bottles and baby food chilled until the baby was ready for them.

Surprisingly (or not, this is the Central Coast after all), the weather in late November was gorgeous and our baby enjoyed his first pool experience (using a swim diaper, of course), which we captured with our camcorder. The pool was beautiful and the staff thoughtfully provides a wicker trunk filled with clean, fluffy towels for easy access for guests. This hotel was super easy to find off Highway 101, and it is literally just off of Highway 1, easy access to explore Carmel - and Monterey. We (and a family we met at the hotel's pool) visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, making our winter getaway a completely awesome experience.

I highly recommend this hotel for awesome staff - courteous and helpful with perfect follow-through, great food (room service rocks!), easy access from two roadways and a beautiful, modern hotel. We hope to stay again in the near future! See you soon, Carmel Mission Inn!

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CavalierRescueUSA at Carmel Mission Inn

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cavaliers of the West Winter Show at Carmel Mission Inn

Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sea Otter Classic 2013

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, January 03, 2013

Sea Otter Classic 2013The Sea Otter Classic is the world’s premier cycling festival that is held annually on the Monterey Peninsula. Unlike other bicycling events, the Sea Otter Classic is “a celebration of cycling” where biking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities come together to revel in all things bicycle. While the event is primarily billed as a festival, there are plenty of races to be had, ranging from mountain and road bike races to cyclocross races. Most races take place at Laguna Seca, but some take place on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, specifically Fort Ord National Monumentread more...


Do not hesitate staying here

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, December 06, 2012

Recently totally renovated; large, attractively decorated 4-story facility; elevators; inside hallway access to fully equipped rooms, some with balconies; large bathroom with shower; mini-refrigerator; very convenient, nicely landscaped, quiet location just off of Rte. 1 at the south edge of Carmel; Carmel Mission close by and downtown Carmel only minutes away; on-site restaurant; small shopping area with restaurants and other conveniences across the road; outdoor pool/hot tub; very friendly and helpful staff; fairly priced for the quality. read more...


Great Hotel, definite Value in a pricey area

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, December 06, 2012

Happily surprised with this hotel. Our $150 rate seemed too good to be true, but so happy we stayed. Rooms are nice sized, good amenities, all modern comforts. We had a window facing the courtyard, great view. The grounds are very nice, outdoor dining, fire pit, gardens, and pool area. Across the street is shopping center with several restaurants, boutique stores, all walking distance. I will definitely stay there again, only a few miles from downtown Carmel. read more...


Amazing Motel

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, December 06, 2012

A really friendly greeting at reception was efficient and helpful, as were all the staff at the Carmel Mission Inn. Really good value in such a beautiful part of the world. The rooms are massive, the size you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The fire pit in the outdoor terrace is a novel idea, and contributes to the welcome. The room was fully equipped with iPod dock, good TV, power sockets (don't miss the ones on top the headboard), iron, tea and coffee making facilities. Gorgeous bathroom as well with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. The restaurant doesn't serve till very late, so we went over the road to the bar and grill which was equally good in terms of service and quality. read more...


Beautiful hotel for a relaxing break

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, December 06, 2012

I stayed here for a few nights 3 weeks ago. The hotel itself sits within beautiful grounds although it is not actually in Carmel by the Sea. It is a 20 minute walk to the town. Parking in the town can be a bit problematic or perhaps it was just when I was there. read more...