Carmel, California hotels range from high-end resorts to quaint bed and breakfasts. You can also rent out an apartment or a house from a local resident.
You will find prices are the most expensive during the busy summer travel months and over holiday weekends. Low season in Carmel is on non-holiday weekends from November to March. The great part about this beautiful waterfront town is that the weather is beautiful almost all year around.
One thing to note about Carmel is that no one has formal street addresses. You will notice all of the hotels and other accommodations give you a street name and cross street. This might seem strange, but many years ago they decided to give the houses names instead of an address. This means all businesses refer to their location by cross streets too. During your stay, you will get familiar with finding restaurants and shops with only the cross streets.
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Address: Monte Verde Street at Seventh Avenue
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Estimated Room Rates: $390 - $630
The L'Auberge Carmel offers the ultimate in luxury. Located in the heart of Carmel's popular commercial district, this 20-room hotel offers you the chance to walk to dozens of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms. On site, you'll find the renowned 12-table restaurant Aubergine.
Address: Lincoln Avenue & 7th Avenue
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Estimated Room Rates: $310 - $335
This cute inn is also right near Ocean Avenue and the center of the action in Carmel. It's has 44 rooms and offers old-fashioned hospitality and several amenities. There is a popular restaurant on site called Terry's Lounge where you can enjoy American and California cuisine.
Address: Mission Street at Third Avenue
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Estimated Room Rates: $275 - $400
Tradewinds Carmel is on the northern end of the town's commercial district, located on a quiet residential street. It is a small hotel with just 28 rooms. For your stay, you can choose a king room, queen room, or one of two suites. Most rooms feature a fireplace and ocean views!
Carmel Mission Inn
Address: 3665 Rio Road
Rating: 3 Stars
Estimated Room Rates: $145 - $300
The Carmel Mission Inn is a three-star hotel with many amenities. This 165-room hotel with a colorful, retro vibe features an on-site restaurant, fitness center, heated swimming pool, and several suites. They also offer free parking and high speed internet access.
La Playa Carmel
Address: Camino Real at 8th Avenue
Rating: 4 Stars
Estimated Room Rates: $191 - $538
This historic hotel features 75 rooms and is centrally located in the commercial district. It's the perfect mix of both turn-of-the-century charm as well as modern amenities. Make sure you spend some time in their gorgeous gardens.
An alternative to the standard Carmel, California hotels is a quaint bed and breakfast. Due to the size of many of the buildings here, B&Bs are more abundant than the typical hotel. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Lamp Lighter Inn & Sunset House Suites
Address: S.E. Corner of Ocean Avenue & Camino Real
# of Rooms: 6
Estimated Room Rates: $235 - $425
This cute bed and breakfast is tucked away in an ancient grove of trees. It's also centrally located, which allows you to walk to several popular Carmel shops and restaurants. One of my favorite features here is the courtyard area with tables and fire pits. This lovely area is also where you can enjoy your breakfast or the evening wine and cheese reception.
Pros: This B&B is very cozy and comfortable. It's perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway in Carmel. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and it's also just a few blocks from the beach.
Cons: Some of the rooms could use a little updating. The bathrooms are clean, but many are small and could use some remodeling to brighten them up a little.
Vagabond's House Inn
Address: Dolores Street & 4th Avenue
# of Rooms: 11
Estimated Room Rates: $280 - $490
Vagabond's House Inn is one of my absolute favorites. This charming English Tudor-style boutique bed and breakfast features just 11 rooms in a quiet, yet centrally located neighborhood in Carmel. This place is unique and their guests' needs are the most important thing to them.
Pros: They serve breakfast in bed! Where else could you get this kind of service? Each day, you tell them when you want your breakfast and they will bring it to you. Each room comes with complimentary sherry, too. Make sure you take advantage of their free wine and cheese reception each night.
Cons: The breakfast is a little lighter than most bed and breakfasts. They serve up an 'extended continental breakfast', which includes a hard boiled egg, coffee, and some toast. Also, some of the bathrooms are quite small.
Carmel Country Inn
Address: Dolores Street
# of Rooms: 12
Estimated Room Rates: $275 - $385
The Carmel Country Inn is another great spot for couples looking for a weekend away from the chaos. Situated near the commercial district in Carmel, this inn offers both suites and studios. The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly, and most rooms feature a fireplace and a two-person jacuzzi tub to warm up things up at night.
Pros: You will find this hotel set in a quiet and serene area. However, it's also walking distance to many fine shops and restaurants. The staff is friendly and the owners can tell you anything you want to know about Carmel. This B&B is also pet friendly!
Cons: The treetop rooms require that you walk up a set of stairs. Make sure you consider this before booking.
Tally Ho Inn
Address: Monte Verde Street at Sixth Street
# of Rooms: 14
Estimated Room Rates: $260 - $410
The Tally Ho Inn offers a quiet, countryside type experience in the heart of Carmel, while being just a half a block from the major restaurants and shops. Head in the other direction three blocks and you will be at the gorgeous Carmel Beach. Most rooms offer partial ocean views and feature jacuzzi tubs. You will also enjoy the morning continental breakfast and evening reception.
Carmel Garden Inn
Address: NW Corner 4th Street and Torres
# of Rooms: 10
Estimated Room Rates: $165 - $275
You will also find this gem in the heart of Carmel's central business district. This place is great because the rooms are good sized for the price. Some of the rooms even offer a small kitchenette, so you can make basic meals to eat in. They also serve a wonderful breakfast each morning and have a wine and appetizer reception each night.
Instead of staying at one of the Carmel, California hotels, check out some of the great apartments and vacation rentals on TripAdvisor. They currently feature more than 60 of these within Carmel and more than 400 in the surrounding areas.
Choices range from small, detached studio apartments to large six-bedroom, six-bathroom homes.
You will work directly with the landlord on availability and other details. They will also meet you when you arrive, so you will immediately have a local to help you out.
Try this lodging option if you're interested in a more private, independent stay, and want to see what it's like to live as a local in Carmel. This is my favorite way to travel!