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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. The low season in Carmel is on non-holiday weekends from November to March. The wonderful part about this beautiful waterfront town is that the weather is beautiful almost all year round.
One thing to note about Carmel is that no one has a formal street address. 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 provide houses with names instead of addresses. 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.
>> Find more information and how to book rooms at the L'Auberge Carmel
Address: Lincoln Avenue & 7th Street
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Estimated Room Rates: $310 - $335
This cute inn is right near Ocean Avenue and the center of the action in Carmel. It has 44 rooms and offers old-fashioned hospitality and several amenities. Terry's Restaurant + Lounge is incredibly popular, and you can enjoy American and California cuisine during your stay.
>> Find out more information on the Cypress Inn and how to book rooms
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!
>> Find out more information on the Tradewinds Carmel and how to book rooms
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 outdoor swimming pool, and several suites. They also offer free parking and high-speed internet access.
>> Book rooms and read reviews by guests at Carmel Mission Inn
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 charms as well as modern amenities. Make sure you spend some time in their gorgeous gardens.
>> Find out more information and book rooms at La Playa Carmel by the Sea
Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about these and other top Carmel, California hotels.
A quaint bed and breakfast is an alternative to the standard Carmel, California hotels. 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.
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 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.
>> Read reviews and find rooms for your visit to Carmel
Address: Dolores Street & 4th Avenue
# of Rooms: 11
Estimated Room Rates: $280 - $490
Vagabond 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 its guests' needs are the most important thing to them.
>> Find rooms at the charming Vagabond House Inn
Address: Dolores Street & 3rd Avenue
# of Rooms: 12
Estimated Room Rates: $275 - $385
The Carmel Country Inn is another excellent spot for couples seeking a weekend away from the chaos. This inn offers both suites and studios near the commercial district in Carmel. The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly, and most rooms feature a fireplace and a two-person jacuzzi tub to warm up things at night.
>> Learn more about how to book rooms at the Carmel Country Inn here
Address: Monte Verde Street at Sixth Street
# of Rooms: 14
Estimated Room Rates: $260 - $410
The Tally Ho Inn offers a quiet countryside experience in the heart of Carmel, just half a block from the main 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.
>> Find out how to book rooms at the Tally Ho Inn and more
Address: NW Corner 4th Street and Torres Street
# 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 very comfortable 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.
>> Find out more about how to book rooms at the Carmel Garden Inn
Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other recent guests have to say about these Carmel bed and breakfasts here.
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!
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