On previous road trips in the US we have mixed motels with B&Bs and small independent hotels or motels not attached to any chain. I had already researched and ear marked several when we learned our folks had gone ahead and booked for us all. They were concerned about leaving it too late because the Easter holiday fell within our travel period.
So I was a little disappointed to learn that only motels had been booked, and after looking at reviews of the selected accommodation - more than a little wary.
But this 3-night stop worked out just fine and I could not endorse any of the negative views I saw on TA or on any other site.
Our big double room was fine, clean, well equipped, two large beds & good linens, TV, fridge and microwave, good bathroom and towels and very quiet.
Public areas were nicely decorated, light and spacious and the reception staff were all friendly and helpful.
We did not need to use the Business centre - we had wifi in our rooms.
Althoiugh the pool and surrounding area looked inviting we thought it might be a bit chilly in early April.
The free continental breakfast was served in a large, well kept breakfast room overlooking the pool.The male member of staff employed there always had a smile for guests.
He ensured a continuous supply of the foods provided so that nothing ever ran out, and also kept tables and floor clean.
The location was ideal for visits to Monterey, Carmel and the 17 Mile Drive
Good location, helpful friendly staff; Clean, spacious rooms and and comfortable beds. Very good value for money - $250 for 3 nights over Easter weekend.
I booked a room at the Carmel Fireplace Inn after scouring the internet for hours looking for a deal (champagne taste on a Kool-Aid budget). I settled on this inn as it had photos and the rooms looked nice for the $99 rate, which was hard to beat for the area.
It was very pleasant, romantic and we especially enjoyed the fireplace!
I'd stay there again or recommend it.
Each room has a fireplace. Even if it is gas, it adds great ambiance to the room. The beds were comfy too. Our room was a ground level court yard unit. A very quaint and inviting looking inn.
The staff was friendly and the continental breakfast was great. They had a spread of bagels, pastries, muffins, fresh fruit (cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, grapes & pineapple) with tea, coffee, hot chocolate & hot cider.
Mission Ranch, in Carmel, is one of the lesser touted values in the area. Owned by Clint Eastwood, the town's former famous mayor, the Ranch has an assortment of accommodations, from cabins to hotel rooms. The property also has tennis, a fitness center, a restaurant with fabulous bay views, and included breakfast.
Guests can enjoy the evening in the piano bar with live music. It's not uncommon for the Ranch's owner to show up and hang out with the guests. This alone is worth the price of admission.
Current prices range from $105 to $265 per night. Visit the website to see the charming rooms.
The best place to stay in Carmel is a small bed and breakfast called Happy Landings. It is a quaint place close to the beach.
I believe a one night stay is currently $140.
You can get a room with a view of the beach if I am not mistaken.
Bring your Amrican Express . . . From $425 for a garden view to $1375 for a 1 bedroom suite and $2125 for a 2 bedroom suite
The Lodge at Pebble Beach is known for gracious hospitality, stately architecture, and a glorious oceanside setting . . . Fine dining, spacious guest rooms, smart shops and boutiques, as well as four championship golf courses, tennis, equestrian and hiking trails and much more . . . The Spa at Pebble Beach is top-notch and full-service
The first hotels were fully booked but this one THE MONTE VERDE INN had a huge appartment free at a reasonable price. The plus was that it was located right opposite Carmel's mayor's office where the ex-mayor in 1986-88 was Clint Eastwood!
Notice: the *No Vacancy* sign placed after we moved in !!
While in Carmel I stayed at a bed and breakfast called the Crystal Terrace, which was a short drive or medium walk to the center of town. I had the only bungalow in the small complex and it was fantastic. A great place to wake up to each morning.
Check out www.bedandbreakfast.com for a list of very good places to stay in Carmel (and elsewhere).
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