Carmel River Inn

26600 Oliver RoadCarmel-by-the-Sea93923USA
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About Carmel River Inn

Located in a tranquil area about a mile south of central Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel River Inn is a rustic, characterful complex of an inn and private cottages, which are family and pet-friendly.

With wooden furniture and traditional decor, all rooms and cottages have a homely feel. Coffee makers and fridges are provided, along with cable TV. Each unit has a balcony or patio.

Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool area, which has a sundeck and loungers. Concierge services are offered at the 24-hour front desk, and free parking is provided onsite.

There are BBQ grills and picnic areas in the hotel's private gardens for guests to make use of, and there are numerous eateries located within walking distance.

Carmel River Inn is right on the edge of the Carmel River State Beach area, with Carmel Beach located less than two miles away. Carmel Plaza is 5 minutes away by car.


26600 Oliver Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, 93923, USA
Telephone: +1(831)6241575 | Fax: +1(831)6240290 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Bungalows
  • Concierge
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Balcony / Patio
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Refrigerator
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / hallways
  • Wheelchair accessible

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Tranquil location near the beach.

If you want to get away from it all, Carmel River Inn is ideal. Located in a tranquil, verdant area, you can walk to the beach, and even into downtown Carmel-By-The-Sea, but you'll have utter privacy and a sense of calm while onsite. It feels miles from anywhere, but it's actually close to everything.

Rustic character in spades.

In some hotels, the decor and style dates quickly and looks out of fashion. In this hotel, however, the traditional style is all part of the charm. It feels like stepping back in time to a simpler way of life, from the fireplace in the main lobby, to the homely touches in each room or cottage.

Family and pet friendly.

Furry friends are made to feel very welcome at this hotel - guests say that the staff seem to be animal lovers too, and will make sure that you and your pet are comfortable. Plus, the cottages are great for families, offering relaxed, comfortable accommodation, and there's lots of outdoor space for the kids to play in.

Negative Reviews

There are some traffic issues.

Guests say that the main intersection you need to navigate in order to get to and from the hotel can be very busy and a bit tricky - and sat navs can get confused. In addition, while the location looks and feels secluded, there is often traffic noise from the nearby main road.

There's no air con.

The rustic atmosphere of this hotel means that some contemporary comforts are missing - including air conditioning. On hot nights, you might find that the fans just don't cut it, and guests say that the temperature can be uncomfortably warm. Ask the front desk for extra fans if it's hot.

Issues with the Wi-Fi.

While in theory, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all areas, in practice, many guests find that the connectivity is very limited. Particularly if you're out in one of the cottages, you may have to traipse back to the main lobby in order to get enough signal to log on/.

Rating Overview

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7.8 out of 10 based on 1646 reviews