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Carmel River Inn
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Carmel River Inn

26600 Oliver Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923, United States
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
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558 reviews
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About Carmel River Inn

  • Inn Room
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  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi and Parking for free

Carmel River Inn is located firmly in Carmel, California, and offers two different kinds of accommodation experiences with their 23 cottages, or 19 guestrooms. The inn is great for outdoor enthusiasts as it sits on 10 acres which have forests, gardens, and meadows – offering recreational activities including kayaking, biking, running and not too far away lies the scenic coastlines of Monterey Beach where guests can go swimming, fishing, and surfing and observe stunning waterfalls and cliffs. Lots of golf courses and wineries also exist in the area, including infamous Pebble Beach which is a favorite of PGA and amateur golfers.

The cottages at Carmel River Inn differ as there's a 2 bedroom, studio with kitchenette, as well as a studio option. Depending on which option is selected, the cottages are mostly pet-friendly, have gas or wood burning fireplaces, 32” LCD TVs, pine log furniture and all have access to an outdoor swimming pool. The inn guestrooms offer either a king or two double beds, a small refrigerator, iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, hairdryer and much like the cottages, also has outdoor swimming pool access for guests.

The inn offers a heated pool, complimentary Wi-Fi access, free parking and the inn guestrooms, cottages, and the property grounds are all accessible for those living with disabilities.

Close by Carmel Beach and Monterey Beach are ranked as being top 10 beaches in all of California for dogs, and there is no leash law so they can run and play as they please. Carmel River Inn caters towards pets and pet owners with two washing stations, a pet blanket, and lots of grassy areas to frolic in.

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Traditional room
1 king bed
King room
1 king bed
1 king bed
1 king bed
Double room
2 double beds
2 double beds
2 double beds
Standard room
2 double beds
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bed type unknown
Superior room
bed type unknown
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Queen room
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
*Total includes estimated local taxes & fees payable on check out.
Prices are based on 1 night, not including taxes and fees

Amenities at Carmel River Inn

  • Outdoor pool
  • Tennis
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Private bathroom
  • Coffee machine
  • Terrace/Patio
  • Balcony
  • Air-conditioned
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Internet
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Fan
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Smoke alarms
  • Heating
  • Body soap
  • Air-conditioned
  • Trash cans
  • Conditioner


  • Wine glasses
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Kitchenware
  • Stovetop
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee machine
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette


  • River view
  • Family rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Seating area
  • Garden view
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Interconnected room(s) available
  • Telephone
  • Carpeted
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Storage available

Accessibility and suitability

  • Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Increased accessibility
  • No smoking
  • Non-feather pillow
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private entrance

Services and conveniences

  • Business center
  • Wake-up service
  • Concierge service
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Key access
  • Express check-out
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • 24hr front desk


  • Shower
  • Shower cap
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet
  • Toilet paper
  • Private bathroom


  • Terrace/Patio
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Beach access
  • Bicycle rental
  • Scuba diving
  • Horse riding

Media and entertainment

  • Radio
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • TV


  • Socket near the bed
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes rack
  • Wardrobe or closet


  • Heated pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool towels

Parking and transportation

  • Free parking
  • Private parking


  • Fax/photocopying
  • Desk


  • Minibar
  • Dining table


  • Iron and ironing board


  • Tennis

Reviews of Carmel River Inn

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8Very good
Joey, Oct 2017

Pros. Enjoyed Carmel River Inn! The cottages are fun & private for dog lovers. Perfect location for Poodle day 2017! The front desk staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The cleaning staff are also friendly and fast. Definitely will stay again!

Cons. Stayed in cottage 17 is a tight squeeze. It's not quite updated like some of the other cottages reviewed. Cottage 17 needs some work. It gets super hot from the sun, so a blackout shade & A/C or fan on site is mandatory. (A fan is available upon request). Carpet is torn and old and needs replacing and the shower is very tight like a phone booth.

Anonymous, Sep 2017

Pros. Great location, cute B&B-like quality

Cons. NO AC!! On a 100 degree weather, but no notice at all to guests beforehand OR at check in!! Smells like dog (it's dog friendly, another surprise!) I love dogs, but like, that needs to be stated upfront - and the rooms better never smell like other guests pets. Also, the guest next door left their poor pup alone in the room and the dog would not stop hauling (at 7:30am! On a Saturday) - I know that's not really on the hotel, but maybe tell guests to not leave dogs unattended in their room? Oh and again, also be VERY upfront about how pet friendly you're hotel is so that all guests are aware before booking.

Anonymous, Jul 2016

Pros. Location. Friendly staff.

Cons. Facility was old. Not very private. Stayed in main hotel,not the cottages.

The questions and answers provided in this section are generated by an artificial intelligence model based on a summarization of user hotel reviews and hotel information.See more

They offer insights and recommendations from previous guests and hotel information to help future visitors enhance their stay at the hotel.

What are the amenities offered at Carmel River Inn?

Carmel River Inn offers a range of amenities including free parking, outdoor swimming pool access, and pet-friendly accommodations with washing stations and pet blankets.

What can guests expect from the cottages at Carmel River Inn?

The cottages at Carmel River Inn offer options for pet-friendly accommodations, gas or wood burning fireplaces, 32” LCD TVs, and access to an outdoor swimming pool.

What are the nearby attractions to Carmel River Inn?

Carmel River Inn is conveniently located near attractions such as Palo Corona Regional Park, Carmel Mission, and Carmel Beach, offering guests a variety of activities and sightseeing opportunities.

What are guests saying about the cleanliness at Carmel River Inn?

Guests have praised the cleanliness of Carmel River Inn, describing it as very clean, well-kept, and exceptionally clean, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay.

When is the best time to visit Carmel River Inn?

The high season at Carmel River Inn is in June, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful location, outdoor activities, and the convenience of the nearby attractions.

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They offer insights and recommendations from previous guests and hotel information to help future visitors enhance their stay at the hotel.

Opt for a Cottage

Consider booking a cottage for a more private and cozy experience, as some guests found the cabins to be well-designed and comfortable.

Enjoy the Scenic Views

If possible, choose a room facing the river for a peaceful and picturesque view, as guests appreciated the tranquility and natural surroundings.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation

If traveling with pets, take advantage of the pet-friendly amenities, such as washing stations and ample grassy areas for pets to play.

Check for Room Upgrades

Consider inquiring about room upgrades, as some guests found the smaller cabins to be a bit tight and in need of upgrades.

Explore Nearby Attractions

Take advantage of the convenient location close to attractions like Point Lobos State Park, Carmel Beach, and Big Sur for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Consider Cottage Upgrades

If booking a cottage, consider checking for any available upgrades, as some guests found the cabins to be cozy but in need of certain amenities or updates.

Take Advantage of Outdoor Amenities

Enjoy the outdoor amenities such as the heated pool, fire pit, and easy access to the river, as guests found these features to enhance their stay.

Plan for Longer Stays

Consider staying for multiple nights to fully utilize the kitchen and outdoor seating areas, as some guests wished they had more time to enjoy these amenities.

Be Mindful of Noise

If noise is a concern, consider requesting a quieter room or cottage, as some guests mentioned issues with noise from neighboring rooms.

Check for Air Conditioning

If visiting during warmer months, ensure that the room or cottage has adequate air conditioning, as some guests experienced discomfort due to lack of cooling.


26600 Oliver Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

What's nearby

  • Palo Corona Regional Park0.3 mi
  • The Barnyard Shopping Village0.4 mi
  • Carmel Mission0.6 mi
  • Carmel River State Beach0.8 mi
  • Sunset Center1.1 mi
  • Tor House1.1 mi
  • Golden Bough Playhouse1.2 mi
  • Carmel Plaza1.3 mi
  • Galante Vineyards1.3 mi
  • Westbrook Modern1.4 mi
  • Carl Cherry Center for the Arts1.5 mi
  • Carmel Beach1.6 mi



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Top tips for your stay at Carmel River Inn

  • If you’re after a cheap room at Carmel River Inn, then you should consider staying during the low season. The cheapest deals can generally be found in November and April.
  • Prices can also vary depending on which day of the week you stay. For the best room deals at Carmel River Inn, plan to stay on a Saturday or Tuesday. The most expensive day is usually Thursday.
  • The cheapest price a room at Carmel River Inn was booked for on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $256, while the most expensive was $443.
  • How long should you stay at Carmel River Inn? KAYAK users usually book their rooms here for 2 days.

FAQs when booking at Carmel River Inn

  • Where is Carmel River Inn located?

    Carmel River Inn is located at 26600 Oliver Road, 1.2 miles from the center of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Palo Corona Regional Park is the closest landmark to Carmel River Inn.

  • When is check-in time and check-out time at Carmel River Inn?

    Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM at Carmel River Inn.

  • Does Carmel River Inn offer free Wi-Fi?

    Yes, Carmel River Inn offers free Wi-Fi.

  • Does Carmel River Inn offer free parking?

    Yes, Carmel River Inn offers free parking.

  • How far is Carmel River Inn from the airport?

    Carmel River Inn is 5.1 miles from Monterey Regional. Carmel River Inn is 56.8 miles from San Jose.

  • Does Carmel River Inn have a pool?

    Yes, Carmel River Inn has a pool onsite.

  • How does KAYAK find such great Carmel River Inn hotel deals?

    KAYAK scours the web for all room deals available at Carmel River Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea and lets you compare them to find the best rate for your stay. Many different travel sites will offer discounts or deals at different times for rooms at Carmel River Inn and KAYAK will provide you with prices from a huge range of travel sites. That means that you can always find a great deal for Carmel River Inn.

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