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Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
8.6 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 220 reviews
8.6

Boasting a Jacuzzi and a sauna, Coachman's Inn A Four Sisters Inn is located in Carmel By the Sea and provides unique accommodation. It is ideally positioned for guests wanting to sightsee in the area.

The Inn at 1252
8.1 Excellent

0.9 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,310 reviews
8.1

Situated a short stroll from Wine Trolley Tours, The Inn at 1252 Monterey offers guests an ideal base when in Monterey. It has a gym, as well as an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business centre.

Normandy Inn
8.8 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,164 reviews
8.8

Normandy Inn provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. It also features an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and babysitting/child services.

Cypress Inn
8.8 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 62 reviews
8.8

Located in Carmel By the Sea, this inn is a few minutes walk from the Golden Bough Playhouse, and a short drive from Pebble Beach. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet throughout the property.

Pine Inn
8.3 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 326 reviews
8.3

Pine Inn - Carmel provides a comfortable setting while in Carmel By the Sea. It is conveniently located for those wanting to sightsee in the area.

Forest Lodge
9.1 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 80 reviews
9.1

Forest Lodge Carmel By the Sea is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to the area's tourist attractions. It also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.

La Playa Carmel
8.5 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 196 reviews
8.5

La Playa Carmel is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to the area's tourist attractions. The multiple facilities this luxury hotel offers include an express check-in and check-out feature, room service and an outdoor heated pool.

Edgemere Cottages
10.0 Excellent

0.7 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1 review
10.0

Edgemere Cottages is situated in Carmel By the Sea and offers free Wi-Fi. It is conveniently located for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa
9.3 Excellent

1.8 mi from city centre, Carmel Valley Show on map

ExcellentBased on 132 reviews
9.3

Bernardus Lodge and Spa is situated in Carmel Valley and is close to Garland Ranch Regional Park. It offers free Wi-Fi, room service and an outdoor pool.

Svendsgaard's Inn
8.7 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 369 reviews
8.7

Conveniently situated and offering an outdoor pool, this comfortable inn is located within easy driving distance of Pebble Beach. It is also within walking distance of Carmel By the Sea's well-known attractions and landmarks.

Tips for booking a Carmel-by-the-Sea hotel

Cheapest month:December
Most expensive month:August
Average price in Carmel-by-the-Sea:$307/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$44/night
Cheapest day:Wednesday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$228 - $391
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$242 - $395
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Edgemere Cottages
10.0 Excellent

0.7 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Edgemere Cottages is situated in Carmel By the Sea and offers free Wi-Fi. It is conveniently located for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

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Forest Lodge
9.1 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Forest Lodge Carmel By the Sea is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to the area's tourist attractions. It also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.

3
Carriage House Inn
9.3 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Situated in Carmel By the Sea, Carriage House Inn is a short walk from the Forest Theater and provides a Jacuzzi and outdoor tennis courts. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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Inn at Spanish Bay
9.4 Excellent

2.7 mi from city centre, Pebble Beach Show on map

The Inn at Spanish Bay is ideally positioned in peaceful surrounds in Pebble Beach, a short car ride from Point Lobos State Reserve. It also offers room service, babysitting/child services and a car rental desk.

5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
9.3 Excellent

1.8 mi from city centre, Carmel Valley Show on map

Bernardus Lodge and Spa is situated in Carmel Valley and is close to Garland Ranch Regional Park. It offers free Wi-Fi, room service and an outdoor pool.

6
Cypress Inn
8.8 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Located in Carmel By the Sea, this inn is a few minutes walk from the Golden Bough Playhouse, and a short drive from Pebble Beach. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet throughout the property.

7
La Playa Carmel
8.5 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

La Playa Carmel is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to the area's tourist attractions. The multiple facilities this luxury hotel offers include an express check-in and check-out feature, room service and an outdoor heated pool.

8
Stage Coach Lodge
8.5 Excellent

0.9 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Stage Coach Lodge provides modern 3-star accommodation in Monterey. It also features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a playground.

Cheapest hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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Comfort Inn Monterey Bay
7.3 Good

1.7 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Set in Monterey, the motel is a five-minute walk from Monterey Fairgrounds and provides a sauna and free Wi-Fi. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

$67
Avg. per night
The Inn at 1252
8.1 Excellent

0.9 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Situated a short stroll from Wine Trolley Tours, The Inn at 1252 Monterey offers guests an ideal base when in Monterey. It has a gym, as well as an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business centre.

$72
Avg. per night
Stage Coach Lodge
8.5 Excellent

0.9 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Stage Coach Lodge provides modern 3-star accommodation in Monterey. It also features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a playground.

$79
Avg. per night
Inn By The Bay Monterey
7.4 Good

0.5 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Inn By the Bay Monterey is situated in Monterey and is close to the area's well-known attractions. It is located a short stroll from the Larkin House, San Carlos Cathedral and the Monterey Museum of Art.

$84
Avg. per night
Motel 6 Monterey Downtown
7.6 Good

0.9 mi from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Less than 20 minutes' walk from Wine Trolley Tours, Motel 6 - Downtown Monterey provides guests with an ideal base when in Monterey. It also offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception.

$86
Avg. per night
Carmel Fireplace Inn
8.2 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Carmel Fireplace Inn is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to the area's well-known attractions. It offers free Wi-Fi and a garden, and is a short walk from the Forest Theater.

$132
Avg. per night
Normandy Inn
8.8 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Normandy Inn provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. It also features an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and babysitting/child services.

$133
Avg. per night
Briarwood Inn
8.6 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Situated in Carmel By the Sea, Briarwood Inn is an easy drive from Pebble Beach and Monterey. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access in all areas.

$133
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Carmel-by-the-Sea

2 stars and under

$67 - $156

#1 Most popular

Normandy Inn
8.8 Excellent
$133
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#2 Most popular

$132
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Best value

$67
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3 stars

$133 - $342

#1 Most popular

Pine Inn
8.3 Excellent
$140
Avg. per night

#2 Most popular

$188
Avg. per night

Best value

Briarwood Inn
8.6 Excellent
$133
Avg. per night
4 stars +

$329 - $704

#1 Most popular

La Playa Carmel
8.5 Excellent
$340
Avg. per night

#2 Most popular

Inn at Spanish Bay
9.4 Excellent
$704
Avg. per night

Best value

$329
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea

About Carmel-by-the-Sea

Serving as the northern gateway to California’s Big Sur coast, Carmel By The Sea is a charming beach city on the Monterey Peninsula. It’s renowned for the ornate Spanish architecture of the Carmel Mission, as well as being a popular destination for spotting migrating whales.

Things to do

Enjoy a stroll along the Scenic Bluff Path, which extends from the golden sands of Carmel Beach to the popular birdwatching location of Carmel River State Beach. The gravel pathway winds beneath Monterey cypresses and past landscaped gardens and offers magnificent views of the rugged Pacific coastline.

Admire the 18th-century architecture of the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, built by early Franciscan missionaries. Learn about the restoration efforts at the Harry Downie Museum, witness the monumental bronze and travertine cenotaph by sculptor Jo Mora and see the cell where Saint Junípero Serra lived at the Convento Museum.

Spend a day wildlife spotting along the dramatic coastline of the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, home to harbor seals and a popular area for spotting humpback and blue whales. Follow one of the many hiking trails and visit the 19th-century Whalers Cabin that was used by early Japanese and Chinese fishermen.

Carmel By The Sea serves as the northern gateway to Big Sur, a spectacular stretch of coastline that hugs the Pacific Ocean. Travel over the Bixby Bridge to explore the hiking trails of beautiful Andrew Molera State Park and witness the McWay Falls within Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Getting around

Carmel By The Sea is 15 minutes’ drive from Monterey Regional Airport or around two hours from San Francisco International Airport. Buses travel throughout Carmel By The Sea, but having your own vehicle is best for exploring the Big Sur coast.

Carmel-by-the-Sea travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea?

    La Playa Carmel, rated with a score of 8.5 from 196 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Other top stays include Normandy Inn, with an average rating of 8.8 from 1,162 reviewers, and Pine Inn, with a score of 8.3 from 326 reviewers.

  • What is a good hotel near Carmel Beach?

    La Playa Carmel is a popular hotel near Carmel Beach that is highly recommended, with a score of 8.5 across 196 reviews.

  • What is a good hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea near Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course?

    The most popular hotel near Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course is Charming Coastal Cottage Comfortable Living Indoor and Out, with 20 HotelsCombined users scoring it 10.0/10.

  • Is there a good hotel near Carmel Mission?

    If you’re visiting Carmel Mission then the nearby La Playa Carmel is a popular hotel with HotelsCombined users (196 reviews scoring it at an average 8.5/10).

  • How much do hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea cost?

    Searches in the last 72 hours suggest an average price of around $271/night is normal for a hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 4-star and 5-star hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea had average prices of $446/night and $263/night, respectively.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea?

    Prices for Carmel-by-the-Sea hotels have been found for as low as $64/night over the last 3 days.

  • How much is a hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea tonight?

    A hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea tonight can start as low as $70 for the night, with an average cost of $262, based on HotelsCombined searches over the last 72 hours. For a 4-star hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea tonight, prices start from $186.