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The Inn at 1252 Monterey
The Inn at 1252 Monterey
8.1 Excellent

1.5 km from city centre, Monterey Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,359 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
Normandy Inn
8.8 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,192 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.

The Getaway
The Getaway
9.1 Excellent

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

ExcellentBased on 448 reviews
9.1

The Getaway Carmel By the Sea offers 3-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi.

Pine Inn
Pine Inn
8.3 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 364 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.

La Playa Carmel
La Playa Carmel
8.4 Excellent

0.5 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 214 reviews
8.4

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.

Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
8.1 Excellent

5.9 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 492 reviews
8.1

Hyatt Carmel Highlands provides comfortable 3.5-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. It also offers outdoor tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool.

Pacific Gardens Inn
Pacific Gardens Inn
8.7 Excellent

1.7 km from city centre, Pacific Grove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 934 reviews
8.7

Pacific Gardens Inn offers 3-star accommodation in Pacific Grove. Guests can also enjoy complimentary wireless internet.

Quality Inn Monterey
Quality Inn Monterey
7.7 Good

2.8 km from city centre, Monterey Show on map

GoodBased on 797 reviews
7.7

Boasting an outdoor pool, Quality Inn Monterey is located in Monterey and offers comfortable accommodation. It also provides free Wi-Fi.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
9.3 Excellent

3.0 km from city centre, Carmel Valley Show on map

ExcellentBased on 139 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.

Briarwood Inn
Briarwood Inn
8.6 Excellent

0.5 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

ExcellentBased on 741 reviews
8.6

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.

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

Cheapest month:December
Most expensive month:October
Average price in Carmel-by-the-Sea:$385/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$59/night
Cheapest day:Monday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$297 - $608
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$256 - $761
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Top Rated Carmel-by-the-Sea hotels

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
8.1 Excellent

5.9 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Hyatt Carmel Highlands provides comfortable 3.5-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. It also offers outdoor tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool.

2
Pacific Gardens Inn
Pacific Gardens Inn
8.7 Excellent

1.7 km from city centre, Pacific Grove Show on map

Pacific Gardens Inn offers 3-star accommodation in Pacific Grove. Guests can also enjoy complimentary wireless internet.

3
L Auberge Carmel
L Auberge Carmel
8.6 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Located in Carmel By the Sea, L'Auberge Carmel Relais & Chateaux is an easy drive from Pebble Beach Golf Links and Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

4
Colonial Terrace
Colonial Terrace
8.6 Excellent

1.0 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Located in Carmel By the Sea, The Colonial Terrace is within a 20-minute drive of Monterey Regional Airport and provides a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi throughout their stay.

5
The Vagabond's House
The Vagabond's House
9.1 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Located in Carmel By the Sea, The Vagabond's House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio is within easy reach of Pebble Beach Golf Links and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Those staying at the property can also make use of complimentary wireless internet during their stay.

6
Carriage House Inn
Carriage House Inn
9.3 Excellent

0.0 km 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.

7
Inn at Spanish Bay
Inn at Spanish Bay
9.4 Excellent

4.4 km 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.

8
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
9.3 Excellent

3.0 km 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.

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Comfort Inn Monterey Bay
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay
7.3 Good

2.7 km 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.

$93
Avg. per night
Quality Inn Monterey
Quality Inn Monterey
7.7 Good

2.8 km from city centre, Monterey Show on map

Boasting an outdoor pool, Quality Inn Monterey is located in Monterey and offers comfortable accommodation. It also provides free Wi-Fi.

$102
Avg. per night
The Inn at 1252 Monterey
The Inn at 1252 Monterey
8.1 Excellent

1.5 km 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.

$115
Avg. per night
Stage Coach Lodge
Stage Coach Lodge
8.5 Excellent

1.5 km 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.

$116
Avg. per night
Motel 6 Monterey Downtown
Motel 6 Monterey Downtown
7.6 Good

1.4 km 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.

$125
Avg. per night
Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites
Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites
8.9 Excellent

1.2 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

The Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites offers 3-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. It also provides outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

$132
Avg. per night
Carmel Inn And Suites
Carmel Inn And Suites
7.3 Good

0.4 km from city centre, Carmel-by-the-Sea Show on map

Situated in Carmel By the Sea, Carmel Inn & Suites is an easy drive from Pebble Beach and Monterey. Those staying at the property have access to a beauty centre, an outdoor pool and outdoor tennis courts.

$148
Avg. per night
Normandy Inn
Normandy Inn
8.8 Excellent

0.4 km 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.

$190
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Carmel-by-the-Sea

2 stars or below

$93 - $191

Normandy Inn

No. 1 most popular

Normandy Inn
8.8 Excellent
$190
Avg. per night
Quality Inn Monterey

No. 2 most popular

$102
Avg. per night
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay

Best value

$93
Avg. per night
3 stars

$191 - $446

Briarwood Inn

No. 1 most popular

Briarwood Inn
8.6 Excellent
$205
Avg. per night
Colonial Terrace

No. 2 most popular

Colonial Terrace
8.6 Excellent
$289
Avg. per night
Carmel Lodge

Best value

Carmel Lodge
8.3 Excellent
$191
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

$459 - $1,281

La Playa Carmel

No. 1 most popular

La Playa Carmel
8.4 Excellent
$475
Avg. per night
Hyatt Carmel Highlands

No. 2 most popular

$582
Avg. per night
The Hideaway

Best value

The Hideaway
8.7 Excellent
$459
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 8.4 from 214 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 1,191 reviewers, and Hyatt Carmel Highlands, with a score of 8.1 from 492 reviewers.

  • What is a good hotel near Carmel Beach?

    La Playa Carmel is a good hotel close to Carmel Beach - it has scored 8.4 over 214 reviews from HotelsCombined users.

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

    Charming Coastal Cottage Comfortable Living Indoor and Out is a hotel near Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course that is popular with HotelsCombined users, scoring 10.0 from 20 reviews.

  • Is there a good hotel near Carmel Mission?

    If you’re looking for good hotels near Carmel Mission, consider La Playa Carmel (rated 8.4 over 214 reviews).

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

    Carmel-by-the-Sea hotels start at $112 for tonight; however, the average price of accommodation is about $304. These prices were found on HotelsCombined within the last 72 hours.