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"My family and I booked for an overnight getaway. We were pleasantly surprised at the quaint little cottage that we stayed in. We happened to bring our ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 15 Jul 2017

Hotel Description

Motel near Carmel Beach in Carmel

Close to the beach

Your stay at this Mission Fields motel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica. The Barnyard and Sunset Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Outdoor pool

A seasonal outdoor pool, free self parking, and concierge services are featured at this motel. WiFi in public areas is free. A garden, a lobby fireplace, and a picnic area are also on offer.

Free WiFi, balconies

Offering conveniences like refrigerators and coffee/tea makers, the 40 guestrooms also have free WiFi and balconies. Other amenities include cable TV, hair dryers, and showers.

Single Room, 1 Double Bed

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$109* Per night/room Feb 2 - Feb 3

Studio (Cottage with Kitchenette)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Basic Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Basic Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Studio, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Carmel River Inn ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Carmel River Inn

Everyone (3)
5 out of 5

Pleasantly surprised

My family and I booked for an overnight getaway. We were pleasantly surprised at the quaint little cottage that we stayed in. We happened to bring our bikes and the kids loved riding around and exploring the 10 acre property. The staff was awesome, they even let us explore while we were waiting for the cottage to be cleaned since we showed up a little early. We will most definitely be returning.

Posted by , from S, California on Jul 15, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 22, 2017 by Michael "the GM" Alonzo

Thank you for your comments! We will share this with our team, please come back soon. We love having return guests!

3 out of 5

Disappointed and disillusioned

We drove an extra 2 hours for specific accommodations. Upon arrival, my expectations (and surprise for my hubby) for accommodations in a quaint cottage, as depicted in the pictures online, quickly diminished as I was directed to my room on the second floor of a 2 story building. My husband and I are seniors and have difficulty in climbing stairs. Online pictures were deceiving, as they did not make clear other accommodations (not pictured) were an optional placement. Convenient location off Highway 1, restaurants, and grocery store.

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

by Cathy

Thank you for staying with us recently! We are sorry to hear that you felt you were "deceived" in regards to the pictures we have online. On all of our online outlets we have any and all pictures of cottages as well as the inn rooms for our guests to view. Also when booking a room, the types that we have available display the room you are selecting and whether it is a cottage or an inn room. I apologize about the possible misunderstanding in the room types from the cottages and the inn. We have a dedicated staff at the front desk that is here to serve you. We could have relocated your room to the first floor if it were at all possible. Thank you very much for your feedback and we hope to have you back with us in the near future.

2 out of 5

Shabby room

Pros: The cat was nice and I enjoyed the sound of the creek behind the room.
Cons: The room needs to be updated and remodeled. It was very shabby.
Location: The location was convenient for our trip to Point Lobos.
The room was old and in need of a major remodel. The Inn cat was a nice addition, but I won't be staying there again.

Posted by , from Granada Hills, CA on Jan 18, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 21, 2016 by Cathy

Although we’re happy that you enjoyed the sound of the creek and our furry friend, it disappoints us to know that you didn't enjoy your accommodations. We do appreciate your feedback and are in the process of several upgrades and renovations. We do hope that you would consider staying with us again in the near future.

Property Features

As a guest of Carmel River Inn, you'll find a seasonal outdoor pool, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff. Public spaces have free WiFi. Carmel River Inn also features a garden, a picnic area, and concierge services. Self parking is free. This Carmel motel is smoke free.

  • 40 guestrooms or units
  • Built in 1934
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) (11.2 km / 7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Carmel River Inn offers 40 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Rooms open to balconies. Cable television is provided. Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. This Carmel motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains.

  • Private balcony
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ensuite bathroom

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the motel include a seasonal outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets: USD 30 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmationService animals are exempt from fees.


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: USD 30 per pet, per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Carmel River
  • Carmel River Inn
  • River Inn Carmel
  • Carmel River Hotel Carmel
  • Carmel River Inn Motel
  • Carmel River Inn Carmel
  • Carmel River Inn Motel Carmel

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • The seasonal pool will open in April and close in November.
  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
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