Luxury Hotels in Carmel



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  • Let's face it: Luxury and Carmel go hand in hand, especially when it comes to hotels, inns, and resorts. There are few places outside of Paris with such a high concentration of 5-star accommodations as Carmel. That's reassuring for some, but how do you pick out the best of the best? This Top 10 attempts to pick out the cream of the crop in Carmel's luxury hotel scene.

    The Inn at Spanish Bay, this list's Number 1 Luxury Hotel in Carmel, was ranked #31 on the Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine's 50 of the World's Most Decadent Hotels. The winners are the world's most luxurious, most elegant hotels, and The Inn at Spanish Bay one of three hotels in the California (more than any other state), to make the list. Now that's saying something.

    Not to be ignored, Post Ranch Inn (Number 2) also made the BusinessWeek Most Decadent list. Though it is in Big Sur, I chose to include it in the Carmel luxury hotel Top 10 because it is very much worth traveling the extra little bit (it's a 30 minute drive to the Pebble Beach Resorts) to experience the unparalleled luxury of Post Ranch. Built in an organic, eco-friendly manner, Post Ranch Inn is a world of its own in beautiful Big Sur. Check out Carmel and many of its fine offerings by day, and then retire to your luxury suite at Post Ranch at night. Or, as often is the case, stay close to home and enjoy the many luxuriant offerings of Post Ranch.

    A slightly less extravagant yet not less luxurious lodging on this list is The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Number 4 here), an intimate mini-resort that epitomizes attentive service and effortless elegance. The staff is extremely professional and hospitable, treating each guest as if they were royalty (which sometimes they are). The understated attention to detail leaves nothing lacking, and has guests raving about The Lodge at Pebble Beach to their nearest and dearest.

    Others on this list, like Tradewinds Carmel (Number 6) or the Hyatt Carmel Highlands (Number 10) are exquisite in their own right. No hotel on this list will disappoint the discerning guest. Well, actually, one thing to be disappointed in is that eventually you'll have to check out, but you don't have to think about that for awhile.



    Hyatt Carmel Highlands

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    120 Highland Dr

    The Gateway to Big Sur... read more

    Bernardus Lodge

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    415 Carmel Valley Road
    Bernardus Lodge

    Deliciously warm and inviting... read more

    Stonepine Estate

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    150 East Carmel Valley Road

    Romantic revival... read more

    Carmel Village Inn

    Ocean And Junipero
    Ocean Ave. and Junipero St

    Quaint Village Inn... read more

    L'Auberge Carmel

    Monte Verde at Seventh

    European Luxury... read more

    Lincoln Green Inn

    26200 Carmelo Street

    Pet-Friendly Bed & Breakfast... read more

    Tradewinds Carmel

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    Mission Street at 3rd Avenue

    Ocean Views... read more

    Tickle Pink Inn

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    155 Highland Drive

    Quintessential Romantic Inn... read more

    La Playa Hotel & Cottages-by-the-Sea

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    Camino Real at Eighth Ave.
    Camino Real and Eighth Ave

    Carmel Grande Dame... read more

    Carmel Valley Ranch

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    1 Old Ranch Road

    All-suite ranch-style lodge... read more

    Carriage House Inn

    Junipero between 7th and 8th
    Between 7th and 8th Avenue

    Four-Star Romantic Inn... read more

    Forest Lodge

    s.w. corner ofOcean Ave & Torres St

    Cozy Garden Setting... read more

    Sunset House B&B

    Camino Real
    Between Ocean and Seventh Avenues

    Charm and character... read more

    expert pick

    Ventana Inn & Spa

    48123 California 1

    "Ventana" means window in Spanish, and this luxurious inn offers a window to Carmel... read more

    the vagabond's house

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    Dolores St and 4th Ave

    English Tudor-style inn... read more

    Cypress Inn

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    7th Avenue & Lincoln

    Old-Fashioned Mansion... read more

    Best Western Carmel Mission Inn

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    3665 Rio Road

    Garden setting... read more

    Lamp Lighter Inn

    corner of Ocean Ave & Camino Real

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    BEST WESTERN CARMEL BAY VIEW I

    Junipero Between 5th And 6th
    PO Box 3715

    Cobblestone Inn

    Junipero between 7th and 8th

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