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13 Best Carmel-by-the-Sea Bed and Breakfasts

Located on California’s Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small seaside town with loads of Mediterranean charm. Its cobblestone streets reveal fascinating museums, art galleries and boutique shops, while further exploration showcases sandy beaches, beautiful state parks and local wineries. Nestled between Big Sur and Monterey, this tranquil area is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway, family holiday and everything in between.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve discovered the best bed and breakfast accommodations in Carmel-by-the-Sea. These quaint abodes offer modern amenities and inviting on-site perks like pampering day spas, gourmet breakfast options and oceanfront rooms.

The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio

The Vagabond's House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio, bed 7 breakfast in carmel-by-the-sea
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Just blocks away from the famous Ocean Avenue, Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio is housed in a 1920s Tudor-style house. Rooms boast modern amenities, including fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and refrigerators, while some upgraded rooms also include heated marble bathroom floors and views over the courtyard treetops.

Meet fellow travellers at the nightly Wine Reception while warming up by the fire pit or kick back in the comfy sitting room. Need to de-stress? Enjoy pampering body treatments at the Spa Studio or listen to the sound of the waterfall near the gardened courtyard. When you’re ready to swim or sunbathe, Sunset Beach is just a 10-minute walk away.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • California wines, a variety of cheeses and signature snacks at the Wine Reception.
  • The spa’s Detox Warm Rosemary and Cypress Sea Salt Scrub and Grapefruit and Ginger Body Mask.
  • A hearty breakfast with fresh fruit, yoghurts, homemade croissants, bagels and toast.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 244 – USD 421
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 4th and Dolores, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Carriage House Inn

Carriage House Inn, bed & breakfast
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Exuding a romantic ambience, Carriage House Inn is tucked in a quiet side street steps from all the action. Deluxe Guestrooms boast feather beds, fireplaces and flat-screen TVs, along with window seats overlooking Mission St. Recent renovations have added large two-person jetting tubs in upgraded rooms, such as the lavish Premium Suite.

Start your day with continental breakfast delivered to your door, then retreat to the bed and breakfast after a day of sightseeing for wine and hors d’oeuvres served in the library. Only one block away, downtown Carmel’s Ocean Avenue is lined with shops and art galleries, such as Chartreuse and Two Sisters Designs.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Upgraded rooms with jetted tubs and fireplaces.
  • Freshly-baked cookies daily.
  • A 10-minute drive from the scuba diving and whale watching at Point Lobos State Reserve.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 409 – USD 455
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: Junipero between 7th and 8th Avenue, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Tally Ho Inn

Tally Ho Inn, carmel-by-the-sea bed & breakfast
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Beach lovers will delight in Tally Ho Inn’s prime location next to Carmel Beach, while all travellers can appreciate its quaint English bed and breakfast ambience. Enjoy flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses and Jacuzzi tubs or upgrade to a spacious suite for a private deck with ocean views.

Enjoy a moment of peace in the sun-soaked English courtyard or walk across the street to Tally Ho’s sister hotel, Pine Inn, to indulge in Italian cuisine at Il Fornaio or sweet treats and on-the-go items at the bakery. Ready to practise your swing? Grab your golf gear and head to the award-winning Pebble Beach Golf Links nearby.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Complimentary breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi and on-site parking.
  • Easy access to the boutiques and restaurants at nearby Pine Inn.
  • A five-minute drive from the Carmel Mission Basilica and Museum.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 255 – USD 403
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: Monte Verde Street At Sixth Street, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Sandpiper Inn

Sandpiper Inn is a small country inn steps from the sand, offering stunning Ocean View rooms, Fireplace rooms and Cozy Cottage rooms. Along with elegant decor and antique furniture, rooms include four-poster beds, fireplaces and garden or ocean views, while the cottages also boast private entrances.

Kick back on the beautiful patio surrounded by flower gardens and enjoy your breakfast or afternoon tea, then walk two minutes to Carmel Beach before relaxing by the fire pit in the evening. If you’re looking for adventure, journey along the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach past scenic beaches and golf courses.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Carmel Beachfront rooms with ocean views.
  • A welcoming common room and library.
  • About 12 kilometres from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 187 – USD 231
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 2408 Bay View Avenue, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

The Hideaway

The Hideaway, bed & breakfast
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A charming 24-room boutique hotel, The Hideaway offers dog-friendly accommodation steps from Carmel Beach and downtown Carmel. Rest in comfort with down comforters and pillow-top beds in each room, along with plush robes, mini fridges, coffee makers and wine by PlumpJack. Stay in the spacious 1st Floor King with Sitting Area and Fireplace for a two-sided fireplace.

Dig into the scrumptious European-style breakfast served each morning, mingle with fellow travellers at the evening wine and cheese reception or relax by the fire with a good book. Enjoy cocktails at Vesuvio’s rooftop bar or mingle with locals at Sadie’s, both a five-minute walk away.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • A European-style breakfast with granola, pastries, quiches and fresh fruit.
  • The intimate reading nook and courtyard views in the King Room with Reading Alcove.
  • Dog-friendly accommodation with comfy beds, collar tags and treats.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 236 – USD 300
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Junipero Avenue between 7th and 8th, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Carmel Country Inn

Carmel Country Inn, carmel-by-the-sea bed & breakfast
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Home to one and two-bedroom suites and studios, Carmel Country Inn boasts romantic perks, such as fireplaces and luxe baths. Budget-friendly King Studios feature open floor plans with gas fireplaces and flat-screen TVs, while the two-storey Luxury King Studio has a whirlpool tub and French doors to a private furnished balcony.

HotelsCombined visitors love the on-site dining options, particularly the hearty breakfast with freshly-baked French pastries and individual quiches served on the outdoor patio. You can also grab snacks throughout the day in the country kitchen. Explore the hiking trails at nearby Point Lobos State Reserve, which wind past seacoast, pine forests and cypress groves and offer a chance to spot orcas and grey whales.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Room to accommodate up to five guests in the spacious 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Suite.
  • A daily breakfast buffet served on the outdoor patio or delivered to your room.
  • An array of Spa Packages available with deep-tissue massages and hydrating facials.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 383 – USD 3,692
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Dolores Street at Third Avenue, P.O. Box 3756, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge

Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge, bed & Breakfast
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Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge is located in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, a short drive from the wineries in Carmel Valley Village. The Horizon Inn rooms set the scene for a romantic getaway with private balconies, oversized Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces, while spacious three-bedroom cottage suites include full kitchens and two flat-screen TVs.

The complimentary breakfast basket delivered to your room daily is a hit with guests, in addition to the tranquil outdoor patio with a hot tub and fireplace. Looking for a memorable spot to watch the sunset? Head to Carmel River State Beach, a kilometre-long stretch of beach known for excellent birdwatching.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • The spacious family-friendly cottage suite with a separate living room and on-site laundry services.
  • An outdoor hot tub and courtyard with a fireplace.
  • Convenient off-street parking.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 155 – USD 243
Guest Rating: 9
Address: South West Corner Junipero Street & 3rd Avenue, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Lamp Lighter Inn

Lamp Lighter Inn, carmel-by-the-sea bed & breakfast
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Lamp Lighter Inn is tucked into an ancient grove of trees, only a five-minute walk from the white sand of Carmel Beach. Choose from stylish rooms with spacious sitting areas, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges or upgrade to a charming cottage for a wood-burning fireplace and whirlpool tub.

Admire the charming hand-built birdhouses as you relax in the secluded gazebos, then snuggle by the fire pit or chat with fellow guests at the nightly wine and cheese reception. For memorable souvenir photos, hop in a car and drive south to see one of California’s most picturesque coastlines at Big Sur.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Pet-friendly rooms with blankets and bowls.
  • A complimentary breakfast with coffee, tea, bagels, muffins and fruits.
  • The family-friendly Early Bird Room with two double beds, a table with chairs and a flat-screen TV.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 261 – USD 473
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Southeast Corner of Ocean Avenue & Camino Real, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Candle Light Inn

Candle Light Inn, bed & breakfast
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Priding themselves on friendly, personal services, Candle Light Inn is a welcoming bed and breakfast with cosy rooms and suites. Along with English-country decor, most rooms feature fireplaces, Keurig coffee machines and whirlpool tubs. Those looking for extra space can stay in the Standard Guestroom, 2 Doubles.

Wake up for complimentary breakfast and a morning newspaper, then admire the view from the outdoor terrace or indulge in tempting cookies baked fresh daily. Snag tickets to a live performance at Sunset Center for the Performing Arts, only a 10-minute walk away, or shop for clothes, accessories and antiques along Ocean Avenue.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • The two-person jetted tub, king-size bed and fireplace in the Premium Guestroom King.
  • Complimentary off-street parking and high-speed Wi-Fi.
  • An array of attraction packages available, with discounts to Poppy Hills Golf Course and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 231 – USD 289
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: San Carlos between 4th and 5th Ave, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Svendsgaard’s Inn

Svendsgaard's Inn, carmel-by-the-sea bed & breakfast
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Svendsgaard’s Inn is home to 35 guest rooms and suites overlooking a colourful garden, with many boasting fireplaces, kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs. The Premium Guestroom boasts a two-person jetted tub, while the Premium Suite features two king-size beds.

Bask in the sunshine at the lush garden courtyard or swim in the large heated pool, then receive recommendations on nearby spa services and wine tasting tours from the friendly staff. The self-proclaimed “pet-friendliest Inn in Carmel” offers your-legged friends dog beds, water bowls, treats, “Animal Planet” channel access, and a pet sitter.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • In-room fireplaces and spa tubs.
  • The Romantic Getaway Package with champagne, chocolate truffles and a dining certificate.
  • The pet-friendly Value Guestroom with a double bed, flat-screen TV and Keurig coffee maker.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 240 – USD 303
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: Corner of 4th & San Carlos Street, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

The Colonial Terrace

The Colonial Terrace, bed & breakfast
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The Colonial Terrace is a charming boutique hotel located in an exclusive residential neighbourhood called The Golden Rectangle. Its 26 coastal-inspired rooms and suites boast ocean, garden or courtyard views, along with balconies, fireplaces, kitchens and whirlpool tubs. For a wet bar and sleeper sofa, stay in the Ocean-View Junior Suite.

You’ll find thoughtful touches like homemade cookies in the lobby and free flashlights for evening walks, while complimentary beach chairs and towels are offered for beach-loving guests. Snag a custom Colonial Terrace picnic basket for lunch on the sand or trek to Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark full of rare and ancient works of art.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Only one kilometre from the picturesque shoreline of Carmel River State Beach.
  • Concierge services to help with sightseeing tours, spa services and museum tickets.
  • The spacious Ocean-View 2-Bedroom Suite with a separate living and dining room and ocean-facing balcony.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 200 – USD 690
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 13th & San Antonio, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Briarwood Inn

Briarwood Inn, carmel-by-the-sea bed & breakfast
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Briarwood Inn is a newly renovated bed and breakfast, only a five-minute walk from the kid-friendly playgrounds at Forest Hills Park. Stay in the budget-friendly Standard Guestroom for a flat-screen TV, Keurig coffee machine and a mini fridge or upgrade to a Premium Guestroom King for a king-size bed, fireplace and two-person jetted tub.

Enjoy breakfast favourites in the morning at the sun-dappled garden area, then retreat to the warm of the large outdoor fireplace. Are you an art enthusiast? Don’t miss the chance to browse the artwork at nearby Weston Gallery and Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Romantic rooms with oversized jetted tubs and fireplaces.
  • Within a 15-minute walk from Carmel Beach.
  • Complimentary cookies baked daily.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 123 – USD 415
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: San Carlos St between 4th & 5th, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Lincoln Green Inn

Nestled in lush English country-style gardens, Lincoln Green Inn is a tranquil retreat with historic individual cottages. The one-bedroom cottages boast flat-screen TVs, private yards and fireplaces, while the luxurious Robin Hood cottage is ideal for families or larger groups with two bedrooms, a living room and full kitchen.

Revel in the delightful scent of the banquet of flowers and ancient trees in the garden at breakfast, then return after exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea to enjoy complimentary afternoon wine and cheese. Just three blocks away you’ll find the start of the Scenic Drive Walkway, a walking path with spectacular ocean views.

Bed and Breakfast Highlights

  • Set within beautiful English garden landscapes.
  • Family-friendly cottages with separate living spaces, full kitchens and fireplaces.
  • An in-room continental breakfast served daily and nightly social events.

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 360 – USD 493
Guest Rating: 10
Address: 26200 Carmelo Avenue, Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

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Experience Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Charming Seaside Accommodation

Blessed with stunning natural scenery, endless window-shopping opportunities and local wineries, Carmel-by-the-Sea is an alluring California. Explore local attractions and scenic drives, then retreat to one of the quaint bed and breakfasts in this coastal gem. Nestled in beautiful historic houses, you’ll be treated to inviting restaurants, cosy fireplaces, wine receptions and beachfront access.

Which bed and breakfast in Carmel-by-the-Sea is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.


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