Carmel is renowned for its intimate bed-and-breakfast inns and luxury lodges. Many are within walking distance of Carmel Beach, and some are in the heart of the village. Carmel Valley, inland, is known for its high-end golf and spa resorts. Although the emphasis is on cottage-quaint, several places offer a sophisticated contemporary chic.
While there are a few inexpensive chain hotels in the area, one of Carmel's charms is its village atmosphere and the unique personal qualities of its individually owned properties. There are large historic hotels, small clusters of historic cottage inns, and individual bed-and-breakfasts mostly located in the neighborhoods. Updated 1950s-style motels are generally located on the edge of the village.
In the town's outskirts lie some less expensive chain hotels, and you'll find reasonably priced bed-and-breakfasts in Pacific Grove and more affordable hotels in Monterey. Be sure to book accommodations far in advance, especially for the quainter venues. Rates drop on weekdays and in the off-season.
There are more than two-dozen accommodations that are dog-friendly, but most charge an additional fee for your furry friends. Be sure to check policies and fees before taking along your pooch.
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