"Good time , food , Views and places to go ! Enjoyed visiting Carmel's Mission and it's History! " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 19 Nov 2016

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Hotel Description

Carmel Wayfarer Inn puts you in the center of Carmel, 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from Carmel Beach and 4.2 km (2.6 mi) from Pebble Beach Golf Links. Highlights at this hotel include free daily breakfast and free self parking.

LCD TVs with cable channels are featured in all 17 individually decorated rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free local calls, and desks. Refrigerators and free toiletries are also available.

This pet-friendly hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a garden, and express check-in. Added amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, express check-out, and multilingual staff. Each morning free breakfast is served between 8 AM and 9:30 AM. There's also the convenience of limited parking.

Within a 15-minute drive of this 3-star Carmel hotel, attractions include Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Queen Room with 2 Queen Beds (Max 4 people)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$101 per night

One King Room with Fireplace (Max 2 people) (2nd Floor)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Family Suite (Max 4 people)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

King Room with Ocean View (Max 2 people) (2nd Floor)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Executive Suite (Max 4 people)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Carmel Wayfarer Inn ratings based on 24 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0
2 out of 5

Average experience

Nice room and front desk staff. Ocean view exaggerated. Booked an ocean view room which you could not see the ocean from. Breakfast terrible. Set plates on a table full of dirty plates, and the staff member Patel made a scene in front of other customers, telling me to take my dishes to the kitchen. I took my dishes and my girlfriend's into the kitchen. He then started me down as I walked out. I told him the rest of the dishes in the table weren't from us. He continued to stare me down and embarrass me in front of other diners. Really disrespectful. Perhaps because he was Indian and I'm white he didn't like me having an Indian girlfriend. Also, the breakfast they offer was literally toast, two cereals with milk that looked curdled, and waffle makers with batter next to them. The batter was badly made and as a result the waffle didn't cook fully. Went and spent $35 eating a real breakfast. So, advertised free breakfast is not worth $1, and the 'free parking' is a lot with 6-8 spaces, and you'll be told to just park on the street, because it's free in Carmel anyway, if it's full.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

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4 out of 5

Good relaxing time and get away!

Pros: Good value!
Cons: Coffee
Location: Location was easy to find and central location in down-town Carmel and not too far from the beach!
Good time , food , Views and places to go ! Enjoyed visiting Carmel's Mission and it's History!

Posted by , from Los Gatos,Ca. on Nov 19, 2016

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3 out of 5
The wayfarers is sweet but in need of updating. My biggest complaint was the breakfast and no coffee in the rooms. The price was right and we may stay again.

Posted by , from kirkland Wa on Sep 3, 2016

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2 out of 5

You don't get what you pay for

Pros: The Location
Cons: Almost everything, it needs to be gutted and rebuilt. Useless WIFI
Location: It is in town so you can walk to everything in Carmel. That's all they have for you.
The only thing you get at this Inn is location. It seems as if the rooms have been left to decay, the carpet is very old and stained. The walls get a patch of almost the same color when there is a problem. The bathroom is falling apart, missing tile and grout. The tub caulk has shriveled and looks mildewy. The shower curtain rod was rusty. Shampoo in little cheap packets. The bed hurt and the comforter smelled. There was a small side room for our kids with a trundle bed, and the room was big so we did have space for all four of us. The trundle mattresses were uncomfortable. The WIFI is too weak to be used for anything. The free parking is limited so you may end up with on street parking. The continental breakfast is a cheap carbfest although the self made waffle was tasty. The court yard is cute and you are in town, just try to stay out of the room if you stay here. It feels as if the owners have decided to keep anything they make and not put a penny in to the rooms unless they have to. I would not recommend this place and I will avoid it in the future.

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016

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3 out of 5

Clean and Comfortable, but rundown.

Pros: Location and the courtyard is nice.
Cons: Written about in "Write about your experience".
Location: Great location, great shopping and the beach is very close.
I didn't read Yelp until after I booked and confirmed and then realized I couldn't cancel and that point. Before arriving at our destination I prepared myself for the worst and thankfully I did because I wasn't too disappointed. The rate was too much for the condition of the inn. The reception was nice, the room was clean and the bed was comfortable, but overall I would have to rate this establishment on a scale of 1-10, 4 and I'm giving it a 4 because it was clean and the bed was comfortable, but they need to spend some money on some upgrades, like lighter color paint, new carpet, new bathroom fixtures and screens on bathroom windows.

Posted by , from East Bay on Jul 11, 2016

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2 out of 5

Carmel Getaway

Pros: Allowed pets, although it is costly.
Cons: Clean the carpets, offer something other than just carbs (cereal, waffles, & toast) for breakfast. Hard boiled eggs are easy and keep well.
Location: Good location close to shops and restaurants but high concentration of apartments around the motel make parking a challenge. Also very noisy.
Happy to pay the extra $35/day for each of my two small dogs. however the carpet was so dirty and spotted I was glad I brought my slippers. The room definately needs some updating. Garbage day (Tues) is very noisy and the trucks seemed to be in front of our room forever. Perhaps this is due to the high concentration of apartments surrounding the apartment. Next time I'll put my dogs in a kennel and opt for a cleaner more upscale motel.

Posted by , from Central Coast Ca. on Jan 13, 2016

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3 out of 5

Crazy fireplace

Pros: The little garden courtyard and proximity to town and beach.
Cons: Bathroom needs updating as did the carpeting
Location: see "what did I like about hotel"
It was a cold night in Carmel,in the 40's & windy. Room had a gas fireplace with a thermostat. Turn it on. Roast or freeze-no in between!!

Posted by , from southern california on Nov 21, 2015

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3 out of 5
This hotel has no air conditioner, this was an upset.

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015

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2 out of 5

Bad - old and run down

Pros: We have been going to Carmel for 40+ years and this is the most rundown place we have ever stayed!
Cons: put in new carpet - a fan in the ceiling - newer bed covering - removed rust from the wall shelf in the bathroom
Location: Carmel has everything to do ... especially to stay out of this room
very hot & stuffy - no air just a loud fan! Carmel is not always cool so "for the price" - this room should have had something beside bad ugly carpet, window covering that were broken, rust in the bathroom, old bedding - small TV - many thing made this room just not someplace to ever stay again.

Posted by , from Fresno, CA on Sep 9, 2015

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3 out of 5

walk everywhere

Pros: close to downtown carmel
Cons: upgrade bathroom, serve fresh fruit at breakfast & how about some yogurt?
Location: great location, walk anywhere in carmel by the sea
the hotel was adequate -- seemed clean but in need of some upgrades in the bathroom. The breakfast was extremely disappointing, there was no effort made at all. If that's all they can do they shouldn't serve it. Best part of staying there was that it's a couple of blocks from the main street.

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

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Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. Carmel Wayfarer Inn also features multilingual staff, a garden, and coffee/tea in a common area. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This 3-star Carmel hotel is smoke free.

  • 17 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Built in 1969
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Garden
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) (9.2 km / 5.7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Carmel Wayfarer Inn offers 17 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature complimentary toiletries and blackout drapes/curtains. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. 25-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations. This Carmel hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested.

  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

Guests are served free breakfast daily from 8 AM to 9:30 AM.

Nearby Activities

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

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 9:00 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 8 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 3 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 35.00.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 35.00.


  • Pets: USD 35.00 per pet, per day
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 50 lb)


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.

There are no refunds for no show or early check-out reservations. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No elevators



The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

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

  • Pet fee: USD 35.00 per pet, per day
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for an additional fee
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

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

Hotel Names

  • Carmel Wayfarer
  • Carmel Wayfarer Inn
  • Wayfarer Carmel
  • Wayfarer Inn
  • Wayfarer Inn Carmel
  • Carmel Wayfarer Hotel Carmel

You should know

  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • Children 3 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.