$132 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: May 25, 2015 Check-out: May 26, 2015

Dolphin Inn

3 stars
View map of Corner of 4th & San Carlos St, Carmel by-the-sea, CA 93921

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
17 reviews
Great value & location

The Dolphin Inn is located only a couple of blocks from Ocean Ave., the main street of lovely... See full review

  • Zen's Mom
  • Jul 24, 2014
Enjoyed our stay

The room was fine, clean and had all that we needed. We were within walking distance of everything... See full review

  • Mom and 3 Adult Daughters
  • Sep 16, 2013
The Dolphin Inn is a Carmel classic located just steps from restaurants art galleries and one-of-a-kind shopping. All of the spacious rooms and suites feature feather beds private balconies and many have gas burning fireplaces. In the morning you will enjoy complimentary continental breakfast delivered to your door and at the end of the day relax in the large heated swimming pool surrounded by balconies brimming with flowers.

Dolphin Inn Rooms

Standard double
Standard Guestroom with King bed Flat-screen TV personal Keurig Coffee Brewer and Full Bathroom.

Amenities

  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

Ratings and reviews for Dolphin Inn

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
17 out of 17
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4.1
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.7

76% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Dolphin Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Zen's Mom
Business
Fresno CA
Jul 24, 2014

Great value & location

The Dolphin Inn is located only a couple of blocks from Ocean Ave., the main street of lovely Carmel-by-the-Bay. It's quite convenient & the room had a fireplace, Keirig coffeemaker & mini-fridge, plus daily breakfast delivered to the room every morning. Compared to other hotels we checked out, Dolphin Inn was a great value! Staff was very helpful. They even gave us a list of restaurants that offered a discount or a free dessert or appetizer if we showed our room key!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Ask the front desk for their list of area restaurants that offer a 10%-15% discount or a free appetizer or dessert if you show the Dolphin Inn key card!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mom and 3 Adult Daughters
Business
San Francisco
Sep 16, 2013

Enjoyed our stay

The room was fine, clean and had all that we needed. We were within walking distance of everything and never used our car. It was quiet and peaceful and the staff were helpful and very nice. We are returning next month and already re-book with them!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Be sure to check out the plays at Pacific Repertory Theater! Great Entertainment

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Nick Names are Lame
Business
Monterey, California
Feb 10, 2013

Out dated and over priced

You expect to pay a bit more when you stay in Carmel because of the location but this particular room was pretty over priced. Dirty glasses and linens were a pretty big turn off, followed by a lack of temperature control.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

The Starlight 65 Rooftop Bar and Lounge had a nice cozy atmosphere and a good happy hour special.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Thierry the Basque
Business
Los Angeles
Sep 21, 2012

Good location, need to modernize

We booked 2 rooms with two queen bed and when we arrives they had two room with a single queen bed so we had to upgrade for a suite, $40 more. The staff was courteous. The breakfast was very simple: muffin, yogurt, fruit. Maybe the location justify the price

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Dolphin Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Augiedog
Business
Winnetka, CA
Sep 3, 2012

Staff very friendly, they strive to please

The facts are: rooms were clean, cleaning staff left two small bottles of water in the fridge every day for us which is great, fireplace worked, covered parking spots were a bit tight, free newspaper and breakfast in a cooler was delivered early, good strong shower, clean bathroom, right in the center of town, access to the beach just a short 5to 10 minute walk, 10 minutes away driving to the aquarium and Point Lobos. Pool looked clean. Tavern nearby, as in next door,which could be good or bad for you, depending if you're a lush, or trying to stay off the wagon. This probably would have been a little overpriced if not for a 20 percent coupon off the daily rate. Overall, good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Seek Dining in nearby towns, restaurants are pricey with average food. I recommend Sea Harvest in Monterey.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
no one29
Business
Portland, OR
Jul 23, 2012

Long Weekend

It was fine. Walking distance to most things in town.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Dolphin Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jphenderson
Business
Vallejo,CA
Jun 29, 2012

GReat get away

We were so tired from our wedding. The Room was well stocked. We were cold till we figured out how to use the older heater. Jumped out of bed to eat, then came back to a warm room. Loved the warm pool. Breakfast we just packed to go not hungry. Staff nice very helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Dolphin Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Chris of san jose
Business
San Jose, ca
Jun 17, 2012

Good location

Average hotel. A couple little things that needed attention, but overall an ok experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Dolphin Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JimmyP
Business
Guangzhou, China
Sep 27, 2011

Fireplace-heated pool-downtown

We were very pleased to find a large room, comfortable bed, heated pool, gas fireplace and walking distance to the beach and downtown restuarants. Best was continental bkfst delivered to your door with the paper every morning. Super idea. Room was not new, but was well maintained.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Pooint Lobos just south of Carmel is much more enjoyable than the 17mile drive. Worth a look

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Review of Dolphin Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Carmel Lovers
Business
Tucson,Az.
Aug 8, 2011

Long in the tooth

We have been to Carmel more than a dozen times in the last decade and were even married there. We try to get back to celebrate our marriage when we are able and so these visits are always special to us. Each time we try a new place to stay and on this trip the Dolphin Inn captured our attention for location and price. Upon arrival the gentleman at the reception was cold and generally unfriendly. Our room was on the first floor and although it was large by Carmel standards it was dated with furniture actually missing parts.This room was about 25 years past an update and was not charming in a vintage sort of way! UGLY late 70's decor. We had read some reviews complaining about the noise and they proved to be true. The breakfast cooler left at the door each morning was adaquate but definately did not compare with others we have enjoyed at other inns. Our advice: spend a little extra dough on better accomodations.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Consider dinner at the Mission Ranch where there is live piano music nightly. Well worth the price and short drive! The sunset view cannot be beat as well.

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