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Carmel River Inn

Carmel River Inn welcomes one pet of any size for an additional fee of $40 per night, and two pets of any size for $60 per night. Select Cottages and Standard Rooms are pet friendly. Both dogs and cats are permitted, but pets may not be left unattended. A pet package is provided with sheets and information on nearby pet-friendly activities. There is turf on the property for pet use, along with washing and waste stations.
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Room Types
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    • 1 double bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 1 king bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 1 queen bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 1 queen bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • Pet fee additional
    • 2 twin beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • Pet fee additional
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Located just one mile from the world-renowned village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, famous for its extraordinary charm, the Carmel River Inn is situated amid a pastoral river setting less than five minutes walk from the Carmel Mission. With cozy cottages tucked into 10 acres of gardens, forest and meadow, the Carmel River Inn offers a relaxing retreat with proximity to the beautiful Big Sur Coast, rugged Carmel Valley and historic Monterey.

Health & Safety

Safe Stay: Carmel River Inn has enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place. Rooms are disinfected between each stay. Social distancing measures are in place, and contactless check-in and check-out are available. Hotel staff are required to wear masks.


  • Television
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Available
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking Available
  • Free Parking
  • RV / Trailer Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Exterior Rooms
  • Outdoor Grills
  • Picnic Tables


BringFido Guest Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Carmel River Inn has received a rating of 4.2 out of 5 bones by 17 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 by 1,203 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Dale
    Sep. 14, 2021
    Awesome Place

    The accommodations were top notch. The staff was great.

  • Marilynn
    Sep. 4, 2021
    Not worth the money

    Way overpriced for what it is.

  • Timothy
    Apr. 7, 2021
    simple nice cabin room

    we stayed in the cabins (they also have motel type rooms). It was very nice and clean. Our dog was comfortable. Location was good for us, although some may want closer to downtown carmel, etc.

  • Christopher
    Mar. 26, 2021
    Great place.

    Loved this place. Only reason it didn’t get 5 bones was because of the $40 per dog per day. A three night stay with our two pugs cost an additional $240 dollars. That kind stung a bit. Great place to stay but consider the additional cost when booking.

  • Tara
    Sep. 2, 2020
    Nicest Staff

    Cute little creek behind the Inn and the sweetest staff. Love the dog bowl by the lobby too.

  • Michael
    Mar. 3, 2020
    Awesome hotel for the money, very peaceful location

    What a wonderful hotel! Bathrooms were a little dated but very clean. Room was decorated in a rustic fashion. Carpeted floors in a pet-friendly room is a nice plus. Beautiful balcony in our second floor room with chairs that looked over a wooded stream.

    Staff was very friendly and helpful. Lots of shopping within walking distance if you need anything (pet store, hardware store, grocery, clothes shops).

  • Eve
    Nov. 27, 2019
    Friendly Service And Very Convenient

    Very pleasant. They provide sheet for my dog and room very comfortable. Hope to try out the cottages when they come available.

  • Brett
    Sep. 11, 2019

    Disappointing for the price they charge - avoid, go elsewhere, skip this place. It’s old and needs to be completely redone but they are just slapping a coat of paint on the old and calling it good. Total fail, lack of amenities and simply not a nice place

  • Dorothy
    Sep. 1, 2019
    Clean but small, very dog friendly

    We had a studio cottage (with kitchenette). It felt a little cramped; there was no counter space in kitchen b/c microwave and coffee maker. The shower was very small (i'm 5'5" and had trouble washing my hair without bumping elbows).

    That being said, the place was clean and the property was nice to walk around with a couple grassy areas. They provided a top sheet to protect the bed (we always bring one but it was nice for them to think of it) and provided a couple poop bags at check-in. There were also bags & trash can by the grassy area. Two shopping/eating centers less than a mile away with lots of food choices and several dog friendly patios.

    The whole area, however, is not pedestrian friendly (no sidewalks!) but that's not the hotel's fault. We were able to walk through the neighborhood instead of the highway to get Carmel Craft Brewery. There is a big shoulder on the main highway but again, no sidewalks.

    It's a 10ish minute drive into Carmel, 20ish to Pacific Grove/Monterey.

  • Christina
    More than a year ago
    Great place to stay

    I stayed in a cottage with my dog. Upon arrival I was given a map of places/things to do. The map included all the dog friendly restaurants in Carmel. The staff was super friendly. They offered an extra sheet for my dog and the cottage had towels for her as well. There is a nice green area for the dogs to run around (on leash). There is also 2 dog washing stations. Some of the cottages had private patios, but mine didn’t. I know #21 has a fenced patio. It is a cottage, so it’s not huge. It was perfect for what I needed. The cottages aren’t brand new, but they’re clean. I can’t wait to stay here again. It was a very relaxing fun experience.

  • Irene
    More than a year ago

    Our cottage had a toaster, coffee maker, microwave, mini fridge, cook top, cookware, and service ware in the kitchenette. The bed was comfy. The water pressure in the shower is wonderful. The grounds are beautiful. Succulents, bushes, flowers, ferns, evergreen trees, horsetail, and more. The hummingbirds are happy here and not a bird feeder in sight. The coffee in the lobby is local and tasty. A short path to Carmel River. Paths all over the grounds for leisure strolls with a 13-year old dog who takes it slow. This is almost like camping without the sleeping bags and cook fires. Our new favorite spot. 9 minute drive to the beach. 4 minute drive to Safeway, CVS, Pet Food Express, and some great dining and eateries (dog friendly) in Crossroads Shopping Center. The staff here (all hours of the day and night) are truly service oriented.

  • Danielle
    More than a year ago
    Best stay ever!

    We had such an amazing time in the cottages. There was a patio for the dogs to get some outdoor time without worrying about them running off. A huge jetted tub for relaxing, the bed was big enough for us and our 2 big dogs and very comfortable! A great spot with a water fountain and chairs to hang out. We barley wanted to even leave to sight see! Will definitely be staying here any chance we get with our fur babies!!

  • Ellen
    More than a year ago
    Hidden Gem!

    We stayed in one of the cottages. It's like summer camp. Brody loved the grounds, especially the meadow. The location is convenient to everything, and the staff is very accommodating. We'll be back.

  • Jill
    More than a year ago
    Rustic and charming

    We stayed in a suite with a kitchenette and had a good time. The suite was rustic and well maintained. It is a relaxing environment and my dogs enjoyed exploring the grounds, full of flowers, plants, paths and lots to discover. They provide poo bags and a dog wash station. They have dog towels in the room for you to use. The proprietor is very friendly. Would stay there again.

  • Roberta
    More than a year ago
    private cottages, lovely grounds

    Lola and I stayed here for one night - booked it last minute - pleasantly surprised with cottage #21 studio with kitchenette. Might be cramped with hubby too, but perfect for me and the dog. Lots of quail (keep your dog on leash!), crickets and frogs. And great organic coffee from Carmel Valley Roasting co that was plenty strong. The privacy and quiet make up for the small cottages I think. We will be back with hubby next time! Hoyle rooms seem too close to hwy for my liking so will stick to cottages.

  • Tim on Apr. 14, 2022
  • Jacklyn on May. 10, 2021
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