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Carmel Lamplighter Inn

This is one of the most photographed inns in all of Carmel. Even if people are not staying there, they tend to stop, stare, and pull out their cameras. It is just the quintessential Carmel architecture and charm that draw people in. The location, right on Ocean Avenue, is ideal for a very quick walk to the beginning of downtown shops and restaurants and just a straight shot down to Carmel beach at the foot of Ocean Avenue. 

There are just six units here - all with their own private entrance. You check in with Bobby, the owner/manager, who is super friendly and just a great guy who will make your stay super enjoyable. They have  two cottages and four "guest rooms." Despite being a smaller B&B, all rooms have private baths, marble bathrooms with fine bath amenities and cable TV. Some rooms also have a fireplace and some of the units have a separate living and bedroom area. The rooms include (with their descriptions): Hansel & Gretel (Story book house - king bed room with electric fireplace and flat screen TV, marble soaking bathtub and shower, living room with wood burning fireplace, flat screen TV, and wet bar); Concours Suite (Elegant suite - king bed, big living room with wet bar and wood burning fireplace, marble bath, shower/ jetted tub, double sinks, spacious private back yard); Bluebird Cottage (Charming, perfect for a family, king bed downstairs with electric fireplace, twin beds in the upstairs room, shower); Katydid (Perfect room for cuddling, warm and cozy, queen bed, shower); Treetop House (Romantic, peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees, king bed, shower, private deck); Early Bird Room (Bright and cheerful, king bed, plus a twin size trundle bed, shower.)


The room rate includes a light breakfast (fresh baked goods, yogurt, orange juice and hard boiled eggs) as well as a wine and cheese reception Thurs-Sun nights. If you are looking for a true romantic Carmel experience, this is a great find!


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Reviewed by Brian Borgia

Room Rates: $ 185 and up

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Special Amenties Include (some or all rooms):

  • Ocean View
  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access
  • Private Cottage
  • In-Room Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Breakfast