The historic seaside resort turned an affluent bohemian community, Carmel-on-Sea has attracted a whole host of notables over the decades including famous artists, writers and in more recent years a good handful of both minor and major celebrities. Both the village and the beach is ultra charming with a spectacular unspoilt coastline and immaculately presented stone-paved streets lined with over 100 galleries as well as family-owned boutiques and some fantastic restaurants. It’s also ridiculously dog-friendly – it’s resident and visiting pampered pooches are allowed (and warmly welcomed!) practically everywhere. On Carmel Beach, dogs can run and frolic in the sand and the surf and there are lots of restaurants in Carmel that invite you to bring your pets along for your meal. For example, Forge in the Forest restaurant offers it’s very own dedicated dog menu and if you’re into wine tasting or browsing art galleries many places will also allow you to bring your furry friend along too. The best dog-friendly hotels will also welcome your pet as a part of the family, to help you with your search here are 15 of the best pet-friendly hotels to stay in Carmel-on-Sea…
Cypress Inn – an elegant ultra dog-friendly hotel with a 1920’s vibe co-owned by actress Doris Day
The Cypress Inn Carmel is in the centre of Carmel, only 650 yards from Carmel Beach. This mid-range hotel was co-owned by singer Doris Day for more than 20 years and features its own garden and bar. The rooms are spacious, decorated in elegant style and all offer their own private bathrooms. Cypress Inn believes that your pets are an integral part of your family and so are warmly welcomed to stay at the hotel and will be provided with a pet blanket. There’s a courtyard for you to collect doggie bags from on your way out, and then wash off when you return from your days’ adventures.
Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Café – a laid back pet welcoming hotel offering stunning ocean and mountain views
Carmel Mission Inn, with its own Fuse Lounge Café, is a trendy hotel with modern bright colours, bamboo flooring and a stunning stone fireplace. It’s a great central location from which to explore Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula, and it’s a popular choice rated at 8.3 on booking.com. Guests can delight in the outdoor pool, fitness centre, hot tubs, private garden, free parking and free internet. Carmel Mission Inn has many pet-friendly rooms, so your four-legged family members can holiday with you. There’s a walking trail adjacent to the hotel for you and your dogs to enjoy on your doorstep, or for the more adventurous there’s the Big Sur nearby with dog-friendly hiking activities.
Asian fusion décor, premium linens and luxury guestrooms with en-suite bathrooms make this 4 Star, award-winning hotel the ultimate base for your trip to Carmel. This boutique hotel is rated 8.8 on booking.com and is only a 10-minute walk to the Carmel Beaches. There’s a tranquil private courtyard and a meditation garden within the hotel grounds. Nearby, you have a golf course nearby, antique shops, art galleries and a wide range of restaurants. Up to 2 dogs can stay with you at Tradewinds Carmel. The friendly staff will be delighted to offer you advice on the most dog-friendly places and activities for you and your best friend.
- Prices from $200 per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Tradewinds Carmel
Quail Lodge & Golf Club – a California Ranch-style resort located in Carmel Valley
Situated on a top-rated golf course, this mid-range hotel offers superb value for money, has an impressive 9.0 rating on booking.com and is surrounded by beautiful fields and lakes. As a guest at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, you can enjoy the outdoor pool, tennis courts, great on-site bar and restaurant, fitness centre, business centre and free Wi-Fi. The Carmel River Beach is 5 miles away, and Monterey Bay Aquarium is just a 20-minute drive away. Your dogs are warmly welcomed at Quail Lodge, and the pet-friendly rooms include pet beds and food bowls. There’s even a pet drawstring gift bag for every doggie guest with a bowl, toy and flashlight.
Lamp Lighter Inn and Sunset Suites – a quaint guesthouse dating from 1912 a 6-minute walk from Carmel Beach
Nestled into an ancient grove of trees, this coastal inn is stunning and ideal for guests wishing to be only steps away from the white sands of the famous Carmel Beach. The rooms are sleek and generously sized, with dining areas, private bathrooms, free parking and free Wi-Fi – some rooms even have wood burning fireplaces. Set in lush gardens, with an impressive 9.2 rating on booking.com, this hotel has on-site golfing activities, a library and gift shop, or for those who fancy a stroll the Carmel Plaza is only 450 yards away. All rooms at Lamp Lighter Inn and Sunset Suites are pet-friendly, meaning your four-legged friend can stay with you enjoying their own pet blanket and bowls to use during your holiday. In less than a 10-minute walk, your dogs can run freely off-leash on Carmel Beach.
Carmel Green Lantern Inn – a cosy pooch-welcoming boutique inn a 5-minute walk from Downtown and Carmel Beach
Carmel Green Lantern Inn is a charming beachfront hotel offering peace and serenity along the beautiful California coast. Guest rooms are individually decorated, with private entrances, en-suite bathrooms, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. A short walk from the hotel and you will be in downtown Carmel with its eclectic range of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars. Carmel Mission Basilica Museum is only 1 mile from the hotel for a beautiful day trip. You can also holiday at Carmel Green Lantern Inn with up to 2 dogs for an extra charge. There are only a selected few pet-friendly rooms, so it is advised to call the hotel directly for reservations to avoid disappointment.
Svendsgaard’s Inn – a cute pet-friendly guest house located in the center of Carmel Village
A short walk from the famous Ocean Avenue, Svendsgaard’s Inn is the perfect choice for you and your canine friend to stay while visiting Carmel. It’s a clean and comfy stay with a heated outdoor pool, a lush garden courtyard, and spacious rooms. Svendsgaard’s Inn is rated 8.5 on booking.com and is only a 9-minute drive from Pebble Beach and 15 minutes from Canner Row. Svendsgaard’s Inn is one of the most dog-friendly hotels in the area, with treats available throughout the day, pet-sitting services on offer, dog beds and water bowls in your room, as well as crates and leashes upon request.
Carmel Lodge – a well-presented pet-friendly accommodation in a downtown location
Carmel Lodge is a mid-range hotel situated right in the heart of everything Carmel has to offer, from shops, art studios and galleries, taverns and restaurants. During your stay, you will only be a short stroll from the famous Ocean Avenue and Carmel Beach. This hotel has excellent facilities for disabled guests, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, free parking and free internet. Carmel Lodge is also a pet-friendly hotel, so your best friend can stay with you and take delight in the pet-friendly area of Carmel, where off-leash days on the white sands of Carmel beach will definitely be a firm favourite.
- Prices from $180 per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Carmel Lodge
Briarwood Inn – a charming dog-friendly bed and breakfast just a 5 minutes walk to Carmel Beach
The Briarwood Inn offers guests a homely and relaxed stay in the picturesque city of Carmel-by-the-Sea. All rooms and suites are individually decorated making each one unique, with most featuring king size beds and fireplaces. Almost all accommodation includes reserved on-site parking and free wireless internet access. This mid-range hotel and is the perfect choice for visitors who wish to be only a short walk from the beach. Your dog can stay with you at the Briarwood Inn and explore the beautiful surroundings of Carmel-by-the-Sea. There’s a selection of pet-friendly rooms where certain dogs, 25lbs and under, can enjoy this warm and inviting B&B experience.
The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio – an upscale pet-friendly B&B near Ocean Avenue
The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio is rated the best value in Carmel by booking.com with an impressive 9.2. This is the ultimate 4 Star hotel experience for those wanting a countryside retreat in the centre of the delightful Carmel Village. This charming hotel offers uniquely decorated rooms (all with fireplaces and modern en-suite bathrooms), its own stone courtyard, an on-site spa and free parking for guests. Up to three dogs can stay with you at this exceptional hotel, where pet blankets will be provided, and pet-sitting services are available. It is only 1 mile from Carmel Beach where dogs can run freely off the lead and wander with you on the lead throughout the dog-friendly Carmel Village.
Carmel Fireplace Inn – a homey bed-and-breakfast minutes from the beach
The Carmel Fireplace Inn is a quaint, serene, mid-range hotel which sits on a bright, sunny corner of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, individually decorated rooms with Amish-crafted furniture, private entrances and en-suite bathrooms. This traditional hotel is rated 8.3 on booking.com and is only a short walk from downtown Carmel. Your four-legged friend can stay with you and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Carmel Fireplace Inn. With five pet-friendly units to choose from, you will be less than 1 mile from Carmel Beach in an excellent location for strolling on the sand with your pooch.
Hofsas House Hotel – a cozy, family-owned boutique hotel minutes from Pebble Beach
Hofsas House Hotel is built into a hill with magnificent ocean views and is an excellent choice for visitors who demand a great central location. With an excellent rating of 9 on booking.com, you can enjoy the heated outdoor pool, dry saunas, free parking and free internet at this hotel, while still being just a 5-minute walk from shops, restaurants and city centre. The bedrooms are spacious, and some dog-friendly rooms are available at an extra cost per pet, so your dog can relax with you watching glorious sunsets from the hotel decks. Staff will happily advise you on nearby restaurants which welcome you and your pet for lunch and dinner.
Adobe Inn – a laid back dog-friendly hotel an 8-minute walk from Carmel Beach
This 4 star, chic, romantic style hotel is located within the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It offers luxuriously over-sized guestrooms of which many benefit from fireplaces and private balconies or patios. After a long day revelling in the shops, bars and sporting activities of Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula, you can return to the Adobe Inn, use the underground free parking, then relax in the heated outdoor pool, dry sauna and spacious rooms with free internet access. Your pooch can stay with you at Adobe Inn and benefit from being only a short walk from Carmel City Beach Park, plus meet other like-minded dog-lovers in the most dog-friendly village of Carmel.
Carmel Resort Inn – pet-friendly accommodation made up of cute individual artists’ cottages
The Carmel Resort Inn is a perfect choice for those visiting Carmel with a car. The accommodation is a range of private and secluded 1900’s cottages set within 1.5 acres of beautiful gardens, all with parking, Wi-Fi and TVs. Carmel Resort Inn is only a short drive from many beautiful days out including the National Marine Sanctuary and Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Dogs can stay at Carmel Resort Inn and soak up the picturesque ‘out of town’ scenery with you. This is a fantastic base for you to venture from each day in the car, with many dog-friendly off-leash parks and beaches as playgrounds for your beloved family dogs.
Carmel Wayfarer Inn – a unique and charming pooch welcoming inn centrally located in the village of Carmel
The Carmel Wayfarer Inn is only 400 yards from Carmel’s city centre, yet is a quiet, quaint and peaceful hotel. All rooms have either garden or ocean views, free parking and private en-suite bathrooms. After a busy day exploring the shops, restaurants, galleries and bars of Carmel, you can return to Carmel Wayfarer Inn and relax in the hotel’s garden with an outdoor fireplace. Pets are warmly welcomed at this mid-range hotel at an additional fee per pet. You and your dog can proudly walk around Carmel Village and meet many other dog-loving visitors, with many shops catering to doggie clothing, treats and treatments.