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Lamp Lighter Inn & Sunset House Suites
Ranked #2 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
97 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Very Nice but room selection critical”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in mid December. Hit town without any reservations and discovered that this is a good time to catch great deals as the weather was great and the village was empty. We went to the Carmel welcome center and had our pick of discounted rooms. Based on the Tripadvisor #1 rating for Lamp Lighter, we opted to stay here and had our choice of several rooms at $110/n.
The Sea Star room was the largest available with a fireplace and two walls of sunny windows so my wife selected it, much to our later regret. I will discuss this later.
When you read other reviews you will note that the location, cleanliness, ambiance, upkeep, parking,landscaping, room service, staffing, WiFi speed, shower water pressure, value pricing, friendliness, room decor etc. are generally way above the average and I totally agree with most that has been written.
However, there are some negatives that seem to be omitted.
1] It was like a pet motel with most guests tethered to there little yippy dogs that are constantly barking at each other. I left with three itchy flea bites on my legs.
2] No coffee until 8am, when they bring out the free b'fast of boiled eggs,yogurt,cereal,oatmeal and Costco muffins. Walk to town up the steep incline about 6 blocks and buy coffee at 6am if you are a early riser.
3] It is located on Ocean Drive [ Main St.] but actually 1/2 way btw the beach and town on the steep incline that slopes from town to the ocean. We are in good shape so no problem but those with physical problems will be challenged walking in either direction.
4] The 5pm wine/cheese is basically catered by Costco... peanuts,cheese platter,crackers and bottom shelf wine. Free but minimalist.
Now this brings me to room selection. I totally agree with what another reviewer [ see 11/10 ] wrote about the Sea Star Room--it was a noisy fish bowl. All five sides had issues--the front door/windows were 20 feet from the fire pit, a gathering place were everybody begins with the free wine at 5pm and continue until the late hours. The left side has windows that are near the 8am breakfast room so the noise begins at 7am with preparation and guest start looking into the room at 8am. On the right side of room you have guests with their yippy dog.Behind the bedboard wall is the staff service area and throughout the day they will come and go making noise. Above you are 2 guest rooms that seem to magnify the footsteps of guests. Basically, we shut the blinds so that others would not look in and waited till the fire pit conversation quieted around 11pm to sleep. Yes, the management cuts off the fire at 8-9pm but they go home so there was is no night time monitoring of the party noise outside the room. Thankfully the cold and dark eventually drove them to their rooms.
I would gladly stay here again if at a discounted price but never the Sea Star room as it is only for deaf exhibitionists.

Room Tip: Think about the fire pit conversation noise at night and how many other rooms abut yours.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canmore, Canada
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

We are a family with two young kids and we stayed in the dolphin suite for two nights in November. This suite was perfectly located in the hotel complex as the kids could be asleep and we could enjoy the fire pit just outside the room and keep an ear and eye on them. The room was comfortable and clean and well decorated. The kids loved the sand toys at hand at the hotel.

The staff were extremely charming, helpful and kind. Melissa, the manager, even offered to bring early morning cappuccino's from her favorite coffee shop in Monterey. The breakfast worked well for us as there was a key in our room, so we could access breakfast for our early risers.

The Inn is in a perfect location in Carmel, close to the beach, restaurants and shopping. A word of advice, November is a fantastic time in Carmel. The weather was gorgeous and we were told it often is. The Lamplighter offers great promotions this time of year.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Nevada City, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Delightful stay in a great location. We stayed for 2 nights between Christmas and New Years 2011. Cozy, clean with extremely friendly staff. We had the Sea Lion room - with not only an ocean view (peeks) but the amazing sound of waves breaking...watching the sky greet the daylight was beautiful. For those looking for deluxe, updated or higher end accommodations, this is not the place - for comfort, clean, good value IT IS !

Met varied and fun folk around the outside firepit during happy hour. The staff is helpful with recommendations for dining experiences, etc. Pet friendly (although we housed our Humphrey in a cage-free resort at home...)Only 2 blocks from the ocean, and walking to dining and shopping experiences, we plan on returning !

Room Tip: There are several rooms off Ocean Ave - the main drag...ours was quiet with sea view and ocean sound...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

My husband and I had not been anywhere alone together in 12 years.... Far too long I know. We planned our weekend away in March of 2011. We stayed in the Porpoise room and it was love at first sight! From the extra friendly staff to the beauty that is Carmel, we are happy to say that we are looking forward to going back in a few short weeks to stay in the same room at the Lamp Lighter! It was just what we needed and plan on making many memories at the Lamp Lighter in Carmel for many years to come!! Thank you Lamp Lighter!

  • Stayed March 2011
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1 Thank MamaBaer3
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

Cottages with a courtyard featuring a flaming settee to sit around was punctuated by a friendly ever-helpful staff. We truly felt welcome down to our 12 year old mutt (who had a fascination for the courtyard denizen Shadow the cat). Just 3 blocks from Carmel Beach downhill and a similar distance uphill to Carmel shops made our stay perfect. The hospitality and setting upgrade this to a must experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank John W
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Property: Lamp Lighter Inn & Sunset House Suites
Address: S.E. Corner of Ocean Avenue & Camino Real, Carmel, CA 93921
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price range (per night): ₹ 15,083 - ₹ 21,245
Hotel Class:3 star — Lamp Lighter Inn & Sunset House Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small seaside Inn centrally located in downtown Carmel. We offer free parking, beach chairs and breakfast. On weekends we have wine and some other small dishes for our guests. ... more   less 
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