The Dolphin Inn is located in the heart of Carmel. Just north of the busy Ocean Ave thoroughfare, the Dolphin Inn is a multi story out door setup where rooms open to the outside. One of the wings of the hotel offers a two story set up where the rooms open out to the heated pool outside. The view the rooms have are of a lush forest of pine trees that surround Carmel. This Inn is part of the collection of Carmel Inns that are a an option when selecting Monterey hotels in the area.
The Dolphin Inn is part of the Inn by the Sea hotel chain which has locations all along quaint California towns. The Dolphin Inn is only a five minute walk into central Carmel where there are dozens of restaurants and art galleries. The Inn is home to 27 rooms although the rooms all very in size and price. The highest price rooms run around $279 and are a suite with king bed, fireplac, tub/Jacuzzi and kitchenette.
All of the rooms offer featherbeds, robes, flat screen TVs and wireless internet. As an added touch, there are always fresh baked cookies in the lobby as well as fresh flowers in each of the rooms. The Inn offers a "romance package" that includes chocolates and champagne delivered to the room. Visitors to the Inn have commented that the pros are it is always clean, very friendly staff and ample off street parking. The cons have been some visitors expected view of ocean (as it appears to be perched high) and that some of the rooms are too floral and give appearance of being outdated.
Visitors looking to explore the beach at Carmel will find it to be a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. Monterey, the Monterey Bay Aquarium are about a 7 minute drive and the Monterey airport is only a 5 minute drive up highway 1 (which is reached by Ocean Ave in Carmel). In addition the Carmel gate to the 17 mile drive is less than a 5 minute drive from this location as well.
Dolphin Inn Carmel By the Sea is centrally located in Carmel By the Sea. It is a standard 3 star inn like many of the Inns in Carmel By the Sea .