Accommodations are not recommended and we definitely will NOT return.
First question I wish I'd asked when booking our recent stay here: "is there a wedding event being held here during our stay?" If so, and if you're not going to that wedding here at the Mission Ranch motel, I say keep looking and don't get ripped off like we did. Here's why: For $319 per night including taxes, you get a cheap motel room with dated (not rustic) low end bath fixtures, hvac that doesn't work, a cheap ventless gas fireplace, dusty linens, an uncomfortable bed mattress and room furnishings in dire need of replacement, spotty free WiFi and less than basic cable tv that doesn't work, a surly millennial office staff that could have been hired away from a fast food restaurant and a disagreeable motel manager named Sue, chumpy loud restaurant tourists everywhere NOT staying here who've never seen sheep in a meadow, trying to overpay for so
-so food and a view. This isn't a hotel or an inn, it's a cheap motel with a great view from every room's deck or patio, and an ideal location in Carmel. That's what you're paying for. And it's absolute chaos when there's a dorky wedding. You will find parking impossible during a wedding, and be forced to listen to really bad loud wedding dj music from 4:30 to 10pm. Parking is easy when there's no wedding. This was not disclosed when booking and resulted in a miserable stay.
My advice: Skip the cheap low quality free continental breakfast with bad coffee at the tennis shop, and get a wonderful breakfast instead at Carmel Belle. Then, double back and enjoy the glorious Point Lobos state park before it gets too crowded.
Bottom line review is that the intrusive Saturday wedding ruined one third of our stay, we feel ripped off, and the rest of our uneventful stay here had us looking forward to leaving this mediocre establishment and never returning.
So book here if you must, as long as you're aware of this. I wish we had spent $250 more per night and stayed at the fine Hyatt Carmel Highlands instead like we often have. These facts are true. No thanks to motel manager Sue.
- Also Known As:
- Mission Ranch Carmel California