Villa Mara Carmel

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We invite you to discover our extensive renovation that captures the essence of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s rich artistic culture, and experience the elegance of life in a small yet worldly village. Tucked away in the highly coveted Carmel Point neighborhood just steps from the white sandy beach, the location is ideal for one to relax and embrace the ever-calming sounds of the ocean.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
Adults only
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
Street parking
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Minibar
Bidet
Sofa
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Drew D wrote a review Jan 2023
5 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Immaculate vibes throughout the ENTIRE hotel! Villa Mara Carmel seems like its straight from Architectural Digest... The inside features beautifully curated furniture & art pieces, down to the spoons used to stir your coffee. There were 2 stunning fireplaces that burned at all times in the lobby that elevated the entire experience. The outside is just as amazing as the inside with the 3 firepit areas (perfect for a glass of wine or the yummy herbal tea they serve in the cutest little teapots). Our room was quaint and absolutely spotless with a precious little patio outside. The bathroom was even amazing with heated tile floors, plush bathrobes & slippers, and bath supplies that we were tempted to order when we got home (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, hairdryer, comb, etc). The breakfast was so so so yummy (I highly recommend the Lox & Leek Quiche w/ an almond croissant). The real icing on top was the service that we received from each member of the staff. Jonathan was so attentive and kind, he took care of our group of 13 women so beautifully. Rocque was an angel and was so patient with every request we made. And George was our MAIN MAN! He took care of every little ask that we had whether it be reservations, local hangout spots, attractions, beach access, even little things like the best time to drive to Big Sur. The location was a quick 2 min walk to the beach (perfect for quiet time or a beach stroll) and a less than 5 min drive to the charming Downtown Carmel area (full of restaurants and local shopping). I seriously can't recommend this hotel enough!!!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 6 Feb 2023
Dear drewduds, Thank you for staying with us at Villa Mara Carmel and I sincerely appreciate your incredibly kind words you left here on TripAdvisor! You all were such a pleasure to have at the property. You were such a delight to talk to in the morning! I also want to thank you for recognizing Roque and Jonathan - and I'll be sure to pass your review along to them! I look forward to welcoming you back to Carmel on a vacation sometime in the near future
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Justin B wrote a review Aug 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My girlfriend and I were adventuring our way up the coast from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and decided a spontaneous pit stop in Carmel made sense. Not having a reservation, all the hotel searches had Villa Mara highly rated on their list, and after our decision to investigate the property, we realized the high ratings were not only correct but couldn’t capture how special this property is in words or in photos. Some environments are so well thought out in terms of materials, colors, textures, and sounds that the emotional response can only elicit a positive feeling, and Villa Carmel does this in spades. Clean lines, white plaster, natural woods, fire pits, and sounds of the water fountains welcome you into a place where you know hospitality is abundant. We were welcomed by two of their staff with such warm and inviting exchanges that we immediately felt this was going to be where we not only stayed that night, but also all nights in Carmel in our future. They only had one room available with the ocean view big happily have us the rate of a non ocean view room which we didn’t even ask for. The room was not spacious and absolutely didn’t need to be as it was so well appointed making it perfectly warm and cozy with two ginger snap cookies freshly waiting for us.

After a quick night out for a bite to eat, we returned for fireside chat accompanied by decaf espresso martinis made to perfection with the manager Dev.

Amazing property, made more amazing by the staff’s care.

Will absolutely be back!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Absolutely get the quiche at the complimentary breakfast. Best I’ve ever had!
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 6 Sept 2023
Dear P9894CGjustinb, Thank you for making an impromptu stay with us at Villa Mara Carmel! We were delighted to know that you throughly enjoyed your stay here and woke up to that beautiful Carmel Beach view! I hope that in the future, we have the pleasure of welcoming you back here.
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Bill W wrote a review Jun 2022
South Pasadena, California1 contribution
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The scale and location of this hotel are perfect for experiencing Carmel. It is located steps from the beach and is nestled in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Carmel. It sits alone as the only hotel next to multi-million dollar homes you would dream to live in. In fact, with only 16 rooms, this hotel has the feel of staying in someone's home with its art collection, cozy living room fire, and comforters and linens that spoil you. The details of every room are meticulous and seem to float directly off the pages of Architectural Digest. The gardens are beautiful and designed to create little private nests, many with fire pits where you can star watch to the sound of the breaking waves. The breakfast include pastries from the best bakers in town. We took the complimentary bikes into town and to lunch at Pebble Beach, what fun! Each night we explored the complimentary local wines in the living room, making this the best private wine bar in Carmel. We have stayed at Post Ranch Inn, Pebble Beach, and San Ysidro Ranch and this compares well with these hotels but the rooms are half the price. It is a true value and Villa Mare is our new favorite hotel on the coast. Finally, what made me take the time to write this review is to give a shout out to a staff that makes you feel as if you have been coming here for years and who treat you as family. It is truly a special place so get on the bandwagon early as you won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 20 Jun 2022
Dear billwN91553CO, Thank you for staying with us at Villa Mara Carmel as one of our firsts guests! I sincerely appreciate you writing your review here and am delighted that you thought your stay was in line with those amazing hotels! We strive to take care of each guest individually and as if you are walking into an old friends home. The next time you find yourself back in Carmel, we look forward to a return visit. Kind regards, George Nagata
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Nicholas S wrote a review Aug 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Villa Mara, Carmel is the hotel that Carmel has been yearning for. They embody a classic elegance while maintaining up to date furnishings and appliances, making the experience feel so fun and clean. The staff is unparalleled; I never felt like just another guest on the property. I felt a genuine interaction and real sense of kindness from each member on their team.

We spent our days enjoying the included and delicious breakfast spread in the morning, riding the complimentary bikes around town, or down at the beach, just a short walk from the hotel. After a nice evening we would share a bottle of wine offered complimentary around one of the several fire pits on the property. I couldn't have been more satisfied with our stay. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking in the area.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Anne S. wrote a review Jul 2022
12 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were fortunate enough to find Villa Mara on our coastal trip. We arrived in Carmel without a hotel booked and called Villa Mara to see if there was availability. George answered and kindly described the available rooms. He graciously showed me both rooms with no pressure to decide. We were offered wine during the check-in process and then were shown to our room by Robert, who described the features including the heated bathroom floor, outdoor patio and well stocked complimentary mini-bar. And, we now understand the appeal of a bidet, especially the heated seat! The hotel is beautifully decorated with multiple fireplaces and outdoor fire pits for relaxing and socializing. The owner, Dev, shared his experience purchasing and renovating the hotel and his passion for creating a truly special atmosphere is evident. The hotel is located on a quiet street close to town and within walking distance of the beach. We enjoyed morning walks and returning to the hotel for breakfast which included fresh pastries, fruit and quiche. The staff are all extremely friendly, attentive and truly seem to care that the guests have an exceptional experience. Highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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FLB wrote a review Jan 2023
Claremont, California514 contributions187 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have traveled to Carmel for over 40 years and have been mostly disappointed with the type of accommodations offered. Most of the hotels/motels/inns show wear and tear and don't invest in updating them. When we decided to go for my husband's birthday I wanted a "special" place. I was surprised to find Villa Mara as an option since I had never heard of it before. I was excited to learn that it is a new boutique hotel. At first I was hesitant because of its location which is not right among the shops and restaurants but closer to the ocean. However I decided to try something different since it looked so beautiful and just the kind of place we like to stay. We returned home and I could not wait to share that the hotel is beyond my expectations. First of all the staff shines, George, Robert, Jonathan, Rocky and Dev provided superior service. The hotel is beautifully appointed from the comfy dining/living room and bar area to the lovely guest rooms. Each room is different and the size depends on whether one has a view or not. Our room had a partial view of the ocean looking over the rooftops of the houses across the street. We had a nice little balcony as well. Our bed was very comfortable and the bathroom has heated floors and an innovative Toto toilet which spoiled us. Instead of charging guests crazy prices for snacks and beverages they offer them complimentary in the guest's room. Our stay included some yummy breakfast choices and great coffee. They also allow small dogs which is great since Carmel is such a dog friendly town. We look forward to returning to Villa Mara where they made us feel at home and we know they really care about providing the best for their guests.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 9 Jan 2023
Dear FLB, Thank you for staying with us at Villa Mara Carmel and it was such a pleasure to meet you, connect with you, and have great conversations with you! I sincerely appreciate you writing this thoughtful review of the property and of the staff. It is guests like yourselves that make our job so enriching and at the end of the day, satisfying. I hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back many more times to Carmel, each having a different experience but in the same and caring way that we will always have here at Villa Mara Carmel. Until the next time we all meet again!
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Lins D wrote a review Jun 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I traveled to Villa Mara for our "baby moon." From the moment we arrived, the experience was extraordinary. Each team member made us feel incredibly comfortable, continuously going above and beyond to make every hour of our time in Carmel memorable. Small details like the welcome drinks/mocktails, thoughtful snacks in the room, bikes and beach blankets, breakfast by the fire pits, and even "secluded" beach tours, made our visit truly delightful and relaxing. The staff treated us like close friends and family throughout the stay, creating an amazing vibe that was contagious. We have never spent more time getting to know fellow guests; conversations by the fire lingered into the evenings. The property itself was exceptional and the location so ideal, we didn't want to leave. In fact, one night we cancelled our dinner reservation and ordered food in. Would also like to mention how meticulous the design is, from the wide-plank wood and heated tile floors to the stone and textiles comprising the furniture. We regularly visit Carmel. The elevated service, beautiful accommodations, setting inside Carmel Point and staff have put Villa Mara on the top our list - sans compare.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 22 Jun 2022
Dear linsderry1, Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to show you what Villa Mara Carmel is all about! All of us are incredibly delighted to have welcomed you as one of our first guests here and hopefully for many more years to come! I'm additionally excited that our service culture of 'family' and 'hominess' showed - we truly care about each guest, their background and the experience they want to have at Villa Mara Carmel. Congratulations on the baby once again and we look forward to another visit in the not so distant future
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Nicole G wrote a review Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is lovely! It is a boutique new hotel that is styled perfectly. The hotel is adorable. The rooms are great. So clean and new, and the style is coastal, contemporary, and bright. We could not be any happier with this find. It is like a hidden gem. It is one block from the beach and very close to the town - about 30 minute beautiful walk but only a 5 minute drive (just a couple likes away) - it is just in the edge of the town. The gardens are beautiful. There are tons of fire pits and places to relax. They offer wonderful breakfasts included - the best quiche and arugula ever! They have cocktails also. It is also very quiet here. We looked at tons of other hotels in the area that were extremely overpriced for the cramped and outdated rooms, and this was the best surprise when we found this place!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 8 Jul 2022
Dear Nicole G, Thank you so much for staying as our one of our first guests to Villa Mara Carmel! I sincerely appreciate the kind and thoughtful words about your experience here. With this new hotel and this new product, we really strive to maintain that level of service where you feel like you are visiting an old friends home yet professional and respectful at the same time. We hope to include more amenities and offering as we continue to evolve and grow and we look forward to seeing you again in the, hopefully, not so distant future.
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laurenRD1017 wrote a review Mar 2023
San Francisco, California1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The chicest boutique hotel in Carmel - by far. 

Tucked away in the most magical neighborhood, Villa Mara looks and feels like you're staying at a loved one's luxury home. The staff greets you with the warmest welcome, and you instantly feel at ease and know you'll be taken care of.

Villa Mara oozes luxury but still manages to feel comfortable and intimate. No detail was left unturned, from the Le Labo scents to the specially curated artwork and wine list. You can tell every single finish and detail was thoughtfully selected.

Just a stone's throw away from the beach, we spent our mornings walking along the coast, coffee in hand, admiring the unique properties that make Carmel one of the most enchanting places in the world. While the 20-minute or so walk downtown didn't bother us (we thought it was quite lovely), Villa Mara has bicycles and a car service at your disposal.

This hotel and the hospitality are on another level compared to the others in the area and will make the decision of where to stay when we visit Carmel VERY easy (the extra cozy beds help too!). We're already looking forward to coming back.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 26 Mar 2023
Dear laurendD2073KU, Thank you very much for staying with us at Villa Mara Carmel! We throughly enjoyed getting to know you and I hope that when you visit Carmel that we can have the pleasure to welcome you back to your Home! Kind regards,
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Lucas L wrote a review Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I decided to take a trip from Orange County to Carmel for our anniversary, and we’re thankful we found Villa Mara for our weekend stay. Where do I even begin? We were welcomed by the owner, Dev, who offered us wine upon arrival and a tour around the property. We learned about the hotel itself, the history of the surrounding area, local artists, important landmarks, and recommended restaurants. To say that it was a warm welcome is an understatement.

The hotel itself is just incredible, you go up the rose-laced entrance stairs and see outdoor fireplaces with couches, a beautiful fountain, and yet it all feels so home-like. Our room itself was extremely comfortable, with cloud-like bedding, minimalist yet stunning decor as well as a breathtaking ocean view from the window and the patio. The bathroom was also fantastic with its heated floor, bidet, Le Labo toiletries and high shower head which matters a lot to me as a tall person.

When it comes to location, it could not be more perfect. You are a few steps away from the beach where Dev also gave us a walkthrough of the neighborhood filled with gorgeous and unique homes you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Villa Mara is located one mile away from the cute downtown that can (and should!) be accessed by walking alongside the beach trail that feeds into the downtown area.

Everything about Villa Mara is exceptional, no detail is forgotten. The common room with its fireplace, the books, the decor is so simple but works so well together and leaves you talking about every little feature.

The staff is extraordinary, Jonathan was so kind and thoughtful, Joseph is the one person you want to see in the morning — such a gentle person bringing you the most exquisite pastries and dishes for breakfast with a smile. Not to forget about the owner Dev who was just as incredible and made us feel extremely special on our anniversary trip to Villa Mara.

All of that to say that our stay at the hotel was magical and no other place will ever host us when in town.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from George Nagata, General Manager at Villa Mara Carmel
Responded 22 Sept 2023
Dear K6814JKlucasl, Thank you very much for staying with us at Villa Mara Carmel. It was such a delight to have you stay as our guest on your anniversary trip and I'm extremely excited that your stay was made by our owner's presence! I hope it was conveyed that he loves making guests comfortable and delighting them with surprises - even simple pleasures. Hopefully that was seen within our own staff as all love what we do here! We look forward to your return visit when you are back in Carmel-by-the-Sea!
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Compass49240380743 wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Everything is perfect! You will love it!"
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Kathryn S wrote a tip Mar 2024
Stamford, Connecticut2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The walk to downtown is the nicest walk you’ll take in your life. However, not for the faint of heart if trying to get up to downtown!"
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Erik L wrote a tip Jan 2024
Atlanta, Georgia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's a pleasant mile walk to the shopping area through the neighborhoods, and then a wonderful walk back along the beach. "
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Harlan G wrote a tip Sept 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"get the almond croissant. just do it. "
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ProfkfSC wrote a tip Aug 2023
Bluffton, South Carolina92 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy the ride here!!"
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PRICE RANGE
S$819 - S$1,318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
sandpiper inn carmel hotel carmel
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Sandpiper Inn Carmel By The Sea
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaMonterey CountyCarmel
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Mara Carmel
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Mara Carmel?
Nearby attractions include 17-Mile Drive (7.1 km), Point Lobos (4.1 km), and Scenic Road Walkway (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Mara Carmel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Villa Mara Carmel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a bidet, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Mara Carmel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Mara Carmel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Mara Carmel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Compagno's Market & Deli, The Bench, and Paris Bakery Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Mara Carmel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tor House (0.3 km), Point Sur Light Station (4.7 km), and Cooper-Molera Adobe (6.7 km).
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