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Carmel Mission Inn Hotel Review: This unpretentious inn sits just at the "gates" of Carmel, a good walk from the historic Carmel Mission and directly across the street from two shopping areas. Rooms are clean and modern, and boast bright and vivid hues of blue, yellow and green. Many accommodations feature an unusual backlit colorful shell mural, moveable work desks, spacious baths with granite vanities and glass showers or tubs. Other amenities include flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, iPod- and MP3 player-docking stations and refrigerators. Some rooms also have balconies. In the on-site garden, a pool and two hot tubs are accented with tropical landscaping. The fitness center is outfitted with a handful of cardio machines. Fuse Lounge and Cafe, the hotel eatery, has a popular happy hour between 4 and 7 p.m.