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Carmel Valley Lodge Hotel Review: Carmel Valley is a warm and sunny oasis, and this charming country-styled property reflects this. All 31 rooms are basic, but handmade Shaker-style furniture adds to the atmosphere. Most accommodations come furnished with fireplaces (and s'mores kits!), kitchenettes, patios and/or decks and whirlpool spas. Cottages provide ample space to stretch out. The conference facilities are notably large at 1,200 square feet and include a massive stone fireplace, a patio for outdoor dining and great views of the valley. Pet-owners love the property, too, as small dogs are welcome (fees apply). A bevy of nearby outdoor activities complement the lodge's pool and sauna. Among them: horseback riding, hiking, tennis and golf at a nearby country club.