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Just 72 steps away from your room!

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Welcome to the Colonial Terrace

Ideally located just steps from the beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Opened in 1930, the Colonial Terrace remains today one of Carmel's original hotels. Offering a collection of 26 unique guest rooms and suites and an ideal location, the Colonial Terrace provides the perfect retreat for couples and honeymooners, as well as a getaway for families and young adults seeking the unrivaled splendor that only Carmel-by-the-Sea, named by Travel & Leisure as one of America's Favorite Beach Towns, can provide!

Consistently ranked in TripAdvisor's® Top 10 of all Carmel Bed & Breakfast properties, visitors to the Colonial Terrace will find themselves just 72 steps away from the breathtaking beaches of Carmel Bay and just a short walk away is the quaint Carmel village, offering an abundance of shops, art galleries, restaurants, day spas and much, much more.

World-renowned for its European charm, beautiful white-sand beaches, performing arts and shopping, dining and entertainment, Carmel-by-the-Sea was rated one of the “Top 10 Cities in the United States” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Like a jewel found along California’s Central Coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea has the sophistication of San Francisco and the glamour of Hollywood nestled into one of most beautiful landscapes in the world.

In the surrounding Monterey County area, visitors can see the spectacular Big Sur coastline. Or explore the burgeoning wineries and eateries of Carmel Valley. Choose to visit the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was named the "Best Aquarium in the World" by TripAdvisor®. And for the golf buff, enjoy playing 18 holes at the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. There are endless things to see and do.

From the surf to the surf links, the Colonial Terrace is your perfect destination to indulge, relax, and rejuvenate...all just steps from the beaches and village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Hotel Amenities

  • 100% Non-Smoking Guest Rooms & Suites
  • Complimentary On-Site Self Parking
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast (served in lobby)
  • Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet Access (available in all rooms and public areas)
  • Daily Newspaper Available in Lobby

We apologize but we do not accommodate pets at the Colonial Terrace.

  • Big Sur Sightseeing Package

    Overnight accommodations and a private tour of the Big Sur coastline.

  • Weekly Specials

    Every season offers the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Carmel by-the-Sea. And this season we invite you to join us at the Colonial Terrace to enjoy our special mid-week promotional rates.

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Package

    2 Days for the Price of 1.

trip advisor REVIEW OF THE WEEK

"My husband and I have stayed in this particular hotel three times now. We just love this little gem a block away from a very lovely beach! Every room I have stayed in is very spacious and the beds are just so comfy! The grounds and gardens are just gorgeous throughout the year, and the weather has always been pleasant enough to sit outside and enjoy them. We love this little hotel, and plan on staying here any time we visit Carmel!."

- Malia from Auburn