Carmel Mission Inn Renovation Blends Luxury and Local Art Scene

A beloved hotel in one of California’s most picturesque seaside towns has just completed its facelift. Design and architecture firm

Carmel Mission Inn

A beloved hotel in one of California’s most picturesque seaside towns has just completed its facelift. Design and architecture firm Arcsine has just finished the renovation of the Carmel Mission Inn, at Carmel-by-the-Sea. The updated version of this beloved seaside resort boasts a creative blend of luxury, embracing the local fauna, and local artistry. Step inside and see what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and why so many people call the Carmel Mission Inn their favorite place to get away from it all.

What’s New at Carmel Inn

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Arcsine is a design and architecture firm out of Oakland, California. With an eye for, ” innovative and dynamic environments through an immersive process called ‘Method Design,’ Arcsine blends artistry with function. Arcsine specializes in hospitality and restaurant design, but they brought their formidable skills to bear on the Carmel Mission Inn renovation. The result is a customer-centric function with art, relaxation, and connection forefront in the re-design.

Nestled on the shores of the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea California, Carmel Mission Inn gazes out over the rolling pacific from its perch among the pine forests. A favorite of stars like Clint Eastwood, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect quaint seaside getaway for returning or new guests.

So what will returning guests notice is different this time around?

  • Arcsine has embraced the beautiful natural environment that embraces the California resort, and the lush local flora and Bohemian vibes extend through the exterior courtyard, lobby, outdoor pool terrace, and the hotel’s recently opened gastropub, Shearwater Tavern. 
  • In order to capture the feeling of the storybook village from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Arcsine has used chevron wood floors, hand-crafted tiles, shiplap detailing, and the use of caning to create a cottage-like feeling. 
  • Instead of a carpet, guests will be welcomed into the lobby with a breathtaking floor mosaic which captures the essence of the resort. 
  • A retro host stand and an entryway that features custom millwork with caning, along with a thoughtfully added working record player ushers guests into the completely re-imagined gastropub. 
  • Touches and artistic features throughout the Inn come from local artists and a desire to make guests feel like each inch of the resort was lovingly decorated to make them smile.

In a statement, Director of Interiors Elizabeth Dillon shares, “Materials play off the elements while rich textiles and one-of-a-kind objects will be discovered through vintage doors, local artwork, and distinct motifs that encourage the guest to look, then look again. Unexpected yet memorable moments are crafted and will remain with guests for years to come.”

Carmel Inn’s Accommodations and Amenities

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If you’re going to check out the newly renovated Carmel Mission Inn, you probably want to know what your options are for your stay. Luckily, the Inn provides world-class accommodations so you can’t go wrong. Here are some of the highlights you’ll discover on your stay at the new Carmel Mission Inn:

  • The newly reimagined palette is a blend of natural woods, soothing whites, and playful pops of color to evoke the Bohemian fancy of the surrounding town.
  • Each room offers a wall of windows so you feel immersed in the beautiful natural surroundings while wrapped in the luxury of the redesigned rooms.
  • Stay in a king or queen room, or upgrade and get your own balcony to sit on and zip coffee while the salty breezes ruffle your hair. 
  • Shearwater Tavern is a funky blend of classic and playfully modern design, with a roaring, white-washed stacked stone fireplace, caramel leather booths and indigo seats to indulge the visual senses while waiting for your delectable dishes. The black-and-white chevron wood floor adds a touch of whimsy to the bold and grown-up design, inviting guests to relax even as they are served high-end dishes. The Tavern is open for breakfast and dinner, with dishes that run the gamut from American classics to Mediterranean favorites.
  • Although Carmel doesn’t have its own spa, they partner with several local world-class spas to provide the perfect seamless room-to-relaxation experience.
  • Book a wine tasting in a nearby winery or venture out to taste some of the local cuisine. 

To plan and book your stay, visit the website.


Carmel Mission Inn

Carmel Mission Inn isn’t just a relaxing haven, it’s also the center of a hub of seaside resort activities for guests looking to make the most of their California vacation. The history of the area has created a rich and diverse town that offers the perfect place to explore the Cali coastline, partake in local cuisine, immerse yourself in the arts, or take a stroll through the past.

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first laid eyes on the white sand beaches and lush pine forests of Carmel 50 years after Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. In the 1600’s, the first Spanish mission and village sprang up in the area. The Carmel Chamber of Commerce shares this gem about the city’s history; “The small village of Carmel-by-the-Sea represents a microcosm of everything that has contributed to the California dream — independence, creativity and tireless spirit. Carmel’s early residents, which included authors George Sterling, Jack London and poet Robinson Jeffers, settled in Carmel in tents, built smoky fires in the woods, picnicked on the beach and cooked abalone stew in the fireplace.

These early inhabitants were determined to create an intellectual oasis on the inspiring, sparsely populated Central Coast of California. Further prompted by the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, members of the city’s cultural community decided to make Carmel their permanent home. Their migration firmly established Carmel as a progressive artistic and cultural hub in Northern California.

Intent on promoting an environment conducive to creativity, Carmel’s founders fought to ensure the proliferation and appreciation of art, drama and literature. By 1915, the Outdoor Forest Theater was presenting celebrated performances and the theater became a central part of Carmel life.”

In 1916, Carmel officially became a city. A hub of artistic and cultural development on the West Coast, Carmel weathered World War II and continued to draw artists and lovers alike. Aforementioned Clint Eastwood served as mayor of the idyllic seaside town in the ’80’s, officially putting it on the international map of places to see.

With a rich history of art, culture, and the spirit of explorers and adventurers, Carmel-by-the-Sea is an artful blend of the past and the present. Whether you’re there to stroll the quaint cobblestone roads, frolic in the Pacific or enjoy the natural wonders the Monterey Peninsula has to offer, Carmel is the place to be. And if you need a place to stay, Carmel Mission Inn is the perfect home base from which to launch your California Coastline adventure.