Aug272019

Carmel, California weekend hotel reward deal

My home base on the Monterey Peninsula is a place where many California travelers visit. Hotel rates frequently double on Friday and Saturday nights. So it kind of blows me away that for the second year in a row Choice Privileges offers low reward rates during our peak season for good weather in September and October along the Central Coast.  Weekend nights at Comfort Inn Carmel from Sep 20-Nov 30 are 12,000 points and weeknights are 20,000 points. Weekend nights at Comfort Inn Carmel in September and October are $250 to $400 per night.

Comfort Inn Carmel is not a luxury hotel, however, Carmel-by-the-sea is a money place. Houses in town are priced in the millions. Carmel Beach is generally ranked in any list of most beautiful California beaches. Carmel is a small town of about 5,000 residents, where tourists can go wine-tasting at a dozen Monterey County winery tasting rooms while walking around three blocks of downtown businesses.

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Since I live in Monterey, I don’t stay in many local hotels and I have never stayed at Comfort Inn Carmel. I can say the location of Comfort Inn Carmel is centrally located in the downtown business district and excellent for walking around town.

My biggest tip for tourists coming to Carmel is bring a flashlight. If you wander around walking outside of the central business district and down to the beach, there are very few sidewalks and few streetlights around residential areas of town.

Comfort Inn Carmel

Comfort Inn Carmel reward nights calendar

Fri Sep 20-Sun Sep 22

Queen Bed room $867.78

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24,000 Choice Privileges points for a weekend stay

Another Tip: You can’t book Saturday night by itself at this hotel using Choice Privileges points. Every weekend search I tried during this low points rate period required a 2-night stay to find availability.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. The slow way with maximum scenery is Highway 1 to Santa Cruz and around Monterey Bay.

    Highway 101 is the most direct route, but avoid if traveling south on a weekday between 3 and 6 pm.

    My usual route is drive I-280 to Highway 85 to 101. More scenic than 101 and generally less traffic.

  2. Ric – flashlight is a MUST! Thank goodness for the cellphone flashlight app. Even in town, nights are virtually pitch black, and the pavement is uneven from tree roots pushing up concrete in sidewalks & streets. Also ladies who must wear heels should consider wearing flats to nice restaurants downtown & changing inside (the Las Vegas tip), since parking will probably be several blocks away.

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