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3 of 5 bubbles Review of L'Auberge Carmel

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L'Auberge Carmel
Ranked #20 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Bethany, Connecticut
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55 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Undecided”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed and purchased the sailing dinner package. I would not recommend that package. We were brought to the wrong marina but had an opportunity to talk to locals that pointed out the sail boat we would have been on. Don't do it! The locals said we were lucky to miss it! Rooms are vintage, outdated but I didn't mind that. Cool Japanese soak tub! Dinner package was excellent! Great young chef. Clean kitchen! Nice staff. It's a small Quaint Inn. Great wine list. Reception was wonderful. Edwin will give you a ride. He makes up for anything that may go wrong! I think I will try it again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My associate and I stayed at L'Auberge for one night, and were immediately blown away by the hospitality of ever member of staff we encountered. George Nagata, the GM, was insistent that anything a guest asks for that the management has the capabilities to do, they will. We even witnessed Anthony at the reception desk on the phone with Fed Ex doing his best to get a guest's golf clubs shipped to the hotel!

Our room was a gorgeous two-bedroom, the only two bedroom in the hotel. The hotel mainly caters to couples, as the hotel was originally built as an apartment building in 1920's (there is an amazing history), so all of the other rooms have one bed and a bathroom.

The rooms are centered around a courtyard filled with an antique fountain, plants, and tables and chairs. There was a lovely turn down service in the evening that brought milk and cookies, and the paper in the morning.

You could not ask for a more generous staff and historical Carmel experience. Additionally, you must try Aubergine for the most incredible fine dining. Chef Justin Cogley uses local ingredients that he forages for on the coast - it is a restaurant experience you will tell your friends about for years. We did the wine pairing as well, which was outstanding. Each wine was completely different - bold reds to sparkling whites to dry roses...we were in heaven.

I highly recommend staying at L'Auberge when you take your next trip to Carmel. It is perfect for a romantic getaway in my opinion.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Beautiful place to stay- right in the heart of Carmel.
Polite friendly service, clean and comfortable. Efficient valet parking which is great as the streets are narrow and spots almost impossible to find.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We recently spent one evening celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary....we found L'Auberge to be very inviting and recognized this special occasion with a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in our room. This might not seem to be extra special to most who have been at L'Auberge, We felt it was wonderful. Edwin, was nice in making sure that our evening out and about was spent with F.Sinatra - what could be better? Breakfast was devine...have not had better "French Toast...........would definitely give this a great rating. Service was impectable....

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dayton, Ohio
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40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Pros:
Excellent location, friendly service, yummy breakfast, clean, cozy bed and linens, cute courtyard, simple amenities that are appreciated like water bottles places in car, snacks upon arrival, cookies at bedtime, bath salt gift...
Car valet so convenient!

Cons:
Front desk staff could be better educated on suggesting area things to do with better maps, etcetera. We did better by asking other tourists or locals.
Carpet in room 11 needs changing. Nice wool carpet, but stained and tired.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I spent a recent weekend at this hotel specifically booking L'Auberge based on what I know of their standard for excellence. I will say, I was unimpressed. My expectation of service when paying more than $500 a night is that staff will be trained and well versed in the local area. That wasn't the case at all.

A light breakfast is included in their mandatory $30 service charge per day in lieu of tipping staff, valet, etc.

There are many amazing options for far less of an investment in Carmel. I will definitely choose another hotel for future stays.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Switzerland
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173 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

Best hotel in Carmel for location , some staff are very pleasant indeed though the management at times thinks or gives the impression that one is lucky to pay to stay there !

I would not suggest another hotel in Carmel itself is better but it is the fact that the management has overwhelming self confidence and far better knowledge of how a hotel works than their customers that I personally find irritating. That said when they realise you have made it clear who needs to take care of who , they seem to get the message .The rooms are fine but none have a view , as said before it is a great place to walk from and to .

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about L'Auberge Carmel

Property: L'Auberge Carmel
Address: Monte Verde Street at Seventh Avenue, Carmel, CA 93920
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Carmel
#5 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#5 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#12 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — L'Auberge Carmel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1929, the European-style luxury hotel is located just four blocks from famous Carmel Beach and an easy stroll to the village's numerous art galleries, shops and restaurants. Major renovations have transformed the hotel's 20 guest rooms, entrance and landscaped courtyard into a romantic Carmel setting. Luxuriously romantic, the Carmel hotel was created for adults to relax, rejuvenate and nurture relationships—the perfect Carmel escape getaway. The interior decor of guest rooms is rich and pleasing, warm jewel tones accent the quaint charm of the architecture. Individually designed guest rooms feature the finest fabrics and linens, enlarged bath areas with radiant floor heating, some with soaking tubs. It is one of Carmel’s few full service luxury hotels offering valet parking, room service and highly personalized guest services. The highlight of L'Auberge Carmel is its intimate 12-table restaurant, Aubergine, featuring a 4500-bottle wine cellar. It is the passion of Executive Chef Justin Cogley. All accommodations include a sumptuous continental breakfast. ... more   less 
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