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“Lovely, European-type hotel right in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Playa Carmel

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La Playa Carmel
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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185 reviews
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“Lovely, European-type hotel right in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Great boutique hotel with a delicious European-type buffet breakfast. Close to town, close to the ocean and in a quiet neighborhood...fabulous! We had a room with an ocean view; worth the extra money. Rooms looking into the interior of the hotel have beautiful views of the garden which have colorful flowers as much of the year as possible, according to the manager. Felt like spring with all the lovely flowers in mid-February. The breakfast area and porch next to it overlook the garden and ocean, so you can enjoy the view from the common areas too. The only thing that might bother some people is that the bathrooms are very small, due to the fact that the building is over 100 years old. But the owners have decorated them as best as possible considering the size. I am already recommending this hotel to friends.

Room Tip: Select an ocean view room if it is affordable for you, well worth it with a glass of wine at sunset...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

We check in to the hotel when there were old employees protesting the hotel in front of the hotel. The employees were very friendly and accommodating when the protesters were outside. A very nice young man helped me with my baggage bring it up the two flight of stairs to the 4th floor where our room was. We had a nice small room with a couple of small chairs near the window for relaxing. We had a view of the pool and ocean. The complimentary champaign breakfast was the best! It was excellent and the service was impeccable. Thank you to all playa de carmel staff that made the breakfast such a terrific experience!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

All of the excellent reviews are spot-on correct, a terrific boutique-like, European-like place to stay in Carmel; we would definitely return and recommend to others. Located in a cozy and very quiet neighborhood just two blocks from the ocean

Room Tip: We stayed in the block of rooms by the pool, like having your own cabana.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Everything was as you want it for a vacation. The room and gardens and ocean a block away. A great concierge and the best location walking distance to beach,shops, and restaurants. The staff is unbelievably friendly and helpful The complimentary breakfast(and this is not an exaggeration) is the best I have ever had and I have eaten in most Michelin starred restaurants.The best croissants, fruit, prosciutto, cheeses, omelets and I could go on.A van which drives you where you want to go in town and picks you up. There are only smiling faces here. This place has it all. My wife and I cant wait to return.Oh by the way it is very reasonably priced.

Room Tip: we had a garden view 111 with an outdoor patio.
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Placida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

A beautiful, small inn, reasonably priced - amazing for Carmel! Breakfast was lovely - very European and you can eat on the deck overlooking the ocean. The staff was incredibly accommodating, love the shuttle service to restaurants. A short, beautiful walk through quaint Carmel neighborhoods to beach and town. No elevator unless you stay on the lobby floor which I would suggest, if you can. Beautiful grounds, nice, heated pool. Looking forward to our return.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

This is a beautiful place. 2 blocks to a gorgeous beach with views of Pebble Beach and a very easy walk into town. The staff is amazing and help make our stay very enjoyable. We would definitely recommend!!

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at the la Playa Carmel. The decor and gardens are beautiful. The breakfast was first class and the bar snack food was the best meal we had in Carmel. The staff was extra friendly and check in and check out very rapid. No elevator but we still loved our stay. Stay in an ocean view room to get the most beauty. The location is near the beach and the main city center. Great hotel.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Playa Carmel

Property: La Playa Carmel
Address: Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly La Playa Hotel)
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carmel
#2 Family Hotel in Carmel
#2 Business Hotel in Carmel
#3 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#6 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — La Playa Carmel 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Playa Carmel is a 75-room historic luxury boutique hotel, newly restored to preserve its turn-of-the-century charm while updating it to modern-day standards. Located two blocks from the beach and village shops, art galleries and restaurants, the hotel is situated in the heart of Carmel and anchors its most prestigious residential neighborhood. The grounds encompass meticulously tended gardens, intimate patios, secluded courtyards and a tranquil terrace swimming pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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