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“Great boutique hotel. Can't think of anything better at Carmel.”
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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Austin, Texas
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“Great boutique hotel. Can't think of anything better at Carmel.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

The staff is THE friendliest staff ever, location is great with it being close to the beach and the town. Breakfast is absolutely great with many options for all tastes. Really loved it and hope to go back some time. We were greeted by Kendall who was one of the most helpful staff members we have ever met. This is really a great place to stay. If you go in the summer you might have trouble as they have no air conditioning but I was there in the spring and the weather was just perfect.

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Mary C, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review, 20 April 2014
Dear Diego,

Thank you for your kind words about your stay at La Playa. We are fortunate to have so many guests that visit us repeatedly. We look forward to welcoming you back to La Playa.

Sincerely,
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Yountville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

We recently stayed at La Playa in Carmel by the Sea. A historic property just off of Ocean Ave, and walking distance to everything in Carmel! The property is amazingly beautiful, the rooms spacious and bright, the gardens gorgeous (even in February!) Ocean views, lovely breakfast room with a delicious complimentary breakfast complete with hot items and bubbly beverages, a staff committed to guest service & satisfaction at the highest level. We walked to dinner downtown, and to the beach for a stroll. We love a property where you can park your car and not get back in until check out. They had bikes on loan as well...Until next time La Playa!

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

This beautiful historic hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea is absolutely lovely. The manicured terraces, the beautiful gardens, breakfast terrace, all wonderful. This perfect little gem is just what we needed after an incredibly cold winter on the East Coast. The staff is very warm, professional and genuinely nice. The location is perfect, far enough from downtown to be quiet (all you hear with the windows open is the pounding surf) and close enough to walk to and from dinner. The complimentary shuttle to the downtown area in the evening is a great plus, along with the cookies and milk in the lobby, fire in the fireplace, and nightly wine tastings. The breakfast is spectacular, (complimentary champagne anyone?) I can't say enough nice things about this place. I'd go back tomorrow.

Room Tip: We had a third floor ocean view room, but all the rooms have a pretty view. The gardens are gorgeou...
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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

La Playa Carmel was recommended to us by our son and daughter - in - law who had stayed there a few weeks prior. They came home and told me "Mom you would love this place." Boy were they right...It was our Anniversary and a special stay at that...The Staff was incredible and outstanding with Customer Service. The Breakfast was great with homeade waffles and omelettes. We happened to hit the right day and to sit out on the balcony and see and hear the Ocean. Our room was Great overlooking the pool and Ocean. The location is excellent with the Beach 1 block and Downtown up a couple of blocks. They even will drive you and pick you up for Evening Dinners. Need i say anymore, you need to experience La Playa Carmel.
We will be Back!!!!

Room Tip: Higher Floor overlooking the Pool to see the Ocean.....
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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

This place is wonderful. This old "grand hotel" was updated and the results are wonderful. The service is outstanding, and there are always staff around to help with anything you might need. They offered to order and pick up our dinner at our favorite restaurant if we didn't want to venture out. The buffet breakfast is served in their open-air, covered deck with ocean views, heating lamps and a firepit (which we used every evening for wine sipping). The lovely grounds have lots of space to wander, with many tables and chairs to sit and relax. You can walk a few blocks to downtown Carmel or 2 blocks to the beach. Our room was quite adequate but a little noisy. We will definitely be back.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Agree with the very positive reviews we read. Our room was very comfortable and clean. The gardens on the property are beautiful and well maintained. The hotel staff were personable and friendly, offering to make reservations for us before we arrived in Carmel. The breakfast was great, making this hotel a good value--and fun to sit outside with heaters in the AM. We ended up eating off the "small bites" menu in the bar the first night, as we were glued to watching the Academy Awards on TV, and the food was great. Location was very convenient--easy walk to town and to the beach. We didn't use the complimentary shuttle into town in the evening but it was nice to know it was available. Would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: In warmer weather, the garden rooms with own patio would be nice. We stayed in village room which wa...
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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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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 Business Hotel in Carmel
#2 Family 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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