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La Playa Carmel
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Firstly, the service was amongst the best we received in the US. The staff were extremely helpful, and nothing was too much trouble for them.

The location was excellent, a 5 minute walk to the beach, and a 5-10 minute walk to the main square in Carmel.

Ask the staff for the blankets/chairs and towels for you to take to the beach.

The breakfast was fresh, varied and very enjoyable. Our only regret is that we only spent two days in Carmel. When we return, we will definitely stay at La Playa Carmel again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights. Our room was small and nothing special... but it was very clean and had a pretty view. The rest of the hotel was very nice. Beautiful flowers all over. A nice little pool. Great breakfast buffet included. We ate several meals here on their outside patio watching the sun go down. All the food was very good. The service was great! Everyone was very nice and went out of their way to help make our stay nice. Fantastic location. Half way between town and the beach. We could walked everywhere. But one night we used the free shuttle service to town and back that the hotel offers to all guests! I loved Carmel. Such a pretty place. If i go back I would stay at the La Playa again. I didn't see any place I liked better!

Room Tip: Get one with a view.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and had a great stay. Our room was very nice and clean with all the amenities that we would need for a trip to Carmel. Every morning they have a great breakfast with really great coffee. The staff is super nice and always helpful with suggestions on things to do in Carmel. At the end of the day they do a free wine tasting in the hotel lobby and you will get a nice full pour and seconds are encouraged. The hotel was perfectly located for walking to anywhere that you want to visit while you are in Carmel.

Room Tip: We had the basic room and it was perfect.
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Charming hotel. Beautiful grounds, great location if you don't mind a little hike to town or back from the beach. Hotel does not have an elevator and has a lot of stairs. Beautiful gardens and a small but nice salt water swimming pool.

Room Tip: We had a garden room which I loved. Close to the lobby and the swimming pool and across from the par...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This hotel in Carmel is so adorable it hurts. It is located on a quiet residential street, and they have lovely gardens )complete with a humongous chess set!). The rooms are fairly standard, but we found ours to be very clean and comfortable, and the staff even goes the extra mile with turn down service. The service at this hotel is spectacular, and we found everyone to be extremely friendly. It is such a relaxing place!

The location is just a few blocks from the beach and a few more to downtown Carmel. While it is completely walkable, they do have a a dinner shuttle in the evenings that will take you to the restaurants in downtown Carmel. To top it off, they have an amazing buffet breakfast every morning (included in the room rate) that you eat on an upstairs patio with a pretty view. I honestly don't think I would stay anywhere else when we return to Carmel.

One tip would be that if you are a light sleeper, avoid the few rooms under the breakfast area (e.g. 104). They start moving furniture and preparing breakfast around 6AM and you can definitely hear it in those rooms. If we were not early risers anyway, we would have asked to move rooms, and given how friendly and accommodating the staff was here, I am sure they would have done their best to move us!

Room Tip: Rooms under the breakfast area get a little noisy early in the morning.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We recently stayed at La Playa Carmel for our anniversary and cannot say enough great things about our experience! I read wonderful reviews online and we experienced even better service in person. All of the staff were so friendly and accommodating! Also, La Playa Carmel offers little "extras" that really add up: free evening wine tasting and a free mimosa brunch! The view from our room overlooked the beautiful gardens and ocean. Our stay was perfect. We travel a lot and consider this hotel to be our new favorite! We can't wait to return next year!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed here for a night and enjoyed the great location and beautiful property. However, the rooms were disappointingly small and plain. Nothing majorly wrong, but for the price, we expected more in terms of the room. The shuttle they have into town is very convenient and all the employees we met were very nice and helpful. The breakfast was also very good!

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Additional Information about 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
#2 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#6 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range: £205 - £481 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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