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“La Plya: Mediterranean luxury hotel in Carmel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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La Playa Carmel
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“La Plya: Mediterranean luxury hotel in Carmel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

For rest, relaxation, superb service and beautiful surroundings there is nothing better in Carmel. Casual yet elegant. Flowers abound in the garden and throughout hotel. Personalized service. Located in heart of Carmel by the Sea, just 200 yards from the ocean, on a quiet residential street, but just a four-minute walk from the famous and charming Carmel shopping district. Privacy for relaxing, proximity for shopping and dining. And no better place to get a healthy or hearty breakfast in all of Carmel.

Room Tip: Ask for room with view of the ocean, but all views are great.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

we stayed here for 3 nights on our road trip down the Pacific Highway, and it was a Secret Escapes deal. Easy parking right outside as it's in a residential location. Gardens at the rear well maintained and smelled beautiful!! Small pool with loungers, towels and parasols. Beautiful beach only 5 minutes walk away, and very close to the Carmel entrance to the 17 mile drive. Pebble Beach golf course was very close by, visible from the beach. Sparkling wine (they called it champagne) given out liberally from reception, including on check in. Daily cookies and milk at reception in the evening. Free shuttle into town on request after 5pm which was handy for drops offs and tips on local places to eat. Concierge was very helpful and arranged meal reservations. Breakfast was self service with option to eat inside or out, and omelette/waffle chef made fresh to your order. Room was fair size, ours was on the residential side of the hotel... Others enjoyed their own patios onto the garden or pool.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

The 8th stop on our USA road trip. This is a beautiful hotel in Carmel and although it lacks a lift, separate shower, restaurant, and was at the top end of what we paid throughout - we LOVED it, it is a happy, sunny, cheerful place. We had a double queen room with an ocean view - just incredible views as the sun set. A glass of champagne as we arrived, lots of cheerful, accommodating staff with lots of recommendations where to eat and a simply, beautifully executed breakfast. Carmel is An expensive area, so the hotel prices reflect that - but I would whole heartedly recommend a visit. Pool looks great, and a shuttle in to town if necessary, but a very easy walk. A big thanks for carrying our bags up and down the two flights of stairs - that must keep you fit :-)

Room Tip: You MUST get an ocean view and watch sunset!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, FL
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90 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Great place and a great location. It was only a 5-10 minute walk into the town, Carmel-by-the-Sea. They also offer a free shuttle which will take you into town and bring you back to the hotel which was a really nice touch.
The hotel property was very nice and well maintained. Nice sized room with a couch and a little table outside on the front patio to sit.
There's only on-street parking and the hotel is located in a residential area so parking can be tricky, but there is an area to pull up for loading and unloading.
Overall, it was a very nice stay and we'd stay here again when in Carmel.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed at La Playa for 2 nights it is just beautiful the gardens,the pool the staff are very helpful. The breakfast was great and a lovely place to sit with a drink and watch the sun go down. Our room was 202 and was a good size for us (2 people) it overlooked the garden from the side. We had a snack on the terrace and it was fab too. Would definately recommend staying there as it's close to town and the beach. The town is beautiful lovely shops and plenty of restaurants to choose from idyllic. If you do go the 17 mile drive is worth doing the scenery is spectacular.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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