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La Playa Carmel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly La Playa Hotel)
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Ranked #4 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in the La Playa Carmel for three days and felt quite comfortable. The house is old and would need some renovation (rooms especially) but is still beautiful and well taken care about. We have seen both - pool villa and standard room - and have not been impressed by the rooms. The standard rooms are very small, two... More

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palm desert
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a premier king view room. The rate was $699.00 per night. The view was nice, but not great. There was a lot noise both inside and out. Room small and in need of some maintenance. No safe in room nor elevator. Nice courtyard, but noise from pool, chess set and late night talkers takes away the beauty. It... More

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New York City, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Location - walking distance to beach and main street. We went there looking for rest and got it. Lovely property, the rooms are definitely not large but nor is to be expected in this area. We had lovely views of the pacific from our room. The room could use a little update but overall its functional and tasteful. Bathrooms... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

glorious setting near beach and town. All walkable. Rooms very comfortable and some with bath and shower. Great inclusive breakfasts. Lovely pool in garden. Opportunity to do some walking rather than driving. Austin in the bar was great. Staff kind and considerate. Highly recommended.

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Madisonville, LA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has always been one of our favorite places for breakfast or cocktails. Hope the new owners keep up the tradition. We'll be checking it out next week. Beautiful courtyard and pool. Rooms comfortable

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Mary C, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review

Dear Jim, We look forward to your visit this week. I hope that I have an opportunity to say hello while you are here, I would appreciate your feedback regarding some of the new amenities we have added. Please let me know what I may do to make your stay memorable. Best regards, More

Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were originally staying for 2 nights but extended to 4. A great hotel with character. The complimentary breakfast is amazing and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. A young man called Jovan is one of the most helpful and friendly hotel staff members we have ever experienced. I would stay again.

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Mary C, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review

Dear Michele, I am delighted to know that your experience at La Playa was so positive that you decided to extend your stay. Thank you for your kind words for Jovan, we feel very fortunate to have him on our service team. I hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future. Please do not... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed two nights recently. It is a beautifully charming hotel. The grounds are stunning, the lobby is fantastic and you feel like you are staying at a large estate near the ocean. The location cant be beat. However, this is a hotel built in the early 1920's. It is beautifully restored, and my bathroom was lovely and clean. However,... More

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Los Angeles
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 hotel reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights in August in the premier ocean view room (paying around $650/night). Check in was easy and staff were kind and helpful. There are no elevators, but staff assist you with your bags. We checked in late and they had delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk out which was nice. The location was great. We could... More

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Mary C, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review

Dear Teresa, Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at La Playa. Your feedback provides information important to our ongoing improvement efforts. Thank you for your kind words regarding staff, service and amenities. I apologize for the disappointment you experienced with your guest room and I regret any inconvenience this caused. I am embarrassed by... More

Gloucester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to this hotel after a hectic weekend in San fran. It was the perfect retreat. Lovely old school style, with fantastic gardens, a pool and views to the sea. Although we never had a room with a view this did not mar our opinion that it was a great hotel. First and foremost the staff are amazing and do... More

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beachside hotel was in the perfect spot for a summer vacation. The room was perfect with sounds of the waves day and night. The breakfast was wonderful and the cocktail lounge was intimate and fun. The beach is only steps away and so is the shopping. We took the complimentary shuttle to dinner which was perfect! We had dinner... More

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Address: Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly La Playa Hotel)
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Playa Carmel 3*
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Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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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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