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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 #3 of 21 hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

As the President of a hospitality consulting company, I have the wonderful opportunity to spend many nights in many beautiful hotels both nationally and internationally. I had chosen La Playa Carmel as I had heard it was an historic hotel close to the ocean and away from the downtown center of Carmel. I was not disappointed on any level. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

On each of our visits, our rooms were really lovely, with terrific ocean views. We loved the location, being a short walk to town, but out of the hustle and bustle, and for those who'd rather get their exercise on the beach, that's just a stone's throw away. They also offer a complimentary shuttle to and from town, which is... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed in La Playa Carmel for a girls weekend. The hotel is located a few blocks from the beach and a few blocks in the other direction from the shopping area. As soon as we parked outside the service was great! You should know that the hotel is older with no elevators. Let the bellmen take your things to... More

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Newark, New Jersey
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6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Close to the Ocean makes its location ideal. The gardens and grounds were lovely. Room was very clean but small. One drew back is that rooms that face the front of Hotel get noisy from auto traffic to the Hotel. Breakfast was excellent. Overall, a good value.

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Chicago, Il
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8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

First time we stayed at La Playa Hotel. Nice older building recently redone. Surprised at NO parking at the hotel, door man said just park anywhere on the street, in fairness we found a spot fairly quickly. Could not believe in the morning that they only had decafe coffee. I asked the waitress and she said they ordered to late.... More

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Merced, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I must say I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel. As it turns out, it was a major disappointment. The ambience of the grounds and lobby are lovely. However, the garden room was not. Let me begin by saying that the rate was $385/nt. We were kept up for a few hours with children running down a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Although comfortable enough, I certainly wouldn't call this a boutique hotel. It's a fairly run of the mill upmarket seaside hotel without any unique quirks. Stayed for 3 nights recently and quite enjoyed my time there, though I would probably choose another option next time around. We stayed in a standard room which was fine but very small. There was... More

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Monterey, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Karen and I were married in the La Playa patio Garden Gazebo area 22 years ago and the setting is still perfect for weddings. The spacious patio area is beautifully landscaped and can be viewed by several charming guest rooms. All rooms are appointed very nicely with modern upgrades and located either on the garden level as well as from... More

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Rancho Murieta, California, Usa
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18 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

It is one of my preferred places for complete relaxation. First of all, I love Carmel, and second , hotel La Playa has the most spectacular view of the ocean and the gardens. Life is perfect. I like what the restoration did to the hotel. Though the rooms are still unique, I enjoyed all modern updates. Usually I do not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

A most beautiful hotel, near the ocean, with friendly helpful staff. We've gone there for many years and always enjoyed it. Under new management, there are some changes. The staff is friendlier, but the former staff were on the sidewalk outside protesting the loss of their jobs. That concerned us, even though we appreciated the readiness of current staff to... More

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Also Known As:
La Playa Hotel
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca
Address: Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly La Playa Hotel)
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Carmel
#5 Business Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Playa Carmel 3*
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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