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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 #5 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014
Lisa C Newtown, Pennsylvania
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was our first trip to Northern California and I picked the La Playa Carmel based on recommendations here at Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. The hotel is charming, the rooms are well appointed (small bathrooms -- but that is expected in an older hotel) and immaculate. We had a room on an upper floor with a view of the... More 

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Augusta, GA
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116 hotel reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Our room was not large but absolutely fine. The bathroom was nice sized, and the view from our room was of the pool and beautiful gardens. We could also hear the ocean when our windows were open, and I love to go to sleep to that sound. The staff were superb, especially Zon (?). He showed us to our room,... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Very nice place. Will go back. Bed was very comfortable. Cramped bathroom. Only down side is I shouldn't have taken their suggestions on dining in the area. The desk and the concierge raved about what turned out to be a tourist trap.

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

Thank you for your feedback regarding your dining experience in Carmel. I am sorry to know that the restaurant that we recommended was not satisfactory. Carmel offers visitors a wide variety of dining experiences and we strive to recommend restaurants that our guests tell us they enjoy. Please contact me personally if I may be of assistance with future dining... More 

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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

this is not your standard Westin, Sheraton Hyatt, etc, etc, nor is it meant to be. this property is a classic throwback, ( without all the modern glitz...) The room we had with outdoor patio was fantastic, along with beautiful grounds and about two blocks away from the ocean. The morning breakfast was wonderful, and when included with the price... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This hotel is located near the beautiful beach and the town. The grounds are beautifully maintained, with flowers and gardens in abundance. We had a view facing west, so the sun did make our room too hot, but all the windows were great otherwise! The king size bed was so comfy. There was a wine tasting early in the evening... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 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... More 

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

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, More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 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... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 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... More 

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Belmont, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 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... More 

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58 reviews 58 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 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,... 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*
Number of rooms: 70
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Also Known As:
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Carmel
#3 Business Hotel in Carmel
#4 Romantic Hotel in Carmel

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