I just came back from a fantastic weekend getaway at the La Playa. I stayed there when I was young and have so many wonderful memories of playing in the pool. The new owners did a marvelous job of renovating it to its former glory. The decor is tasteful, up to date, classic and unpretentious. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and homey. (Chocolates on the pillows are not a lost art!) I had an ocean view room and could hear the waves crashing on the shore. Not shabby! The breakfast was delicious, accented with ocean views and an outdoor firepit. The close proximity to town and the ocean was a major plus and definitely an added value to the hotel. They also offer shuttle service around Carmel which I found to be a wonderful amenity. Can't wait to visit again!