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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
Los Angeles, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“great location, service and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

I had an ocean view room on the 4th floor of this hotel for a weekend in July. It was heavenly waking up to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and the view was gorgeous, too.

This place has an ideal location -- its walking distance into the cute shops in town, and to the beach, which is gorgeous.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, the beds were nice and cozy -- an all-around great hotel! The grounds are beautiful too, with pretty gardens, a swimming pool and an oversized chess board. I'd go back for sure.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

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!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed 2 nights at this luxurious hotel. The La Playa is under new ownership/management and everything is newly remodeled. We were treated like royalty. The staff was informative -- be sure to ask them about the history of this hotel as it was built in 1909. It was great to see the original artwork lining the halls. From our room we could not only hear the surf, but see the waves crashing on the shore. We were lucky to wake up to sunshine and a wonderful breakfast in the dining room overlooking the ocean and courtyard gardens. I can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Ask for the 4th floor with on ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sausalito, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I stayed here with my husband after the remodel and we had a great experience. The amenities are new, yet the quintessential feel of Carmel is still there.... The service was top notch... They have a shuttle that will take you anywhere in Carmel and back - great touch! The included breakfast has great variety -- lox, boiled eggs, cheese, fruit, breads and an omelet station..

The views are spectacular, walk to the beach, watch sunset from your room or the courtyard filled with beautiful flowers .. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

The newly renovated Lay Playa carmel is an old classic updated to modern luxury standards. The hotel is charming, but the service is absolutely incredible, they are just so nice, so helpful, and the word "no" does not exist in their vocabulary. very happy to escape to this slice of heaven from time to time.

Room Tip: Room 315 has perfect views of the ocean.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Rafael, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

This hotel was the perfect base for a Carmel,Big Sur and Monterey Photography Vacation.It reminds me of a different era- a classic timeless property with all the modern amenities.The staff was unobtrusive and gave all the privacy I wanted- but they were there for help with dinner resvations and trip planning when I wanted it.They just opened after a renovation.My room was beautiful and the view was great.The Gardens are truly inspirational,Great pool.Breakfast is great and the Bartender Joe was a standout.I will be going back

Room Tip: Corners Have a great view of the gardens
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Apparently this hotel just went through a complete renovation and they did a phenomenal job. They kept some of the original antiques and artwork and combined them with one of the most comfortable mattresses I've ever slept on. The grounds are just beautiful- flowers, pool area, courtyards and the staff was fantastic.

A very unique homemade breakfast is included in the rate and is served on a terrace with an ocean view! We walked about a block down the hill and were on a beautiful beach and were able to walk maybe a half mile to Pebble Beach and watch the golfers.

I only wish we had more time to enjoy all this charming hotel has to offer.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Playa Carmel

Address: Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly La Playa Hotel)
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Carmel
#3 Romantic 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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Also Known As:
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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