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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
San Diego, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

La Playa Carmel is great place in Carmel. A very friendly staff, quality over quantity breakfast buffet (not over the top with too many choices like many places), nice rooms with spectacular views and friendly bartenders.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My son and I stayed here for one night only, but will always stay here when back in Carmel. We just loved it!

We booked a sea view room on the second floor. I made the reservation directly with the hotel. The reservation clerk was very nice.

Our room was smallish, but absolutely perfect! The view was the best part, but it was also pretty and spotless. The bed was super-comfortable.

We had drinks in the bar area in the evening and watched the sun set. The next morning, we had a buffet breakfast in the same area. Breakfast was nice!

We didn't pack a swimsuit, not realizing there's a pool here (heated and pretty). We walked to Tommy Bahama and bought one. My son swam while I read a magazine poolside. The pool chairs were comfortable and the time at the pool was relaxing.

From the hotel, we walked to the beach both days.

We love Carmel and have stayed in many hotels there. La Playa is our favorite now. It's perfect for our needs.

The staff members we met were all very professional and hospitable. Thank you!

Room Tip: Sea view room is worth it! Top level would be best for the best view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Palo Alto, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We had stayed there before the hotel was restored.The service was very friendly.
It has been restored and the service is still friendly!
It is best to check on the prices since the rooms can get very expensive depending on the time of year. Some of the rooms are small. They are nicely done but small.
Breakfast,a very nice Continental style buffet, usually comes with the price but be sure to check.
If there are any situations that you need information on they are so glad to help and that is really refreshing.
There is a free shuttle service that will take you to dinner locally. It is a good idea to tip the driver since that may help to keep this great idea going.
This hotel is within walking distance of shopping, the ocean, the Carmel Mission and many other places. If you like to stay in a place that has beautiful surroundings and happy,friendly people, this is for you!

Room Tip: There are different types of rooms so describe your preferences and they will help you. There are oc...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The La Playa is a beautiful small hotel with a vintage charm. It is located 2 blocks away from Carmel Beach and within walking distance to Ocean Ave with many galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.

The historic hotel with its marquees and lovely grounds gives you the feeling of being at Lake Como or at Cote d’Azur. Coming here I recommend staying in a room facing the inner courtyard. First floor rooms offer small patios facing the garden. From the upper floor rooms you can expect nice views over the grounds, the heated pool, and the ocean. The rooms come with free Internet, colorful wall paints, hand-carved furniture, and tropical flower fabrics. Along the hallways and in the lobby historic maps, photos and paintings tell stories about Carmel’s history and the former tenants of the property.

The hotel is perfect for a romantic and relaxing getaway but also has some flaws that could have some impact of your booking, in particular if you are weighing its price-performance ratio against other accommodations in Carmel.

As already mentioned in other reviews the walls are very thin and you are definitely hearing other hotel guests. If someone is walking above your room it is really loud, same applies to people talking outside. So I highly recommended earplugs. Although the hotel positions itself as a luxurious get-away the bathrooms are outdated. I didn’t have a problem with the size but the interior. Unfortunately it has a charm like a Motel 6 I wouldn’t expect for a $170 - 300 (depending on the season) per night. One last thing I would deliberate whether staying here or not is the missing breakfast in the basic rate. Nowadays this is a standard and included at other higher priced accommodations in Carmel.

Nevertheless if you get a super value deal you should go for it.

+ Vintage charm,
+ beautiful grounds, furniture
+ perfect for a romantic getaway,
- thin walls,
- small bathrooms with cheap interior,
- no breakfast
- without a special deal the hotel is pricey

Room Tip: Reserve a ocean view room, bring earplugs!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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mary c, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. We will use the information that you provided in our ongoing imorovement efforts. I was dissapointed to learn that you missed our complimentary Champagne Brunch during your visit, which is provided daily in our library and terrace. I hope that we will have an opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Please contact me directly should your future plans include a visit to Carmel, so that I may personally assist with your reservation.
Best regards,
Mary Crowe.
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26 hotel reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We were pleased with everything, just wish they had a restaurant. HOWEVER, the complimentary breakfast buffet (everyday) is excellent and adds custom-cooked eggs, etc. on weekends.

This property is recently renovated. We did not stay here in the past, so have no point of comparison. We did overhear someone saying that they come every year in October; they love the hotel.

The setting is beautiful, very close to the water/beach.

Our room was perfect, ample size, with a view over the pool and we also could see the water. The only complaint about our room is that there is very little counter space in the bathroom.

The staff were all terrific. We needed something fixed in the room and it was handled immediately.

The only parking is on the street. We opted not to use our car at all and just left it. The hotel is located within easy walking distance of all of Carmel, so that was not a problem. We enjoyed walking everywhere we went.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask about room size and view. We initially booked a room on the top floor which we tho...
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Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed at La Playa Carmel for two nights in October. The hotel was pretty quiet, but our room was not. We had room 100 (village view, King). The room was comfortably appointed and spacious. The street noise was significant even on a quiet Monday in October because the bus line, street sweeper, various and sundry trucks all come to a stop at the 4 way stop spitting distance from the room. There is radiator heat, but no A/C, so you open your windows for the breeze and sounds of the ocean, but alas. . . . At night, there was a rhythmic thumping which apparently came from the mechanical room down the hall. Despite complaints, it was there throughout our stay.
The hotel is old, without elevators and some narrow, uneven steps connect areas. Be careful if you're not steady on your feet. Complimentary breakfast was nice. They knew it was our anniversary and provided a bottle of champagne that we took to the State Beach to drink during sunset. Very relaxing grounds, and beautiful landscaping with very helpful staff. We will go back -- but get a different room.

Room Tip: Consider a garden view or upper level room, they may be smaller but will be quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mary c, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. I was sorry to learn of the noise disturbance you experienced and regret any inconvenience this may have caused to you. We are so pleased that you enjoyed breakfast and the grounds. We look forward to welcoming you back. Please contact me directly when you are ready to return so that I may personally arrange your reservation.
Best Regards,
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed here two nights of our drive down the PC arriving from SF and loved the beautifully kept gardens and rooms. Our room was generous and very clean with a large comfortable bed. Breakfast was a grand buffet affair with all that we needed including omelette and oatmeal but no full English. No in-hotel restaurant so we ate in Carmel in the evening. The location was ideal, halfway between the beach and the center of Carmel.

  • Stayed October 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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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
#4 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Playa Carmel 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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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Hotel La Playa
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