Set in a residential neighbourhood, La Playa Carmel is just two blocks from the beach - a really beautiful beach. The included breakfast is excellent breakfast - everything was so fresh. The hotel grounds are lovely, and the hotel itself has character (in a good way). Our room was rather compact, and I missed not having a desk in the room, or a safe, but we weren't in Carmel to spend the days in our room. The staff were excellent - so friendly and so helpful!