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“Heaven and Paradise both” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Willow
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Heaven and Paradise both”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

As the President of a hospitality consulting company, I have the wonderful opportunity to spend many nights in many beautiful hotels both nationally and internationally.
I had chosen La Playa Carmel as I had heard it was an historic hotel close to the ocean and away from the downtown center of Carmel. I was not disappointed on any level.
The openness and willingness to help of all the staff there, from the engineers to the front desk agents, from the General Manager to the servers, they provided a sense of welcome and warmth that I rarely experience.
The outside grounds with its different sections of gardens and pool are absolutely charming.
The breakfast served is creative with many options to chose from.
The outside terrace overlooking the sea transports you to another time and place.
All of these factors confirm that you have made the right choice.
BRAVO TEAM LA PLAYA CARMEL!
Eric Weiss
President, Service Arts, Inc.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • 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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Yountville
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13 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

On each of our visits, our rooms were really lovely, with terrific ocean views. We loved the location, being a short walk to town, but out of the hustle and bustle, and for those who'd rather get their exercise on the beach, that's just a stone's throw away. They also offer a complimentary shuttle to and from town, which is great if you're wearing high heels to dinner.
The deck and fire pit is a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or the complimentary breakfast buffet. Service is relaxed, friendly and very helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed in La Playa Carmel for a girls weekend. The hotel is located a few blocks from the beach and a few blocks in the other direction from the shopping area. As soon as we parked outside the service was great!

You should know that the hotel is older with no elevators. Let the bellmen take your things to your room.

The courtyard is beautiful and reminded me of an Italian courtyard I visited on one of my other travels.

I saw some of the other reviews about the rooms and the price. We were lucky enough to find a deal on the rate and we had a second floor room. It was on the smaller side but was updated and clean. Perfect for us as we spent most of our time doing the wine walk, exploring other wineries and walking the beach. Notice a theme there?

The breakfast was great. Not a menu breakfast but enough to get the day started. They seemed a little short staffed but no one minded when I got behind the waffle maker and made my own waffle.

I would go back to this hotel again. It reminds me of most European hotels. Quiet, relaxing and quaint.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Newark, New Jersey
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Close to the Ocean makes its location ideal. The gardens and grounds were lovely. Room was very clean but small. One drew back is that rooms that face the front of Hotel get noisy from auto traffic to the Hotel. Breakfast was excellent. Overall, a good value.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Il
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

First time we stayed at La Playa Hotel. Nice older building recently redone. Surprised at NO parking at the hotel, door man said just park anywhere on the street, in fairness we found a spot fairly quickly.

Could not believe in the morning that they only had decafe coffee. I asked the waitress and she said they ordered to late. Went to the front desk who knew nothing about the decafe only, I told them they could go Nelson Brothers Deli nearby and buy 10lbs for the morning. Went back a bit later and they had my coffee.

Hotel was nice but overall service was not as we expected.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Merced, CA
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I must say I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel. As it turns out, it was a major disappointment. The ambience of the grounds and lobby are lovely. However, the garden room was not. Let me begin by saying that the rate was $385/nt. We were kept up for a few hours with children running down a hallway somewhere. We were not sure where, it shouldn't have been in the "library" above us at that hour, but the rooms are angled and we weren't sure where it was coming from. In addition, the bathroom light was on a motion sensor. Every time I turned over in bed, the light would go on. Finally, the temperature got very warm. The thermostat did not work in our room. All of this for a room at that rate is unacceptable.

Room Tip: Do not go with a garden-view room 105-109 were not good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Although comfortable enough, I certainly wouldn't call this a boutique hotel. It's a fairly run of the mill upmarket seaside hotel without any unique quirks. Stayed for 3 nights recently and quite enjoyed my time there, though I would probably choose another option next time around.

We stayed in a standard room which was fine but very small. There was no mini-bar and lacked some of the regular features one would expect to find at hotels that charges mid-high end rates. The bed was quite comfortable though.

Breakfast was disappointed and it got very (too) busy on the weekend mornings.

That said, the hotel has a relaxed atmosphere and the lobby, reception and garden etc are lovely. Also liked the free wifi.

The staff was very friendly though.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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Also Known As:
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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