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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
Sacramento, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic...All the way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It is hard to go wrong in Carmel. Businesses that exist either bring it or don't exist (in Carmel) at all. La Playa Carmel has brought it with elegance and ease.

The grounds are lush with plants and flowers. The building itself is expansive and encourages wandering; it is soothing on the eyes. The staff are accessible, friendly, professional, and out of the way, until you need them!

The covered patio dining was lovely and refreshing; great service. The linens, towels et al were what one would expect at a five star place. I liked the plantation-style shutters which could expose the ocean view or block the setting sun.

Access to shopping and dining was a casual five minute walk, allowing one to enjoy the beautiful Carmel neighborhood. One felt like being at home in an ideal neighborhood.

I highly recommend La Playa Carmel to anyone who wants to experience gracious, respectful, professional service and accommodations. It is worth the drive or flight.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Historic and charming. Excellent staff. Perfect location, quiet and close to Carmel town and the ocean. Rate was fair, and included an excellent breakfast which I looked forward to, on a beautiful patio. Ocean breeze kept the room cool. Very comfortable bed. Recently redone. Gardens and a pool. Nice bar with reasonable drinks. Close to amazing natural beauty, and Carmel is alive as an artist community. Great food in town, and shopping. Perfect long weekend.

Room Tip: Ask for larger room with a desk and windows that open, and high floor, or room with a patio.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Laguna Beach, California
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Here is the list of pros and cons

Pros:
a quaint little place with nice bed and view
nice breakfast
nice grounds
nice shuttle service to downtown although it's a walking distance
extra-miles service from the shuttle driver
walking distance to a nice stretch of beach

Cons:
Nice view but couldn't really leave the windows open since they face the neighbor's patio due to its location being right in the middle of residential street.
small bathroom

Depends on what you pay, I think this is a charming hotel over all but it is a bit more like a B&B.

Room Tip: No elevator but the staff will carry your luggage for you.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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willow
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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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Yountville
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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
1 review
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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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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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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