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.