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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The perfect stay in Carmel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed two nights at this charming hotel. From the moment we walked in, I fell in love with the place! The staff was warm, friendly and helpful right from the start. Our room was absolutely perfect with a beautiful view of the gardens and beach-we could even hear the ocean from our room. I was a little concerned about the fact that there is no air conditioning-but it was not a problem at all. The windows open wide in the room and there are no bugs-so with the cooler weather, we enjoyed keeping the windows open for fresh air. The grounds are spectacular, it's in a perfect location, excellent breakfast and customer service-you couldn't ask for more. I whole-heatedly would recommend this hotel for anyone I know. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • 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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Summerville, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We decided to add one night in Carmel during our stay in California. I am so glad we did, Carmel was wonderful. What a gem we found at La Playa! The property is absolutely beautiful. The breakfast room is very pretty, and the breakfast was amazing. I hope to get a chance to go back!

Very close to the beach and to town.

I recommend a trip Point Lobos State reserve. It is about 10 minutes south of Carmel.

Room Tip: Our room was in the front of the hotel above the entrance. The noise was a bit loud when guests wer...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a really nice stay. The rooms are nicely appointed despite being on the smaller side. WONDERFUL buffet breakfast included in room fee...nice pool/gardens. Best of all close to beach, short walk into commercial part of town. Would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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133 hotel reviews
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

“A lovely beachy-charming hotel for a romantic or gal pals getaway. I recently stayed two nights with a dear girlfriend while we attended the Nike Tennis Camp at Pebble Beach. We loved being right at the edge of Carmel-by-the-Sea (one of the most charming villages I’ve seen anywhere – in the world!) and just blocks away from a gorgeous stretch of doggy-friendly beach. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier – always ready to help but never intrusive. And the grounds were just adorable – especially looking out, admiring them over breakfast. A great perk of this hotel – they have a complimentary shuttle service available to take you anywhere in/around town. It was wonderful not having to drive in and out of the hotel, made our stay just that much easier!”

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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San Jose, California, United States
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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We love this place and have stayed here many times. However, this time we were looking for 2 rooms for a quick overnight visit. I booked the cheapest rate and completely regret it (my fault, won't do that again). No view, no ocean breeze, the room was really stuffy.
If you are looking to stay here, get a garden room, or ask for a room with a view. It is a beautiful spot.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, MA
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

If you are staying in Carmel, I dont think you can find a better place to stay. This recently renovated gem is walking distance to the beach and to downtown. Service is impecable, breakfast is topnotch (and included!).

There is a cozy bar with a couple of TVs to meet at before heading into town. When you are ready, there is a courtesy van to drive you wherever you want.

Rooms were well equipped and comfy.

The grounds were gorgeous. Beautiful flowered gardens, a heated pool, a giant chess board....very charming.

Room Tip: There is no elevator, so bringing your bags up the stairs could be a hassle. We had a ground floor r...
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Visited July 2013. Extraordinarily beautiful property. The foliage was some of the most beautiful l've seen anywhere. Stayed in a mid priced room and was very satisfied with the value. The complementry champagne breakfast was wonderful each day and the setting enhanced the experience. We did encounter a problem with a wedding that was being held there, but the night mananger handled it the best he could and we were satisfied. Everyone was nice and I would return. Carmel is a very low keyed and expensive area. Pets abound ,the terrain is hilly, and the people very California. A different experience for me but very enjoyable.

Room Tip: Check the weather. It was very cool in July. Also bring a camera. Beautiful grounds. Not a party pla...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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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
#2 Business Hotel in Carmel
#5 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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