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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
Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“LaPlaya Hotel, perfect get a way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We recently returned to the LaPlaya Hotel in Carmel by the Sea. The hotel has been upgraded with renovations and refreshed with new ownership. Been going for 30 years and just love the quant accomadations that are perfect for this amazing town. Nice walk to Ocean Drive and the beach. The staff is amazing. Breakfast was perfect. The views from most rooms are truly beautiful with golden sunsets. We can't wait to return to Carmel and the fabulous LaPlaya Hotel.

Room Tip: Try and get a room overlooking pool and coastline for sunsets and best views. 2nd and 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

From concept to reality something continued drawing us to La Playa Carmel. We researched area hotels, called and talked to the Concierges about their hotel and amenities. We kept coming back to La Playa. The location was great because you had the best of all worlds in Carmel. The ocean/beach was close as well as the view, enjoyable walking distance to town but not in the main streamline, the history of the hotel and and the friendliness of the staff and willingness to help us arrange our trip (from the best room for us, dinner reservations at suggested restaurants which were all fabulous recommendations). Upon arriving at the Hotel to the morning of our departure we felt very special and fell in love with the hotel, its charm and staff. My wife and I had the perfect holiday due to La Playa and Carmel the City. Our room was always clean and freshened up for us when we returned from an outing. The Complimentary Champagne Breakfast was first class. The Valet Service was exceptional. The Concierge assistance was exceptional. The grounds and gardens were lovely. This hotel understands guest relations and obviously takes very much pride in providing excellent guest relations and service. La Playa is highly recommended on our list to stay for relaxation, the convenince, the staff, the services and overall was a wonderful hotel and experience for my wife and I.

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  • Stayed September 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

this dear old spanish hotel now is a bed and breakfast --- sheer genius as it now feels like your are a house guest at a lovely old home - the grounds reflect decades of love -- the serene feeling begs you sit down and become part of the peace of la playa and carmel

Room Tip: get a room facing the ocean
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  • Stayed September 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 Reviewed September 4, 2013

Beautiful grounds. My daughter took some pics with her phone and all of them are great because everywhere you turn is such a pretty sight. The room was smallish, but the quaintness of it completely makes up for it. I've stayed in nice hotels with much bigger rooms and I would choose this one over some of those. It just felt really nice and cozy. A quick walk to the shopping area--not far at all. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Wonderful hotel in the heart of Carmel, short walk to restaurants, shops and beach. Hotel updated to its glory days, outstanding staff and grounds. Daily breakfast buffet had varied and delicious selections. Great stay and we will be back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We spent one night at La Playa to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Everything about our stay was perfect. The staff was wonderful and we were upgraded to the stunning La Playa Suite with its magnificent views. (I have never seen such perfectly clear windows before - how do they do it?!) The grounds are so lovely and the hotel itself is a tranquil oasis, tastefully decorated and boasting all the little amenities that just add a little something extra, e.g. shuttle service, afternoon wine, evening cookies, and a waffle breakfast that is way more than just waffles and not to be missed. Oh, and we slept so well on the comfortable bed! My husband and I have done many day trips in Carmel and stay over night at least once a year - but La Playa was just so exceptional - I'm ruined for anyplace else! LOL! Thank you La Playa for help making our 25th anniversary so magical!

Room Tip: We had room 415 - amazing!
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  • Stayed August 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A great location in Carmel. 3 blocks to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and about 4 to the central retail district. Very charming hotel, with a great daily buffet breakfast. Friendly employees in all areas of the hotel. Beautiful gardens, and outside patio makes it great for enjoying the beautiful weather while enjoying a beverage and/or meal.

There is no elevator in the hotel so I would recommend trying to get a room on the first floor. We were on the third floor, and after waiting 20 minutes for the bellman to arrive to start his shift we decided to tote our luggage down the various flights of stairs in order to ensure we made our scheduled departure out of San Jose.

We would definitely go back to LaPlaya.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 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
#3 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#4 Business 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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Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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