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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
Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Perfect place for a small business group”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I recently booked a team meeting at the La Playa for our team of 6 people. We booked the boardroom for three days and the team stayed at the hotel for two nights. We really enjoyed our time at La Playa. The boardroom was a great meeting space. It is the perfect size for a team of 6 and it has a great view overlooking the manicured grounds. The catering was top notch and the staff was very attentive and friendly. The guest rooms were a little small but the great view more than made up for any lack of space. Overall, we had a great time in beautiful Carmel and at La Playa. I would recommend it for business meetings. We hope to return next year!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed at the La Playa for three nights at the end of our trip around California. The hotel is in the center of Carmel which is a lovely town and the hotel is only a couple of streets from the sea front. Our room 207 was lovely and the windows had a sea view. At night the sea breaking on the beach is the only noise which sent us to sleep. Breakfast is served on a balcony and my wife loved the fresh Waffles.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Hamilton, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Our stay at La Playa was wonderful....it is a picture perfect place. Our room was amazing... overlooking the beautiful gardens, pool and ocean! The renovations done recently have transformed La Playa into an oasis sitting like a jewel between the ocean and the sleepy, yet bustling village. We upgraded our room from village view to ocean view but both were lovely. Eric at the front desk handled our request smoothly and professionally. We can hardly wait to return and stay longer to experience the tranquility of La Playa. P.S. the inclusive champagne breakfast was a very nice touch.

Room Tip: The ocean view rooms on the 3rd floor are the best!
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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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Chearsley
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I stayed at La Playa with a large group of fellow golfers and had previously stayed there a couple of years ago. The location is great, with the beach only a short walk away and with an extra 20 minutes walk you can reach the shoreline holes of Pebble Beach golf course. Carmel shopping centre and most of the local restaurants are also only a short walk away. As for the hotel itself, the staff were very friendly and attentive, with nothing too much trouble. The bedroom was fine, if somewhat on the small side, but was always cleaned thoroughly and freshened each day. The only 2 downsides - firstly the walls in the rooms were paper which meant that you could hear everything from adjoining rooms and indeed further up the corridor! Secondly the fridge in the room was particularly noisy and had to be switched off at night. My colleagues all found the same 2 problems so this was nothing to do with my over sensitive hearing! The only food I sampled was a breakfast time. There was plenty of fresh fruit, cereals and an omelette station. Slightly disappointing that there was no other cooked food - it must be the only hotel in USA that didn't have any bacon, sausage, tomato etc! Overall a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: As there were 40 + of us staying at the hotel we occupied all sorts of rooms. Subject to cost, the r...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Helena, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Our recent stay with La Playa was awesome from the front door of the hotel the moment we arrived! The staff were all extremely helpful, knowledgable, and friendly. Our room was perfect and the view was amazing! The grounds and the pool are beautiful. Wine hour, cookie hour, and champagne brunch a great touch. The shuttle to take you to town is such a bonus even though you can walk a few blocks to the beach or shops and restaurants! I think this is the best hotel in Carmel and we will be back!!

Room Tip: Loved the ocean view room!
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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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Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Germantown, Tennessee
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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
#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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Also Known As:
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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