This was a wonderful place to celebrate my sweetie’s birthday. She loves Carmel-by-the-Sea and has wanted to visit La Playa for a long time. We had eaten here a couple of times and had toured the rooms but had never stayed, so I made reservations. It really is a beautiful property. We had a garden view room high enough that we also had a view of the ocean. The room was a bit cramped, which was not a surprise considering the historical nature of the place. With anyone sitting in one of the two armchairs at the foot of the bed, the other could not pass, and we had to play a bit of musical chairs during our stay. Otherwise, the room was bright and clean, and the bathroom was quite nice. Like most Carmel hotels there is no air conditioning, but we had a nice breeze with the windows open. The breakfast was very good, and the bar food was fine, but we did miss the restaurant. The walk to the downtown area is only a couple of blocks, so eating out is no trouble, and there is a complimentary shuttle if needed. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area, and other than a few of those noisy wheeled suitcases on the brick walkways, we enjoyed the sound of the ocean from two blocks away, All the staff was friendly and efficient, and we would not hesitate to come back.
- 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