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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
Miami Beach, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

It was more than I expected , the rooms are Cousy and beautiful , very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. If are lucky and can get a room with a ocean view you will fall in love with it.

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  • Stayed November 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
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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

recently stayed at the La Playa ( our first visit since the renovation) .. hotel looks great ... the pool and garden areas are as beautiful as ever .... the entire staff that we encountered was energetic & personable .... a great new feature (besides the renovated rooms) is the breakfast on the terrace which is included in the room rate .... nice variety and well presented buffet style ... the hotel also offers complimentary van service in the evening to the restaurants in the area .... a great location within walking distance of the beach & Ocean Ave ....

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Alex at the front desk is wonderful. After an eventful day was warmly greeted and welcomed to the hotel. Beautiful historic building with cheerful decor and lovely gardens. Excellent location - a short walk to the beach and a short walk to town. A variety of activities available including bike riding, wine tasting and a pool! A lovely, convenient and relaxing stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stayed at La Playa on our way from San Francisco to LA and my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. La Playa exceeded my expectations in every way and overall is a very good value. Its located perfectly two short blocks from the ocean and two short blocks from the center of town - in a very pedestrian area. It was very worthwhile to splurge for the ocean view room. The rooms while small were extremely comfortable and clean with wonderful bedding and I loved the windows that could be opened to hear the ocean and have the fresh air. The grounds are magnificent and so well kept. The breakfast that was included was fantastic and we ate on a patio overlooking the pool - which we would have loved to have used. It was kept very warm and was very inviting. Honestly the best night of sleep that I've had in a long time. Next time, we will stay longer at La Playa!

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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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San Jose, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Colleyville, Texas
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126 reviews 126 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We spent two nights and enjoyed our stay. The hotel is a couple of blocks from the ocean and about 4 blocks to the shopping area. The evening wine tasting was fun. We paid extra for the ocean view, which was very pretty. The wait staff was very helpful. You should be aware that there are no elevators, and they really don't have dinner service, although with the restaurants to choose from nearby, I can't blame them. I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Beautful property! I picked this from other TA reviews and so happy i did. Service was excellent - Alexis at front desk very accomodating as were the rest of the staff and Oliver who shuttled us back and forth to dinner.
We enjoyed the evening wine tasting and the exceptional champagne breakfast. Our room was tastefully appointed and very comfortable. We look forward to a return visit to the LaPlaya and the beautiful Carmel-by-the-sea!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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