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“Romantic, Tranquil & Lovely” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Romantic, Tranquil & Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Gorgeous Spanish Style Property with a roaring fireplace as you enter into the Lobby. The staff were so friendly and helpful - recommending spots for dinner in town, which is only a short walk away. The hotel is located in a residential area near the beach so it doesn't feel touristy and you can hear the ocean at night from your room. Our room was spacious, the bed comfy and very clean. Breakfast was delightful on the balcony with a good mix of hot and cold goodies to choose from. Breakfast is also included which is a bonus! The grounds were just beautiful - perfectly manicured gardens, a giant chess board, inviting lounges and umbrellas. We only had 1 night there and neither of us wanted to leave! Cant wait to return to this beautiful West Coast Paradise!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A beautiful representation of Carmel- lovely property, romantic, complimentary wine hour by the fireplace & a breakfast not to be missed! The staff is also very friendly & helpful. Will definitely return on our next trip!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First the good news: the location is quiet yet only a short walk into town, there's a pleasant Spanish-mission ambience, staff are very friendly and helpful, the included breakfast is great. Overall presentation of public areas & gardens is excellent.

Unfortunately the overall experience is badly let down by the rooms which come nowhere near matching the +$600 nightly rates. Size is cosy and they’re very clean, but there’s no disguising they are old with only a superficial facelift. Bathrooms are a fair effort considering their age, but barely match hotels elsewhere for 30% of the cost. The decorators have made several nice detail touches, but the age and low grade construction means they’re still as noisy as a $120/night chain motel. Despite the outward appearance of the hotel, rooms are only of timber construction. Noise insulation is poor, with neighbours' showering nearly drowning out the TV. And – no air conditioning or ventilation apart from opening the windows. I don't recall the last time we stayed in a hotel that didn't have air conditioning available. At 30-50% of the room rate these shortcomings could possibly be accepted, but definitely not at the price levels being charged.

We'd just come from significantly superior hotels in San Francisco and immediately after in Santa Barbara. Both were around half the cost and had none of these shortcomings. One can’t help thinking there’s a hefty “Carmel premium” being charged beyond what's being offered. I can’t comment on the cost of other local alternatives, but to be classed as decent value this hotel needs to drop its rates or dramatically raise its room standards. Quite disappointing since the staff and the public areas are otherwise great.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We came here as the last part of a brief honeymoon and it was wonderful. They brought out the champagne of course. Breakfast was lovely with handmade omelets, waffles, and other goodies. And the New York Times as well to linger over on the porch outside - heated if necessary. The staff were extremely helpful. The concierge went out of her way to find us yoga, make bike reservations, and help with restaurants. Views of the ocean are lovely and the proximity to the beach is a real plus. The rooms are a little bit dated, particularly the small bathroom, but on balance, a terrific experience.

Room Tip: 3rd or 4th floor, ocean view recommended.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Stayed for only one night on route down the west coast... wished we could have stayed longer!

This is a cosy little property in the heart of Carmel with lovely rooms, gardens and public areas. Within walking distance to everything in Carmel, very near the beach and restaurants however should you wish, the hotel also provide a free shuttle service. We made good use of the complimentary wine tasting, cookies and milk and breakfast - all were of a high standard and a really nice touch! Staff also very helpful and accommodating.
Our favourite hotel during our 16 night stay in California!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had a mother daughter getaway at this fabulous hotel. The staff is so kind and efficient. The room clean and beds super comfortable. We felt like we had gone to Europe for the night. Champagne at check in. Shuttle bus to anywhere downtown, and warm cookies at night. They also have a wine tasting and a wonderful Champagne Breakfast. You can walk everywhere so convenient. We cannot wait to go back

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mary C, General Manager at La Playa Carmel, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Dear Saliee,

I am so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Carmel is the perfect spot for a mother daughter or girlfriend getaway. We look forward to welcoming you back to La Playa on your next visit.

Best regards,

Mary C
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Oslo
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Spent two nights with my family and enjoyed good service and excellent breakfast. Lunch at the terrace had large portions. Could easily have shared. Old style cosy hotel in a very charming location. Walking distance to everything in Carmel, the beach, the restaurants, the shops.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
#4 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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