Carmel exudes class! And we thought we had chosen the best hotel here by far! Elegant, old-style Californian charm. The rooms and bathrooms are quite small (especially after spending last week at the Bellagio,Las Vegas!) but you have to remember that this an historic hotel. Carmel tries to keep its town residential and discourages large scale commercialism. The residents live on the beautiful coast road overlooking the ocean and one of the best beaches I have had the pleasure to walk. We were only one block back but had a lovely ocean view as the road rises steeply from the ocean to the main little charming, quaint town. One thing to bear in mind is that although there a quite a few bars and restaurants everything closes down early and there are no street lights! We got in a pickle one night trying to eat at 8.30/9.00 and then got lost trying to find our way back in total darkness! Take a torchlight if you go into town!
The hotel staff are exceptional for such a young team - courteous and could not do enough for us. They run a complimentary shuttle to take you hither and thither and you can ask for some great beach chairs to take to the beach. Complimentary wine hour from 5.30 to 6.30 with a beautiful terrace to drink in the sunset. There is always a fire going in the lounge for the chillier evenings - and even in July it does get chilly so take warm casual elegant clothing and wraps and scarves and leave your maxi dressy dresses at home ladies - Leave those for the med!
Dolphins were in the bay while we were there so keep a look out!
Oh and the breakfasts here are fantastic - best omelettes in a long time and lots of choices - try the waffles and make your own yoghurt parfait with the beautiful fruit selection - there is always a bottle of champagne also to help yourself along with fresh orange juice .... Or you just might want it neat!
- 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