L'Auberge Carmel

L'Auberge Carmel

Beautiful peaceful hide away and amazing food!
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#20 of 28 hotels in Carmel
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.5
Value
3.8
Built in 1929, the European-style luxury hotel is located just four blocks from famous Carmel Beach and an easy stroll to the village's numerous art galleries, shops and restaurants. Recent renovations have transformed the hotel's 20 guest rooms , entrance and landscaped courtyard bringin an elegant aesthetic, once again making the hotel the leader in design within Carmel-by-the-Sea, with canopied or tufted beds, original antiques, and custom fabrics. Luxuriously romantic, the Carmel hotel was created for adults to relax, rejuvenate and nurture relationships—the perfect Carmel escape getaway. It is one of Carmel’s few full service luxury hotels offering valet parking, room service and highly personalized guest services. All accommodations include a sumptuous continental breakfast, wifi, and valet parking. The highlight of L'Auberge Carmel is its intimate 9-table restaurant, Aubergine, featuring a 2500-bottle wine cellar. It is the passion of Executive Chef Justin Cogley.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Patio
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Baggage storage
Valet parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Classic
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Monte Verde Street Seventh Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
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Jessica K wrote a review Aug 2022
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved Carmel-by-the-Sea! What a charming and quaint seaside town. We loved l’Auberge and how well maintained it was considering it was built in 1929! They have kept up the heritage beauty of the hotel and matched the decor accordingly. The staff were wonderful and accommodating. We were immediately upgraded and our room was quite large as well as a very large bathroom. The bed was in excellent condition and very comfortable. Location is perfect and we loved the fresh plums in the room and turn down service delicious cookies. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay again or highly recommend this property.
Thanks again,
Jessica and Aubey
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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badmaru wrote a review May 2022
San Jose, California421 contributions101 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Carmel-By-the-Sea is a charming town. This hotel matches the charm of the city. The hotel is small so it blends in with the city; I don’t think this town has any “traditional” looking hotels. The center of the hotel is its courtyard, which has a little water fountain and a large bench. The remainder of the courtyard is used for their breakfast and dinner service.

The check in area is very intimate. There is a desk with two old school chairs. Then there is a small bar area adjacent to the check in area.

The included breakfast was light. You can order more things if you want. Their policy is that you have to order your breakfast 24 hours beforehand. You have the option of having it in your room or outside in the courtyard. If you don’t mind waiting, the courtyard is good but the service is slow.

We had a room that faced into the courtyard so it was noisy at night time when the dinner service was happening. If noise is a problem then be sure to ask them for a room that is not so close to the courtyard.

The hotel seemed to attract older couples. The price point probably sways younger people away.

The bathroom area was large. There was a very large and deep bathtub. There are radiant floors too so no cold feet. The toiletries are small bottles so bring your own if you use a lot of products.

Because it’s an older building there is no air conditioning, so keep that in mind if you are visiting in the summer. For us, the heat was quite powerful so we didn’t use it the second night and had some windows open to being in fresh air.

If you have time, be sure to have dinner at those Michelin rated restaurant! You won’t be disappointed!

The staff members were all very friendly and nice.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Parking in the residential area isn’t far from the hotel if you don’t want to valet park.
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GNP wrote a review Oct 2022
Napa, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you make a reservation for this property, and you enjoy fine dining, first make a reservation for dinner with their Michelin-starred chef. Their reservation staff apparently has not been trained to tell or ASK guests about a dinner reservation. We stayed 3 nights and could not get a dinner reservation. The staff are very pleasant and helpful as they should be for the extra $35 per night for staff gratuities that are to be added to your bill, about which the check-in person informs you. I don’t recall reading or hearing anything about that extra charge when we made our hotel reservation. The accommodations are only slightly better than average and all rooms require moderate to extensive steps, with no elevators. We didn’t see any help for guests who might be physically challenged. The included breakfast was adequate but nothing special, except for its being served in the lovely courtyard, weather permitting. The courtyard has a bit of a “European” feel to it. The hotel’s location is good, with walks of two to a few blocks to some available restaurants, and lots of art galleries. All in all, we may be just a tad generous with the “four of five” rating.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask about a dinner reservation for one of the few tables for their Michelin-starred chef.
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Response from Monica Munoz, General Manager at L'Auberge Carmel
Responded Oct 10, 2022
Greetings, Thank you for your review of us at L'Auberge Carmel! We much appreciate you taking the time to provide other TripAdvisor users your feedback about your stay with us. Best, Monica Munoz General Manager
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Ted&Rose wrote a review Jul 2022
Canberra, Australia263 contributions252 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Very disappointing 2 night stay. Apparently, unbeknownst to us, we were supposedly ‘upgraded’, but instead of a courtyard king we got a room which was at the front of the hotel, with no real view, but very dark and extremely noisy (perfect for those who like listening to their neighbors and their toilet habits!)! We only learnt of the ‘upgrade’ when we enquired on the second day why we weren’t in the room we booked?
It also seemed the hotel was more concerned about its restaurant patrons than those actually staying there.
For the ridiculous price we paid, we expected just a little bit more than just some home made chocolate cookies and a breakfast so small it was a joke!
Do yourself a favour and check out other options. As we found out, there are a lot better places for ½ of what we got done for!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tim F wrote a review Mar 2022
Saintes, France30 contributions14 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were initially in Room 18, which seemed lovely, although there was an annoying intermittent industrial motor outside the room that would power-up every few minutes, and stay on for a minute or two each time. Not so annoying when getting changed early evening to go out, but impossibly awful when trying to get to sleep later. In the middle of the night, we resorted to a YouTube White Noise channel, at full blast, to get some sleep.
In the morning, we discussed the problem, and the staff couldn't do enough to resolve our issue. They didn't hesitate to move us to a quiet room (Room 16) for our second night, and were very apologetic. Michael in particular was fantastic.
However, the point needs to be made that surely we could not have been the first to have had this issue, and therefore perhaps the room should either be removed from the market until the sound issue is resolved, or customers should be pre-warned beforehand so that they can make informed decisions regarding staying in the room before enduring an awful nights sleep.
We stayed 2 nights and had the tasting meal in the restaurant on the second evening, which was fantastic. And our room on the second night (Room 16) was fabulous (and very quiet!!).
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Date of stay: March 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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H G wrote a review Oct 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Pretentious and arrogant are the only words that describes this hotel accurately.

The room is moderate in size but we had no way of knowing that there is no air conditioning in the rooms. The rooms are stuffy with no moving air. They provide you what appears to be a $20 fan to move the stuffy air around. This for $1,000 a night.

I spent 4 nights there and had the 4 worst night sleep I have had in years.

The rooms overlook a courtyard that is used for their Michelin star restaurant so you either need to keep your windows closed and suffocate or keep them open and hear the conversation of the diners.

The floors are old with no carpet so I am awakened each morning far too early by the people right above us.

Breakfast is provided but other than basic eggs everything is a la cart.

The small bar is very nice but a glass of wine starts at $25. Again, for $1,000 a night it makes no sense to nickel and dime people. I can afford it but it offends me to be taken advantage of.

The vibe is all about the restaurant and it's Michelin star and the rooms appear to be a necessary afterthought.

Oh. They also add a 20% gratuity on the ridiculous bar prices and add $35 a night for gratuities.

When I complained and asked to speak with the manager, I heard from no one until we had left. She then called and got very aggressive with me. Wow. Go elsewhere.
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Date of stay: October 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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LJman wrote a review Nov 2023
La Jolla, California24 contributions20 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
One of most important attributes of an excellent hotel is the ability to get a good night's sleep. For me, this involves having a quiet environment as well as a comfortable bed. The biggest problem with L'Auberge is the design of the hotel. It is a 2 story Spanish styled hotel built around a courtyard. From Wednesday-Sunday, a Michelin starred restaurant operates in the courtyard. In the mornings after 8:30, breakfast is served there, weather permitting. The rooms facing the courtyard have old, quaint, divided light, single-pane windows. In the rooms, you can hear most everyone conversations who are in the courtyard. On the night the restaurant operated, the guests were talking like they were in a bar and were quite noisy. At about 10:30, we asked the staff to ask the restaurant guests to talk quieter; but it wasn't until after midnight that noise from the courtyard abated from the hotel guests. If you were in many first story rooms, you needed to keep your shades closed if you desired privacy as people could easily view the interior of your room in the shades were open. On a warm evening, this kept my wife and me from obtaining needed cross ventilation (there is no A/C in the rooms). One other minor complaint was an overly soft mattress for my taste, The staff was wonderful and quite helpful. The mandatory approximately $35/day "resort fee" is used in lieu of tipping: some might consider this a nice touch, others may feel that it an overcharge for the services rendered. Because of the issues with noise, we would not return unless we book a room that does not face the courtyard.
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Date of stay: November 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: See review. Bring earplug if you are noise sensitive, and try to book a book that doesn't open...
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Lynn E wrote a review Jun 2020
Napa, California10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited L'Auberge Carmel for an overdue business trip, my first since the Covid-19 shutdowns. The staff was prepared with protocols in place and was very accommodating. My room was nice and spacious, very comfortable. The location of this hotel is perfect and most everything you want to do is within walking distance. I will absolutely stay here the next time I'm in town!
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Heith Pino, General Manager at L'Auberge Carmel
Responded Nov 1, 2021
Greetings, Thank you for your review of us at L'Auberge Carmel! We much appreciate you taking the time to provide other TripAdvisor users your feedback about your stay with us. We look forward to your return. Best, Heith Pino General Manager
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Emilio P wrote a review Jul 2022
Oxnard, California4 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Be prepared to beg to have your room serviced and any turn down service. Front desk staff not adequate for this kind of hotel. be aware of any rooms located in the rear of hotel as trash pick up is daily at 8 am.
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Date of stay: July 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Nellgurl wrote a review Sep 2022
santa cruz1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
THe postive: Staff was friendly (although inexperienced) and bedding was nice. THe property has some european charm with it’s courtyard. Everything else: My ocean view room, which came to over 900 bucks was stuffy, musty and totally outdated. Their “period antiques” are more flea market than fabulous. There is nothing about this room that makes it worth the amount of money it costs. I have stayed at many higher end properties and comparitively the value is just not here. I booked a room online and when i arrived with my dog was told the room that i booked was not a pet friendly room so the pet fee would be doubled. There is no way i could have know this. Also PET FEE IS $250!! (So, 500 doubled) I would have left then and there but my reservation was not refundable. I have never stayed anywhere that the pet fee was more than $100. Ritz, Four Seasons, Small boutique hotels…$100 max. THe cypress Inn, a comparable property around the corner from L’auberge charges $30. And they are shifty about the pet fee. They don’t actually say the price and hand you the form to sign. If you don’t read the whole thing you would never know. You know what else you would never know?? That my dog was ever in the room. $500 smackers for her to sleep on the floor. WTF???? So here i am in dingy, noisy (lots of weird knocking sounds coming from walls and floor). I ordered room service (no prices given) and was charge $80 for a steak and french fries. The steak was nothing special whatsoever—I could not tell what cut it was maybe sirloin, but it was overly lean and the portion was on the small side (it was served sliced which make it look like more than it is. the fries were definitely the frozen type. Sure, you expect to pay more for room service, but again, the value for the price is waaaaaay off. Lesson learned. An expensive one. THere is some charm to the property but it is dingy and tired and feels like it should cost about a quarter of what it does. Belch.
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Date of stay: September 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Answer from badmaru
San Jose, California421 contributions101 helpful votes
I agree with the previous reply. The hotel is in a good location. It's not far from the beach, but the walk back up can be a little hard since it's uphill.
Answer from Cindy D
69 contributions16 helpful votes
There was a separate shower from the Japanese style bathtub Carmel is a very high end town, very low crime and safe. They always parked our car right by the hotel.
Mary Ann X asked a question Jul 2015
Rancho Mirage, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
Is it dog friendly?
Answer from auberge_carmel_ca2
Carmel, California
Hello Sweeny2015, Thank you for your question! L’Auberge Carmel, Relais & Chateaux, understands that pets are often considered part of the family and for this reason we are happy to accommodate your pet request whenever possible. We do have 3 pet-friendly rooms on-site, but they will need to be booked in advance. Please visit our website to view our Pet Policy or feel free to give us a call at 831-624-8578. Thank you, Lauren Weaver Reservations Manager
Friendly2u asked a question Jun 2015
Santa Clara6 contributions1 helpful vote
microwave in room 17?
Answer from auberge_carmel_ca2
Carmel, California
Hi Friendly2u, Thank you for your question! We do not have microwaves in any of our guestrooms, but each room rate does include our Aubergine Signature Breakfast. As we are in the heart of Downtown Carmel, we are also within walking distance to a variety of restaurants in the area. If you have further room questions, please feel free to call the Reservations Department at 831-622-5909. Sincerely, Lauren Weaver Reservations Manager
Answer from auberge_carmel_ca
Dear Ms. Terri2607, Thank you for your question and I again thank you for staying with us at L'Auberge Carmel. It seems that we had failed to communicate this to you during our reservations and check-in process. I would be more than happy to discuss this with you over the phone or via e-mail. You may reach me at 831.624.8578. Our service fee of $30.00 per night - is what you mentioned for - in lieu of gratuities for the hotel staff and as such no other gratuities are necessary. If you had felt that one employee had gone above and beyond, additional gratuities are at your discretion. I apologize for this miscommunication to you. If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to call. Kind regards, George Nagata General Manager, L'Auberge Carmel
Bebe38 wrote a tip Mar 2024
New York, NY96 contributions273 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid rooms overlooking any machinery. "
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AKR1 wrote a tip Mar 2024
northern NJ493 contributions168 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Park right in front of the hotel or in the lot next door and the valet will unload and park your vehicle. Go for walks down the hill."
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rfarlow11 wrote a tip Mar 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to ask for Monica if you have any concerns"
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Suzan L wrote a tip Feb 2024
Moraga, California4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very steep stairs up to the patio where the first floor rooms are located. One needs to be sure footed and steady on their feet."
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LJman wrote a tip Nov 2023
La Jolla, California24 contributions20 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"See review. Bring earplug if you are noise sensitive, and try to book a book that doesn't open onto the courtyard."
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$367 - $712 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about L'Auberge Carmel
Which popular attractions are close to L'Auberge Carmel?
Nearby attractions include Ocean Avenue (0.2 miles), The Cheese Shop (0.2 miles), and Carmel Beach Boardwalk (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at L'Auberge Carmel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at L'Auberge Carmel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at L'Auberge Carmel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at L'Auberge Carmel?
Yes, free parking, street parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to L'Auberge Carmel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flying Fish Grill, Treehouse Cafe, and Dametra Cafe.
Is L'Auberge Carmel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the center of Carmel.
Are any cleaning services offered at L'Auberge Carmel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to L'Auberge Carmel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tor House (0.9 miles), Cannery Row (4.5 miles), and Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories (4.6 miles).
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