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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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#14 of 27 hotels in Carmel
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
Value
3.8
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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.
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Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Free shuttle or taxi services
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast buffet
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Safe
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Residential Neighborhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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nancykoles wrote a review Yesterday
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very nice place but expensive, love the gardens, lovely rooms and view, great food, happy with the service. Lovely place for a wedding. Would be nice if they had a business center for printing boarding passes.
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Lindi2014 wrote a review Aug 2021
Union City, California17 contributions5 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Can’t wait to come back. While it had been 20 years since my last visit, it still retains its pedigree. Totally relaxing and a real cut above. Falling asleep to sound of ocean waves was the perfect end to each evening. Loved it!
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alleininger wrote a review Yesterday
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We stayed for a wedding and for the price they charge this hotel is NOT worth it. The rooms were SO SMALL and they lacked amenities that you'd expect for a room with that price tag. Their breakfast is really good and we enjoyed that but once you go in your room it's like staying at a cheap hotel.
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Liza6890456 wrote a review Aug 6
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The hotel staff is lovely and the grounds and location are great. I paid a high price for a very basic room. I don’t mind splurging on hotel stays, it’s a vacation after all. It is very disappointing though when your few days of vacation are spent in a room overlooking old tv satellites and ac units as well as next to a staff closet. The bedding was just ok and the room felt like it could have easily been a older best western. I will admit that it’s the price of $700+/night that was the problem. I just expect the price to match the experience. If I had booked a $400 room then I would have expected the room I had.
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Response from bbird bbird, General Manager at La Playa Carmel
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Dear Liza6890456, Thank you for your review. Your feedback provides information important to our ongoing improvement efforts. We endeavor to provide all of our guests with an exceptional experience, and we clearly failed to do so during your recent stay with us. I apologize for your disappointment with your room assignment and I regret any inconvenience this caused. We do have many different room types and sizes. Given another opportunity, I am confident that we can provide the memorable experience that you should expect at La Playa Carmel. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should your future plans include a visit to Carmel. I would be most happy to personally arrange your reservation. I hope that we have an opportunity to welcome you back. Regards, Brett B.
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Catherine B wrote a review Aug 3
San Francisco, California20 contributions7 helpful votes
The grounds at this hotel are beautiful and charming and the breakfast is pretty good but the room we stayed in was poorly maintained and highly overpriced. I knew the hotel was an older property, but I would think for $800 dollars a night the room would have been better maintained and cleaned. I responded to the private hotel survey with details and did not even receive a response. I am unsure if our room which was over the kitchen was an anomaly because I have never previously stayed at this hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Dear W4310WQcatherineb, Thank you for taking the time to post your recent experience at La Playa. I apologize for the service lapse that you experienced and am embarrassed by the poor impression that we left you with. Given another opportunity, I am confident that we can provide the service that you should expect. We have sent private communication as well to the e-mail on file. Should your future plans bring you back to Carmel, I would welcome the opportunity to assist with reservations. Regards, Brett B.
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laynekemp wrote a review Aug 3
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overpriced, aged facility, lots of kids, sub part staff. gardens and short walk to the beach are the ++.in the future I'll stay at accommodations half the price such as the Pine Inn. However, with my 83 mother the all-inclusive amenities were a bonus to be fair.
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jsfrantz wrote a review Aug 1
jsfrantz10 contributions8 helpful votes
Lovely location and great breakfast. Unfortunately, our room was incredibly small and poorly designed. Street noise was an issue as was parking. We acquired room on a charity auction, and we surely expected better.
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Dear jsfrantz, Thank you for your review. Your feedback provides information important to our ongoing improvement efforts. We endeavor to provide all of our guests with an exceptional experience, and we clearly failed to do so during your recent stay with us. I apologize for your disappointment with your room assignment and I regret any inconvenience this caused. We do have many different room types and sizes. Given another opportunity, I am confident that we can provide the memorable experience that you should expect at La Playa Carmel. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should your future plans include a visit to Carmel. I would be most happy to personally arrange your reservation. I hope that we have an opportunity to welcome you back. Regards, Brett B.
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Dana M wrote a review Jul 2022
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Exquisite “old world” hotel in the hear of Carmel. Beautiful grand staircase as you enter the hotel. Love all the amenities that come with your stay. From the afternoon cookies to the champagne breakfast-it’s just the most warm and inviting hotel. The breakfast presentation and service is beyond perfection. I normally would not stay at a hotel without AC but we kept our windows open and it made our stay even better. My only recommendation would be for the hotel to invest in a scent. This could be done with essential oils through out the hotel. It was built in 1905 which is part of its beauty but this would compliment the hotel. The gardens are gorgeous!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Don’t expect valet. It’s not needed. This is not a modern hotel. It was built in 1905 and they...
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MarciaWable wrote a review Jul 2022
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This was for our 28th anniversary in which we took our chocolate lab and you were worth every penny!! The staff just treated us like royalty. They even took us to the restaurant and picked us up. Thanks you 😊
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Ana V wrote a review Jul 2022
Coral Gables, Florida20 contributions19 helpful votes
Other than the surprise of not having valet or parking readily available and no elevators and no a/c in the rooms, the hotel is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and helpful - quick to respond and help. I appreciate that the TVs allow casting. Expensive, but so is everything in Carmel. The Beach is not that close, given the name. Location was great.
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PRICE RANGE
$518 - $886 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
hotel la playa, la playa carmel ca
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
La Playa Hotel
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaMonterey CountyCarmel
NUMBER OF ROOMS
75
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Playa Carmel
Which popular attractions are close to La Playa Carmel?
Nearby attractions include Carmel Beach Boardwalk (0.09 miles), Gallery by the Sea Carmel (0.3 miles), and Carmel Beach (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Playa Carmel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at La Playa Carmel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at La Playa Carmel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at La Playa Carmel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Playa Carmel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dametra Cafe, Treehouse Cafe, and La Bicyclette Restaurant Carmel.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Playa Carmel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is La Playa Carmel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Carmel.
Are any cleaning services offered at La Playa Carmel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does La Playa Carmel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Playa Carmel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.