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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
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  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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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
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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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Free shuttle or taxi services
Conference facilities
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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24-hour front desk
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Ocean view
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ga1vlw6omh wrote a review Aug 15
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The vent noise, along with the kitchen smells, went from 6AM to 10PM both nights we were there. So much for fresh ocean air. We paid well over $2,000 for two nights for a sub standard room (Room #300). Your staff, hotel and amenities are impeccable, but this room was like staying in a Motel 6 along the highway in middle America.
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Dear, Ga1vlw6omh, 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. I'm happy we were able to connect, 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 look forward to welcoming you back. Regards, Brett B.
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Lindi2014 wrote a review Aug 2021
Union City, California17 contributions5 helpful votes
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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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Date of stay: August 2021
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ddostal wrote a review Aug 13
Bucyrus, Ohio1 contribution
Overall excellent. The people are very helpful. The location is excellent and the breakfast every morning was a great start to the day. The flowers were beautiful and created a nice smell through the hotel.
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Angela Holtz wrote a review Aug 12
Dallas, Texas453 contributions181 helpful votes
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La Playa is a beautiful place to stay. My husband planned a trip for my 50th birthday celebration. We stayed in a suite and it was gorgeous. The hotel is full of history. It’s beautifully decorated. It smells wonderful. The service from check in to check out is outstanding. They know how to treat their guest right! The champagne breakfast buffet was so above average. Delicious. The bartenders are quick and friendly. James was especially great! Housekeeping was so nice AND helpful when our key would not work. It was our fault, but they came to the rescue. There was a smile on everyone’s faces. So pleasant to see. We kept our windows open all the time. With the windows open, we heard all the activity going on outside. But for some reason it did not bother us. It was soothing to hear little kids playing. Adults laughing. People in the pool. Music playing lightly in the background. There was not one obnoxious noise to be heard. We loved every single second we were at La Playa. And on my actual birthday, a bottle of champagne was waiting for us in our room! The people at La Playa are lovely. They pay attention. They want your stay to be a good one. If you are expecting a “modern” hotel, this is not it. This is an elegant hotel, a boutique hotel. It will have everything you need that any modern hotel could provide, you will just feel like you are staying in someone’s home…someone’s VERY NICE home. I would love to return some day. Until then, thank you for making my week wonderful!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PKA310 wrote a review Aug 9
Los Angeles, California7 contributions8 helpful votes
This hotel would be perfect...for half the price. The rooms were small and not clean. The bathrooms were the size of those on an airplane. You could hear every move and footstep of the people in the upstairs rooms--squeak, squeak, squeak. Nice, courteous staff and steps from the beach...but the price--unjustifiable, given it gave motel vibes in every way.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Dear PKA310, 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 any noise disturbance that you experienced, and the dissatisfaction with the room. I regret the disruption that this caused during your stay. Given another opportunity, I am confident that we can provide the memorable experience that you should expect at La Playa. 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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nancykoles wrote a review Aug 8
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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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alleininger wrote a review Aug 8
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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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Dear Alleininger, 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. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly should your future plans include a visit to Carmel. We 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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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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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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$524 - $886 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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.