It was a shock to see a sign in Monterey saying "Boycott La Playa Carmel" - it turns out that the new owners sacked the previous workforce and this was them making a stand. Whilst we were there, a march paraded outside the hotel, however, this was calm and without incident. On the whole the hotel was ok, the pool was not warm so the kids didn't go in. The kitchen was not running so the food was limited. We decided to stay only 2 days rather than the 4 booked, they were ok about that. The room was great albeit ever so slightly debatable that it had an ocean view (303 from memory) - breakfast was nice, good selection of continental. Service was great, although the barman with the business degree, also studying a PhD, should perhaps stick to academic pursuits as his service was awful - especially closing the bar early because he was finishing up. Its a nice hotel in a great location - I would go back, but probably only as a couples retreat rather than a place to take the family.
- 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