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La Playa Carmel
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

What a fabulous hotel, set in magnificent gardens, two blocks from the beach and walking distance from all the restaurants and shops. The staff were amazingly helpful and friendly. We were travelling with two small children (aged 8 and 5), and they loved it too - especially the milk and cookies laid out out at reception each evening. The heated pool and giant garden chess board where also highlights for them. The breakfasts were fantastic, great selection, lovely sitting out on the covered patio overlooking the gardens. All in all the hotel made out first trip to Carmel a very memorable one, and we will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room with two queen beds, which saw quite tight. Next time we will request a garden patio room which apparently is larger.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was an unexpected pleasure. Rooms are comfortable, not fancy but beds were very comfy although some rooms are way to small and they had to change us. There is no AC but Carmel is cool anyway. They serve a lovely breakfast including homemade waffles among the rest of the buffet. At 5 they serve wine and cheese and later wonderful cookies. Staff were very nice and accommodating and offered excellent dining suggestions. The location was great and the grounds are absolutely beautiful.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank E B
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

My sister and I checked into La Playa in the charming town of Carmel. We stayed for two nights and were delighted by the hotel. My daughter had gotten engaged there and recomended it to us.
The staff was friendly and helpful,parking on the street readily available, and breakfast was a delight with fresh Belgian waffles.Our corner room had a view of the ocean down the street,and we slept with open windows to feel the ocean breeze.Please note there is no ac,but it was not a problem with the ocean air.Loved the small town itself,lots of interesting shops and restaurants.The only odd note was the town folds up at 9:30 PM.Would absolutely return to Carmel and this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view so you get the breeze. Beds are heavenly!
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank sarahmommom
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Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Here we have a hotel with the owner no doubt having a passion for hotels- service was very good and staff had been recruited from Europe giving the hotel an international flavour- the family rooms were good and adequate- pool are was small- it's name of playa is a little extreme given the walking distances to the beach- the ambiance in the hotel was first class and many's a pleasant conversation with staff and guests- they highlight the quality of breakfast's - but if they truly want to compare to 4/5 star hotels internationally it falls short - also it's prices for a family room is too expensive given the choice out there- it was easy to get a room this month and negotiate a reduction in price with pleasant staff-

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank keyka
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed in this amazing hotel in an amazing location in the beginning of July. A quick quaint walk into town for some great restaurants and shopping. The town not only reminded me of England but so did the hotel. The lobby is so beautiful and boasts the most beautiful mantle piece. The staff were very nice and very helpful. Our room was amazing. We were on the third floor looking out to the ocean and down to the English style gardens and pool. We opened the (very old but very English) windows and slept with them open to hear the ocean. The bed was extremely comfortable. After a little lunch on our first day we sat outside under heater lamps and had a few glasses of wine. It was so relaxing. The breakfast was wonderful and if you don't want to eat out on the veranda then there is a large charming breakfast room. The front of the hotel is so cute with bikes displayed with basest of flowers! Made for some great pictures! There is also free parking... we parked right in front of the hotel! No need for passes or valet. We were so thrilled with this hotel and I hated to leave it. Don't book anywhere else in Carmel.... You have to experience La Playa Carmel!!!!

Room Tip: Oceanfront for sure!!!
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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