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“Little gem in Carmel”
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La Playa Carmel
Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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114 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Little gem in Carmel”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Beautiful small hotel. Great location near water and downtown. Wonderful breakfast. Shuttle service to restaurants. Excellent service. Evening wine tasting. Can't beat the price! Gorgeous gardens and pool.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wasn't sure what to expect when we booked this hotel being in a bit of a touristy spot and knowing that there was very little parking in Carmel. First off there were no problems parking, the hotel is located 5-10 mins walk from the town center so plenty of spaces. The experience just got better from then on, the staff were so helpful and friendly, the decor was elegantly done, the grounds immaculate. Wine tasting in reception early evening followed plus milk and cookies later and champagne breakfast, fantastic! We payed extra for a sea view room and it was worth it, the view was exceptional, room very comfortable and quiet.
In all probably the best hotel experience we've had in the US, wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, we very nearly changed our plans and stayed an extra night but the Napa valley beckoned...

Room Tip: Go for a sea view, its worth it
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Drove into carmel just as darkness fell with no reservation for the night. We had driven up the coast from morro bay (a must do. Breathtaking) and there is no cell reception for miles and miles! We drove around a bit overwhelmed by all the choices of places to stay...popped into two and were not impressed. Then i pulled up trip advisor and in three minutes we were driving down towards the beach and la playa hotel! It is everything the reviews say it is. We got a fantastic room at huge discount as they wanted to fill the space. Have already booked another night. We have to change rooms (tonight is friday after all) but will be allowed to keep the great rate. Rafael at the front desk is our hero! Had wine and bruschetta in their bar...delicious...then walked up the six blocks to dinner. Bartender gal was sweet. Handled two rude customers very graciously. Cant wait to explore carmel in the daylight!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 19, 2013

There are not enough wonderful things I can say about La Playa. The hotel is beautiful and nicely renovated. The rooms, common areas and especially the gardens are maintained to a very high standard. The location is the best in Carmel. Close to the beach and walking distance to everything, plus they offer a shuttle to anywhere you want to go.

The best part about La Playa has to be the staff. I've never stayed any place where everyone genuinely seems happy to work there. It translates into wonderful customer service.

Room Tip: High floor with ocean view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We just had a wonderful getaway at La Playa Carmel. It's very nice & quiet, just 2 short blocks off the main Ocean Avenue. The included brunch/breakfast was exquisite. The restaurant over- looked the beautiful grounds and the Pacific Ocean too. It has seating indoors or on a great open-walled patio area. Think we were there for 2 1/2 hours, reading the USA Today paper delivered to our door, dining on the delicious buffet, sipping the included Sofia sparkling wine and great coffee. The newly remodeled rooms were light & airy and we loved hanging out there, with the open window, just looking & listening to the Ocean. Staff were all gracious and very helpful. It was a great long weekend & we highly recommend it.

Room Tip: All rooms have ocean views. Next time we'll request one with a garden patio, flowing with flow...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2013

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at the La Playa. We previously stayed there years ago, but the hotel has been wonderfully renovated. The staff was wonderful and the room comfortable with nice linens,. Our room (238) was large and quiet. The hotel is near the beach and only a few minute walk from the shopping district. There is no elevator, but the staff is very helpful with luggage. All in all, a wonderful place to stay.

Room Tip: We were on the front of the hotel overlooking the street. However, the room was exceptionally quiet...
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Additional Information about La Playa Carmel

Property: La Playa Carmel
Address: Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921 (Formerly La Playa Hotel)
Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carmel
#2 Family Hotel in Carmel
#2 Business Hotel in Carmel
#2 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#6 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Playa Carmel 4*
Number of rooms: 75
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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