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“A different experience”
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La Playa Carmel
Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
California
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“A different experience”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

When we booked this hotel we thought it would be in the main lodge but it was actually off the property in a little group of villas(hotel's term for small separate rooms). It was an older room that was on the second floor with a drop ceiling. I felt very small in there. The room did not have anything updated. The bed was hard and the bathroom was cold with a bath/shower combination. The floor was carpet and I think it had gum stuck to it. For the amount of money spent on this I would expect better service. The only good thing about this hotel was that it was 2 blocks away from the beach and 3 blocks off Ocean drive.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

We arrived in Carmel without booking ahead, found this hotel, looked around and took a room for the night. Check in was hassle free, the staff were very friendly and helpful and we found it very easy to just settle in and chillax. Parking is free.

Rooms are a good size and very comfortable, bed is excellent, the space felt luxurious, bathroom could do with an update but it's perfectly acceptable.

Indoors the common areas are homely and immediately put you at ease.

The pool is lovely, it gets the sun and a great little spot to while away the afternoon.

It's a short walk up the town (2 blocks over and up) and the beach is the other direction, no street lighting on the way back was a surprise for me.

Carmel's not a cheap place to stay however I wholeheartedly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

The grounds were absolutely beautiful. The staff very friendly and the rooms were like stepping back into the 50's. The room was clean and organized but no A/C. We enjoyed and have no negatives. I understand it has been closed for renovation just a few days after we stayed there in late October.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

stayed for 5 nights for a wedding. loved the location, easy to walk to the beach and to town. nicely decorated, room was very comfortable. felt it was a bit expensive but hey its Carmel, what do you expect? breakfast was excellent. i was also happy with the customer service at the hotel.

Room Tip: Garden rooms are the best values, the ocean view rooms are identical with a smaller bathroom and a b...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Quaint Hotel which seems to be going through a period of change. There were rumours of the Hotrl being sold and this may have affected some of the staff. We had great service in the bar and our waiter at table for dinner was great. Some of the other staff seemed a bit grumpy.

the Rooms are well furnished, but not well sound insulated - not helped by the fact that we had an elepant who thought he could sing in the room above us.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the gardens had nice views
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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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)
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carmel
#2 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#2 Family Hotel in Carmel
#2 Business Hotel in Carmel
#6 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price range (per night): RM1,677 - RM4,650
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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Also Known As:
Hotel La Playa
La Playa Carmel Ca

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