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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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#15 of 27 hotels in Carmel
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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 High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Bar / lounge
Free shuttle or taxi services
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast buffet
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Bathrobes
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Safe
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Minibar
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Ocean view
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afshin700 wrote a review Sep 2022
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Room type that was reserved not given. Noisy refrigerator inside the room. Dirty carpet, TV remote, telephone and alarm clock. Front desk staff constantly gave misinformation. This hotel is not what it used to be.
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Dear Afshin700, 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. I am hoping to be able to speak with you to review in more detail. Should your future plans bring you back to Carmel, please let me know so that I may assist with the reservation. 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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scorte888200 wrote a review Sep 2022
San Jose, California1 contribution
We love staying at La Playa for their hospitality and the beautiful grounds. The staff are always very friendly and the hotel has everything you could ever need. You don't have to leave if you don't want to.
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Sharon W wrote a review Sep 2022
Richmond, Minnesota3 contributions1 helpful vote
We celebrated our anniversary with a trip to Carmel and decided to stay at La Playa based on location and past reviews. We were very happy with our stay - the staff was friendly and the we loved the location. It's only three blocks from the ocean and about three blocks from the shops and restaurants. We didn't have to drive anywhere once we arrived. My tip would be to stay there on the weekdays because it's much cheaper than the weekends.
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SueChestnut wrote a review Sep 2022
Brackley, United Kingdom19 contributions12 helpful votes
What a charming hotel. The staff were friendly and professional, the grounds and pool were immaculate. Our room was nice and included complimentary breakfast and free parking which was a real bonus. Not having air conditioning or lifts was really not a problem. La Playa was in an excellent position, within walking distance of the town and the beautiful beach. I would highly recommend this hotel and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Christopher D wrote a review Sep 2022
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What a fantastic place to stay on any visit to Carmel and the surrounding areas. Great service by friendly and knowledgeable staff.La Playa is a gem of a place with great ambience and wonderful small surprises like wine tasting, warm cookies and a bargain of a breakfast....will go again soon !!
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mrsshears2022 wrote a review Sep 2022
Watchung, New Jersey1 contribution
We had an amazing time at La Playa for our son's wedding. Staff was so helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed our 4 night stay. The champagne breakfast was wonderful. We especially loved the salsa over our Omelette and the Belgium waffles.
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MaryEllen K wrote a review Sep 2022
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This hotel was not our style and we will not be back. When we pulled up the bellman grabbed our bags and told us we could park anywhere - I am sorry what? No valet? Well that was a surprise! Then onto the check-in. We were traveling with another couple for my husbands birthday. The hotel upgraded our friends room because they thought he was one of the staffs former principal based on his name and our hometown location. They should have upgraded us because it was my husbands birthday. Then we get to our extremely small, extremely dated hotel room and realize - there is no a/c. I'll take the blame for that for not double checking but living in Texas I would have never even thought to question the ac situation when you are spending $1,100/night + taxes for a hotel room. Then there was a wedding going on for 2 of our nights so we got to listen to that all night since sleeping with all the windows open was a must! I saw someone mention in a review below "turn of the century amenities or lack there of" and that hit the nail on the head regarding our room. I could not believe the size of the bathroom! Breakfast every morning was great - but should have started earlier than 7:30. I do want to mention that every member of the staff was extremely nice and welcoming - especially Michael - the bellman/driver. The common grounds were also well maintained and clean. In the end, we were disappointed overall and will not be back.
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Dear MaryEllen K, 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. It is true that La Playa does not have air conditioning in the rooms. While we are accustomed to cooler temperatures year-round we do receive the occasional heat wave. I am sorry that your visit coincided with that time of year. 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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arubery wrote a review Sep 2022
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Lovely hotel with very professional and friendly staff. Fantastic breakfast each morning. Fab location - easy walk to Carmel centre. Very well maintained common areas of hotel - nice quiet pool - no reserving of loungers etc
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sjang861552 wrote a review Sep 2022
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Room rate was higher than I expected, but the views are great and the breakfast was excellent. Ask for the lobby level if you have bad knees. No elevators in the building. Staff very friendly and have good recommendations for dining
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US$447 - US$830 (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 (0.1 km), Gallery by the Sea Carmel (0.4 km), and Carmel Beach (0.4 km).
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 Treehouse Cafe, Dametra 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 centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre 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.