|"Beautiful grounds; incredible breakfast"||(in 9 reviews)|
|""Very nice rooms,excellent breakfast and nice bar.""||(in 2 reviews)|
|"Everything was perfect except breakfast."||(in 37 reviews)|
|"The entire hotel smells very bad."||(in 13 reviews)|
|"How small the rooms are"||(in 5 reviews)|
|""They did not honor my aaa membership, which they do accept.""||(in 1 review)|
|staff great||in 85 reviews|
|breakfast was good||in 82 reviews|
|great hotel||in 61 reviews|
|great location||in 61 reviews|
|room had the stairs||in 55 reviews|
|beach and the town||in 35 reviews|
|service bar||in 25 reviews|
|wine tastings||in 25 reviews|
|cookies and milk||in 24 reviews|
|bathroom was so small||in 17 reviews|
|parking horrible||in 15 reviews|
|room small||in 15 reviews|
|beautiful setting||in 12 reviews|
|walking distance||in 9 reviews|
|conversations in neighboring||in 8 reviews|
|la playa||in 8 reviews|
|aaa membership||in 6 reviews|
|downtown carmel||in 2 reviews|
|historic and charming||in 2 reviews|
|nice rooms||in 2 reviews|
Bed Breakfast Staff Location Cookies and milk
No bottled water in room
Nice looking property. Friendly service. Great breakfast.
Didn't have double room available that was booked. Noisy. Overpriced for what it offered.
Dated, very noisy, not worth the money
The view was nice, but that was mostly thanks to Carmel being stunning.
Very noisy! Don’t underestimate the other reviews. They’ve got an old steam-based heating system that has a ton of air in it. As a result, you will get woken up all throughout the night to loud banging noise, like someone is taking a hammer to a steal pipe. The sound is coming out of the heater in the room. Do not choose this hotel if you want a good nights sleep. Also very dated rooms. The quality of the room is about what you’d expect from a Travelodge, it does not in any way live up to the $400+ price tag.
Generous and Warm
The atmosphere was charming, and the staff was welcoming and generous! We were upgraded and treated to champagne because it was our anniversary. The views were magnificent, and everything was close by! The breakfast was delicious and all the staff were kind and attentive. I was very pleased with our experience! Thank you to the staff for making our experience an anniversary to remember!
Poor design and ambiance in rooms
Hotel tried to portray a high end experience by providing milk and cookies at check in. Wine reception in the evenings. Turndown Servive at night and a decent breakfast buffet that is included.
Their premier ocean view rooms looked like a holiday In or 3 star hotel at the best. Very poor design and ambiance. Bad holiday in furniture , plastic trees and plants. I expected more for $500 per night, at least rooms that looked better. Also, rooms have no balconeys and hotel does not have a jacuzzi. It is possible that the hotel is offering value for the budget traveller (hard to imagine at over $500 per night). I did notice that better hotels where 30% more expensive when I was in Carmel. I would have preferred to pay about 30% more for better accomadations.
It was just beautiful and romantic in every way. Staff was incredible.
This is a beautiful property, with very accommodating employees and easy access to the beach and downtown. We plan to return someday!
Have no complaints!
Proximity to downtown restaraunt a and shopping, golf and ocean.
Rooms a little small
Best Spot in Carmel
The views are stunning and the property is a gem. Gorgeous location off the main road but within a super close walking distance (and if walking isn't for you, there is a shuttle provided). Clean rooms, comfortable beds, extremely wonderful staff. The extras are at every turn - free wine tasting, chocolates on the pillows, hot coco when we checked in, etc. One of the best breakfast buffets I've had. I've stayed here twice and plan on returning every time I visit Carmel.
Lovely stay and hard to leave
Charming historic hotel with fantastic service and location. We traveled with an infant and had a very enjoyable stay.
Great stay at a Carmel Gem
Charming place with the most attentive staff I've ever encountered. Stay in Carmel often. First time at La Playa. We'll be back.
Beautifully restored older property with incredible grounds. Great location, very close to beach, shopping and dining. Excellent breakfast buffet. Very professional and courteous staff. Free shuttle will take you anywhere you want to go. Terrific place for a romantic getaway.
on-street parking only.
La Playa Carmel has been voted the Best Hotel on the Monterey Peninsula, originally built in 1905 as an artist’s gift to his wife, who was from the infamous Ghirardelli family. This “Grand Dame” has been recently restored and offers 75 guest rooms with historical architectural details and modern furnishings that combine to create a prestigious resort on the California coast. The hotel offers beach access, as it is just steps from Carmel Beach. Guests can also enjoy beautiful gardens, courtyards, and patios onsite as well as a terrace swimming pool.
This hotel’s rooms offer views of the ocean, garden, or surrounding estate, and preference can be chosen at the time of booking. The sophisticated cottage-style rooms offer modern amenities and accommodations with huge windows to bring in all of the natural light and beauty of the surrounding landscapes. There are restaurants and bars onsite, as well as catering services for events and meetings that can be held in the hotel’s many event spaces.
La Playa Carmel is just minutes from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, which offers wine tasting, shopping, dining, and many other local attractions. Ocean Avenue is full of options for world-class dining, art galleries, boutiques, and entertainment. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is just 3 miles away, offering plenty of outdoor activities. Guests can also visit Carmel Valley for winery tours and enjoy championship golfing at Pebble Beach, not far from the hotel.
based on 240 reviews
Policies vary by room type and provider.
The quickest way to get from the airport to your accommodation is by car, which will take about 15min. If you are looking at catching a cab, the taxi fare will be around $25 for a one-way trip, and you can talk to the taxi coordinator outside of the terminal building to organize a car. If you prefer using public transport, get on board bus line 93 which goes to Monterey and get off at the Cass Munras bus stop. From there, walk over to the Munras Cass bus stop which is a 1min walk away and catch bus line 24 going to Carmel Valley Grapevine Express, get off 9 stops later at the San Carlos / 7th bus stop, and the hotel will then be a 10min walk away. The full trip by bus will take under 1h, with a one-way fare of $5 per person.
The hotel offers its signature Champagne Breakfast every morning from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. It’s a buffet style breakfast which includes freshly made pastries, European cheeses, juice and fruits, as well as some made to order fare such as eggs and omelets. Only seasonal and locally sourced produce is used ensuring a fresh and tasty breakfast.
Pet dogs under 40 lb in weight are welcome to stay with their owners at the hotel, and you are allowed to have a maximum of 2 pets per room. All dog breeds are welcome, however there is a restriction on pit bulls and pit bull mixes. If you are planning to bring your four-legged friend with you, you will be paying a pet fee at check in, consisting of $50 for the whole stay. Dogs are welcome on the beach, however they must be kept on a leash.
The hotel has multiple accessible rooms available for ADA guests, all of which are located on the ground floor for easy access. The rooms are all equipped with mobility and accessibility features such as wide doorways, raised vanity countertop, grab bars and roll-in showers with a foldable shower seat. In addition, communication kits are available for the hearing impaired, as well as strobe alarms throughout the property.
If you are going on vacation with your partner and would like to make your stay a bit more special, consider booking one of the packages that the hotel has on offer. The Romantic Getaway includes a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival as well as complimentary cocktails on the Pacific Terrace. The Beach Picnic package includes a fully catered picnic with the possibility to add on a beach cruiser. Finally, the Wine Tasting package includes a walking self-guided wine tasting tour as well as waived corkage fees at select restaurants for any bottles purchased during the tour. (Prices checked 24/07/19).
La Playa Carmel is located at Camino Real At 8th Avenue, 0.5 km from the centre of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Golden Bough Playhouse is the closest landmark to La Playa Carmel.
Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 PM at La Playa Carmel.
Yes, La Playa Carmel offers free Wi-Fi.
Yes, La Playa Carmel offers free parking.
No, La Playa Carmel does not offer free airport shuttle service.
La Playa Carmel is 8.7 km from Monterey Regional. La Playa Carmel is 89.9 km from San Jose.
Yes, La Playa Carmel has a pool on-site.