La Playa Hotel Carmel

Jessica Tilley
Deal Expert

Why We Love This Hotel

  • This stunning historic hideaway is just two blocks from Carmel Beach
  • All stays include a free gourmet Champagne buffet breakfast each morning
  • Shuttle service to nearby restaurants and attractions is complimentary
  • A great base to explore nearby wineries, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the scenic 17-Mile Drive


Aptly designated as the Grande Dame of Carmel, La Playa Carmel was built in 1905 by an artist who gifted the property to his Ghirardelli-heiress wife. At the time, the area was teeming with artists and writers looking for an escape and fuel for inspiration. Sunset magazine has named Carmel “California’s prettiest village” and says that La Playa Carmel is “luxurious, not flashy.”

Lounging is encouraged on property, where manicured gardens and secluded courtyards abound. During warmer months, visit the terrace swimming pool for an afternoon dip. Serene beaches are easy to find in this area, and Carmel Beach is just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.

Each morning, settle into The Library overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where a complimentary Champagne breakfast buffet is served. Fresh produce, cheeses, fruits and made-to-order specialties are all part of the menu. Small plates, appetizers and cocktails can be found in the hotel bar nightly.

After a day at the pool or beach, guests rest comfortably on a pillow-top mattress with views of the courtyard, gardens or ocean, depending on the room type. Stay in touch with family and friends using complimentary Wi-Fi access.

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  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Outdoor pool
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Bike rental
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible path of travel
  • ADA compliant rooms


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children under 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs available for infants under the age of 3; free of charge. Extra beds are not available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: All reservations are subject to a $2.00 HID and $1.00 TID Tax per room/ per night and will be added to the nightly rate.

A nightly amenity fee of $25.00 per room/ per night (subject to tax) applies and will be added to the total price by the hotel upon check-out. The fee includes: Champagne brunch, welcome beverage, fresh fruit in lobby, iced tea/lemonade in the lobby, cookies in the lobby, shuttle service to Carmel by the Sea, unlimited high speed wireless internet access.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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