L'Auberge Carmel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Charming and elegant, this European-style hotel sits a block from Ocean Avenue's shopping and dining
  • Aubergine, the intimate 12-table restaurant earns five stars from Forbes and houses a 4,500 bottle wine cellar
  • Daily breakfast is included in the rate and comes with local coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit, eggs and homemade pastries and jam
  • Rooms come with Helmut Horn photography, heated bathroom floors and some with Japanese soaking tubs

"Like being transported to a little European village" -- Fodor's

Map & Directions

Carmel is approximately a 5 hour drive from Los Angeles, or two hours from San Francisco. The Monterey Regional Airport is a 15-minute drive and serves flights from San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The hotel offers a shuttle to the airport and valet parking, both complimentary. 

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A stay at the L'Auberge Carmel "is like being transported to a little European village" raves Fodor's of the three-story white stucco abode. Built in 1929 as an apartment building and haven for artists, it is bursting with romantic old-world charm.

It’s tucked onto a quaint leafy street in the bohemian, upscale oceanfront town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and a block from Ocean Avenues quaint shops, art galleries, tasting rooms with estate grown wines and cafes. It’s also an easy four block stroll down to sandy Carmel beach, known for some pretty spectacular sunsets.

There are only 20 guest rooms, arranged around a courtyard fountain, and richly appointed with mahogany bed frames, black and white Helmut Horn photographs and antique fixtures like real brass room keys and French windows. Bathrooms come with hand-hammered copper sinks, Japanese soaking tubs (in some rooms) and heated travertine tile floors. While none of the rooms are air conditioned, the area’s moderate climate means the average temp in the summer is a cool 60 degrees.

For many, the highlight of a stay at L’Auberge is dinner at Aubergine, the intimate 12-table gourmet affair rated a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant. The nightly tasting menu focuses on artful presentation, seasonal farm-to-table ingredients and Monterey County wine pairings from the 4,500 bottle cellar curated by the hotel’s own personal wine director. Guests are also treated to a signature breakfast, with a spread that includes local coffee, fresh squeezed juice, eggs made-to-order, and house-made pastries and jams.

From the Press:
  • “Stepping through the doors of this elegant inn is like being transported to a little European village. The rooms are luxurious yet understated...” -- Fodor's
  • “The whitewashed interiors of this 1929 luxury hotel channel a Greek Island hideaway...” -- Travel + Leisure



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary valet service


Check-in: Standard Time is 3:30pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

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.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3.30pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 50 per stay

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 32.63 per accommodation, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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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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