Carmel, CA

La Playa Hotel Carmel

Carina Stebbins
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • 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

“No. 5 of 23 hotels in Carmel” -- TripAdvisor

94% (121 Member Ratings)

"Great location, beautiful hotel grounds"
Jan 21, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA, United States


Map & Directions

La Playa Carmel is approximately a 90-minute drive from San Jose International Airport in good traffic.

Rooms & Rates

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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.

From the press:
  • “A historic complex of lush gardens and Mediterranean-style buildings” -- Fodor’s



  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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121 Member Reviews
(94% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: The breakfast
Other Comments: Lovely Gardens
Lisa Jan 24, 2016 Martinez, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Great location, beautiful hotel grounds
Other Comments: One thing to be aware of is that in the less expensive rooms, the bathrooms are quite small. Still very nice, though.
Lisa Jan 21, 2016 Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Front desk staff tried the best they could to put us in a nicer room. The breakfast staff was great, especially the omelette cook. He had to manage a busy station juggling between omelettes and waffles and the whole time, he never lost his cool and kept a cheerful smile the whole time.
Other Comments: Small and dated rooms. Not insulated very well. Could hear neighbors and cold draft entering room. I understand it is an old building but the rate for the room does not justify it.
Jennifer Dec 31, 2015 Oakland, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The brunch everyday is wonderful. They have an omelette bar and waffle bar where they make you a fresh waffle or omelette. Champage is included too!!
Other Comments: The best service ever!! Free shuttle car to the village. Very friendly and helpful staff.
kathy May 22, 2015 Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The staff was outstanding. All very friendly and and great service.
Other Comments: I'd definitely return
Sylvia May 21, 2015 San Josesan, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful Hotel, nice clean comfortable room. The Grounds are amazing!
Other Comments: The champagne brunch was fantastic! The only thing that I would suggest is either go early, or late (around 10:00) the reason is, there are so many people enjoying the brunch it is difficult to find a place to sit.
Garret May 19, 2015 Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Great atmosphere. The wine hour was awesome and breakfast was great.
James May 18, 2015 San Jose, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful location and grounds. Great breakfast buffet!
Evan May 18, 2015 Palo Alto, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The beautiful hotel ground and the wonderful staffs.
Clarice May 18, 2015 Los Gatos, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The breakfast, the overall service and the grounds
Larry May 16, 2015 Winters, CA, United States

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