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THE GRAND DAME OF CARMEL

Preserved for history, modernized for today.

Once a luxurious mansion built in 1905 by an artist as a gift to his wife, a member of the Ghirardelli family, for over 100 years La Playa Carmel has been known as the
“Grande Dame of Carmel”. Newly restored, this 75-room historic hotel is located just steps from the sands of Carmel Beach and the renowned shops, galleries and
restaurants of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The cornerstone of one of California’s most prestigious neighborhoods, this landmark features meticulously
tended gardens, intimate patios, secluded courtyards and a tranquil terrace swimming pool.

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I could live here!  One of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in!

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In all probably the best hotel experience we’ve had in the US, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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Great location near water and downtown. Wonderful breakfast.

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Rooms

Charm and romance amidst the sights and sounds of the Pacific.

The new La Playa Carmel features 75 guest rooms with spectacular ocean, garden or estate views and no resort fee.
Reflecting a sophisticated beach cottage style, each hotel room is as unique as its past, yet modernized for today.

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Premium Ocean View

Wake up and indulge in dramatic ocean views from the upper floor of the hotel.

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Ocean View

Open plantation shutters and experience the sights and sounds of the Pacific and lavish gardens below.

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Garden Patio

Step out and take a seat on your patio overlooking award-winning gardens.

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Traditional

Take in views of the hotel’s lush grounds and secluded courtyards.

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Poolside

Enjoy an oversized guest room and fireplace after a dip in the pool located right outside your door.

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Village

Rest comfortably on a plush pillow-top mattress with the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea just a short stroll away.

Dining

Perfection prepared daily.

The culinary experience at La Playa Carmel is sure to please even the most discerning palate with a sumptuous Champagne Breakfast Buffet or libations and light fare in the historic Bar and Lounge. The extraordinary culinary team also prepares a wide range of customized catering menus for groups, meetings, weddings and other special events.

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Champagne Breakfast

Savor a robust complimentary Champagne Breakfast Buffet served in the Library.

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Light Fare

Join us daily for light fare and tantalizing appetizers.

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The Bar

Unwind after a day of activities with a libation at the historic Bar and Lounge.

Meetings & Events

A place to unite, inspire and innovate.

Experience a grand event in an intimate setting amidst lush gardens, soaring cypress trees and sounds of the Pacific. From executive
retreats to events up to 200 attendees, La Playa Carmel offers state-of-the-art facilities, unparalleled cuisine and attentive service.

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Meetings & Events

As the birthplace of the Macintosh Computer, La Playa Carmel is the ultimate getaway for meetings & corporate retreats.

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Weddings

Originally designed in 1905 by an artist for his wife, an aura of romance fills the air.

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Request a Proposal

Contact our specialists to plan your next meeting, wedding or social event.

Location

Explore the culture and charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Located in the hub of activity for which Carmel is known, La Playa Carmel places serene beaches, unique art galleries, fine restaurants, and scenic beauty at your doorstep.

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Ocean Avenue – Conveniently located steps from La Playa Carmel, enjoy dining and shopping at world-class restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms.
  • Carmel Beach – Just two blocks away, La Playa Carmel is closer to the sand than any hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - This crown jewel of the California state park system can be found just three miles from La Playa Carmel with its spectacular ocean views, diverse marine and wildlife, and unparalleled hiking trails.
  • Carmel Valley Wineries – Spend a day touring the local wine country, and sample some of California’s highly acclaimed varietals.
  • 17-Mile Drive – Travel along a picturesque road, and experience sweeping ocean views and intriguing mansions. An entrance to the route is just six blocks from the hotel.
  • Golf at Pebble Beach – The stunning signature holes and breathtaking scenic beauty have led many to consider this iconic course America’s greatest.

Packages

Plan your escape to Carmel with simplicity.

Whether it’s an extended weekend or overdue getaway to the Monterey Bay, La Playa Carmel provides the best of all worlds.

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Wine Tasting

Enjoy an exceptional wine tasting experience in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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Romance

Let us set stage for love in Carmel with a luxury getaway.

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Beach Picnic

Stroll to famous Carmel Beach and dine with your toes in the sand.