L Auberge Carmel
What We Love
- Located on 5.2 acres of landscaped grounds with a private pathway to a prime Cali beach
- The bathrooms in Courtyard King Rooms have large soaking tubs and heated floors
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Courtyard Queen Rooms have a walk-in shower only
- None of the rooms are air-conditioned, but you won’t miss it with average summer temps in the 60s
- A $25 (plus tax) service fee per night covers WiFi, in-room tea and coffee, tennis court and equipments usage, a village shuttle (one-mile radius) and more
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Carmel-by-the-Sea feels like one big leafy neighborhood filled with gorgeous European cottages. But L’Auberge stands out even among this company. Formerly an apartment building for artists, the three-story stucco inn maintains that bohemian vibe by reflecting Carmel’s artist colony past. Think black-and-white Helmut Horn photographs, individually designed guest rooms, and vintage touches such as real door keys and French windows. Each of the 20 guest rooms have mahogany beds with down comforters and jewel-tone linens and such tech perks as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. We love the indulgent bathrooms with their heated travertine floors, custom spa-style products and soaking tubs. Homey touches include nightly turn-down with fresh-baked cookies. The cozy 12-table restaurant, Aubergine, and its 4,500-bottle cellar are the stars of the show. Award-winning executive chef Justin Cogley oversees the innovative seasonal tasting menu. In true Left Coast style, local farmers bring their goods straight into the kitchen every day. Breakfast can be served in your room, but it’s most pleasant in the enclosed brick courtyard, which is warmed by heat lamps on chilly mornings. The hotel also offers in-room spa treatments.
In the Area
Visit Aubergine’s sister restaurant, Cantinetta Luca, known for its homemade pasta and equally stellar wine list. It’s within walking distance of the hotel, on Dolores Street between Ocean and 7th. From Carmel, the natural progression is to take the famous Highway 1 down the coast through Big Sur. Or consider taking the scenic 17-Mile Drive on your way to the inn. Carmel Beach City Park is justifiably famous for its scenery, but it can get packed to the gills on a warm day. For smaller crowds try Carmel River State Beach farther south around the promontory, with its rolling dunes and vibrant bird life. Carmel is made for leisurely strolls and shopping, so be sure to take a two-hour guided walk along the hidden pathways past the fairytale homes of the famous with Carmel Walks Tours.
How to Get There
L’Auberge Carmel was absolutely wonderful! My husband and I cannot recommend this hotel enough. The location in Carmel-by-the-Sea is perfectly central to all of the shops,restaurants,and the beautiful beach. All of the staff were friendly and professional, making you feel right at home. Everything was perfect. This hotel certainly meets and surpasses Relais and Chateaux standards. Thank you for the perfect 25th anniversary getaway!
First time we have stayed in Carmel. (We usually stay in Pebble Beach) We stayed for 3 nights in a room on the 2nd floor - the hotel is only 2 stories. There are stairs to get to the courtyard and 1st story rooms and no elevator. Location is perfect with the first boutique just 1 block away and many more boutiques and restaurants within an easy short walking distance. The hotel is very small but quaint and the hotel room is very small. The best part about the room was the new (still had stickers on them) towels. Also, I don’t think it was advertised but you could see the ocean if you stood at the window. The bathroom was decent sized compared to the room. The bathtub was unusual with how deep it was. The shower was very small, hard to shower without getting your hair wet, but the floors were heated. The room only had small hard chairs to sit on or the bed. If you are looking for a great location where you are in the middle of shops & restaurants this is perfect. We found the room way to small for us and prefer a hotel you can have room service or breakfast available before 7:30AM.
The hotel and restaurant are charming and fantastic. We had a lovely stay and would return without hesitation. It has the feel of a small, first class European hotel. The staff treats you as family and makes an effort to see to your every need. The restaurant is 5 star for a reason- it's charming and elegant and the food is terrific.
This is a historic building "renovated" for travelers today. Be aware, there are many steep steps to any room! There is a lovely patio if it is warm enough to sit out side but rooms are sketchy. Mine had no security mat for the tub and the shower head was very extended out so it was not possible to actually stand beneath the rain shower head to take a shower. Awkward! The mattress didnt fit the bed frame so there was a hard wooden board hitting you every time you got in or out of bed which was not comfortable. There was no comfy chair to sit in to read or watch the news, there was a continuous roaring sound from outside my room...perhaps the water heater for someplace but even ear plugs did not stop it.
separately, the restaurant with a wine tasting dinner at considerable expense was worth every penny. Great food and terrific service with lots of special attention for special food requirements. Well worth a stop even if you do not stay at the hotel.
Got last minute deal via Hotel Tonight.
Regardless we were treated as ‘full paying’ guests.
Which was of the highest level of care and attention (as one expects from ‘Relais & Chateaux’ members.
Would certainly return when in Carmel.