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
Being a member of Relais &Chateaux you would expect the experience to be perfect.
Far from it!
The rooms are very old,the furniture needs new upholstery and the bed needs new mattresses.
The door of our room did not close properly,there was light from the corridor coming in the whole night.
We had a very good dinner though.
Overall the hotel was overpriced and the staff at reception was not friendly at all.
Rooms were so comfortable with gorgeous linens and great big thick towels and nice waffle robes and slippers for post shower. Also little touches that were so nice like homemade caramels and trail mix in the room, chilled bottled water and delicious homemade cookies at turn down. Superb service. I clearly made a mistake in booking a room on the wrong date, and they were extremely accommodating and gave me no issue in fixing the problem which was 100% my fault. Although rooms were not cheap, I felt in a town like Carmel it was a good value and it was also nice not to get nickel and dimes for every little thing. Very refreshing and enjoyable!
We spent 2 nights at this hotel . The room was very nice and clean ( I thinks was the one they just remodeled). Bathroom was pretty large and clean ( considering how old is the entire building). Location is perfect: few blocks from the beach and from the main streets.
We dine at the restaurant on Saturday night: food was excellent ( they deserve at least 2 Michelin stars.) but, obviously quite expensive O of course the wine we selected had a big impact on the final check...)
Service was friendly and professional ( maybe they need to improve service during breakfast...)
Overall, a very nice hotel to spend a week end ( or more) in Carmel.
My husband and I stayed 2 nights on our first ever trip to Carmel. The town/beach /restaurants and shopping were A+ .
The hotel itself was a bit disappointing in the area of service. We could not seem to get table service while sitting in the courtyard despite many staff people walking by us.
Upon check in we ordered 2 whiskeys and a cheese board at the bar. The bartender offered to bring it to our room.
The bill came to 91.00!!! I guess they added a delivery charge/20% fee onto the bill.?
The complimentary breakfast is 2 eggs and toast with a little danish and tiny amount of fruit, coffee and juice.
If you want bacon/sausage it’s more. Same menu both days. They had other options but at a cost. I feel this is an area in which they could improve. Feels nickel/dime.
For the amount of money they are charging they could be more generous with breakfast.
And lastly, only one employee went out of his way to be friendly- Thanks Thomaso!
Having visited L'Auberge before, we were excited to return this past September. We had a lovely room overlooking the quaint and quiet courtyard. The old world charm is very inviting. There is no A/C, but truly if you open your window and set up the fan that is in the closet it is very comfortable. With temps in the 60's (not sure if this is the usual temp range) the fresh air was delightful.
Check in was seamless and the drink offered a special treat. Breakfast was delicious and the dining room is so pretty. Every night there was a baked good by the bedside. These touches made our stay even more special.
The location to explore town and walk along the Pacific Ocean was perfect.
My only issue is that service was not 100% attentive. Courtyard service was slow and items remained on tables for hours before being cleared. Breakfast service was slightly haphazard also.
This did not really diminish our experience, just an FYI for staff training. We look forward to our return.