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
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.
Have stayed at multiple Relais & Chateau properties. found this property not up to my expectations. Room charges are over the top but I knew that going in. the facility is nice. location is very convenient to town and restaurants.
However Service was a problem. Valet people were great. Room service was so so. asked three time for them to put wate in our frig...never happened. asked to get the free daily paper delivered in the AM...never happened.
Biggest issue was breakfast. When you charge top of the line rates and advertise free breakfast, I expect more. there were no choices. juice, coffee, two eggs, and muffins. Don't want eggs and ordered oatmeal..$10. want cheese in with your eggs...additional charge. any breakfast meats... a charge. this is nickle diming the the guest to death.the food was fine but who wants to eat the same thing multiple days in a row with a very limit menu.
overall, would be very reluctant to recommend this property to anyone.
The staff at this hotel are so friendly and helpful. Any requests we had, they were right on it. The hotel is clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed out stay here and would definitely stay here again.