L'Auberge Carmel

Carmel, California Coast

The hotel

The charming boutique L'Auberge Carmel, dating to 1929 is known for its European-style and graceful architecture. A Relais & Châteaux hotel, located in the picturesque town of Carmel by the Sea, L'Auberge Carmel is a luxurious and romantic hideaway. The 20 bedrooms, located around the central outdoor courtyard, are individually designed with warm tones and the finest fabrics. Dine in the award-winning Aubergine Restaurant featuring regional and seasonal cuisine as well as an underground wine cellar.

Amenities

  • Romantic
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the centre of Carmel, 10-minute walk to the beach and close to shopping and restaurants.

Hotel information

20 luxurious guest rooms on 2 floors. All individually designed with flat screen TV, iPod music system, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar*, room service*, bathrobes, iron and board, hairdryer, daily newspaper and twice-daily housekeeping service. Courtyard Standard Rooms with courtyard view and 1 king-size or 1 queen-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Aubergine restaurant (regional and seasonal cuisine). Wine cellar. Wine tasting*. Carmel Wine Walk*. Tennis court. In-room massage and spa service*. Room service*. Complimentary WiFi, valet and self-parking.

This hotel has resort fees that are included in the room rate (subject to change)

*Denotes local charge.

L'Auberge Carmel is a non-smoking resort.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Charming and Friendly

Aug 18, 2019 seasonedtraveler129

While the quality of the building and rooms are not quite up to the typical standard of Relais & Châteaux properties, the location is great and the courtyard is lovely. Staff was friendly and helpful. I loved that I could bring my dog with me.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An elegant hideaway

Aug 18, 2019 GrouptravelerUSA New York City, New York

The Relais & Chateaux property is located a few blocks from the beach in a historic 1929 building. The 20 guest rooms have French windows, antique doorknobs, and coved plaster walls, giving the spaces an intimate, Old World charm. Guests can request in-room spa services and enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Aubergine. The… Read more
The Relais & Chateaux property is located a few blocks from the beach in a historic 1929 building. The 20 guest rooms have French windows, antique doorknobs, and coved plaster walls, giving the spaces an intimate, Old World charm. Guests can request in-room spa services and enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Aubergine. The hotel can also arrange sunset cruises, wine tasting walking tours, and Big Sur hikes with a gourmet picnic lunch. The only drawback is the rooms are on the tired side, but don't let that be a reason not to stay here. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Sadly not the service it once was

Aug 12, 2019 Deanne O Vancouver, Canada

After previously staying at this property and having an exceptional experience, we were more than excited to book two rooms to return with our family. However, we were sadly very disappointed. Two weeks before arriving we contacted the hotel concierge services though the email link on our confirmation looking for activities as mentioned on the… Read more
After previously staying at this property and having an exceptional experience, we were more than excited to book two rooms to return with our family. However, we were sadly very disappointed. Two weeks before arriving we contacted the hotel concierge services though the email link on our confirmation looking for activities as mentioned on the hotel website. No response. Followed up with a phone call to the concierge, we were told that she was unaware of the wine tasting experience listed on the website and would get back to us as soon as she found out. No return call or email. We made our own plans while staying in Carmel-by-the-Sea and were very happy. Upon check out we asked for a map of Big Sur as cell service is sketchy, and was told they had none left but provided us with a google print out of how to get out of Carmel-by-the-Sea and head towards Big Sur (which we knew). No water bottle offer, no pleasantries as our previous visit to the hotel. All while I stared at the proudly placed Forbes Best Hotel placard on the wall. Very disappointed with our visit and we will not return. After many precious stays at Relais & Chateau hotels, this is no longer up to the high standards held. Perhaps new management. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful sythnesis of a French inn and a central California get away

Aug 11, 2019 2peripatetics Cambria, California

They do everything just right: easy arrival, gracious welcome, lovely room, and a wonderful restaurant. The augerge is in the middle of Carmel's downtown. Carmel is a wonderful town to walk around but a little on the crowded side. Treat yourself!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect 25th anniversary getaway

Jul 13, 2019 Manly H

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… Read more
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! Read less