Weddings

La Playa Carmel

Carmel by the Sea, CA View map Visit website
Rating 4.3 out of 5
   13 reviews
Up to 160 guests

About

Up to 160 guests

La Playa Carmel is the premier wedding venue located in the oceanside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Our staff provides unparalleled service amongst one of the most iconic backdrops the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. We are honored to host couples, their family and friends for unforgettable celebrations in this splendid setting known as the "Grande Dame of Carmel."

Facilities and Capacity

La Playa Carmel offers a wide variety of venues infused with glamour and old-world ambiance. The Courtyard features the captivating atmosphere of our award-winning English garden with more than 600 varieties of flowers. Flanked by these marvelous gardens, the La Playa Patio is a wonderful outdoor space for small gatherings. Indoors, the Pacific Room and Terrace feature amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. A fire pit and heaters are situated within the Terrace for the comfort of guests and enhanced ambiance. The Garden Room offers magnificent ocean and garden scenery while the Fireside Room is suitable for intimate events indoors.

Services

Coordinating everything from flower arrangements and table settings to entertainment, meals and accommodations, your La Playa Carmel Wedding Specialist and our trusted partners will assist you with all of your planning needs.

We are proud to provide the following services: Standard Ceremonies & Receptions; Elopements & Mini Matrimonies; Engagement Parties; Bridal Luncheons; Rehearsal Dinners; Farewell Brunches and Guest Accommodations.

Intimate Weddings & Elopements

Whether you wish for a luscious garden setting, a terrace with ocean views or historic indoor surrounds, you are sure to find an atmosphere that’s perfect for you!

Our Elopement Package is available for events with a guest count of 10 or fewer Monday through Thursday.

Catering & Cuisine

The culinary team has earned a reputation for enhancing event cuisine with fine dining sensibilities. Skilled chefs will strive to provide you with a feast worthy of your special celebration. Select from our meticulously designed event menus which offer a diverse array of dishes, or customize a menu tailored to your tastes.

Accommodations

Experience charm and romance amidst the sights and sounds of the Pacific. La Playa Carmel features 75 guest rooms with spectacular ocean, garden or estate views. Reflecting a sophisticated beach cottage style, each hotel room is as unique as Carmel itself.

History

Originally designed in 1905 by an artist for his wife, La Playa Carmel has a remarkable history. In 1917, Agnes “Alice” Signor obtained the manor, transforming the seaside estate into a high-end boarding house - “The Strand.” In 1940, additional rooms were added, turning the intimate inn into a full-service destination hotel. In 1968 Carmel legend, Howard "Bud" Allen introduced several amenities—including a full-time bar. In 1983, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer prototype at La Playa Carmel.

Acquired by Classic Hotels & Resorts in 2012, modern touches have since been added while being careful to preserve the historic ambiance of this California landmark.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$600

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

160

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
June
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
July
November
December

13 Reviews

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Rated
4.3
out of 5.0
Recommended by 85% of couples
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  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.2 out of 5

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    Allison E. Married on 11/11/2018
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    Lovely experience!

    La Playas customer service is excellent! Every single staff member was wonderful and very personalble! A special thanks to Fallon for her wonderful planning and Brian at the bar who was just so sweet and provided excellent service! I would highly recommend La Playa for a wedding venue! Food was excellent as well.

    La Playa Carmel's reply:

    A & J -
    On behalf of our entire team, let me first congratulate you on your Big Day!
    Thank you both so much for your kind words - you both were such a pleasure to work with. Being able to witness your very special moments was a true joy - what a stunning and lovely family you have!
    Thank you again - and cheers to happily ever after!
    We look forward to welcoming you back to La Playa Carmel in the very near future.
    Big hugs and best wishes,
    -F
    La Playa Carmel
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    Erin Married on 11/16/2013
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    We stayed at La Playa for our wedding and were married at the beach. The staff were all very helpful, kind, warm and professional. They were all quick to congratulate us on our wedding, sent us two bottles of free champagne with a personal note of congratulations, called us a cab and arranged deliveries of flowers, dinner reservations and helped our photographer set up for some shots in the gardens. Would definitely highly recommend staying there and marrying there. Very romantic hotel with gorgeous views and an awesome free brunch buffet too. :)

Awards

  • 13
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Team

Sammy Ramos
Sammy Ramos
Director of Sales

Sammy is an accomplished event professional with over 15 years in the hospitality industry. He provides expert guidance through all stages of the venue booking process, from inbound inquiries to hotel tours and contracting. Known for his white-glove approach to customer service, he partners with prospective clients to understand their event needs and goals to help them realize the wedding of their dreams.

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
Denise Adkins Weddings Denise Adkins Weddings Wedding Officiants

beautiful place. cant wait until it reopens

Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination Wedding Planners

For a touch of the Mediterranean without the airfare, visit La Playa Hotel. Richard and Megan are a pleasure to work with and the hotel staff are very accommodating. All of my brides have always enjoyed their wedding day at La Playa and I always enjoy watching my couples and their families soak in all that La Playa has to offer. Patty Speirs, Executive Coordinator Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination www.eldweddings.com

Fleurish Floral Designs Fleurish Floral Designs Wedding Florists

The La Playa hotel is one of my favorite venues. The location is historic and quaint with beautiful gardens and personal service. The staff is always helpful and friendly. If you are looking for a romantic garden setting for your wedding, make sure you talk to the La Playa hotel

Map

Camino Real at 8th Avenue Carmel by the Sea, CA, 93921
831 293 6100
800-582-8900
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La Playa Carmel frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at La Playa Carmel?

La Playa Carmel includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At La Playa Carmel, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

La Playa Carmel includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At La Playa Carmel, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at La Playa Carmel includes:
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of La Playa Carmel in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by La Playa Carmel for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at La Playa Carmel for wedding events?

La Playa Carmel offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does La Playa Carmel offer?

La Playa Carmel offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does La Playa Carmel offer for wedding events?

La Playa Carmel offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does La Playa Carmel have available for wedding events?

La Playa Carmel offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend La Playa Carmel and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

La Playa Carmel is recommended by 84% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.5 in value, 4.3 in quality of service, 4.2 in average response time, 4.2 in flexibility and 4.2 in professionalism.

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