L'Auberge Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Carmel, California, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Very boutiquey feel with only 20 rooms in total

  • Historical building built in the early 1900s

  • Located in the heart of Carmel just minutes' walk from shops, restaurants and the beach

  • Relais and Chateaux property

  • Just four blocks away from the white sands of Carmel Beach

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Carmel is an all-year destination if you like fine dining and shopping. For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.

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Insider's View

Don't miss the fantastic restaurant Aubergine, under the direction of young chef Justin Cogley, who was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux.

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Located in the heart of beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, this luxury Relais & Chateaux inn from the 1920s is a hidden gem, just blocks from the stunning scenery of the famous Carmel Beach.

This historic and quaint inn was originally built to house the artists and creative minds of San Francisco who had to leave the city following the devastating earthquake of 1906. The classic inn was commissioned by Allen Knight, one of early Carmel's most colourful figures. His collaboration with San Francisco architect Albert Farr who, inspired by his travels around Europe, resulted in a three-storey building that captures the historic Carmel aesthetic. Stepping through the doors of this elegant inn certainly feels like you are being transported to a quaint European village.

The 20 individually designed guest rooms are furnished with French windows and are arranged around a delightful courtyard and stone fountain. The rooms are luxurious yet understated, with Italian sheets and large bathrooms with oversized, classic soaking tubs. L'Auberge Carmel is a truly intimate and romantic spot for couples.

A real highlight of the hotel is it's award-winning restaurant, Aubergine. Executive Chef Justin Cogley's cuisine showcases the finest ingredients with a fantastic balance of respect and innovation. The intimate 12 table on-site restaurant features an underground wine cellar constructed beneath the inn's courtyard to house the restaurant's 4,500 bottle collection, with a particular focus on wines from Monterey County and France.

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All individually designed guest rooms feature warm colours that accent the French windows and the quaint charm of the architecture with the finest fabrics, linens and down bedding. All rooms feature a separate walk-in shower, vanity and under floor heating in the bathrooms.


Children are welcome at the inn although it is best suited to couples.


Every room reservation includes Aubergine's Signature Breakfast featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients of the area which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own room, the courtyard or the Aubergine restaurant.


  • Eco-Rafting Ocean Safari

    Speed through the deep blue waters of Monterey Bay in this exciting private half day eco-raft ocean safari!

  • Monterey Aquarium - The US #1

    Monterey's aquarium is located on the former site of a sardine cannery; much more than a collection of glass tanks, 200 gallons of seawater provide homes to sea life from kid-tolerant starfish to friendly penguins, sea turtles and hammerhead sharks.

  • Scenic 17-Mile Drive by Pedal-Power

    The Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail follows the shoreline above Cannery Row and around the marina. Cycle all the way to the Del Monte Forest and on the bike lane around the 17-mile drive, stop for a picnic or lunch in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea!

Location & directions

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Carmel, California, United States of America

In the heart of the pretty beach town of Carmel, tucked away on a residential side street just a few minutes' walk from shopping, restaurants and the beautiful white sandy beach.

How to get there

10-hour flight from London to San Francisco followed by 3-hour drive to Carmel. Most visits to Carmel are part of a longer self drive along the stunning coastal Highway 1.

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