High & low: Carmel for every budget

Splurge or save on a weekend in California’s prettiest village

Luxury Carmel lodging
Photo by Alex Farnum

High: Where to stay

La Playa Hotel (shown; from $190, cottage suites from $425; two-night minimum) is luxurious, not flashy, with lovely gardens. A bit more aristocratic, L’Auberge Carmel (from $340, including breakfast; two-night minimum) ​is a Relais & Châteaux inn modeled after a home in Prague.



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