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La Playa Carmel Hotel Review: Originally designed as a private home by artist Christopher Jorgensen for his Ghirardelli heiress wife, La Playa has been operating as a hotel since 1916. Though this Historic Hotels of America affiliate has added on and remodeled over the years, including a major $3.5 million revamp in 2012, part of the original structure still stands. Just two blocks from the beach, the main building boasts colorful private gardens surrounding a heated outdoor pool. Seventy-five guest rooms, decorated to reflect the hotel's overall coastal modern design, come with ocean, pool or garden views. The hotel's business facilities can accommodate ten to 200 guests for conferences, executive meetings, banquets or receptions.