Photos Courtesy of L'Auberge CarmelEvoking a timeless elegance and a wistful allure, L’Auberge Carmel, a Relais & Chateaux property, takes guests back to an old Europe. A time when hours were spent under shaded sidewalk cafes and cellphones could not distract from the nature's beauty. Built in 1929, the resort has remained a picturesque retreat hailed as an artists’ colony. The three-story building features 20 rooms, and quaint details like a classic brick courtyard, tiered fountains, and flower boxes hanging from windows.
European antiques and rich fabrics decorate the spaces, with ideas and designs modeled after a hotel in Prague. Sitting in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the quaint L’Auberge radiates the charm of a boutique hotel with all the lavish amenities one would expect from a luxury brand like Relais & Chateaux.
The 20 guest rooms are all appointed with elegant furnishings and feature walk-in showers, flat-screen TVs, recessed lighting, and heated floors in the bathrooms. The Premium Peek Ocean View rooms are thoughtfully appointed with the finest fabrics, linens and down bedding. The Standard Courtyard King rooms offer direct access to the peaceful flower-filled courtyard. Each of the accommodations is individually designed with warm jewel tones and pretty French windows.
Discover all the sights and sounds of Carmel-by-the-Sea while staying at L’Auberge Carmel. Just blocks from Carmel Beach, guests can take a morning stroll along the sandy coastline or explore the forest pines and cypress trees nearby. Artists and art enthusiasts can take advantage of the many galleries and artisan boutiques located down the surroundings cobblestone streets. Or test your history of California and tour the famous Carmel Mission or the National Steinbeck Museum. With plenty to do, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Inside the hotel, modern California cuisine by Executive Chef Justin Cogley awaits at Aubergine, an intimate 12-table restaurant. Recently, the esteemed Chef Cogley was awarded Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. Spontaneity is at the forefront of Chef Cogley and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza’s cooking philosophy. The ever-changing menu focuses on pairing local products, fresh ingredients, and flavors from all corners of the globe. Underground, a wine cellar holding a 4,500-bottle collection boasts numerous vintages from around the world, with an emphasis on Monterey County and France.
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Want to cook like a chef for a day? L’Auberge Carmel has created intimate classes for guests to work in the Aubergine Kitchen alongside its culinary masters. Class starts off with a Champagne welcome before students learn the subject du jour through a hands-on approach. The talented Chef Cogley guides participants through a variety of essential techniques while giving at-home recommendations. As the class ends, students are able to taste their finished creations and take home professional methods for cooking like a professional in their own kitchens.
L’Auberge Carmel invites you to stay at a hotel full of history and luxurious touches that make it quintessentially Relais & Châteaux. Intimate and romantic, the unique property creates an incomparable getaway destination in sunny California.
Monte Verde at Seventh
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921