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Ventana Inn & Spa

4.5 of 5 Resort   |   48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The beauty of this hotel and the setting cannot be disputed. It is one of the most stunning places we have stayed in and attention to detail in the room is top-notch. It's like staying in your own little nest with the in-room fireplace, big bath, and lovely deck outside with a hammock. However the service, particularly around the food,... More

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san diego
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed for 4 nights while celebrating our honeymoon. The setting was rustic in beautiful Big Sur yet the resort had all of amenities one could with for. The staff was helpful, friendly, and attentive. The rooms were beautiful and comfortable with yummy bedding and linens. The breakfasts were delicious and bountiful. We can't wait to go back!

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent 3 nights at the Ventana at the end of April 2014 and the experience fully justified the flight from Toronto to SFO and back. The drive from SFO to the Ventana is spectacular. We were greeted by a family of deer as soon as we reached the resort! The Ventana delivers well the concept of luxury in the... More

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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't argue with the notion that this hotel is serene and peaceful. While the room was comfortable enough with private hot tub, it was nothing all that special when considering the price. We ordered breakfast in the room and there were several errors with the order. All in all a nice place but way overpriced in my view. If... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stayed at Ventana for one night in July 2014 as a part of a longer trip throughout the state of California. We drove there from the south on Hwy 1 and the views were spectacular. From the moment we parked the car, it was truly magical. We were greeted by a bellman who took us to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I award very few hotels 5 stars, but this one I have no hesitation whatsoever. From check-in to check-out, things were perfect. Kindness, efficiency, cleanliness, food and so on, There was not one downside, or anything to complain about.. Ok,ok.. you twist my arm.. Price! An extremely expensive property, and not for those on a budget. Is it worth what... More

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Santa Clara, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Professional service oriented staff with can do attitude. The room was excellent with scenic view. Our stay was special since it was our engagement and the staff was extremely accommodating in the special requests I had to make our engagement day a wonderfully memorable experience.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting our kids in California. Son, daughter-in-law and (most importantly) grandson in LA area and daughter and her boyfriend in Sacramento area. I have always wanted to see Big Sur so we decided to drive. I thought to look for a spa for the overnight in between and what a great decision that was. We stayed a the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I stayed at Ventana for a weekend while he was in San Francisco working. We had dined there previously and thought it would be a great place to stay. we were not disappointed. The property is spread out making each room/villa unique and private. Our suite was beautiful with fireplace burning real wood, heated splash pool and... More

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Lutz, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed for a couple of nights and had a wonderful experience. First of all the staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. The women at reception that greeted us and checked us in as well as the staff that took us to our room were very helpful and pleasant. Second, the room we stayed in was fantastic.... More

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Address: 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ventana Inn & Spa 4.5*
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Also Known As:
Ventana Inn And Spa
Ventana Hotel Big Sur
Ventana Resort Big Sur
Ventana Inn Big Sur

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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur #2 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur #4 Family Hotel in Big Sur
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Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious resort nestled in the mountains above California’s central coast. Situated on 243 acres of wooded hillside, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast, Ventana Inn & Spa is quiet, secluded and beautiful. The Inn provides a peaceful and soothing atmosphere enhanced by its proximity to the area’s natural wonders. ... more   less 
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