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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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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped by for lunch and I am very glad we did. We both had the burger and it was one of the juciest and flavorful patties I've eaten - lovely! The view is supposed to be good from the location up on a hill, but we only saw the fog so no more comment on that.

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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to drop in without a reservation and the restaurant was not crowded. The restaurant had a very CA feel to it. The food was excellent but service was lacking in that 2 items we ordered were not brought to the table. Delicious creme brûlée !

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Basel, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is beautifully located close to the ocean. We had a mountain view room and enjoyed every aspect of the scenery (we saw small deers on our way to dinner) as well as the amenities of the hotel. Staff is very, very friendly. The two pools are well located, beautifully quiet and well maintained. And the hotel room is... More

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Brooklyn, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We opted to eat lunch at Ventana in order to avoid the crowd across the street at the well known Nepenthe's. We were told by a local that we would enjoy equally as beautiful views if not more beautiful and a great meal. We were not disappointed! Absolutely gorgeous.

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Chantilly, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you had to describe the Ventana in two words, luxury oasis are the first two that come to mind. We stayed in a Superior Fireplace Room for two nights booked through a third party vendor. Upon entry, we were well greeted by staff who arranged dinner reservations, drove us to the room through the estate, and ensured that every... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for an overnight stop after leaving San Francisco and driving down the Pacific Highway to LA and were recommended the Ventana Inn as a great stop Big Sur is located about half way between San Francisco and LA and this hotel was in the perfect location From the moment we turned in to the drive we knew... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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36 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur a few times over the past several years and the Inn continues to be a very nice spot for a few days getaway. The Inn is very well maintained, with rooms that are comfortable, decent size, and well maintained. The grounds are nice, very well maintained, and blend perfectly with... More

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extremely peaceful setting in Northern California. My favorite part about the hotel was the wine and cheese reception every afternoon with free massages. It was a great way to enjoy California wines with a free snack and relaxing massage. Excellent touch! I also really liked the scene at the pool. Even though there isn't a standing bar for food and... More

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New York City, New York
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9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to retreat to for a few days after a week long vacation with her family which involved a wedding in Sacramento followed by a vacation rental in Sonoma. We'd always wanted to come to Big Sur and we were looking for a really nice vacation spot where we could relax and... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the advice of a friend 26 years ago, we took a side trip to The Ventana on a trip to San Francisco. We fell in love and have been back every year since then. The Ventana is a special place, about 30 minutes South of Carmel and about 2 1/2 - 3 hours South of San Francisco. After flying... 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 #3 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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