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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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    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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11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We watched the sunset and had delicious steak at nepenthe then checked into our hotel --- welcomed with a glass of wine and taken to our room by golf cart - it is like being in a forest - the rooms are cosy with lots of wood and a sweet balcony. The pool area was peaceful and just perfect for... More

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Livermore, California
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75 hotel reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were at the Ventana in October and loved it enough to come back. It is such a special place - peaceful, quiet, private and amazing. The resort grounds are immaculate and beautiful. The pools and Japanese hot tubs are fun and relaxing. We got the Big Sur suite this time and we were very pleased. It had a wonderful... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A superb few days at this amazing place. If you just want to escape and feel like you are amidst nature but in a luxurious setting, this is it. Friendly staff, rustic setting. Our Big Sur suite had a huge terrace with hammock, gorgeous bathroom, fireplace and all the comforts you could need. The food was decent, not amazing. For... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ventana Inn is located in a beautifull area of california: Big Sur, unfortunatly, there is no seaview from the rooms. Staff not realy friendly or interessted in your well-being, and that is suppost to be a |SPA!! On top of the outrageous roomrate you get 30$ extra each day for Spa fees, even if you don't use them. You can... More

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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19 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 3 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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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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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 Family Hotel in Big Sur #2 Romantic 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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