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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
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Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in Solvang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I just returned to the UK from holidaying in California with my partner and our three daughters (ages 20, 18 and 16). We spent the last three days of our trip at the Alisal, which exceeded expectations and helped round off a wonderful holiday. There are lots of great things to note: the variety of activities, the excellent food and... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been lucky to travel extensively and were looking for something new. Alisal had all of our favorite things...well-trained horses, golf, yoga, pool and spa, fishing, and wonderful guests and staff. The lake BBQ, breakfast rides, and rodeo were awesome. The little towns of Los Olivos and Solvang were charming and the wine tasting was great. Enjoy!

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Santa Ana, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I posted the following review last week without changing the rating from poor to excellent. My apologies to Alisal for overlooking the rating. Subsequently I deleted the review (since it could not be edited after posting) and am reentering it…….. We have returned to the Alisal for 15 years with our family. It is a casual, friendly, laid back place... More

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Swanmore, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Fantastic staff, great activities and horseriding, awesome breakfast, especially after the morning breakfast ride. The most amazing seafood barbecue at the lake but consistently terrible evening meals! Room service also left our room unlocked 2 mornings in a row!

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TracyFrost, Guest Relations Manager at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. I would like to sincerely apologize for our dinner menu not meeting your expectations. Our chef prides himself on delivering delectable fare to all the guests who visit the Ranch but somehow we missed the mark and for that we are sorry. We are glad that you... More

La Mesa, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had heard of Alisal Ranch from fellow travelers and had put it on our must do list before our kids got too old. The setting is quite beautiful, but there were several things that led me to grade our visit with just 3 stars. Since it was spring break the resort was full, but there was not enough availability... More

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TracyFrost, Guest Relations Manager at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. The week of the Memorial Day holiday is one of our busiest holidays. I am so sorry that the activities filled up so quickly and you were unable to participate in your chosen ones. I can assure you this is a rare event. Unfortunately, it happened during your... More

Leaburg, Oregon
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90 reviews 90 reviews
67 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have been coming to Alisal for many years as a family and have enjoyed the fine hospitality and many activities offered. In the past I did write one review that was not very complimentary of the food quality, but I am pleased to report that there have been several positive improvements at Alisal. First, many of the rooms have... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We needed a venue to accommodate a 24 member family reunion and decided on Alisal. We could not have picked a better location; it was perfect! Each and every family member found something to do that appealed to keep them busy during the days. Watching the 3 grandchildren (4 - 6 year olds) take their first horseback riding lessons was... More

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Brea, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My wife and I had a very relaxing weekend. The staff made us feel welcome and our studio room was terrific. I was concerned after reading some of the poor/horrible ratings, and also about the value of a $625 per night lodging, but our experience was great, and yes it is expensive, but if you leave with a new relaxed... More

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I met up for a great birthday celebration with my life long friend and her husband. We stayed in the loft style room, with 2 bathrooms. I forget the exact name of the room but it was great. The previous reviewer was not very happy with the room, however, I've stayed in amazing places all over the... More

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Arcadia, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I want to be fair about my review, so I'll do it in the fewest words possible, and let you decide for yourself. The Good - 10,600 acres of beautiful land. The lake is awesome, and the horse back ride was great. - Great staff The Bad - The food at the place where they require you to wear formal... More

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TracyFrost, Guest Relations Manager at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, responded to this review

Please know that we do appreciate your business and for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. I am very sorry that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. I have passed your feedback onto our Director of Food and Beverage. We have received many wonderful reviews about the Alisal dining experience, but apparently we fell... More

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Address: 1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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Also Known As:
Alisal Guest Ranch Hotel Solvang
Alisal Guest Ranch And Resort
Alisal Hotel Solvang
Alisal Resort Solvang
Alisal Ranch Solvang
The Alisal Guest Ranch

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The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and renowned Santa Barbara County wine country. Privately owned and operated since 1946, the Alisal is a working cattle ranch and full-service resort. This historic ranch is one of four original Spanish land grants on the west coast given to conquistador Raimundo Carrillo in the late 1700’s. Today, the romance and majesty of the old west remain in the wide-open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty of the Alisal. They serve as a reminder of simpler times and as an invitation to those with a taste for adventure. As California's premier guest ranch, the Alisal transports guests back to a bygone era. Set on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, this one-of-a-kind resort blends the best of nature with exceptional golf, horseback riding, tennis, fishing on a 100-acre private lake, fitness center and spa, children's activities, barnyard activities and fine dining. ... more   less 
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