If you're heading to Carmel and want an oceanview room, this is not the place. However, if you're looking for a relaxing getaway with activities, hiking trails and more ... this is a definite contender! We loved the fact that our labrador was welcome, although given the wildlife that roam the property, he definitely couldn't roam free! We walked by turkey buzzards, stray cats and deer alike! All from less than 5-10 feet away!
The rooms were spacious -- they are definitely more like condos, than "regular" hotel rooms. While my husband loved the large, open spaces -- I thought it was more corporate and less intimate than other hotel rooms that I've stayed at in the past. It definitely felt like it was geared towards a business trip. There was a large meeting space/living room when you walked in, and the bedroom could be closed off from that. I was disappointed that our fireplace was in the corner of the bedroom -- not in the living room (but I saw that in other rooms, the fireplace was in the living room). So, I guess we didn't get the best layout. In order to get the intimate feel of the fireplace, you had to drag chairs next to it in the bedroom. Not the coziest, I have to say.
I was also disappointed that our "premium view" was staring directly into trees, while hearing the noise of the cars come up the driveway. I didn't think it sufficed as a premium view, by any means. While our lab was welcome, they obviously don't plan for larger dogs. Their provided pet bed was a ratty, quite worn small bed -- fit for a 10-20 pound dog, not a 80 pound lab! The bed was completely useless to our dog, and it actually was a little gross to have in the room as it was definitely worn and ratty.
I thought it definitely lacked a cozy, intimate, romantic feel -- my husband loved it (he probably would have given it a 4 star rating)! He loved the guided hiking trail, the golf course and the room (as he loves open, large spaces). He agreed with me on that the placement of the fireplace was terrible, but he enjoyed our experience much more than I did.
Not to say that this is a bad place -- please don't get me wrong! I just love hotels that don't feel like a corporate/business getaway. The other thing lacking was a TV in the bar area -- we wanted to watch the World Series in the bar, but couldn't, due to the lack of TVs. So, we ordered room service -- which was good, service was great ... it took a long time .... but it was because everyone else was ordering room service to watch the Series!!
All in all, the trip was enjoyable. Would I go back? To Carmel, definitely. To CVR .... probably not. I think I would enjoy trying out Pebble Beach, or another resort closer to the ocean. All in all, I think that it was just ok. I had to give it a lower rating, because even though I plan on visiting the Carmel area quite a bit more, I strongly feel that I would never choose CVR as my resort of choice again. Even if I had family in the area or friends come, I really feel that I would choose a different resort. To each his own, I guess!
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January 14, 2013
Thank you for your review – it made me smile! I agree that Carmel Valley Ranch, much like the wonderful land of OZ, provides a playground for all to enjoy (including nature’s creatures), and our many activities, classes and experiences allow our guests to learn something along the way as well. I regret that you did not enjoy the spaciousness of your suite, and wanted to mention that our Santa Lucia Suites may have been more to your preference. These suites are 650 square feet, therefore providing a cozy and intimate setting, yet also provide you the favored amenities of our larger suites – the private balcony, fireplace (closer to the chairs), and a quiet and romantic Bluff location. Your feedback regarding a place to catch the World Series – well taken – and our new Clubhouse will feature six televisions for guests to enjoy their favorite sport. I truly regret that your lab did not receive the warm welcome with the anticipation (of size and breed) that we traditionally extend. We love animals, and this was clearly a lack of attention to detail on our part. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. While I note you do not feel you would return, should your travels bring you down the yellow brick road again, we would love the opportunity to welcome you back. Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue
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