This was our second annual trip to CVR. Just like last year we found the location and hotel to just pull away the stress everyone has in their normal lives. Sitting on a balcony watching the light change in the trees as the sun goes down, watching the turkeys in the morning and deer grazing in the late afternoon on the golf fairways are some of my favorite activities. Walking over to the adult pool and getting a chair personally made up with a terry cloth cover and reading a book for a while isn't bad either.
We ate at the bar 2 of the nights we stayed there. It is much easier for us than hassling with a dinner reservation for the same food and service. Everything we had was tasty, healthy and light. Lots of chicken, fish and veggies highlight the upper end meals. The chef for CVR is making food for people who enjoy healthy meals with a lot of taste. They also make premium burgers for those who prefer that type of meal.
Unlike last year the bar has invested in a cooler for champagne. This was a pet peeve of mine previously that they actually had to chill the bottle each time we ordered it. We mentioned it to the bartender and he indicated there are small improvements going on all the time and adding the cooler was one of them.
The only thing I see for real improvement had nothing to do with the stay. I wish CVR would show by room block which areas are considered premium view rooms and which are standard. As someone who has been there before it would be informative. They do charge quite a premium for view rooms and I would like to have an idea of which are before committing. Some photos showing the typical views from each type of room would be nice for those who have not visited before.
We have been here twice on couples trips and I think the hotel is best suited for active couples who don't mind walking in return for greater serenity and no crowds. The kids area is about a mile away down a steep hill so I agree that it is only practical to go by car or shuttle. I have walked it briskly and it takes 20 minutes. The pool close to the lobby and lodging is adults only.
We look forward to our next stay and would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to those who can afford it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning and relaxing, our elegant Carmel resort is abundant with the natural beauty of Northern California, offering intuitive service and memorable experiences in a striking venue. Savor incomparable comfort, breathtaking vistas, and a delightful array of activities at Carmel Valley Ranch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Valley Ranch Hotel Carmel
- Carmel Valley Hotel
- Carmel Valley Resort