We selected this hotel for the Christmas holiday based in an article in Travel & Leisure listing it as a top choice small boutique hotel. The grounds are beautiful and we loved some of nice touches like an huge stone outdoor fireplace. The room we had was nice but not great- a small TV (not plasma or flat screen) . The amenities are good, with a wonderful deep tub. We did like the fact that the wine from the hotel's vineyard was complimentary as were the goodies - in fact that was one of the nicest touches. The service in the 2 restaurants was less than stellar. We had an 8pm reservation at Wickets, the lesser priced and more casual place, and waited at the bar for a while for our table. The hostess spent most of her time chatting with other staff members and ignored us and a table that became available until we had to go and remind her we were waiting. She looked surprised to see there were guests still waiting! The other restaurant had a fabulous wine list and a helpful sommelier, but the price fixe was expensive and the food portions were miniscule. Dessert was one of the 4 courses that came with but we were never asked whether we wanted coffee or tea. We asked for a cafe au lait to take back to our room that never materialized so we finally just left. All in all- its a lovely hotel but it doesn't have 5 star service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodge is widely recognized as one of the top winemaking estates in California. Founded by celebrated winemaker Bernardus Pon, the Lodge resembles a classic European country inn, with 57 suites, a luxurious spa, award-winning restaurant and the Bernardus Winery and Vineyard. For a relaxing getaway, an off-site retreat, or romantic wedding, discover why Bernardus has become the luxurious heart of Carmel Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bernardus Hotel Carmel Valley
- Bernardus Carmel Lodge Valley