My husband and I just returned from a week at La Valencia. The location, the hotel services, and the room could not have suited our needs any better. We arrived the Tuesday before Labor Day from the east coast and our adult children arrived from northern California to join us for the long weekend. While we had to wait a while for our room to be ready (we neglected to ask for early check-in), they made sure the room was ready and waiting for our son and daugher-in-law. The views are incredible since the hotel is built in the side of a mountain overlooking the ocean (the lobby is on the 7th floor). The staff go out of their way to be helpful and couteous. Pool service is friendly and attentive and their are multiple choices for snacks and drinks throughout the day. The location offers multiple choices for dining if you want to eat outside of the hotel for meals (the formal restaurants can be a bit pricey and it is fun to explore the local restaurants within walking distance). We recommend the hotel and would definitely return again.