This hotel is truly gorgeous. The pictures don't do it justice, especially since it just reopened after a huge remodel. The grounds are lush and tropical. There are roaring outdoor fireplaces everywhere outside the hotel's lobby and restaurants and even at the spa. Our regular room was huge with a sunken living room and large outdoor patio. The bathroom was also enormous with a walk in shower, large soaking tub, and walk in closet. The service around the property was wonderful and friendly. We had our 2 year old with us and even though this is a fancy place with few children, she was welcomed. We loved the babysitting service the hotel recommended. They have an extensive children's menu, full size cribs with nice linens and most other toddler essentials (that we needed at least). The spa is gorgeous and there are numerous classes you can take for free, including reformer pilates. We enjoyed the food we ate at both restaurants and the bar scene at night in the Pony Room was fun and lively. I have two very small complaints--housekeeping wasn't always on the ball. Two days we returned at 2pm and our room still wasn't made up, even though we'd put a note on the door. And our mini bar was never refilled, until the last day when we specifically requested it because we were desperate. In their defense, however, when we called to complain our room was immediately cleaned etc. My other complaint is the location. This hotel is in the gorgeous residential neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe, but it is in the middle of nowhere. I timed it and it took us 20 minutes to reach the hotel from downtown Del Mar and I know it was at least 30 to La Jolla and more to downtown. Its fine if you plan to spend 95% of your time at the hotel, but if you want to explore and eat off property and don't like to drive, this isn't the place for you.
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Valencia, An Auberge Hotel Rancho Santa Fe
- Rancho Valencia, An Auberge Hotel
- Rancho Valencia Santa Fe
- Rancho Valencia Resort
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