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“Solid, but room for improvement” 4 of 5 stars
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Ponte Vineyard Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   35001 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591   |  
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“Solid, but room for improvement”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed at the Ponte Vineyard in for a couple of nights and were impressed by the physical plant and the relaxing setting. The rooms were spacious, well-appointed and most if not all had a terrace overlooking the courtyard or vineyard. The bathroom had a very large shower but no tub.The bathroom sundries were L'Occitane. While the staff was very friendly, we were disappointed by their poor knowledge of the area and that we were not even given full information about the hotel itself. We got more information from tooling around the local wineries than we could get from the hotel. In fact it was from a local winery that we discovered that the Ponte had a nice bar and lounge in the basement! While for the most part a very quiet facility, we were a bit frustrated by the heating/cooling system in our room which was quite noisy at times.
The hotel opened in 2012. It seems to have the physical plant to be a top notch destination should they be able to get some kinks out. They do need some more experienced staff, however, if they are going to get there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Hi GSM1111,
Thank you for your review of the inn. We apologize for the lack of information you received at the front desk. We have since made more information about local amenities available to our front desk so that they can more effectively guide our guests. We are glad you enjoyed the environment, and hope to see you again soon. Please let us know what we van do to make your next visit comfortable and memorable.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Excellent. Came here with my girlfriend for my birthday. They offer pet friendly rooms so we were able to bring her min pin. Food was tasty. Property was beautiful. Winery was convenient. Fire pits a nice touch. Free bottle of wine. My favorite was the cellar lounge, very convenient unique atmosphere with live music.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Hi trustshot,
Thank you for spending your birthday with us! We love it when people choose to spend their special occasions with us and it sounds like you were able to appreciate many of the property features. We would love to host you again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your next stay as special as your last.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The Ponte Vineyard Inn certainly delivers well-appointed, comfortable and relaxing accommodation that is well-considered and in tasteful style. We stayed in late December and booked a mid-week package on the hotel's website that provided good value for this quality venue. While our stay in the Temecula wine district was all too brief, we were very impressed with the few wineries we visited and the attractive environment.

The hotel's Bouquet restaurant was full when we wanted to eat, but the staff managed to find us a table a bit later in the evening. The food was excellent - along with the accompanying Super T, supplemented by subtle and attentive service in a very comfortable and attractive dining area.

While we were waiting for a place in the Bouquet restaurant we tried the hotel's downstairs Cellar lounge. Given that we were staying in a winery's boutique accommodation I anticipated a vineyard cellar atmosphere with the opportunity to have a relaxed tasting of the Ponte Vineyard wines. Unfortunately, the Cellar lounge is nothing more than a basic bar that seemed a bit out of place in alongside the other facilities.

The bedroom was very spacious with extra comfortable beds and quality furniture. There was no sound from the neighbouring rooms. With the heating on, the bedroom was very cosy, but as noted by another reviewer the tiled bathroom with its oddly large shower was a trifle chilly.

A great stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Hello Li and Vi,
Thank you for visiting us all the way from New Zealand! It's so great to host travelers from all over. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, the wine and food and that you were able to explore Temecula Wine Country a bit. I'm not sure how often you make it out our way, but we would love to host you again. Please contact us on your next visit.
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Newport Beach, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Went out to Temecula for some wine tasting and hot air balloon experience. Hotel is less than a year old and is beautiful. Right in the heart of wine country, this property is just what the area was needing - a 5 star property.

King room was spacious and comfortable with all amenities provided. My ONLY complaint on the room was that there is 24/7 water running noise in the poorly insulated pipes running above the room - actually kept me awake for most of the night.

Restaurant and lobby dining were sold out on Sat PM but the Cellar Lounge had a complete menu of small plates and appetizers. I appreciated the full/premium stocked bar - Clint the barman was very informative and provided excellent service.

The check in was a little unorganized - not sure of the difference between a Premium King room and a 'regular' King room other than the price. When asked about off property dining, the Front Desk agent was very inexperienced and offered no alternatives to the Cellar Lounge. We ended up researching on our own and walked next door to South Coast Winery where we had a fantastic dinner at the Vinyard Rose.

All in all a great property, perfect for groups, couples or girls weekend. This is my new home when wine tasting in the Temecula valley.

Room Tip: Ask for 2nd floor - facing mountains or north vinyards
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Hi 50isthenew40 (cute name, by the way)
Thank you for your review of Ponte Vineyard Inn. We are glad you enjoyed the amenities and appreciate your kind comments about the hotel. We are a bit concerned about your 'running water' comment. That isn't the norm and I would love to investigate. If you happen to know which room you stayed in, please contact us at info@pontewinery.com or just give us your name and we'll look it up. Again, thank you for your review. We hope we see you again soon!
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Sun City, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I prefer a quiet bar where I can have conversations with friends and if that is what you like then the Cellar Bar is the place for you. A group of my friends and I were doing a little wine tasting hopping in the Temecula wine country. With some time to kill we just stopped by the Ponte Winery and went down to the cellar bar. I found it to have an elegant ambience with very knowledgable friendly bartenders. My friends had the happy hour sliders but I opted for the regular menu kobe beef sliders. The happy hour sliders were a barbeque sauce variety and my all said they were very good. My regular sliders had meat that was so tender you would think you were biting into ground beef. Also they had some tomato with a touch of purple onion and spicy mustard. I really did like them. One of my friends had tampura shrimp and I tasted one which was as good as I have had in any restaurant. I can't tell you anything about the wine tasting room because we did not go there. I could have spent the rest of the evening in the Cellar Bar and do intend on going back soon. As far as the wine goes I asked the bartender for a Sangiovese and what he served me I thought was very good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Hi buzzboles,
Thank you for your review of The Cellar Lounge. We are glad you had such a great time. We strive to keep the atmosphere fun and relaxing and the food delicious! We hope you'll come back for another visit or a stay at the hotel on your next visit to Temecula Wine Country.
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Chula Vista, CA
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4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed at Ponte and liked it very much. The rooms, common spaces and grounds have an elegant simplicity. We have stayed at South Coast before, and liked the villas and having a spa on the grounds, and we had been able to pay less at South Coast. But the beauty and peacefulness of Ponte would appeal to some people more. One thing about Ponte, though, their restaurant is better than anywhere else in Temecula wine country. No comparison! Wherever we stay in the future, we will make our way to one of Ponte's restaurants for dinner.

Room Tip: if there is a pool, we couldn't find it
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Hi jeaniac,
Thank you for your review of Ponte Vineyard Inn and your comments on our restaurant. We just updated our menus for the Spring, so you'll have to come back soon and taste the new dishes. We hope you'll choose to stay with us again. If so, we hope to exceed your expectations on your next stay.
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Eagan, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

After a conference in Anaheim, my wife and I decided to check out southern California wine country. We stayed at the Ponte Inn for two nights and had a marvelous time. Rooms were spacious and clean. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Loved sitting outside by the fire pits, even on a cool March evening.

We had dinner at the Bouquet and found the service and food wonderful. The steak was tender and veggies super fresh.

My wife and are active types, but didn't find the lack of fitness facilities problematic. We loved walking through the vines and along the orange groves. We also found it relatively easy to walk between wineries, if we chose.

Oh, the beds! Feather top mattresses are SOOO comfortable.

We'd definitely go back, next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amy L, Manager at Ponte Vineyard Inn, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Hi gscottwalters,
Thank you for staying with us on your visit to California. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. We actually do have a fitness center on site at the hotel, but agree that it's nice to enjoy a walk around the vineyards and citrus groves. Please let us know if there is anything special we can do for your on your next visit to wine country!
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Address: 35001 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
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Location: United States > California > Temecula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Temecula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ponte Vineyard Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by over 300 acres of vineyard, Ponte Vineyard Inn is a four-diamond, mission-style boutique hotel located next to Ponte Winery and within walking distance to several neighboring wineries. Each of the Inn’s 60 finely-appointed rooms offer vineyard views from a private patio or balcony, and include complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen HDTV and other upscale amenities. Two spectacular Grand Suites boast 1,360 square-feet of space, including a fireplace, living room, dining room, fully-stocked wine and beverage refrigerator, butler’s pantry, master bath and built-in closet. ... more   less 
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