Second stop on my solo road trip along the California coast, The Ventana Inn is a wonderful property, tucked away on a very large piece of property.
I arrived when it was already dark and the place was not super easy to find (would have helped if the GPS also knew exactly where it was). Check in was very quick and pleasant, only downside is that I booked with tablet hotels and for some reason they requested a handicap room, not sure why. Because the hotel was full there wasn't much to do about it. The room was lovely but for $900/night including taxes I wasn't really wowed.
Sure the bed was very comfortable, the room was clean, I loved the bottled water but it would have been nice to face something else beside a tree and to have a fireplace.
I then walked to the Ventana Inn Restaurant which is .3 miles from the hotel. The walk is very nice and lit but if you don't feel like it the hotel will drop you off (it's on the same property).
The food was outstanding. The service was great and at $70 for a four course menu (or each item a la carte) I had a great time. I certainly enjoyed walking it all off after.
The next day I walked back for Breakfast and the view from the terrace was breathtaking. The continental breakfast which is included was excellent and filling.
I then went on a tour of the property with a local guide (the tour is complimentary). It was nice to meet other guests and the guide (Greg) was great. I later signed up for his tour which took us to nearby falls and beach and included lunch.
The entire time the staff and general manager were great. The place is very peaceful, maybe too much. It's mostly couples who are on their anniversaries or got engaged and so on. I say good for them but it would be nice to have a place to socialize beside the fire pit.
I went to the "Library" and the place looked desolated with no real furniture to sit and a dead fireplace. It would be nice to have a bar set up in there, a big fire and make it lively.
Would I return? Sure, but hopefully next time who ever I am with is paying for it :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Even when you're inside, you'll always be connected to the outdoors at Ventana Big Sur – our luxurious, rustic and inviting guestrooms are tucked among the meadows and redwoods. Ventana's 59 rooms and suites are arranged around our 160-acre property in secluded groupings, offering the utmost in privacy and serenity. Constructed of sun-bleached cedar, the buildings blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings, with interiors featuring rich leathers and woods that provide a soothing, sophisticated retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ventana Inn And Spa
- Ventana Hotel Big Sur
- Ventana Resort Big Sur
- Ventana Inn Big Sur