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Carmel Valley Ranch
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Monterey, California
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158 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Carmel Valley Ranch has it all great golf, wonderful pool, and excellent staff. Everything here is top notch. The rooms and the staff are what keep us coming back. We always choose to stay close to the pool and restaurant but, the property is large and have more rooms over looking the golf corse and the valley. All the rooms are large and modern with great porches on all of them! We love to come here play golf, swim, and eat great food. Can't wait to return!

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

The grounds of this resort are breathtaking. Waking up to the sunrise in Camel Valley was just superb.

Our cabin was luxurious, spacious, with great stone work, a beautiful fire place, and great bathroom. The amenities of the hotel include a gorgeous pool, hot tub, a fire pit, and a fantastic fitness center. They offer classes at the recreational center every day, and smores on the fire pit at night.

The restaurant is also fantastic. Impeccable presentation, clean tastes, and delicious cocktails.

The whole experience was wonderful from check-in top check-out. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

I just visited at Carmel Valley Ranch for the third time. I've been there once as a personal trip and twice on business off-sites.

As a business off-site location it has multiple advantages: it is easy to get to from San Francisco and not far from LA; the rooms are luxurious and have great wi-fi access; the meeting rooms are well set-up and the climate and setting makes one on one privacy easy to find. The opportunity for golf, tennis etc is also great. At our most recent off-site we did a cooking event which the hotel laid on with the Executive chef and brought a smile to even the most cynical members of our party.

On our personal trip we loved the serenity, the luxury, the spa and the fabulous tennis facilities.

A great place to get your zen back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Spent a night here on a drive up the coast highway. Took their largest suite on the hilltop. For the price the room was EXCELLENT - huge rooms. Service generally good - had to wait quite a while for room to be ready. Loved being driven around in the golf carts. Staff very nice with it being my birthday - free bottle of champagne and chocolate strawberries waiting in the room. Great bathroom products in the room made from the lavendar they grow on site.

Restaurant was OK, not incredible menu or servers but worked well.

Overall very nice - not incredible but nice. I could see this being an AMAZING hotel for families (lots of family activities, well priced rooms) - they even had smores outside round a fire!

Room Tip: Suites are very priced and very large for families. Request the hilltop!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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CarmelValleyRanch, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. Your comments are taken to heart, as it appears we missed a great opportunity to bring The Ranch to life for you. “Nice” is not bad, but falls short of what we hope to provide during your experience here. Remarkable, unforgettable, and “can’t wait to return” are more along the lines of what we strive for! And while we are adored by families as you mentioned, there are m any romantic touch points across the property that I regret were not communicated to you. For the sake of your return visit, which I hope you will consider, let me illustrate what we do offer our guests ‘sans’ children. Located on nearly 500 acres, it is possible to ‘co-exist’ with all kinds of travelers and feel truly in a place all your own. From our private couple’s suite at Spa Aiyana – designed with romantic couples massage in mind, to our adults-only pool and hot tub overlooking the vineyard and Valley, to leisurely strolls through our organic garden, a yoga class, tennis or round of golf, or just relaxing together on your private balcony with Room Service dinner – there are many experiences to be enjoyed as a romantic couple or individual traveler at the resort. I am pleased you had a good time here, but truly hope we have the opportunity to make it much more memorable in the future. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

We loved this place. We had a family of deer resting near our porch and wild turkeys that we fed off the porch. Did the Bee experience. Had dinner twice at the Lodge. Did yoga and exercise classes at River Ranch. Want to go swimming at 5 AM? No problem. You can watch the sun come up from the pool. Hiking is wonderful from River Ranch to the Lodge. Don't forget to check out the garden. The gardener is friendly and full of information. We topped it all off with the spa experience. Would love to go back. Our room was lovely. We had intended to tour Carmel but once we got to this place we decided to stay put. On our way out we visited the Carmel Mission which is well worth seeing. Even though the place was full we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Heaven!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

We spent a relaxing few nights here in January, in a Garland hilltop room. Room first: well sized, with a comfy living room area a, separate bedroom and an excellent gas fire in both rooms. The bathroom was a little disappointing by comparison, primarily because of a really small bath and a toilet which would eclipse a jet engine in noise when flushed. Lovely balcony out back as well. Aside from the bathroom the only negative perhaps may be privacy - there's a pathway outside the front of the room and people passing by, which made the living room feel a bit goldfish bowl like.
The resort itself is in a nice location at the head of the valley - my feeling on it was that it would be great for families looking to spend time on activities, as there seemed to be lots to do. For the two of us, essentially looking to chill out and be spoilt, there was less appeal in the resort - we would have been more excited by a fine dining food option for instance and a bit of a quieter and more luxurious feel to the place (the main restaurant was fairly underwhelming in particular). While nice, and hard to really point out any huge issues, we just found ourselves a bit underwhelmed by that side of the place.
The surrounding area is very pleasant - the drive to big sur is well worth it for the views and we liked the Monterey acquarium and coast. Definitely worth a trip if you are in the San Francisco area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarmelValleyRanch, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. Your comments illustrate the unique opportunity we have with each and every guest to fine tune the experience to your specific needs. For the most part, we do that well, as you can see from our many positive reviews. Being located on nearly 500 acres has its advantages. It allows you to enjoy nature’s playground and all its beauty, and to ‘chill out’ and enjoy a time of relaxation with your loved one and truly feel like you have the place all to yourself. There are many opportunities for us to ‘spoil’ you while you are here, and I regret that we missed that opportunity with you. Should your travels from London bring you back our way, we would love the chance to “spoil” you properly. Please feel free to contact me directly at 831-626-2548. Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

I came here fro the first time in mid-February with my husband, and was looking for a luxury hotel that is pet-friendly. The Carmel Valley Ranch exceeded my expectations in every way. The service-everything from pool service, to check-in, to dining was excellent. Our room was bigger than I expected and had a fireplace and living room.

Initially, the "family-friendly" branding scared me away because I didn't want to hear screaming kids, but this resort is smart. The "family-friendly" pool is far away from the adult pool and spa. I also loved the hiking trail and activities that the resort offered.

My husband and I did the chocolate and wine tasting, and the sommelier was very knowledgeable and down-to-earth. Our dinner at the restaurant was delicious.

We will definitely be back-either with a group of friends or for another romantic retreat!

-Katherine Ma

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Carmel Valley Ranch
Address: One Old Ranch Road, Carmel, CA 93923-8579
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Carmel
#1 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#6 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carmel Valley Ranch 4*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stunning and relaxing, our elegant Carmel Valley resort is abundant with the natural beauty of Northern California, offering intuitive service and memorable experiences in a striking venue. Savor incomparable comfort, breathtaking vistas, and a delightful array of activities at Carmel Valley Ranch. ... more   less 
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