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Carmel Valley Ranch
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Naples, Florida
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65 reviews
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“Pet Friendly and Very Nice!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Wanted to stay in town Carmel for the proximity of the Carmel ambiance but read so many good things about this place that we felt we needed to give it a try. Stayed in a Ranch King and couldn't be happier. Very spacious and well appointed. Prepaid for the accommodations so it was less expensive but still a bit pricey for an extended stay. Would have gotten a 5 rating if not for the condition of the golf course. Had the impression it was a quality course. it's not. Played it with a few discounts which made it a bit more tolerable. Had I paid full price I would have been very disappointed. Food from room service was a bit disappointing also. Overall, great location with reasonable distance to town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We literally just checked in about an hour ago and all I could think about was writing my review! Absolutely stunning property, amazing staff and the accommodations are perfect. We booked a Ranch King Suite, which is practically the size of an apartment. Clean, simple decor, huge bathroom, awesome living room (with milk and cookies set up for you!) and a spectacular bedroom with a fireplace and a balcony. Husband could hardly drive straight while looking at the golf course. There are tons of things to do here, we just hope we can squeeze enough in before we leave. Only downside is that we are only staying two nights.

Oh and there are lots of deer just chilling all over the property. So. Awesome.

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Our suite was so spacious, tastefully decorated, and spotlessly clean. We had a lovely westward view from the deck which was perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and enjoying the sunset over the hills & golf course view. The landscaping is beautiful, the staff very professional and friendly, and the food simply amazing. The organic garden produce is really out of this world. The grass-fed beef is fantastic too. The location was ideal for us - a very easy 15 minute drive to downtown Monterey for the aquarium and other attractions, and a 7 minute or less drive to charming downtown Carmel by the Sea. We don't golf so cannot comment on the course but want to say that even if you are not a golfer you will love this place. We felt very secure here too and perhaps that is why we slept so well - or it might have been the awesome king bed, not sure. Everything about our stay was perfect, from the seamless check-in to check-out, and everything in between. Loved it!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

This place is beautiful. We had a Garland suite, all the way at the end of a row of suites next to the golf course, so very quiet.
Wild animals all over the place, nice pool, good restaurant. It is however more a family place than a couples retreat, at lest if you are using the common areas. We were invaded by a group of 10-15 children when enjoying a glass of wine around the fire place in the evening.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Looking for a romantic getaway? The best golf course in Camel Valley? Pampering beyond expectations? If you find yourself in the Carmel Valley/Monterey area in California- treat yourself to two nights at Carmel Valley Ranch Resort. The rooms are huge and beautifully decorated. The service is extraordinary. They even have Smores at sunset every evening by their gorgeous pool. Cannot wait to return

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I recently attended a family reunion at CVR. This was our second trip as a couple and my husband's third time, having had a golf trip with his buddies. We were beyond overwhelmed by the service, the activities and the food. From Check In to Check Out, the staff was helpful, enthusiastic and engaging. Our hilltop room was well appointed and comfortable. I even slept outside on our deck one night, listening to the crickets and watching the shooting stars. Activities are plentiful, ranging from spa treatments for those who want to be pampered, to the Bee Experience, for those who want to get really close to nature! There is a pool for adults and a pool for families, and the ranch is dog friendly. The resident bulldog, Roxie, is always in the lodge, greeting guests and relaxing in her own little "suite." The food is beyond belief. Chef Tim Wood uses locally sourced ingredients, including vegetables from the ranch's own organic garden, and honey from the bees we got to visit during the Bee Experience. The menu is varied and there is something for everyone. At the end of dinner, guests can retreat to several fire pits around the pool and make s'mores. A perfect ending to an always perfect day at Carmel Valley Ranch.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We just returned from a three night stay at Carmel Valley Ranch. The property is beautiful and very large. The room was clean and very spacious. We had a one bedroom hill top suite with a wrap around porch. The view of the mountains was breath taking. The bathroom had a large tub and separate shower. I usually do not use the products provided but the ranch makes there own (I think) and they were lovely. The lodge offers a good breakfast, extensive wine list and great steaks. We enjoyed the kids pool (far from the rooms but there is a shuttle and plenty of parking available), the bee experience (MUST DO!!! John and Yoko are lovely and we learned so much about these very industrious creatures) and a couples massage (a little expensive but totally worth it) You do not have to leave the ranch for anything but a drive to Carmel by the Sea at sunset is not to be missed. We are already planning our return to the ranch next summer.

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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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