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Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Malibu
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CynDeeG
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Do NOT stay at this facility !!!”
Reviewed June 28, 2009

We stayed at Calamigos Ranch in May @ Pine Cabin #2. We were attending a wedding and we were advised that it was better to stay @ the facility and not risk being pulled over by the CHP after a night of partying-down. I would recommend having a designated driver find a better place to stay. The room was TERRIBLE !!! It looked NOTHING like the pictures on the web-site. It looked dirty !!! Lumpy beads, NO front room furniture, except for a single swivel chair...Mini-blinds falling off the windows...Tub didn't drain...unusable coffee maker....Lots of road noise....At a price of $300.00 + dollars a night...I think you could have a nicer room at a Motel 6 .The management was completely unhelpful & really doesn't care whether you enjoy your stay or not. My best advise...Do Not Stay here !!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Warwickshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2009

We have just had a delightful wedding at the Ranch, followed by excellent meal, dancing with DJ etc. We -extended family - stayed in the cabins, which seemed quite odd. The beds were excellent,comfortable pillows etc.powerful showers, plenty of towels... but four doubles in open plan.....!!! We knew to take our own food /drinks etc. The kitchen had a non working cooker and a coffee maker. Pity we were Brits who need to make tea at regular intervals and drink out of solid cups or mugs. A place that can rise to towels, coffee maker and small ironing board might consider rising to hairdryer, kettle, iron.
It was good being able to explore the grounds - one young American girl in our party had never been close to a cow before - the Barn looked fun for a barn dance event.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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2 Thank Topsy8
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Loma Linda, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2009

It was a corporate trip through my employer. This was on more than one ocaasion. I went to former news mans Bill Keen's retirement celebration. It was great. The food was very good, the personnel that ran the ranch were very nice. If you can get by the Big Malibu bugs flying around the soda machine it is all worth it. I

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The Drive
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
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3 Thank sinbad9
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2009

We had a sort of tradiation Bengali ceremony outdoor, with our own decor and then a reception inside. ppl were really nice and hospitable. Food was Excellent!

I recommend this place for an event

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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4 Thank moondizzy
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Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2009

We contacted Calamigos via email requesting to book their venue. I had made a special trip out to California specifically to view and book a wedding venue. I live out of state because my fiance is an Air Force Pilot stationed in Texas. When I didn't hear back from our sales contact Erin Bagaason, who had been fairly unhelpful during the process but whom was supposed to be sending us the contract and taking our deposit, I decided to call and confirm the booking. I was told that another bride had a two-day hold on the date. I forwarded the email correspondence to the sales and management team but they didn't show any concern that a mistake had been made. They decided to honor the recent hold over our previous request to book. Both my fiance and I are very disappointed in their disorganized and irresponsible handling of the situation and I would not advise any couple to book with Calamigos Ranch. If this is how they treat you before you sign a contract I can only imagine what can happen after your are locked in with a deposit. Beautiful venue but definitely lacking in organization and service.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank UnhappyCouple
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Paris, France
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2008

If you've ever stayed at a cabin in Yosemite's Curry Village, this is deluxe in comparison. But at $300+ /night, the price is a far cry from the normal cabin rate. Unfortunately, it wasn't justified.

We were told we were staying in the newly built cabins, and the nicest. But our bed was horrible. Roll-to-the-middle-sag-horrible. Bedspreads and blankets were reminiscent of something I had in the fourth grade, and our sheets had holes but were clean. The room is also decently clean but had tons of spiderwebs all over the ceilings and the window coverings had mold. I visited the cabins of other friends staying, and none were drafty, which was impressive. But only a few have heat/air, so be certain to ask! If it's fall or winter, you will definitely freeze. A few of the cabins (more like pine-paneled trailers) also have kitchenettes with small refrigerators but none come with dishes, pots glassware, napkins etc. None. There is no room safe for valuables, and none of the cabins are very secure. All have windows a high school student could pop.

Unfortunately, our Pine Cabin (#2) is right beside the road you have to drive into to park. So you'll hear every car going by, including the spitting, rattling truck of the gardener/maintenance guy in the early morning. Worse, our cabin had a faux stained-glass window that awoke us with morning sunlight at 5AM. There's no way to cover the window.
The cabin is large enough to sleep six. Three queen beds were divided for privacy, one with a flimsy room divider, and the other separate from the two, with a "real" door. Despite the number of people you can pack into the one-bathroom cabin, it's still way over-priced for the accommodations. Grossly so.
If they had nice linens and extra customer service touches, it would be another story. but basically, they figure they've got you on the property and you're stuck.

We chose to stay on the property because we were attending a wedding there and were advised that no taxi would come get us that late at night. The location is completely isolated. So my advice is to save your bucks and throw them at a limo for a ride home. Skip the woodsy escapade. Sadly, the tripadvisor.com ratings for everything in Malibu were grim, and even the Four Seasons in Agoura didn't look worthy of trekking farther inland. Unfortunately, you're really remote at this location. So if it's late and dark, or if you've been drinking, you're going to have to head out on a winding, unlit, two-lane highway that's fairly far from the coast or anything else.

The cabins on the property are poorly marked. You will want to check in early and physically find yours prior to your event. Finding the PIne Cabins (for example), was ridiculously challenging. There are signs in one area, several yards from the cabins. Follow the arrows and you'll find yourself faced with a choice of cabins, a cottage and someone's home. Our cabin simply had a number on it and didn't even say, "PINE" anywhere. There is NO sign in front of the cabins whatsoever. Knowing there were multiple cabins on the property and not wanting to surprise someone in the night with our key in their door, we ended up knocking on the door of some private house late at night to ask for directions. Sadly, they had nothing to do with Calamigos Ranch but were nice enough to point the way. All of this was done in the VERY cold and dark night, in heels, stumbling over dirt.
Be prepared for your vehicle and shoes to get dirty. Despite walking paths here and there, you can't avoid it.
(If you're a bride, you're going to need someone to carry your dress and you're going to need an extra pair of shoes to walk down your slippery dirty slopes for photos.)

CALAMIGOS RANCH ACCOM PRICING:
Aspen Cabins # 4 $450 + tax per night/per cabin
Aspen Cabin # 5 $475 + tax per night
Aspen Cabin # 2 & 3 $400 + tax per night/per cabin
Rose Cottage # 1 $150 + tax per night/per cabin
Rose Cottage # 2,3,4 $175 + tax per night/per cabin
Lakeside Cottages # 1,2,3 $175 + tax per night/per cabin
Frontier Village # 1,2,5,6 $175 + tax per night/per cabin
Pine Cabins # 2,3,4,5 $300 + tax per night/per cabin
Cottage House $1,600 + tax per night
Cottage # 3 $275.00 + tax per night
*Campfire/Fire Pit $300 + tax for two hours

  • Liked — Convenience - proximity to wedding.
  • Disliked — Holes in sheets, gross bedding, moldy window coverings, semi-dirty room, unmarked + dark property
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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7 Thank jonze
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los angeles
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2008

Located 6 miles from PCH, or 6 miles off the 101 freeway, Agoura Hills. Woodsy, isolated location. Probably fun for a corporate day camp ho-down BBQ. We went here for an evening wedding. We were just going to cough up the money for a long cab ride from Santa Monica, but were told by the reservation desk that it would be a challenge to get picked up here buy anyone late at night. This place is in the middle of nowhere.
So, ok. didn't want to get stuck there at night, and some other friends were staying on campus, so why not? BUT, there are no reviews anywhere for this place. ?? Oh, Oh. We researched the other hotels on Tripadvisor, only to find all of them along PCH were rated horribly. The Calamigos Ranch is "rustic, not a hotel". emphasis on "rustic" but they never define it.
Bottomline: Fun, getaway wedding location. Around the banquet hall, little white lights hanging from the trees. Enchanted. Campfire to keep guests warm while waiting for the valet. Food- better than expected. The salmon was surprisingly good. Wine - like vinegar. Went out to the car and fetched some BYOB and stashed it under our table. So, the guests at our table all got to enjoy their good meal with a decent glass.
The ceremony was outside- beautiful setting but it was freezing cold. NO heat lamps. Bring your ski jacket.
Rooms: Well, they take advantage of you because there are limited options. WAY too expensive for what you get. Tiired mobile home "cabins". Impossible to find at night - no lighting. No kidding. Kind of spooky. A spread out campus, you have to walk across loose dirt parking lots. READ: rocks and sand in your in high heels.
Carpet- dirty and stained. Heat? Our "cabin" had heat, but others in our party said they did not have a heater. We stayed in "one of the newer ones". Our mattress was a hundred years old, the sheets the same, holes in them everywhere. Plenty of towels- rolled up in a basket for presentation. Nice. But the first one I grabbed had multiple stains on it. yew.. "rustic!"
The kitchen was clean, the bathroom was clean. Had a dishwasher and a coffee maker. no complaints.
OVERALL, it was a super FUN wedding with great friends. Staying on campus was worth the extra time we got to spend with everyone else who stayed there. We all just sucked it up. Oh, you should know, there is NO food here, so breakfast is bleak if you didn't bring a bottle of water or something, anything....You would need to remember to pack a cooler - in addition to packing your dress, shoes, handbag, overnighter..etc. Bring your hairdryer as well.
There is a Four Seasons in Agoura Hills. Newlyweds might want to stay there and take a limo. If you do decide to have your wedding at Calamigos Ranch, you absolutely should not stay overnight here. The setting is great for a ceremony, but not to honeymoon. In fact, the ceremony location is all I can recommend. Don't put your guests up here either.

  • Liked — Proximity to wedding ceremony
  • Disliked — "rustic" = worn out mattress, sheets, and towels, dirty carpet
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
5 Thank haute_latte
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Property: Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Address: 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265-2708 (Formerly Calamigos Guest Ranch)
Location: United States > California > Malibu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Malibu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club is the only hotel accommodations available nestled within Malibu wine country and with its own private Beach Club. Our property at the beach is only 14 minutes away from the resort and all guests may visit it by requesting our complimentary luxury shuttle services. A fee is charged to those who wish to experience the Beach Club. Come immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of Malibu. ... more   less 
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