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Rancho Valencia
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rancho Santa Fe
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London
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Stay forever”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

What a place. Loved every bit. From arrival to check-in to going into your room for the first time you know this is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It doesn't fail to exceed expectations. Superb accommodation - from the living space to the outside terrace, from the sumptuous bed to the vast bathroom - everything is there, right down to the freshly squeezed orange juice delivered each morning from oranges picked on site. Dinner was simply a pleasure and the choice more than enough. Yes it has been recently refurbished so you would expect high standards and it does not fail to deliver in any way from the staff to the food, from the location to the villas. SIMPLY EXCELLENT. To be treated to a "welcome home" at the gate after a retail trip said it all - we could have stayed forever!

Room Tip: Make sure you get a villa with a plunge pool - you'll never leave!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Allamuchy, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Once we pulled onto their property we knew this was a wonderful resort. The Villa's are spacious, ultra comfortable and someone there pays attention to details. The resort gives you a feeling of relaxation, the ability to be pampered and stepping out of life's stresses. Beautiful accents and architecture, the landscaping is gorgeous and breathes peacefulness all around.

Exquisite service too!

I recommend the tennis instructors, they helped me improve my game.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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David S, General Manager at Rancho Valencia, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Janette,

What a pleasure it was to read your review. To be considered an "oasis spectacular" is quite the compliment.

We are all about the details here at Rancho Valencia, and are happy to see that you enjoyed them. And, we are equally as happy that you had a chance to hit the courts and up your game with our tennis instructors!

Do come back soon. We'd love to see you here again.

Warmest regards,

David Shipman
General Manager
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oregon
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360 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

I've been to some nice places but this place is incredible. The place went thru total renovations 2 yrs ago and it shows. the room is incredibly spacious w/ sitting room, the bathroom is the size of many manhattan apartments w/ a soaking tub, separate shower w/ dressing room to the side. the balcony was bigger than my backyard at home. It is super lux. they deliver fresh squeezed OJ in the AM w/ oranges and the paper. there is a fancy expresso machine in each rm w/ milk frother. the drinks and food in the cabinet are complementary. the views are very nice and everywhere you go, you're surrounded by natural perfume of flowers. here on business but still very impressed. It's very expensive so you get what you pay for I guess. there was a buffet b-fast and that was rather dull.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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David S, General Manager at Rancho Valencia, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Lauren,

I couldn't be happier to see that you enjoyed your time here with us. Thank you for all of your wonderful comments regarding our guest rooms and the grounds.

We've made note of your feedback regarding the breakfast. We like to keep things interesting, so we'll be sure to look into spicing things up a bit in that area. Please feel free to pass along any specific recommendations to us at groupevents@ranchovalencia.com.

Thank you again for staying with us. We hope to see you again soon.

Warmly,

David Shipman
General Manager
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We just got back from our second trip to Rancho Valencia. My husband allowed me to choose any place I wanted to celebrate my birthday. This place does not disappoint! Service is the best in the industry. They go out of their way to get you an umbrella on a cloudy day to researching the lotion used in the yoga class. We took classes every morning (yoga, stretching, ballet) and when you are finished they bring you a yummy green smoothie! The restaurant and bar renovation is fantastic. The bar is a fun place to people watch....and be seen!
We got one of the villas with two fireplaces (one on outdoor patio) and a plunge pool. We never needed to leave our villa.
I am looking forward to our next and hopefully annual trip back to RV!

Room Tip: Any room or villa with a private plunge pool.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This a small very exclusive hotel with a fantastic restaurant and a very nice bar. It was remodeled last year and new Spa is one of the best I have seen all around the world !!!! As a tennis fanatic this can be one of the most exclusive clubs you can play in. Southern California has one of the best weather in the USA. I love this place ! Alb May.

Room Tip: Every room is New, so you can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Cheshire
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2014

The location is 30 mins from San Diego Airport, in a lovely quiet location.

This is a resort not a hotel. The staff are amazing, the service is five star BUT the staff are relaxed and so friendly, there is no pretension at all that can come with some five star properties.

The catering is excellent and they strive to please. Do try the Cobb Salad in the Pony Bar.

Some key staff that should be mentioned: Mathew for Front of House. Amber for function supervision. Cathleen who is just the best sales contact ever! Finally and by no means least Tracy who runs the operations side and stayed in touch throughout our event.

Do try the spa if you get a chance, it is not cheap but the experience is well worth it.

One piece of advice though, as this is a resort the rooms are dotted around the estate in lovely grounds. However at night it can be very dark, so take a torch with you is my best advice. They have to keep lighting low due to local restrictions but it does make the place special. if your stuck just ask the valet team to come and get you in one of the buggies. By the way the valet guys are really great team, so experienced and clearly know all their regular guests. Super helpful and nothing is too much trouble.

I want to make this one of my locations that I have to return to privately.

Happy to give any further advice and info to anyone that needs it.

Room Tip: If a group of you, and you need three bedrooms, try for the Hacienda, it comes with lounge, kitchen...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Really top-notch hotels are hard to find, especially those that aren't too pretentious. I was hugely impressed by Rancho Valencia - comfortable, cosy, incredibly well-appointed rooms (mine even had its own spa outside) that aren't too fussy, but of a very high standard.
As was the food and the service - not too fussy, but cool and attentive.
I'll definitely try to get back there and suggest you do, too.

Room Tip: Go for one of the rooms with its own spa outside!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Rancho Valencia

Property: Rancho Valencia
Address: 5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-9520
Location: United States > California > Rancho Santa Fe
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rancho Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Rancho Valencia 5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on 45 lush acres in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the timeless Rancho Valencia is a Mediterranean sanctuary far from the ordinary, combining gracious hospitality and inspired luxury. An all-suite Relais & Châteaux property hand-selected by U.S. News & World Report the #1 resort in California (2017) this world-class destination offers 49 luxuriously appointed casitas with private patios, stunning three bedroom villas, rejuvenating spa treatments, a wellness-oriented fitness program, two distinctive restaurants, a world-renowned tennis program and more. In recent years, Rancho Valencia has been honored with the AAA Five Diamond Award (2017, 2016, 2015), the Forbes Five-Star Award (2017, 2016, 2015), and has enjoyed placement on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List (2015). The resort has also received the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award twice (2016, 2015) as well as multiple Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (2016) including #1 in Southern California and #15 in the United States. ... more   less 
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