Although we had a wonderful time in Temecula during the long Easter Weekend, and enjoyed some things about the Ponte Vineyard Inn, the experience was not what was expected. After reading other Trip Advisor reviews prior to booking, one would conclude that the Ponte was an upscale venue, especially considering the price point. Not so much.
Upon arriving, you are greeted with a dirt (yes, dirt) entry into a dirt drive with a dirt parking lot. Do not bring your best vehicle, as it will trashed with dust. The staff was very friendly and greeted us warmly with a glass of Ponte bubbly to celebrate the weekend and we were taken to our Premier King on the second floor overlooking the vineyards. It was quite a small room for a "Premier" status, with a small single sink bathroom (I can't remember the last time we had a single sink bathroom) and very cheap furnishings.
The resturant was excellent however, serving an eclectic variety of dishes that were well prepared and well presented. Dinner for two with 2 glasses of wine each was about $150 with tip. We retired to the "Cellar Bar" after dinner, which was properly dark, but loud, that night featuring a sax player acompanied by an electronic band track. A three piece Jaz band might have been more appropriate for the ambiance of a vineyard inn setting. A short walk through the vineyards to the Ponte Winery the next day allowed us to sample some of their offerings, as well as have the opportunity to eat lunch in an informal outdoor setting.
In summary, the Ponte Vineyard Inn seems to be trying very hard in a very competitive marketplace. But, upscale? Not exactly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by over 300 acres of vineyard, Ponte Vineyard Inn is a four-diamond, mission-style boutique hotel located next to Ponte Winery and within walking distance to several neighboring wineries. Each of the Inn’s 60 finely-appointed rooms offer views from a private patio or balcony, and include complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen HDTV and other upscale amenities. Two spectacular Grand Suites boast 1,360 square-feet of space, including a fireplace, living room, dining room, fully-stocked wine and beverage refrigerator, butler’s pantry, master bath and built-in closet. ... more less
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