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“Pure excellence !”
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Ventana Inn & Spa
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Japan
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Pure excellence !”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

I award very few hotels 5 stars, but this one I have no hesitation whatsoever. From check-in to check-out, things were perfect. Kindness, efficiency, cleanliness, food and so on, There was not one downside, or anything to complain about..

Ok,ok.. you twist my arm.. Price! An extremely expensive property, and not for those on a budget. Is it worth what you pay for?.. When everything is perfect, what is the cost? There you have it.

Many thanks to the great staff working there..

Room Tip: Go for the Private outdoor spas in the room..
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Santa Clara, California
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Professional service oriented staff with can do attitude. The room was excellent with scenic view. Our stay was special since it was our engagement and the staff was extremely accommodating in the special requests I had to make our engagement day a wonderfully memorable experience.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We were visiting our kids in California. Son, daughter-in-law and (most importantly) grandson in LA area and daughter and her boyfriend in Sacramento area. I have always wanted to see Big Sur so we decided to drive. I thought to look for a spa for the overnight in between and what a great decision that was. We stayed a the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur. I booked us the latest massages available.

My massage was wonderful, just the ticket after a few nights on an air mattress (the time with my grandson was worth it) and a long day in the car. Our dinner at the Restaurant was wonderful. The wine, the food, the atmosphere, the service, it was a wonderfully relaxing night.

Our room had a lanai and a fireplace and it was so romantic.

I will definitely return to this place....

Room Tip: Our room had a view of the mountains, which was lovely, but an ocean view might have been better sin...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2014

My partner and I stayed at Ventana for a weekend while he was in San Francisco working. We had dined there previously and thought it would be a great place to stay. we were not disappointed. The property is spread out making each room/villa unique and private.
Our suite was beautiful with fireplace burning real wood, heated splash pool and very comfortable bed with excellent linens.
We enjoyed the restaurant and bar. Both had good service and quality offerings at somewhat reasonable prices.
We have stayed at Post Ranch Inn which is the other signature property in Big Sur. Both properties are so unique in their own ways. Ventana is a bit more rustic and camp like in their approach.
Overall, we recommend Ventana as a special, quiet and relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lutz, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

My husband and I stayed for a couple of nights and had a wonderful experience. First of all the staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. The women at reception that greeted us and checked us in as well as the staff that took us to our room were very helpful and pleasant. Second, the room we stayed in was fantastic. We had a large balcony with beautiful views of the pacific ocean on one side and magnificent redwoods on the other. Unbelievable exposure to all of the beauty Big Sur has to offer. We also loved the fireplace in the room with real wood that we took advantage of in the evening after dinner. We had dinner at their restaurant and it was excellent, a little pricey though. The vibe is a very relaxing and quiet one with gorgeous outdoor surroundings. This is definitely where you want to go if you are looking to unwind and disconnect from a fast paced world. We will certainly return to this resort and would recommend it to anyone. It was probably our most favorite hotel stay!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stopped by for lunch and I am very glad we did. We both had the burger and it was one of the juciest and flavorful patties I've eaten - lovely!

The view is supposed to be good from the location up on a hill, but we only saw the fog so no more comment on that.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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macpwv
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82 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We were able to drop in without a reservation and the restaurant was not crowded. The restaurant had a very CA feel to it. The food was excellent but service was lacking in that 2 items we ordered were not brought to the table. Delicious creme brûlée !

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Ventana Inn & Spa
Address: 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
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Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ventana Inn & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious resort nestled in the mountains above California’s central coast. Situated on 243 acres of wooded hillside, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast, Ventana Inn & Spa is quiet, secluded and beautiful. The Inn provides a peaceful and soothing atmosphere enhanced by its proximity to the area’s natural wonders. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ventana Inn And Spa
Ventana Hotel Big Sur
Ventana Resort Big Sur
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