I must say that while driving through Carmel down the winding roads, my first thought was, "what is everyone talking about?" I didn't think the surrounding area was very attractive, compared to our gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. But then, we arrived at the Ranch, and my opinion changed. It is beautiful, well-manicured and maintained. But then, at the top of the hill, all of a sudden amongst of all the oaks, there were tens of thousands of moths, swirling about in broad daylight. An employee said it was some 5-yr occurrence, okay, mother nature at work. We checked-in to our room. Very nice, spacious room. We were in a room on the end, but in overlooked the parking lot---uggh. I guess it ended being fine, because we didn't enjoy the decks anyway because the moths were so obstructive. Back to the room, love the bottled water, snacks, and especially the Keurig coffee maker. 2 fireplaces, 2 flatscreen TV's, and the most comfortable hotel bed my husband and I have ever slept on (we have a Temperpedic at home). Unfortunately, the tile floor in the bathroom is very cold (we are used to heated floors at home). We did not have a robe or slippers in our room (our friends told us about this on the last day---too late). I think more detail needs to be paid to cleaning, ie: the remote, telephone and windowsill---I took a bath and it had 2 dead moths and quite a bit of dust on it when a pulled back the shutters. I loved the shampoo and other toiletries. My husband golfed and said he had a great time with his friends. The clubhouse has wonderful locker rooms that are nicely appointed. Nice pool area and hiking trails. The fire-pit area gets really crowded at night, couldn't find a seat, never got to do the S'mores thing, ended up inside at the bar. The food we had was delicious at all times. Who doesn't love Roxy the resident Bulldog? I would love to come back again with my kids, I would just make sure to have a different room and hopefully the moths would be gone!
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- 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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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Valley Ranch Hotel Carmel
- Carmel Valley Hotel
- Carmel Valley Resort