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“Magical Place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carmel Valley Ranch
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Redwood City, California
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81 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Magical Place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

We spent a great weekend here - surrounded by towering oaks, fluttering oak moths, the gorgeous native California landscape. The restaurants are good. Free activities including yoga and a nice gym. We'd like to make this a regular weekend escape which is saying something - as there are quite a few to choose from in the bay area.

We came here on an anniversary trip but would definitely consider bringing the kids. Very kid friendly with a separate kids pool, nightly s'mores, and more. BUT the kids are separate enough that this can still be an escape for adults only.

Room Tip: The units are laid out on a spacious "campus." That means can be a trek to the lobby/rest...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MichelleM650
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, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and thank you for the room tips. The tips really help our future guests understand the property. Do come back and bring your children. We like to think that Carmel Valley Ranch is a playground for all ages! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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Redwood City, CA
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57 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

I spent two nights in March at CVR for work. The property is expansive with a golf course, two pools, a small gym near the guest suites and a much larger gym facility in another part of the resort (you can get a complimentary drive there if you choose not to make the 10-15 min walk). There is also a spa (though I did not get a chance to do any treatments). Restaurant had great food and relaxing atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. The views of the valley are gorgeous and you can truly relax. Took part in the smores by the firepit - what a great way to end the day! Lots of complimentary exercise classes though, unfortunately, I did not have time to take since I was there for work. We did, however, do a tour of the organic garden - learned a lot and had the best time with the gardener!

This is an all-suite property. Very spacious rooms. Bed was very comfortable. Enjoyed the complimentary snacks and water bottles. My balcony had a view of the valley and I had a chance to relax and enjoy the view with a nice glass of wine.

There are also kids programs, but mostly during the warmer months. I would definitely consider bringing my family back. I hear it's almost always sunny in the Carmel Valley and quite a few degrees warmer than Carmel which is by the ocean.

It was a short drive (about 10 min) to downtown Carmel.

Loved CVR and would love to come back when I have more time to actually enjoy the property and not be in meetings!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kht2006
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, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thanks for your review. We appreciate you mentioning the fact that our property is an all-suite property. We feel the extra space really sets us apart (no pun intended). We hope you return with your family soon! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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No. Cali
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17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

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!

Room Tip: Do not stay in Suites 120, 121, 122, or 123 unless you want to look at the parking lot and be close...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NoCali-momof2
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, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thank you so much for your review and most of all thank you for highlighting what you love about our property as well as what we need to improve on. We apologize about the moths. They come every few years for a couple months. It seems to be the tradeoff for having beautiful oak trees, every once in a while we get oak moths! Also, your comments regarding the room have been passed on to housekeeping. Thanks for the compliments on the food. It’s one of our specialties! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

Coming from Scotland we are used to beautiful lush green scenery but I can only add that when we arrived at Carmel valley Ranch we realised that we were in a special place, it was truly beautiful we were surrounded by such wonderful wild life right outside our window wonderful it was so peaceful that we just stayed there and truly relaxed we had dinner on three occasions in the ranch itself the food was exquisite service fast we had steak on two of the evenings which was cooked to perfection really an elegant place our waiter was called Antonio and he was extremely friendly we actually were the last to leave.I would go back in a heartbeat as it was peace personified loved it !!!Marion Davren

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marion439
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831-625-9500, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 8 June 2012
Thank you for your review! To have our hills compared to Scotland is truly a great compliment. We are also thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience. I will share your feedback with Antonio personally. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

This hotel is nice! Out of the way, about 15 min to town. Went in late May, lots of fog! Not too warm either. Property is nice! Lots of moths everywhere! Saw deer and turkey around the hotel. Short walk to lobby and pools (adult pool), hiking trail was nice. Little things about this place I found not great (due to the price). Never got more shampoo or conditioner brought to our room. Moths are everywhere and get in when you open the doors. When we got there they upgraded our room.... to a room with a view of another building. No view of the property. Also when we booked said breakfast for 2 each day. They don't really do that, instead you get a credit to use at the restaurant each day (the credit was usually enough to cover breakfast for 2). Other than those little things.... this place is nice!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 4girlsandamom
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831-625-9500, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 8 June 2012
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We appreciate you pointing out the little things. You had a number of great suggestions and our staff always appreciates the feedback. We look forward to making your next stay flawless! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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Los Angeles
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54 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

It was a beautiful room affording great views of the valley with a fireplace and separate living room. My husband and our baby stayed in one room with my mother in the same room next door...perfect. Their swimming pool is quiet, relaxing and pretty. (pool next to dining room) You need to drive to your room as the resort is sprawling but on the way up you'll see deer grazing.

I had the best burger at the pool (family pool) which I ate day and night. A convenient drive in to Carmel village for dinner. It was a lovely stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bordeaux&castles
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831-625-9500, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 8 June 2012
Thank you for your review highlighting the many special facets of the The Ranch. Our all-suite property allows families to enjoy each other’s company without being too cramped and we thank you for your feedback! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

Most hotels are put to the test during a high occupancy 3 day weekend. Carmel Valley Ranch soared during our Memorial Day weekend visit. Any small problem was immediately handled with great courtesy. We were truly amazed that when asked if anything could be done to cover the small skylights where my 2 kids (age 15 & 20) were sleeping, someone actually went on the roof to cover them!!! Bottled water and snacks, at no charge, were in the room when we arrived. The management/ownership certainly aimed to please.
As a first time visitor, I was impressed with the great ambiance in the lobby--the new decor, the fireplace, the Illy coffee and cake, the soft music, the view of the magnificent trees and sleek pool area through the large glass windows. The swing pictured in the resort's logo is real and a metaphor for the carefree way one feels walking around the lush grounds and trails. We even saw deer near our room.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sylvia L
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831-625-9500, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 8 June 2012
Thank you for your awesome review! We like to go the extra mile for guests and really appreciate the positive feedback. Thanks also for your comments regarding our logo. We worked hard to make sure it was truly representative of the property. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Director of Revenue Management
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Property: Carmel Valley Ranch
Address: One Old Ranch Road, Carmel, CA 93923-8579
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Carmel
#1 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
#6 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Carmel Valley Ranch 4*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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