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Carmel Valley Ranch
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Memories to treasure forever”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

We spent 2 nights here on our california roadtrip, this was our second stop after San Fran, and was a great way to relax after a hectic few days. The rooms were spacious yet cosy with the fireplace and amazing views, gorgeous bathrooms and bath products, we ate in the restaurant both nights and the food was exceptional.we planned on investigating the surrounding areas but ended up spending the 2 days at the ranch as there was so much exploring to do plus we spent one day by the pool which again was great fun for the whole family. Everyone was so friendly and I had the pleasure of meeting Melanie who works at the hotel who filled me in on all the good activities. She really cared about our thoughts of the place and you could tell the owners and staff spend a lot of time and effort to make sure all customers are happy. We were so sad to leave and will definitely be returning. (Wish it was closer to home so I could come once a month) already discussing our next trip, it's worth the 11 hour flight just for this place

Stayed June 2014
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. It was a true pleasure to meet you and your family at River Ranch and to learn more about how you found us, what brought you here and most importantly - what you were enjoying while here. It was so nice to hear how your own business in the UK cares about customer service in very similar ways that we do. I am truly pleased you loved The Ranch and we hope to welcome you back again for a longer visit next time! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

We just came back from a visit to the CVR, and it was fantastic. First off, they gave us a fee upgrade. We had a spectacular suite, where they made up the sofa in the living room for my 9 year old daughter. She has a flat screen in her room and we had the master with a fireplace and a flat screen as well.

The grounds are beautiful. Deer everywhere and we ever saw wild turkeys. We took a beautiful hike through blooming lavender, beautiful gardens, and even saw the new horseback riding area they are creating.

My wife and daughter did the bee experience and they will never forget it. Mr. Russo couldn't have been nicer and it was a wonderful time. Dinners were great at the ranch as well. We will definitely come back for sure!

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you so much for your review. I am pleased you and your family had such a great time! We hope to welcome you back to the resort this summer. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Spent a couple of days relaxing here at the end of a San Fran/Lake Tahoe/Yosemite trip. We were meant to use it as a base to explore Big Sur but on arrival we pretty much didn't leave for 48 hours!

Suites were lovely, huge comfy bed, fireplace and large TV and bathroom was very large and spacious.

A great place to relax.

Service wasn't 100% perfect but the rooms and facilities made up for this.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for your review. Like many of our guests, once they arrive they realize how much there is to do and enjoy here, and plans change so they can stay at the resort for their entire vacation / holiday. I am sorry to hear about any service related issues however, and would love to know more about the details of your experience. While we admit the area and resort itself are breathtakingly beautiful, we believe it is the service that truly makes us special. Please contact me at 831-626-2548 if you would be open to providing more details. We would love the opportunity to be aware and correct whatever areas needed improvement. Thank you again, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Redding, CA
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Carmel Valley Ranch provided a wonderful experience for a long weekend getaway. Accommodations were very nice. Prt friendly for a fee. Beautiful hiking trails, great location just a short drive up the valley from Carmel. We really enjoyed the spa and the restaurant as well. Very good service, nice amenities. And a very nice bottle of champagne as we were celebrating our anniversary.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear Sander - thank you for your review and for choosing The Ranch for this special occasion in your life. We hope to become a tradition for both of you and look forward to welcoming you back. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Port Washington, New York
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

My husband and I arrived to be greeted by a bottle of champagne to celebrate my husband's birthday (they must've made a note when we made the reservation- shocking!) and a complimentary upgrade. The staff was unbelievable. They did anything and everything to accommodate us. I've traveled the world and have had the luxury of staying at St. Regis, Mandarin Orientals, Ritz Carltons and even the famed Post Ranch Inn close by in Big Sur. Carmel Valley Ranch was at par and even above those hotels. Specifically, people like, Andy, Francisco, Adrian, Frank and several others in Guest Services/ pro shop/ landscaping.... helped out when I lost my iPhone! Well, the phone didn't turn up but honestly, the trip was better once I got disconnected from the office! From the honeybees to the turkeys to the family of deer who truly run the place, my husband and I are counting the days until we return. Great trip.... God, I could really use a s'more.
Thank you Carmel Valley Ranch. I can't stop talking about you.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you Noelle! Your review was such an honor to receive. Mentioning our special staff by name and hearing the service you received while here was truly complimentary and thank you for taking the time to do that. What is particularly poignant about it is that the things you mentioned are the unique things that we work so hard to provide - genuine and heartfelt service and caring from our team. Thank you again, and we cannot wait to welcome you back. The S'mores and our team are waiting! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The ranch is a beautiful place. If you want to relax in beautiful surroundings, this is a place to do it. We did the bee experience and it was very informative. I have never been that close to so many bees. The restaurant is very nice. We had dinner there and everything we had was very good. We went into Carmel by the Sea during the day for fun. Our room was very quiet and spacious. We hope to return in the future.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for your review. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed our Signature Bee Experience so much. Bees are very important to our planet, as you learned I am sure, and this experience is important in sharing that. Next time, we hope your family can enjoy our "Chicken Chats" at our new Hen House, as well as our upcoming Horseback Trail Rides coming in July! We are excited to welcome you and the entire family back to the resort! Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Modesto, California
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The surroundings at the ranch are natural, and beautiful. If you are looking for entertainment, there really is none other than the wonderful spa and restaurant.
My husband and I shared a massage by firelight and candles, side by side. Upon leaving the spa room we were greeted with fudge cupcakes and ice water. Our room was lovely, spacious, and modern. The deck was also relaxing and overlooked the golf course so that was nice to watch.
Dogs are really welcome and not a problem for those without them. Having a disabled spouse, we were picked up with a golf cart for every event we planned.
Can't wait to go again.

Room Tip: Over looking the golf course, roomy and easy to access. Request no stairs if that is an issue.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. It is wonderful to hear that you were able to enjoy a romantic getaway with your spouse at the resort. We hope to welcome you both back soon. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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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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