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Carmel Valley Ranch
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
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Munster, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful and relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Just spent 4 nights at Carmel Valley Ranch. It was amazing ! It is so beautiful and quiet.
The Garland Suite was beautiful. The food in the restaurant was expensive but was totally worth it, we ate there three nights and loved it each time. The smores were just the perfect finish to each day. Loved walking around the property, did the bee experience, and a guided hike. Only minor issue was the people at the front desk, they need lessons in waiting on customers and being kind, one girl was awful but decided to just ignore her and go through the other people.

Room Tip: Loved our Garland Suite
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you so much for your review. I am pleased you had a wonderful visit to the resort. Having said that, I do sincerely regret that your experience with a member of our team did not mirror the rest of your stay. I can assure you that our service at the resort is extremely important to us, and that we traditionally offer heartfelt and sincere service. I apologize that this was not the case for you and will certainly follow up with our team on property. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Nothing special about the place and the price demands something more. Very average room amenities, services, food, and for 600 Friday night and 800 Saturday night, plus resort fee, plus taxes, I felt totally ripped off. Breakfast both days was mediocre quality, service was nothing special, and room was large suite, but nothing special about it.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for your review. I am so sorry to hear that you felt the resort was not worth the price you paid. And most importantly, I regret that you did not take away the wonderful memories and experience that so many of our guests speak of. We do try very hard to offer many activities and choices for our guests, from our new horseback trail rides, to Spa, daily hikes, and nightly s'mores. It is these unique offerings and beautiful suites and setting that we hope makes us special. I truly am sorry that you did not feel that, and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again and change your opinion. Prices can vary depending on when you choose to travel (summer weekends being what you mentioned), but there are many days throughout the year ranging from $300 ++ per night with special offers for those staying multiple nights. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Rancho Cordova, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

First of all, I must say my husband and I were here as guests for a charity fundraising event. We did not pay for the weekend. The room was well appointed with hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and a separate living room. The grounds were natural and unlandscaped. The facility has all you would want with a restaurant and other activity offerings. Some activities are an extra charge such as making a beeswax candle. There is a golf coarse on par (no putt - I mean pun intended) with other area offerings. They are all pretty darn nice. A good touch is the outdoor firepit with s' more offerings in the evening. I must say though, we about choked when we learned that a nights' stay is around $750. We must not be their target audience. The stay is so choice - should you have the means. Otherwise, I would suggest a nice Best Western with an oceanfront view for 25% of the Carmel Valley Ranch asking price.

Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for your review and it was so nice to hear you were able to visit us for the weekend's wonderful charity event. Our pricing does reflect our demand on a weekend in the summer, but please know that while a Saturday night in June can command the rates you mentioned, we also have rates beginning from $300 ++ a night on other nights throughout the year. In addition, for those staying multiple nights, we offer attractive packages and promotions as well. Please do not be discouraged and check back often as we sincerely would love to welcome you back. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

On are road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco we stopped at Santa Barbara and Carmel. Carmel was my favourite partly because of this ranch the people are friendly. The food is fresh from the garden and beds we're comfy
We visited the Monterey aquarium which was outstanding

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 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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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Dear Daniel - thank you for your review. You are correct - we are tucked away in the Valley (get lots of sunshine because of this location) and we are so happy that you found us! We hope to welcome you back again should your travels bring you to the USA. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Paddock Wood, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in Carmel valley ranch for 1 night of our honeymoon. It was fabulous! Stunning! Luxurious! Loved the smores by the pool (toasted marshmallows and chocolate) . The gym was great and we enjoyed a short walk around the grounds. The food looked expensive for dinner so we went into Carmel for dinner where there is plenty of choice and places to eat. We did eat breakfast at the hotel which was lovely if not a little pricey....perhaps go into Carmel to save the pennies. This hotel was a wedding present from a family member and it really was special to stay somewhere so amazing.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Congratulations Anna and James on your recent nuptials. I am so pleased that someone thought to treat you for a stay at the resort as a wedding gift. We are honored to be a part of this special time in your life and hope to welcome you back in the future. First anniversary perhaps? Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Our adjoining rooms were spacious, comfortable and elegant, and the four children in our merry party had a lot of fun running between rooms and alternating sleep arrangements.

We loved the golf club and swimming pool.

Carmel is of course a beautiful city and the Carmel Valley Ranch matched up nicely to its stunning surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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 karenyew
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Dear Karen - thank you for your review. I am so happy you and your family had such a nice time at the resort. You are correct - we are an all suite property with many interconnecting suites. And this summer, we will launch several new multi-family combinations of suites. We hope to welcome you back again. Sincerely, Melanie Cooke, Manager
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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

How can one place accommodate young families, couples seeking a romantic getaway, and business conferences without one group running into the others? Carmel Valley Ranch does it effortlessly. The resort stretches over acres and acres of rolling hills. I came with 6 women for a birthday vacation, and we enjoyed the pools, golf, spa facilities, hiking trails, and fabulous food without ever feeling crowded or rushed. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Would love to return next year.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank annpoole25
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MelanieCooke, Manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Ann - thank you so much for your wonderful review. It is exciting to hear that the birthday celebration was such a success. The beauty of the resort and layout of the property is that all types of guests can 'co-exist' and each have their own unique and memorable experience. Thank you for noticing that and we look forward to becoming an annual tradition for you. 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 Luxury Hotel in Carmel
#1 Business 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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