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Carmel Valley Ranch
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Quite possibly one of the prettiest places on Earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2010

Despite the renovations taking place, this is a wonderful place to escape to. The landscape is incredible. There were a lot of surprises here. The food, the charming homes. Everything is clean and modern, but it has this sort of country charm where you feel like you are taken back to a time where time wasn't so important. Getting from A to Z in the least amount of time doesn't matter here. No matter where you go, you have arrived. Its a different world than the fast-paced life we have almost everywhere else in the developed world.
The golf course proved to be one of the most challenging, but for a novice golfer like myself, not impossibly difficult. Its beautiful...the slopes, ridges, forests and rivers make this one certainly one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen...even when compared to one of its neighbors, Pebble Beach. Its a bit of a drive out of Carmel (about 10 minutes), but its worth it...I would stay here again in a heartbeat...In fact I will...If I don't buy one of the stunning houses on the Summit - just above the resort.

  • Stayed November 2009, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Carmel Valley Ranch about two years ago. We checked in at the club house and were told they were undergoing renovations. The staff was pleasant and we had a great time. The location is great and the surroundings are very nice. We had a nice room in the beautiful location. We liked it so much I sent some good friends there as a gift. We live an hour away and think of it as a mini getaway vacation.

We decided to enjoy a couple of days in December including Christmas night . We were shocked that we had to checkin again in the club house. Again good service but again told how excited they were about the pending renovations. We saw absolutely no real change since our previous visit. When we entered our room we found it to be dated and tattered. We were very disappointed. The rooms are excellent size and had a lot of potential. I guess the best way to describe our experience is it was the 5 star surroundings in a 3 star room. If you are expecting a top quality stay you will be disappointed, especially for the price. They do not currently deserve the number 2 rating by Trip Advisor . Top that off with $27 a day "resort fee" at a place that doesn't have anything other than Golf and Tennis available (winter time) kind of leaves a bad taste too.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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SuzannaCarmel, E-Commerce & Leisure Travel at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 23 February 2010
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your feedback - your opinion is very important to us! We truly value your loyalty to The Ranch and regret to hear that you were disappointed by your most recent stay with us.

You may know that Carmel Valley Ranch underwent an ownership change in July of 2009. The previous owner did attempt to renovate the Resort; however, the renovations were never completed. Under the new ownership, we embarked on our extensive transformation in early December of 2009 and are scheduled to unveil the new Ranch this coming summer. Upon the completion of renovation, The Ranch will feature redesigned guest suites, as well as swimming pools, dining facilities, and events grounds. Our plan also includes a brand new spa, a state-of-the-art ballroom with an exhibition kitchen, and spectacular family and fitness centers. We look forward to offering improved facilities, amenities, and increased standards of service.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the current renovation may have caused you, and would love to have you and your wife come back to experience our transformed Resort. Please do not hesitate to email me directly at any time if I can be of assistance.

Thank you again for your valuable feedback; we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back!

Sincerely,
Suzanna
sgabulyan@carmelvalleyranch.com
E-Commerce & Leisure Travel Manager
Carmel Valley Ranch
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2010

Close to Pebble Beach. Applewood outside your door each night for the fireplace. Awesome bar and food. Decent golf course. Great service!

Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Modesto, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2010

This property is amazing, you feel like you are literally out on a ranch with units spread out across the valley, beautiful spacious rooms, quiet setting, beautiful golf course, great food, great service.....a GREAT spot for business or pleasure, a personal retreat or a business retreat.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
    • 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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Cupertino
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2010

We recently stayed at the Carmel Valley Ranch and highly recommend it while visiting Carmel. We have been here before during summer, and this place is even better in warmer weather, but now I know anytime of year works. Large rooms, balconies with beautiful views of the Carmel Valley, fireplaces, large tubs, flat screen and great in-room Spa service... Even though they are currently limited in room service due to expansion construction, property and staff are excellent.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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SuzannaCarmel, E-Commerce & Leisure Travel at Carmel Valley Ranch, responded to this review, 29 January 2010
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your recent experience at Carmel Valley Ranch! We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasurable stay with us and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back.

Currently, only our Estate Suites include flat-screen TV’s but upon the completion of our transformation this summer, all of our suites will be featuring them.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your next visit!

Best regards,

Suzanna
sgabulyan@carmelvalleyranch.com
E-Commerce & Leisure Travel
Carmel Valley Ranch
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2010

So here's the deal. This resort when it opened was one of the swankiest hotel/resorts in Carmel Valley. In July, a new ownership group purchased the resort and it is in the process of being restored up to and beyond it's former glory. In the meantime, they are offering incredible deals on the rooms. We got a giant suite with a great view for $199, with a $75 credit which we were able to use for meals, and stuff at the golf club. It is true that a few of the facilities are currently unavailable, but in addition to our great room, we had perfectly nice meals in the golf club restaurant, used the exercise room, took long walks on the grounds, and would've played a round of golf on the world class course if we had the time. The staff couldn't have been nicer. The rooms are a bit dated but they are perfectly fine, and the property is being well-maintained during the renovation. We asked for a room away from the construction, which we got. There was no construction going on during the week-end. In closing, this was an incredible deal. It was slightly inconvenient while the construction takes place, but my wife and I hope to return before the renovation takes place to enjoy the great deals that are currently being offered. And the best thing for us is that they let us travel with our well-behaved dog for a one time $50 fee. She loved the resort more than we did and made friends with many of the staff and other guests.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank waters96
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2009

All our researches of hotels in Monterey / Carmel (with the help of Trip Advisor) failed to find anywhere that excited us. Then we chanced upon this ranch syle hotel which is about 8 miles (15 minutes) inland. The whole area is very beautiful with verdant hills and the resort neighbours a golf course. The accommodation is in separate "cottages" which are full of character and very reasonably priced for this expensive part of California. There is much attractive wildlife just wandering around the complex (especially deer). Our bad experience related to being locked out on the first evening because, unknown to us, our credit card had not worked when we had already paid a deposit in advance for the first nght. Normally, hotels will establish immediately if a credit card is functioning or not; between us, we had several other cards available!
The downside of this hotel relates to food. The arrangements for(and quality of) evening meals are poor, so we found it necessary to make the half an hour round trip to Carmel each evening.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jumbocatguernsey
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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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