Once again I start my review of this recently visited property by looking at a variety of other reviews in all the categories of ratings...paying particular attention to the past 'terrible' reviews - just to judge what past guests had issues with and to judge their particular complaint level and more often than not... their pettiness.
We had a WONDERFUL TIME and WONDERFUL experience at the South Coast Winery. We actually selected this property after months of research and investigation of other hotels and resorts in the Temecula / Palm Springs area. We actually flew into Palm Springs but had to wait one night until we were able to check into our schedule week-long stay at a resort in Palm Desert... and we were VERY HAPPY with our research and final choice of South Coast.
As an avid Trip Advisor reviewer- hopefully providing some realistic, concrete, and where necessary constructive criticism in any reviews, my / our personal experience at the South Coast Winery was superb, and enjoyable in every aspect.... this again coming from a normally very particular, sometimes fussy, and very detail / customer service oriented traveller/ consumer.
Although not originally planned because of other events, our initially research showed that our travel and arrival time in Temecula coincided with the Balloon and Wine Festival - which, besides the winery resort - proved to be one of the many highlights of our week in California, and was certainly an absolutely fantastic way to enjoy and celebrate our first night and next morning.
We arrived at the resort after an extensive driving tour through the desert and mountain areas from Palm Springs airport to the wine country area of Temecula. We actually stumbled on the resort by accident 'making the right turn just at the right time' as the GPS system in the rental car was not functioning properly at the time. Driving up and into the resort was impressive - beautiful complex of buildings, well landscaped grounds amongst rows and rows of grape vines.
Upon entering the main reception building we were very warming welcomed, and immediately assisted at the check-in desk. Details, directions, and on-site happenings of the resort were thoroughly outlined and we were then off to our 'villa'.
As this was our first night in California and we were only staying one night at the property in order to get to Palm Desert for our week long home base stay at a time share condo resort, we had re booked a one bedroom villa with 2 king beds as there were 4 people (2 couples) in our party. We have all travelled internationally on numerous trips fro many years, but this would be the 1st time every that we had all stayed in the same room for even just one night. But all went extremely well!!!
The villa area is a separate, short drive from the main hotel building. Upon arrival you encounter a very well landscaped, well maintained enclave of villa buildings. Yes their are 2 to 4 units per villa grouping, and depending on bedroom size, you may be sharing a wall, but alt no time did we every have any issue with any noise or disturbance from any other guests or room - and the noise of 'others' is one of my most major issues when travelling. All units in each building enjoy a shared central entrance courtyard with wonderful flowers, fountain, etc., again making a great 1st impression upon arrival.
Even for a one bedroom / 2 king bed villa, the space was 'spacious' and certainly more than adequate for four people with multiple bags, etc. A wonderful seating area a table upon entering, another seating area with fireplace adjacent to wonderful double French doors that opened out onto a wonderful private terrace - wonderfully landscaped (a few details could have been fixed up but nothing major) and viewed out onto an utterly fantastic landscape and horizon of rolling hills of grape vine orchards that disappeared into the distant mountains - breath taking and a classic photographic moment of the perfect vineyard view that you could imagine. The room further opened up into the 2 king bed area which was just off an massive and well appointed marble bathroom - giant tub, massive glass shower, and separate toilet room.
Our villa was next to the wedding garden - which at the time had just been prepped and decorated for a wedding the next afternoon. This was great for myself - a professional event planner - to see how other professional pulled it together. The gardens around the wedding area also provided more photo ops.
I forgot to mention that upon entering our villa a welcome card, bottle of wine, glasses for all, and sweets were laid out for our enjoyment. Little touches can make a big difference, and a big impression. 'It' again is in the details
We did tour the pool and spa area which was very impressive and again well appointed. Our time constraints and unexpected amount of time spent enjoying the Balloon Festival unfortunately allow us to enjoy any pool and sun time.
We did greatly enjoy the wine shop, wine tasting area - which the next day prior to our check out - was packed with visitors, and we actually picked up several bottles of the property's wines specifically from tastings we had dine the night before at the festival. In particular, and as we rescue / raise and show Clydesdale horses back in the Toronto Ontario area, I became fascinated with one of their brands which features a galloping Clydesdale on the label. Having mentioned to one of the shop's sales clerks our passion for Clydes and the fact that my very first rescue Clyde had just recently passed away from cancer, the young sales lady (who was really in charge of the jewellry area of the shops) went out of her way to obtain a row of the Clydesdale image wine labels as a special momento - which I have had framed and proudly hung as a wonderful remembrance of the trip and of my big girl 'Claudia'. Thank You again!!!
All in all we had a truly wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable experience at South Coast Winery - and hope to return to it - and for the Balloon and Wine Festival - again soon.
Again...words of advice: do your research, read reviews, call (telephone - not just email) the property directly prior to booking if you have any questions, and conduct a follow-up call prior to arriving to confirm your booking and to ensure that they (the property) have properly received and understood stated requirements of your booking. Coupon and discount based travel bookings (even more importantly) need to be followed up and checked by the travel client before arrival as many of these coupon companies are not concerned with any specific booking requests or special details that they client may 'assume' the company has done for them.
Enjoy! We did! We loved our time, only wish we had had more time to stay and enjoy it ourselves!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Coast Winery is not only known as the best winery in the State of California, it’s also known as Southern California Wine Country’s finest resort, offering up casual elegance in a natural setting accented by estate vineyards. Private, rustic villas and the stately all-suite hotel tower provide ultimate luxury and comfort for overnight stays, complete with fireplaces and oversized marble and granite baths, each with deep soaking tub for two. Exceptional wines, extensive spa, behind-the-scenes wine tours, plus fine dining at the award winning Vineyard Rose Restaurant complement your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- South Coast Winery Hotel Temecula
- South Coast Winery Resort And Spa