Carmel Valley Ranch Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Carmel Valley, California, United States

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Pros

  • Soft-toned rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Huge, sleek bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers
  • Rooms are complete with cozy travertine fireplaces and patios
  • Two outdoor pools, including a splash zone for kids at the River Ranch pool
  • 18-hole Pete Dye designed golf course
  • Variety of activities including tennis, hiking, beekeeping, and exercise classes
  • Seven fire pits are perfect for nightly s'mores
  • Contemporary spa facility
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Gratuity is automatically billed to the room
  • Sprawling resort could be an issue for guests with mobility issues

Bottom Line

Carmel Valley Ranch is a 500-acre property offering modern luxury in a rustic, bucolic setting, with tall oak trees, organic gardens, and rolling vineyards. Rooms are decorated in soft tones and feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers. Enormous, immaculate bathrooms with soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers provide space to relax, along with small private decks and travertine fireplaces. The ranch's many features include two outdoor pools -- the River Ranch Pool, featuring a splash zone for kids, and the Lodge Pool -- as well as an 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye. There are seven fire pits perfect for nightly fireside s'mores, and endless activities -- tai chi or beekeeping, anyone? -- that can keep both couples and families entertained. And everywhere, amazing views abound.

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 Location

Gorgeous location near parks and local shopping, only 20 minutes from Monterey and Fisherman's Wharf

Carmel Valley Lodge is centrally located near Monterey Peninsula Airport and Monterey, where visitors will find plenty of activities along the bay. It's a 15-minute drive to area shopping in Carmel Valley Village or Carmel-by-the-Sea, or 30 minutes to county and state parks.

Snug against the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley is one of California's premier wine destinations. With world-class golf courses and rolling vineyards, this charming resort community invites visitors to experience a more rustic side of sunny California. Nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley Village are great shopping destinations, while Monterey Bay is the place to be for surfing, fishing, sailing, and whale watching off the coast.

  • 22-minute drive from Monterey Peninsula Airport
  • 1-hour-and-38-minute drive from San Jose International Airport
  • 7-minute walk to Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Center
  • 6-minute drive to Garland Ranch Regional Park
  • 9-minute drive to Mid Valley Shopping Center
  • 15-minute drive to Carmel Valley Village
  • 17-minute drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • 19-minute drive to Del Monte Shopping Center
  • 22-minute drive to Monterey and Fisherman's Wharf
  • 23-minute drive to Cannery Row
  • 24-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 24-minute drive to an Tin Cannery Outlet Center Shopping Center
  • 26-minute drive to Pebble Beach
  • 27-minute drive to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • 30-minute drive to Garrapata State Park
  • 31-minute drive to Toros County Park

 Bottom Line

Carmel Valley Ranch is a 500-acre property offering modern luxury in a rustic, bucolic setting, with tall oak trees, organic gardens, and rolling vineyards. Rooms are decorated in soft tones and feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers. Enormous, immaculate bathrooms with soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers provide space to relax, along with small private decks and travertine fireplaces. The ranch's many features include two outdoor pools -- the River Ranch Pool, featuring a splash zone for kids, and the Lodge Pool -- as well as an 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye. There are seven fire pits perfect for nightly fireside s'mores, and endless activities -- tai chi or beekeeping, anyone? -- that can keep both couples and families entertained. And everywhere, amazing views abound.

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Address

  • 1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel, CA 93923

Room Types

  • Carmel Suite
  • Estate Suite
  • Garland Suite
  • Oak Grove Suite
  • Ranch Suite
  • Santa Lucia Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 139
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Carmel Valley, California
Address: 1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel, CA 93923
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