Travel Blogs from Rancho Santa Fe
... mule. This is made with ginger beer, “rain” vodka, bitters and lime. Wow! So different and so delicious! The presentation was great too!
A block or two from the beach is my favorite restaurant in the area, Sbicca http://sbiccadelmar.com/. There is street side dining but I much prefer dining on the roof. The sunset is spectacular from up there and the setting is perfect. If it’s cold out they turn on ...
... timetable for shows, we had 15 minutes to make it to the Shamu (killer whale) show. It was at the beginning of this show that Greg and I were introduced to how supportive of the U.S Military when the MC asked that all past and present U.S Military members and military members of the U.S's allied forces all stand. We of course stood thinking that they may play the national anthem. No, we were all applauded! Along with others in the crowd saying 'Thank-you'.
With Greg worried ...
... cool jewelery and food etc. and of course Brando's life art! I bought a lovely little dress from the humble hippy shop and because it was the owners birthday, we has wine and cheese and cake ... all for free!!!
We came to San Diego seeking rest and chill time which we got along with a comedy sketch! Now i need seriously need a glass of wine!
onwards and....downwards to Baja California!!!
Kel and Jax
... the animals, but that’s ok. We have just over 5 hours when all too soon we have to go back to the pick-up area. Poor Floss has swollen feet, probably due to the big walk they did in Sydney in bad shoes, added to the flight and the fact that she also is jet lagged. The journey home is a bit longer than we expected as there is an accident on the freeway, we arrive home safe and decide to have dinner and then head back to our rooms.
It has been ...
... brightly today and the harbour looked stunning. It had also brought out so many people. Loads of people on their push bikes, joggers and also people just enjoying a Sunday stroll.
Whilst we were heading off to find a Starbucks (yes, they all drink it over here. Sophie and Pat are addicted!) we came across this little fair going on. It had people selling jewelery, tarot readers, a children's entertainer and a guy who had ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rancho Valencia Rancho Santa Fe
Great stay, great resort, great time
Over the past few years, we've had the opportunity to stay at some of the better properties around the country, from Nantucket to Las Vegas. And few, if any, hotel or resort, rival The Valencia. The staff is attentative without being obtrusive, the grounds are post card perfect, the rooms are spacious and all the attractions of greater San Diego are well within easy reach. That is if you every venture off prperty. We opted for the Del Mar suite, complete with outdoor jacuzzi. Well worth every dollar, from the plasma tv to a bathroom worthy of a guided tour. Room service was first rate, ditto for our daily breakfast in The Sunrise Room. Go, relax, enjoy.
Top Class Resort!!!!!!
My husband and I stayed at this resort from July 6th to July 8th and it was worth every single penny.
The room, food, service, resort, and staff are superb! I highly recommend the Rancho Valencia.
We just returned home to N.C. from this wonderfull resort, or should I say paradise. WOW, the suite we reserved was a one bedroom with a living area that had a fireplace, a small kitchenette and a huge bathroom with a walk in closet. Talk about feeling pampered. The staff took such good care of us. Lots of Fresh Cushy Towels everyday, Robes, Turn Down Service with chocolates and bottled water at your bedside. High Count Sheets! This place is heaven! Everyone was extremly nice without a bit of snobbiness. This resort made our trip, we would go out and sightsee or snorkel or someother tiring event and come home to a luxurious shower or bath, robes, soft music, a fire and a wonderfull rest before dinner. I would highly reccomend this to anyone, I know it's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. It's Sooooo worth it.
We stayed there recently for a week. The room is beautiful and spacious with a lovely patio (go for the bigger suites). The grounds are well kept with a croquet lawn which we enjoyed very much. The resort is building a spa - ask for a room away from the construction.
We had a lovely 6 night stay earlier this year and have to say that it was very relaxing and quiet. The room was fabulous- really large, beamed ceilings, fireplace, lots of windows and an enormous private patio. It really felt like a little house. The orange scented bath products were amazing. We didn't see or hear one other guest during our entire stay. The front desk staff was very friendly. However, I found the concierge to be rather rude and the woman who helped me with my reservations made a rather unpleasant comment. Something about because we were given a discounted rate we wouldn't be considered priority guests when receiving our room assignment. The resort knocked $50 off the rate each night because of the length of our stay. OK it's a discount, but not much of one. The restaurant is lousy though. Please skip it and go to Mille Fleurs a few miles away.
The restaurant at this hotel is absolutely amazing. In addition to being a very comfortable and casually elegant dining room which extends out to lovely patio fireside seating, the staff is pleasant and accommodating. THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT. The menu is easy to read, without too many selections yet including choices for anyone's diet. The chef creates superb sauces using seasonal FRESH ingredients. Much of the produce used is from the local Chino Farms, well known throughout California. All the flavors here are sophisticated yet friendly. During a week's stay, recently, we left the grounds ONLY ONCE for dinner at Mille Fleur. Can't wait to go back to Chef Somner at Rancho Valencia.P.S. To the reviewer in Los Angeles - I eat out alot too and L.A. is hardly the standard. Although there are a few good restaurants here, for every good one there are 50 bad ones!
What a wonderful place!!! The suites were top notch and the service was exceptional. When in the San Diego area I will ALWAYS pick Rancho Valencia as the place to stay.
I highly recommend this resort!
I would definitely stay here again. The rooms were very large & clean.
The housekeeping was excellent. The concierge was very helpful for booking other excursions & in general the staff was very helpful & friendly. I LOVED this resort... it exceeded my expectations.
This site has a quiet luxury to it. The service is great, the rooms are large, and I liked the step down sitting area and private patio. I wish the fireplace wasn't gas, but it is huge and cozy. There's a kind of shabby chic to the place, before the word got used for that one type of design. However, the bed itself is top notch, the landscaping, privacy and quiet amazing. You feel like you are away from the world. Unlike the other review, I found the food ok. Above average, but I eat out alot in LA and this is an attempt at fine dining (unusual ingredients, meditteranean chic etc.) without hitting the mark. Its decent, but weird. You feel very away from the world and relaxed. Out of all the SoCal smaller resorts, this one is my favorite because it is so low key and luxe and pleasant without being snobby all at once. Its worth a go, and whenever I need a break, this is the local one for me.
I have stayed at Rancho Valencia Resort on two occasions. The first was for a Bachelorette Weekend I hosted for a 5 girlfriends. We all arrived feeling frazzled from the LA traffic but did not stay frazzled very long. The bungalow we stayed in was absolutely gorgeous. Private entrance, private patio, interior was stunning. We loved every single aspect of our stay. We dined in the restaurant for dinner and lunch each day and were eager for the next meal every time. The menu was spectacular and offered something for every palatte. We had a vegetarian on-board and she was very happy! The pool was beautifully simple and offered a jacuzzi. Great pool-side service and darling waiters! The second stay was just my husband and myself. We felt pampered the entire time and seriously considered staying an extra night as we dreaded leaving that wonderful place. Very romantic stay. I would go back in an instant. I continuously hint about our next anniversary....