How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
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.
Talk about being Pampered!
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.
Great rooms but not perfect
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.
The major problem with this resort is the restaurant. The teriyaki sauce in the salmon struck terror to my palate! The foie gras was burnt. My husband's chicken soup reminds him of college food. The service needs improvement (our appetizers appeared before they gave us the wine list). It is very expensive but what kept us away is the standard of food.
The service at the resort is generally very good but the coincierge did not get back to us when I asked them for sightseeing recommendations.
My husband took a few tennis lessons but finds the pros very "business-like". He prefers the pros at the PBI clinics in Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Four Seasons Bali and Marriott Phuket. Inn at the Manitou (Ontario Canada) also has a great tennis school.
Fabulous rooms but skip the food
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.
Best in Show
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.
A great hangout
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....
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... 1. Here, people
just keep coming and won't let you in Even if you're much bigger and
longer than they are or maybe because of the fact we're 31 foot long.
But they are just not polite on the road at all. It's quite
frustrating at times when you are trying to change into the correct
lane for a freeway exit and there are 7 lanes in each direction. We
are much more polite I think, or maybe it's just California? We'll
see what it's like in Wyoming!
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