A great hangout A review of Rancho Valencia
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.