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“Once Again---Outstanding !” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ventana Inn & Spa
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco Bay Area
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Once Again---Outstanding !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

I have been a guest at Ventana since the '70"s and this beautiful resort maintains it's serenity and beauty! The staff is immaculate and the spa is lovely- the gardens-majical- the accomidations-heavenly and the restaurant is fabulous(new chef)
I can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012 via mobile

We came back here for our anniversary and loved it again. The resort was perfect and the staff was once more terrific. We had a bottle of champagne waiting for us in the room and the views everywhere are stunning. We liberally use the provided shuttle service to drive around the area and were able to explore the entire area without having to worry about drinking a few beers and having to drive back. Top notch place. We'll be back.

Stayed March 2012
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Danbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

We stayed one night at the at the Ventana Inn In the middle of a girl's trip down the coast. So beautiful! We wished we had planned several nights to relax and unwind... the room, view, food and servcie...all perfect! Planning to return with my husband in the fall for a romantic weekend!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Refreshed, revived, now back to the real world, but it was such fun while it lasted.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

This place is so beautiful and relaxing. I don't think I've ever been quite so sad to leave a resort. It sort of creeps up on you slowly, from the staff that is friendly and always accommodating to all the little luxuries that you start noticing. The rooms are much prettier and nicer than they appear in the photos, and they're beautifully designed and kept immaculately clean. The bathrooms are gorgeous. The rooms with woodburning fireplaces are extra nice, and if you pick up the phone, the staff is there ready with new packages of wood in five minutes. The wine and cheese tasting in the afternoon is a delight. The wines are good, and the assortment of cheeses is amazing. The breakfast provided in the morning is equally as impressive. The property is so quiet. You rarely see the other guests except in community areas. We had people in the rooms next to us and hardly ever heard them. The rooms are super insulated. And the beauty of the place is magnificent. We experienced the grazing mule deer and wild turkeys gobbling outside our room. The spa areas are quiet and very clean.
The only minuses that we discovered are the way the staff would often drive around in golf carts a little too fast and almost hit us as we were walking on the paths. We finally complained to the desk staff about it, and we noticed that they did slow down after that. We also found dinner at the restaurant to be a little disappointing due to the prices and quality of the food, but we only ate there once, so perhaps it was an off night. We were a little disappointed in the weather at that point, so that may have influenced our mood.
I would say don't book with Expedia and lock yourselves into their no cancellation discount. You can find other web discounts if you book through Perfectescapes.com or the Joie de Vivre club on the Ventana website that are much better than Expedia's price, plus they give you benefits such as room upgrades and spending credit. Unfortunately, we didn't spot this until later.
I hope to be able to get a return customer discount and to vacation again at Ventana one day. It was one of those special vacations that I'll always remember and feel it was totally worth the cost.

Room Tip: Getting a fireplace room for the cooler months is a must. It's very romantic. Wish we could ha...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ventana Inn & Spa

Property: Ventana Inn & Spa
Address: 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
Price range (per night): ₹ 38,503 - ₹ 88,275
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ventana Inn & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious resort nestled in the mountains above California’s central coast. Situated on 243 acres of wooded hillside, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast, Ventana Inn & Spa is quiet, secluded and beautiful. The Inn provides a peaceful and soothing atmosphere enhanced by its proximity to the area’s natural wonders. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ventana Inn And Spa
Ventana Hotel Big Sur
Ventana Resort Big Sur
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