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48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States of America – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.7/10! (score from 74 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Ventana Inn & Spa, a Joie de Vivre Hotel.
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Outdoor Pool, Grounds, Terrace
Hiking, Sauna, Fitness Center, Spa, Massage, Hot Tub, Indoor Pool, Hot Spring Bath, Game Room, Library
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Bar, Breakfast in the Room
Wired internet is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Room Service, Shuttle Service (free) , 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Baggage Storage, Concierge Service, Private Check-in/Check-out, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Fax/Photocopying, Souvenir/Gift Shop, VIP Room Facilities, Honeymoon Suite
Newspapers, Shops (on site), Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests
From 4:00 PM
Until 1:00 PM
Children and Extra Beds
Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.
Any additional children or adults are charged USD 50 per night when using existing beds.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Pets are not allowed.
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Based on 74 reviews
Value for money
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Basically everything!! Loved the walks through property, lovely spots to stop and sit under a canopy of trees. Great massage therapists, lovely library/yoga room with fireplace. Fire pits, sunsets, awesome 1 hour hike to summit with amazing views. Brilliant breakfast buffet!! Loved it and look forward to staying again and again.
Large room, Wi-Fi, large tub, view, balcony with hammock, hot tub, fireplace.
Bed was a bit too firm.
Beautiful grounds and amazing view of the ocean. The staff was extremely helpful, but not in your face and you felt like you had a lot of privacy because they were not hanging around the grounds. I loved the check-in with the wine, and the activities pamphlet provided helpful tips on nearby hikes. The restaurant had a perfect view of the ocean and it was nice to post up next to the fire-pit with a glass of wine to watch the whales migrate down to Mexico at sunset. Our room had a nice deck with a view of the ocean, perfect for coffee in the morning. The Japanese hotspas were super relaxing, and while we did not have time to use the fitness center or the heated pool, they looked great and we will definitely take advantage next time.
If I were to go again, I would consider upgrading to a more private room. Ours was on top of the lobby, and we could hear our next-door neighbors getting frisky at all hours of the night. While we completely understand that the romantic setting of the hotel would put people in the mood, it was disappointing to not get a full night of sleep after paying that much for our stay because of thin walls.
The tub was wonderful. Beautiful view of the surrounding hills. Wonderful cuisines. Breathtaking view from the terrace outside the restaurant. Staff was well-trained and exceedingly professional. Will go back again!
Courteous and up beat staff with a good knowledge of how to keep a place unspoiled and quiet in this rushabout whirled(sic)
The location, the rooms, the restaurant terrace, the respect of the environment, the quality of the staff.
NOthing really.. great place to come back.. a little expensive but the location is unique..
The setting is truly magnificent. Big Sur is unmatched. The resort was beautiful, quiet, restful and serene. The grounds are impeccably kept. The walk from my room to the restaurant was a gorgeous 10 minute walk through the woods, on a beautiful trail. I saw 5 deer in that 10 minutes. There are lots of quiet, secluded places to sit and look out over the area. Love, love, love it. Can't wait to return.
The only thing I regret is not being allowed to bring my kids there...
The in room service is not efficient enough for this kind of great place. It needs to be improved.
We loved everything, especially the friendly staff and beautiful surrounding but above all loved the new friends we made at wine and cheese hour.
The room and the location were beautiful. I liked that the guests could be shuttled from their room to the Ventana Restaurant and other restaurants in the area. The staff was very helpful and polite.
Although all features of the Ventana Inn & Spa were wonderful, the $700 per night cost was a bit high. I don't think it was worth that kind of money. I know that most of my friends and acquaintances could never afford it and because of the high fee, it will probably be a long time before I am able to stay at the Ventana Inn again.
Being made to feel special. Being able to totally relax. Perfect setting and incredible location.
Not cheap, but worth it.
Our room, the included breakfast, the staff, the quiet location in the hills.
I didn't know how to work the jacuzzi tub controls and no info.
The location and the mystique of Big Sur.......
The Inn is resting on its laurels. We went because we had Ben 22 years earlier. The service was cursory for the price and whilst all guests are seeking tranquility, the staff appear to adopt an equally laid-back approach.. .... "You can't park there you'll have to move it"... "Sorry the Pinot is finished".... Get real dinner B&B is 1500 bucks a night. I am afraid we have stayed in many boutique lodges that exude comfort and grace but which provide much better attention to client needs.
Peace, quiet, beautiful surroundings, lots of nature and lots of relaxation.
Staff and level of service that went above and beyond, like nothing we have experienced before. Stunning property and gardens, secluded and intimate. It was a stay to remember, and to relish. I hope only to go back one day.
That I can't return soon enough.
Everything - this is a beautiful resort to escape from the world for a few days.
Loved the whole experience
Noisey air conditioning
It was a beautiful stay. The only provement would be to increase the wine reception from 1 hour to at least 2 hours. It is a beautiful display of cheeses, crackers, humus, etc for such a short time.
Too short wine reception.
Views for restaurant and wait staff
Charging for coffee in the room. Really? Including fire charge in room automatically unless delcined. Cheap business decisions bed was not comfortable
Staff - helpful, polite, pleasant and happy. Shuttle service-great! Grounds - great views, well-designed trails and paths, helpful signs for the plants and trees, Food - dinner was great...much better than at POST RANCH. Room - comfortable enough. Toiletries - sparse. Bed - very comfortable...pillows too soft. Snacks in the afternoon - wine and cheese available.
Facilities and staff were amazing
The comfort and quality of the room and its features, including the fireplace. The late afternoon reception was generous in items served and in food quality.
At check-in, we sat and waited while our receptionist stayed engaged on a phone call that came in after we arrived and begun registration.
Amazing location, of course. The breakfast buffet was among the best I have every had.
Fabulous views and serenity.
Long way to the restaurant.
everything except the restaurant. unfortunately didnt try the spa.
not really value for money. i can pay for same service for less. i dont like the restaurant trying to make you pay more. if i didnt ask if they serve burger they only give you a menu with 1 choice - $70/pp+tax , and they dont tell you where to get complimentary breakfast (which is hidden in the ground floor) they only give you a breakfast menu which you have to pay for. i dont mind to pay more if i want to order food from menu but please dont try to hide and tempt your guest to pay more when it seems they dont have choice. it makes us a bit uncomfortable having food there. not impressed with this point.
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