Custom-made furnishings, luxurious decorative appointments and an abundance of space in these well laid-out guest units are just the beginning of a nice stay at this hacienda-style resort. A lengthy list of health and wellness activities are offered. Beautiful grounds offer tree-lined paths that will lead to all of the items of interest here. An attentive staff is also ready and waiting to take care of any service you may desire during your visit.
Smoke free premises. 49 units. 1 story, exterior corridors. Accessibility (Call).
I-5 exit 36 (Via de la Valle), 1.3 mi e, 0.5 mi s on El Camino Real, 2.5 mi e on San Dieguito Rd, just e on Rancho Diegueno Rd, 1 mi ne on Rancho Valencia, then just e at main gate. Located in a residential area. 5921 Valencia Cir 92067 (PO Box 9126).
Pros: Breakfast buffet was lovely, albeit very expensive, the facilities and spa treatments were good, as was the tennis instruction and the pool.
Cons: This is a hotel of the rich and famous, lots of luxury cars and the staff seemed to be instructed to be permanently perky, which for an ordinary traveler can be off putting.
We had a waitress we really liked and came back for dinner the next night asking for her as a server and except for a brief hello, she completely ignored us in order to fawn over a table nearby who had ordered a $1500 bottle of wine. Clearly this is a place where those who spend more will be the most favored and that is, to us, who are discerning, seasoned travelers, quite intolerable.
Food was also overly ambitious and combinations were at times strained and did not go well together.
family with older children
Pros: Beautiful, elegant resort with very comfy bungalows. Fantastic beauty all around. Nice turndown service and complimentary drinks and snacks were appreciated by our kids.
Cons: Though we had been told an early check-in would be possible, our bungalow wasn't ready until about 40 mins after the regular 4pm check in time, and we had to wait in the cold outdoor lobby... Not a great first impression.
Pros: Every staff member from house cleaning to management treated me well and ALL seemed knowledgeable about every single question I asked them. Most called me by my name and always asked if they could do anything else for me.
Pros: Villa was just perfect, breakfast was as we like it, the food in restaurant was very testy. Spa was superb .