Carmel Valley Hotels: 5 Great Finds for Wine Tasting & Relaxing

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by Jill Loeffler  •  

Carmel Valley hotels offer you a chance to get close to the wine tasting action in this up-and-coming wine region. You will find a variety of options here from winery resort gems to more budget-friendly finds.

This area is located about 15 to 20 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Below are five of my favorites in the area. Read on to learn more about each one and to find the best one for your stay.

Grapes on the vine in Carmel Valley

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Maps Around Carmel Valley of My Recommendations

  1. Bernardus Lodge and Spa
  2. Carmel Valley Ranch - In the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
  3. Hidden Valley Inn
  4. Stonepine Estate Resorts
  5. Contenta Inn
Map for Hotels Around Carmel Valley

1. Bernardus Lodge & Spa

You will feel as if you have landed in a slice of heaven when you stay at the Bernardus Lodge & Spa, one of the best Carmel Valley hotels. Basically, everything you could imagine is right at your doorstep. This includes feather bedding in each room, a stunning limestone fireplace, and best of all, a 2-person soaking tub!

Even though Carmel has some of the best restaurants in all of the Carmel Valley area, sometimes you just feel like hanging out and relaxing after a long day, and this is the perfect place to do it. The Lucia Restaurant and Bar has an amazing wine list with choices from all over the world, and the food is made from local and organic ingredients.

For those that want to get in a bit of fun and games while you are here, check out their croquet lawn and bocce ball court. You can get a workout at their gym and swimming pool. The Bernardus Lodge & Spa also has two tennis courts for your pleasure.

If you really want to relax and just treat yourself like a king or a queen, then a stop at The Spa at Bernardus is a must during your stay. This spa features sauna rooms, a juice bar, a workout room, and of course, massage and body treatments. If you need to look your best before a night out on the town, they also have a full-service beauty salon.

The Bernardus has a pet friendly policy, flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free parking.

It is located at 415 West Carmel Valley Road in Carmel.

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2. Carmel Valley Ranch - In the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

If you are looking for the very best of the best, then the Carmel Valley Ranch is going to the be place for you. Anyone who has stayed here has raved about the rooms, and the views on this 500-acre countryside resort, no matter the season.

Some of the amenities you will enjoy include 42-inch flat screens, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators and so much more. Guests rave about the soundproof rooms since they feel as if they are in their own private world.

If you decide to stay in one of the amazing suites, you will also love the private decks, which allow you to have some of the most amazing views imaginable. They also have special bathrooms that have two soaking tubs and two different showers. If you've never had the chance to do this, trust me and try it, you will feel so relaxed that you'll never want to leave them.

If you want to get a bit of a workout when you stay here, you'll have many choices as they have 2 heated outdoor pools, 9 tennis courts, and you can even take golf lessons. They even have yoga classes.

As would be expected from one of the very best resorts in the area, you will love being able to use their well-stocked gym. When your muscles get tired, you'll then want to rejuvenate in their full-service spa with everything you could desire. When you get hungry they have the Valley Kitchen with delicious food and drinks.

It is located at One Old Ranch Road in Carmel Valley

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3. Hidden Valley Inn

A favorite of guests who want to stay in Carmel Valley Village, and leave the car behind, is our next location which is an bed and breakfast. A bit less ritzy than the first two on this list, the guests say it is a wonderful place to stay. They love the fact that there is so much to do and the cozy boutique style of this bed and breakfast.

Many of the people who stay here state that the amenities are some of the best around this area while still saving you a few bucks. The rooms include cable TV, flat screen TVs, and you will get wonderful views of either the pool, garden or mountains around it. If you want even more quiet time, you can book a room with a private deck.

Known as a great value for the area, the Hidden Valley Inn also has a free buffet breakfast that gets rave reviews from everyone that stays here. People also love that they can just walk down to the Carmel Valley Village and choose from the 22 wine tasting rooms and many great restaurants.

For those that want to work out a bit and burn off some of the calories while on vacation, it has an outdoor swimming pool with beach chairs and umbrellas.

The Hidden Valley Inn is located at 102 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley.

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4. Stonepine Estate Resorts

Another one of the wonderful Carmel Valley hotels is Stonepine Estate Resorts. An easy 1 mile walk to the Carmel Valley Village, and 13-mile drive to the stunning Carmel-by-the-Sea, you will get the best of both worlds with loads of restaurants, art galleries, and the many wine tasting rooms in this area.

Even though it is close to the towns around it, people love that there is so much wildlife to see and experience during their stay here. The views are breathtaking and there are many activities for you to choose from when you stay at Stonepine.

Some of these include the pool, fitness center, outdoor tennis court, spa and more. You can even use their complimentary bicycles to cruise around the area and down to the village. Guests appreciate that it is a completely smoke-free estate, so you can be sure to stay healthy and be comfortable at the same time. They even have a library if you want to find a book and just waste away the time.

The rooms are nicely outfitted, and all rooms are decked out with king size beds for your enjoyment. Breakfast is complimentary and there is a restaurant on site. Wi-Fi is included and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.

Last but not least, check out their special "Stonepine Estate Experience" that includes amazing additions such as being taken on a chauffeured tour of the local area in Stonepine's amazing Rolls Royce. You might want to try the "Carmel Valley Wine Discovery" which includes a cheese and meat plate for two, wine tasting at three local wineries, and a delicious dinner to finish off the evening.

Stonepine Estate Resorts is located at 150 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley.

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5. Contenta Inn

Known for being situated in just the right location, with a short 12-mile drive to Carmel, and a quick 15-mile drive down to Big Sur, the Contenta is a another one of the wonderful Carmel Valley hotels that might be perfect for you on your visit to this gorgeous area.

Each of the 19 rooms is equipped with free Wi-Fi and face towards the outdoor pool and spa which is located in their garden. The pool is heated during the winter months and they have a year round hot tub for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

You will have your choice between a queen-sized or king-sized bed, with some rooms having two queen-sized beds for your convenience. Parking is on site and complimentary to all who stay here.

There is a continental breakfast if you want to relax and take your time in the morning. Guests rave about how quiet, and private, they feel when they stay at the Contenta Inn and how easy it is to get to the nearby shops and restaurants.

If you've been to this area before, you might recognize the Contenta Inn as it was formally known as the Acacia Lodge and the Canary Cottages.

The Contenta Inn is located at 20 Via Contenta in Carmel Valley.

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