Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $558.00, excluding tax at 8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.245% per room per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of $35.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (from $15) and a nightly $30 a room resort fee, but include in-room minibar, fitness classes and bicycle use.
The spa could be a destination all its own. Set off to the side, the building has its own adults-only pool, a Watsu treatment pool, a sauna and steam room and a fitness centre along with several treatment rooms for organic massage and facials. There is a spin studio, Pilates studio, and space for Zumba, boxing and TRX classes. The hotel offers several daily yoga classes, dawn hikes and other activities.
At the hotel
Spa, yoga pavilion, fitness centre, tennis centre, bocce ball court/croquet lawn, gardens, boutique, DVD/CD library free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Each room has outdoor space and an indoor fireplace for chilly nights. Olive Grove Suites have outdoor hot tubs. Room 140 has an outdoor dining area with leafy views and extra privacy. Rooms nearest the main building have better access to the pool.
The family-friendly outdoor pool has a hot tub, plenty of loungers and a nearby bar. The indoor spa pool and hot tub are strictly for the grown-ups.
Tennis whites: Rancho Valencia has a renowned tennis program, with immaculate courts, and an array of former pro champions as instructors.
Almost anything you forget can be found at the hotel's two boutiques. The main shop off the lobby has designer clothes and Alexis Bittar jewellery; the smaller shop in the spa has beauty products, gym gear and swimwear.
Dogs up to 40lb are welcome for a $75 fee. The hotel will provide pet beds and food bowls. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Diego.
Welcome. The hotel has cribs available free, and each room has a queen-size sofa bed for older children. There is also a welcome backpack for children, which includes a colouring book and stuffed toy. The hotel can arrange babysitting, from $18 an hour.
The staff compost food waste, recycle wherever possible and convert oil into bio-diesel fuel to power local school buses.