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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised at the "away" feeling I got even though we were so close to home. It really does feel like a Vacation Resort which I have NEVER seen anywhere else in or near LA. I loved the look, the atmosphere, the service, all of it.

Room Tip: This hotel is covered on all three sides by the ocean, so you can't have a bad room no matter where you are.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank NeedsAVacation25
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TerraneaGuestRel, Manager at Terranea Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2012

Dear NeedsAVacation25,
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that at Terranea you felt a world “away” while still being close to home. We hope to welcome you back to Terranea for a future escape!

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a lovely resort in an outstanding location outside of LA. We have traveled as a family to several lovely resports across the US (including Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton), and would absolutely recommend this resort to others wishing to vacation in the LA area. Positives: Location on a cliff by the Pacific Ocean, truly breathtaking views, very clean and spacious guest rooms, excellent housekeeping services, fun childrens' pool and conveniently located childrens' activity center, a large selection of restaurants onsite, pleasant staff, terrific spa (I had an excellent shiatsu massage!), lovely walking paths, about 45 minutes outside of LA (though traffic tends to be heavy). The following areas for improvement are somewhat minor given the overall very positive experience: 1. Staff tend to be young and would benefit from additional training, which would move this resort from a four to five star experience. Concierge staff also inconsistent with respect to information/recommendations provided. 2. Adult pool is noisy on the weekend because a DJ plays very loud music; this is completely unnecessary -- why can't we simply enjoy the lovely views and serene environment? Hotel staff recommended I visit the spa pool instead. I did have a nice day at the spa pool, but the whole experience of having to move, etc. was somewhat aggravating (note: spa pool is also crowded on the weekend). 3. Childrens' activitity center fees are too high, given what is provided. Cielo Point provides a menu of activities (kayaking, boating, etc), but these are very expensive. The hotel needs additional complementary activities for tweens/teens; for example, ping pong/foosball tables, making better use of the lawn space with volleyball courts. etc. Overall, a lovely and restful family vacation in Southern California!

Room Tip: Suites are large and spacious and have lovely ocean views. Comfortable even for a family of five!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is a really, really beautiful spot with probably the nicest staff ever, but it's all ruined by huge wedding parties that totally weigh down the property. My advice is to call ahead and ask how many weddings there are before you book. There were 4 each day of the weekend I was there and the pool had 72 kids in it one day, the breakfast spot was a 45-1hour wait. And don't think about trying to get away in your car, cause you're going to wait big for that too. It's really too bad, cause she grounds are so lovely, but the huge numbers ruin it. At one point there were some many folks in the one parent/kid pool that you couldn't make out the bottom of the pool due to the cloudy condition of the water. I'm actually upset that this great place was ruined for me. CALL AHEAD, ASK HOW MANY WEDDINGS. If you hear there are more than 2, stay home.

Room Tip: located away from the main pool and all the weddings. good luck with that by the way.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank jolaca09
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TerraneaGuestRel, Manager at Terranea Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2012

Dear jolaca09 ,
Thank you for posting your feedback. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the staff at Terranea. We do agree that holiday weekends in the summer time are our busiest time of the year. We apologize that your Terranea experience was very active and we hope you will come back to visit us another time when the resort is not as bustling. Thank you once again for your review and your suggestions. We hope to welcome you back to Terranea in the future.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had a great opportunity to stay here for a business related trip. This location is truly special, as it sits on the site of the old Marineland. If you are as old as I am, this may bring back memories. Episodes of Sea Hunt, with Lloyd Bridges, were also filmed her. Nelson's Restaurant is named after Mr. Bridges character in the show.

You can't beat the aesthetics of this property, it is gorgeous, and the rooms are beautifully decorated as well. Our dining experiences were fine, not spectacular, but we were mostly eating catered group meals. Nelson's was fun, and I would go again for the location. The food was middle of the road, but fine. We did not dine at any of the other restaurants on site. Good cocktail menu.

NIce spa options, and for golfers, they will appreciate the Trump National Course nearbye. One of our favorite places here was the small coffee shop.Nice place, but they also serve as a mini store, and have a small deli/ bakery case. Cute little place.

Our room had a nice balcony with chairs and a small table, with a great view. During our stay, it was extremely windy the entire time, I suspect this is fairly common. Walking trails are very nice, and there is a separate adult pool with a bar/snack bar which is nice. While there is a "beach" be forewarned that it is rocky and is not a place where you can take you kids to wade or anything of the sort. Major tide/surf/waves at the shoreline. There is a big family pool for swimming.

If you are traveling on a budget or with a family, there is a Trader Joe's very close by, where you can grab snacks, etc. Our room had a small fridge in it, where we kept some food.

This is a great special occasion resort, but honestly, we would have never paid to stay here on our own, it is just too expensive for us. If you are looking for quiet, be forewarned, this place is "wedding central" and tends to be pretty packed, with lots of large groups and families. Looking at all the very expensive cars can be fun. When we stayed, there was a Lamborghini club in attendance. It's a great place to people watch.

Overall, a beautiful property in a lovely area.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank MacyandDan
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights 11-14 Aug, and another three on 27-30 Aug.

Being Australian, and having done LA before, we really just wanted a spot where we could relax, at the start, and end of our holiday.

Terranea fitted the bill perfectly. Yes, you need a car to get there, but driving from the Hertz depot at the airport was really easy. It helps having a GPS :)

Rancho Palos Verdes (what a cute little town) and Terranea Resort is probably a much grander version or Lorne or Torquay... so a lot of Americans head down here to stay in the warm weather.

The first three nights we spent in an Oceanview room in the main building. Wonderful views, amazingly comfortable bed, gorgeous bathroom.. no complaints.

The last three nights we spent in a Spa Bungalow, 41-402, which had slightly obstructed views, but still gorgeous.

Nelson's was our favourite spot to eat, affordable, and really good food, with a view to boot. If you can get down there for the sunset, it's worth it. it can get a bit chilly at night, but they have fire pits and gas heating to keep you warm.

We ate breakfast only once at Catalina Kitchen, and i really wish we had of eaten there more, as it was delicious. You can order from the menu, or help yourself at the buffett.

We also ate at Bashi, which is Asian cuisine. Yum.

The pools are great, the main pool is big, with a waterslide for the kids (and there were a LOT of kids) and a couple of spas. (i probably wouldn't want a room overlooking the pool as i would think there'd be a bit of noise)...they have great service, Shelby runs around and brings you drinks, food.. you don't have to get up! there is an adults only pool too which is great, but when it's busy, there's no room to move.

We didn't get a chance to try it out at the start of of the month, but towards the end of the month, the resort was noticeably quieter, and we had the adults only pool ALL to ourselves. the menu is different down there, a bit more flash. if you're after burgers and hot dogs, then stick to the main pool.

The Spa was just gorgeous, but EXPENSIVE! FYI ladies, i had a pedicure, and an hr long massage which cost me $350. i nearly fell over. it was $15 alone, just for polish. Because of my treatments, i had full access to their pool. (only spa clients can use it, however they do offer day passes for $40..... that's a lot of $$ to use a pool!) I initially thought being a guest in a Spa Bungalow meant i could use this pool, wrong. And i wasn't prepared to pay the $40. as nice as it was!

The car parking is fine - self parking is $20 a day, Valet is $30. However if there's a wedding on, which there is bound to be every weekend, the car park becomes full very quickly.

My partner played golf twice, the first time he played, earlier in the month it cost him about $100, to play 9 holes, and to hire equip. the 2nd time he played, later in the month, again, 9 holes + equip, it was $60.

Trump National is just up the road, but i think it's very expensive to play there.

The Front desk was lovely, Rachel in particular, she was gorgeous.

There are bikes you can hire i think, as well as kayaks..and if you can get out to Catalina, i would.

Just up the Rd is Golden Cove which is a shopping centre. Has a Trader Joes, Starbucks, pharmacy, 7 eleven, which came in handy.

The rooms we stayed in had a fridge (no mini bar) and tea/coffee but nothing else,. no cutlery etc so you're forced to eat within the resort pretty much, which isn't a bad thing! but it can get pretty pricey.

Great spot for couples, families, business (i noticed a few conferences) and weddings!! Apparently there is 1-3 weddings held every weekend.

I found staying there during the week, towards the end of Aug, was a lot better than over a weekend, at the start of the month. i really noticed the difference.

I'd be interested to know what it's like in September.

All in all, i'll definately stay here again, as it was just beautiful, and the perfect place to escape LA if you've been there, done that.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't overlook the pool, or the car park.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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