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Glen Oaks Big Sur

Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Glen Oaks Big Sur
Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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14 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

Even though this motel is right on Highway 1, it is pretty quiet. There are nice outdoor sitting areas in front of each room, and the rooms are decorated very tastefully. Note that the only heat in the room is a gas fireplace--so if you set the thermostat at night, it will keep coming on and off all night and... More

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boston, ma
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2008

My fiance and I stayed here for two nights in December 2008. We booked a queen room, but when we arrived, the person who checked us in upgraded us to a king room with a private deck and double-sided gas fireplace! It was awesome! The room was impeccably decorated and completely stylish. The fireplace was romantic, and the bathroom had... More

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Berkeley, CA
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4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2008

Glen Oaks is an old motel situated off Highway 101 in Big Sur, CA, one of the most beautiful and scenic locales in the US. It's been around since the 60s or 70s, I believe, but you'd never feel its age once you've stepped into one of the rooms. They have been recently remodeled (in the past couple years) in... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2008

Wow - I loved this place!! Comfortable luxury (eg. heated floors) but totally blissful, peaceful (ie. no television) - best of both worlds!! Right on Highway 1, brilliant opportunity just to chill out and relax - we ate at the Roadhouse opposite, lovely. Excellent location for visiting Big Sur. No reception cover overnight but emergency contact information provided. Drive a... More

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san diego
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2008

Beautiful little spot. Although it is a "motel" it is not really a motel. The rooms are very modern with great decor. Even heated bathroom floors! And the staff are very nice. We especially loved the gas firepit they have on the property that you can sit around in the evenings. No complaints whatsoever at this lovely spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2008

We absolutely loved Glen Oaks! Unfortunately for us we only had one night there but it still made an impression. The rooms are a good size, modern and stylist with a lovely fireplace. The bathroom in particular really stood out and was a very high quality. We had a lovely breakfast in the cafe next to the reception. We also... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2008

This is a motel style structure, but doesn't at all feel like a motel. The rooms are modern with a cozy, outdoorsy feel. The room had some great touches - a gas fire place, and a spa-like bathroom with a heated floor. There's also a fire place on the common grounds. My husband and I hung out there one night,... More

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2008

What can I say Tranquil, Peaceful, Relaxing. Just loved this motel. Excellent location in the middle of a forrest in the Big Sur. The rooms are like little cabins scattered into the Forrest just off highway 1. the room was finished very well. The bathroom was excellent with large shower. All we could have wished for after a long day... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2008

We happened upon this little place in the late hours of the evening and were greeted by a lovely woman who offered us a cabin in the back of the property. The price was a really good value and the cabin was AMAZING! It had a huge bed, was super clean, and was warm and friendly. It has a cute... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2008

We had one of the queen rooms (#11) at Glen Oaks Motel. The room itself is beautiful; modern, clean and stylish. There is a fireplace (which we didn't use), a mini-fridge, a safe and yoga mats! The bathroom was also stylish and had a lovely big shower. The room wasn't particularly cheap - we paid $155 + $17 tax ,... More

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Address: Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Also Known As:
Glen Oaks Big Sur Hotel Big Sur
Glen Oaks Hotel Big Sur
Glen Oaks Resort Big Sur

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#1 Family Hotel in Big Sur #2 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur #3 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
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Described as one of the most romantic places to stay, our adobe motor lodge was considered modern in 1957 and 50 years later Glen Oaks Big Sur has a fresh rustic-modern and Green sensibility. Our accommodations consist of 16 Adobe Motor Lodge rooms with cozy gas fireplaces and 10 Cottage/Cabin style rooms with kitchen/kitchenettes and most have access to the Big Sur River. All accommodations have free wireless internet and telephones with free local calls. We are located on Highway One in Big Sur Valley. ... more   less 
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