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New Camaldoli Hermitage

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62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I stayed at the monastery January 2014. I spoke to Father Isaiah and told him what I was looking for. He recommended Hesychia. What a gem! I'm a light sleeper so I wanted a stand alone unit. I also wanted to be relatively close to the kitchen. This hermitage fit the bill. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Everyone was... More 

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Orr, Minnesota
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Most of the reviews below mine reflect my feelings for the Hermitage...a wonderful reasonable clean place to unwind and refresh my spirit and soul. I only stayed two nights and wish I stayed at least four nights. Two was not enough. I really liked the food, room, bookstore, and of course, the setting is unbelievable. I borrowed from the library... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a working monastery, and a hermitage at that - meaning: NO talking, NO interwebs, NO phone coverage, NO television, NO Wi-Fi - and several other NOs that you may find pleasant or annoying, depending on your perspective/preferences (for example, there is also NO air-condition) it is not suited for travelers with children or pets - and less than... More 

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I'm really hesitant to write reviews about gems like this, afraid they'll gain so much popularity that the atmosphere will change if it becomes overrun with too many people knowing about it, but this place is too good to keep a secret. I did some research and found out about this place as being one of the best retreat centers... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is such an unique and peaceful place in Big Sur - most people haven't heard of it and instead go enjoy themselves down the road in Esalen. There are around 14 monks living in the monastery which is completely supported by the retreat center and bookshop, which sells amazing assortment of books and local produce. The church is always... More 

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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The previous reviewers have it all down, both in terms of positive remarks and constructive suggestions. Maintenance could be better. Don't hesitate to point out needed maintenance to the person running the bookstore. It may not happen while you are there, but it is positively received. They are changing the trailers to rather antiseptic new versions, as exist now in... More 

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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 hotel reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I would first recommend you read the review by Debbie, the one before mine, for a great round up of the Hermitage. We both even stayed in the same room, 5! I wil just add some personal detail rather than repeat all she has said so beautifully. Food wise I was really impressed. All the baked goods were particularly delicious.... More 

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Coto de Caza, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I had heard of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur for years. I kept dropping hints that I would love a Christmas present of a week there by myself. Nobody took the hint. Our home is filled with lots of kids, grandkids, a home business, and a pretty good amount of daily stressors. It was getting a bit overwhelming and... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

I have passed the Hermitage's driveway each time I've driven the Big Sur highway, and each time I've wondered what was up there. I finally was able to make a reservation and stay in one of their small, single-occupancy rooms. [*Please note: there is a little bit of criticism in this review - I had to really think about what... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

I stayed in Guest House A and Scholastica, both of which intended for multiple guests and have in-room showers. Both were simple rooms, and clean and cozy. Scholastica is the larger of the two and more isolated as it is a short 5 minute walk from the book store. The monastery grounds are beautiful and the short drive up the... More 

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Additional Information about New Camaldoli Hermitage

Address: 62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
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