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New Camaldoli Hermitage

62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
New Camaldoli Hermitage
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paso Robles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I wanted to stay in the majesty of big sur for at least one night. Well,this place was simply a piece of heaven,in heaven...big sir. I hesitated before writing this,in the fear that good reviews will bring hordes to this place.I stayed in my own retreat,and the quiet and the surroundings were wonderful. And there are several benches on the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

if you're looking for some silent time for spiritual refreshment amid a spectacular setting, with sparse accomodations, vegetarian food, the schedule an appointment to discuss personal or spiritual matters with one of the monks, and to participate with the monks in chapel for their liturgy, then it's a must. nick from santa cruz

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New York City, New York
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10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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35 helpful votes 35 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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52 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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Top Contributor
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14 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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24 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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