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62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
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San Francisco, California
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27 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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49 hotel reviews
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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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19 helpful votes 19 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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25 hotel reviews
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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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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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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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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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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

I loved it at the monastery. It was beautiful overlooking the pacific ocean surrounded by desert landscape. Very serene and quiet. I felt like I was Eve. No build up of high rise hotels. The nights were pitch dark while small lizards and other creatures roamed the night.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

The Hermitage is a very special place - best for those looking for quiet meditation and reflection. The rooms are not luxurious, but are very charming with a private patio and beautiful view. They are single-occupancy only, so if you are traveling with a partner or spouse, you will need to be in separate rooms, but you are allowed to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2007

This is not for those looking for luxury, but for peace and serenity it cannot be beat. I'm not much of a camper, so this is a step up from that--your own private room and garden, with a toilet and sink, and shared shower quarters that are very basic. The monastary asks you not to use a hairdryer due to... More

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Address: 62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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we camaldolese monks greet you in the peace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.We are a working monastery with accommodations and an environment geared toward spiritual retreats. Those looking simply for overnight accommodations are likely to be better served elsewhere.Here at the Hermitage,we offer retreatants a beautiful place of quiet and prayer. We ask you to maintain silence in your room, the kitchen and the area around the retreat house. If you want to have a conversation with someone, please go for a walk down the driveway with them.Monastic prayer:The monks gather for prayer in the Chapel four times a day. You are most welcome to join us. The bell will ring 15 minutes before Vigils; 5 minutes before Lauds, Mass and Vespers. (The 5:30pm bell is a signal for monks in the cloister only)The regular schedule is as follows:5:30AM vigils (daily) 7:00AM lauds (daily)11:30AM eucharist (weekdays)11:00AM eucharist (Sundays)6:00PM vespers (weekdays)5:00PM vespers (Sundays)Liturgy of the hours:After the opening prayer of each service, a monk will offer assistance to those unfamiliar with the order of prayer. The regular schedule may be changed for Feast Days, Solemnities and Community Days. There is also a silent half hour of prayer every day in the Chapel Rotunda immediately following Vespers.In addition to the daily prayer schedule, retreatants are invited to join the monks to pray the Rosary and participate in Collatio (scripture study). The schedule for these will be posted on the Chapel door.Spiritual counsel and reconciliation:If you would like to talk with one of the monks for spiritual counsel, or to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please make your request to the attendant at the bookstore who will make those arrangements.Meals and retreat house kitchen area:To maintain the gift of silence, all meals are eaten in solitude in your own room or garden.Your room is provided with an electric hot pot for hot water and packets of instant coffee, tea, a tray and dishes provided to pick up your meal from the retreat house kitchen. The retreat house kitchen is always open and is stocked with cereals, milk, fruit, yogurts, breads and a fresh Breakfast item which you may use to prepare breakfast at your leisure. From 1:30pm daily, soup, salad and a fresh Supper dish are also provided. Please be sure to clean up after using any facilities.Take note of the two shower rooms on the right as you enter the kitchen area and the smallloan library in the kitchen. Please return borrowed books to the shelf before you leave so they may be made available to others.Bookstore:Open daily for check-in, books, music and gifts: Mornings; 8:00~11:15 a.m. Afternoons; 1:15~5:00 p.m.Personal calls can be made from the telephone booth at the bookstore whenever it is open.Because we have only this one booth please try to make your calls brief. The nearest public phone is located at Lucia Lodge, a short drive North on Hwy 1.Sending or receiving mail:Items for mailing can be left at the bookstore and the postage paid there. If you are expecting mail, please let the monk at the Bookstore know and check back there.If you are missing any items or have a problem or a particular need, please inquire at the Bookstore and the attendant will gladly help.Recycling:We provide containers in the kitchen area to recycle paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Please be mindful of these when disposing trash.Hiking:Walks are a wonderful way to commune with God through the beauty of nature. We suggest you walk the main driveway, which is two miles long to Highway 1. Sitting areas are provided at various points along the road. Because of the widespread poison oak and in order to maintain the cloister of the monks, retreatants are asked to limit their walks to the drive and not to follow dirt roads or paths into the wilderness area. Please do not feed any of the wild animals.In an emergency:Notify the attendant at the bookstore. When the bookstore is closed use the intercom phone inside the kitchen: Call the GuestMaster, #108. If no answer call #115. For specific instructions in the event of fire please read the card provided in your room.Driving Driections:Our Hermitage is located 50 miles south of Monterey, Ca.; and 45 miles north of Cambria, Ca. on Highway 1. Driving time is about an hour and fifteen minutes from either Monterey or Cambria. Our driveway is located on the inland side of the highway ½ mile south of Lucia (if you are driving from the north); 1 mile north of Limekiln State Beach (if you are driving from the south). ... more   less 
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