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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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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
49 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
25 hotel reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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
36 helpful votes 36 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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3 hotel reviews
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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
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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): $$
Also Known As:
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