We spent a couple of nights in 13th Room, and had a really great time there. It was beautiful and cool in lots of ways. Big Sur is uniquely beautiful, and Deetjen's is a good place from which to enjoy it. The other guests were mostly former hippie-types who now have money (you could tell by the luxury cars in the lot) and go to Deetjen's to re-live the good ol' days. Not exactly the counter culture place it sells itself as, but certainly very rustic and neat.
The good: nicely decorated by someone who clearly had an interesting artistic sensibility; comfortable bed, comforter, pillows, blankets, etc.; good heat; excellent (and expensive) restaurant; lots of hot water in the shower; good location, but right off Highway 1 so not as tucked away in the woods as some reviews might make it seem; no TV so no distraction in that regard; redwoods and creek out the window; close to several gorgeous parks and other good food choices like Nepenthe; character and charm galore.
The bad: we could hear every single thing our neighbors did (especially in their bathroom), which was disconcerting and made me very feel self-conscious about making noise, unfortunately they didn't seem to have the same concern and had very loud, obnoxious conversations; no locks on the outside of the door, so don't leave anything you deem too precious in your room when you leave, and just a latch to lock it at night (that was hard for a former resident of East LA like me to be totally comfortable with); room above, but off to side of 13th Room (Antique Apartment) has stairs that go right by windows into 13th room that provide a direct view into the whole place that means someone can stand up there and look in while you're in bed!
All in all, my husband and I had a lovely time. The journals that chronicled the room's visits/visitors were entertaining and worth reading, although some weirdos felt compelled to write about the sex they had there. Tacky and gross.
p.s. read the journals for tips on lighting the fire in the stove, and be sure to go with someone you won't feel awkward about hearing you pee or anything else...
- Also Known As:
- Deetjen`s Big Sur Hotel Big Sur
- Deetjens Big Sur Hotel
- Deetjens Big Sur Inn