this is the second time we stayed at glen oaks. and certainly not the last. the hippest retro accommodations in big sur. I say this with great perspective as we've also stayed at post ranch, ventana and deetjen's (all fantastic properties). this place is no frills (like tv, pool, in room coffee). but you don't come to big sur for amenities, just a peaceful, relaxing getaway. there is, however, wifi for those of us who just can't break the chain. the rooms are clean and well-appointed. heated floors in the bathroom are a nice touch. and for chilly nights/mornings, the lovely gas fireplace does the trick. now, about the staff; friendly and helpful, affording guests recommendations and local maps of interesting sites.
across from the motor lodge is the roadhouse, where guests can get their morning caffeine fix, gratis of course. we've eaten there twice. nice, clean place with style fitting of big sur. Kerouac would be proud! lovely outdoor spaces and gas firepits. the food is very good. the only thing i'd like to see, is a more comprehensive menu. it's a bit eclectic. for those of us with more pedestrian tastes, omelets would do the trick and although the theme is cajun-ish, potatoes would help. for lunch the chicken lollipops and sea bass sliders are tops. but again burgers and fries and a few other sandwiches would round things out. since they've only been open about 7 weeks, I think the limited menu is great until things shake out.
so, go and relax. if you don't find tranquility there, I suggest a trip to the psychiatrist. cheers.