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“High end cabins - take a look” 5 of 5 stars
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Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“High end cabins - take a look”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

My wife and son love this area and we have experienced, and thoroughly enjoyed, the high end accommodations. However, if you are looking for an upscale cabin experience you should try Glen Oaks. Our cabin was spotless, tasteful interior, functional kitchen area, and quiet. The area is Big Sur woods at its best with a nice little creek and short hiking paths. We had a great time with no complaints and I hope you do too!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

As we wanted to stay around Big Sur we choose Glen Oaks. We were travelling with our babygirl and were not aloud to stay at Ventana or Post Ranch Inn... Glen Oaks has nice cabins and a pretty good restaurant. Unfortunately prices are pretty high for what you get. Of course it is Big Sur but you stay close to the road in the woods with no view. For one night it is ok.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We love the well designed rooms and public spaces - from the rock bathrooms to radiant heated floors to the open fire pit. Our 2 night stay was relaxing and the staff is excellent. Highly recommended and with great restaurants nearby and across the street.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Motor Lodge room #8. Immaculate! Nice linens, nice towels, well appointed. But...the roadside restaurant across highway 1 from the motor lodge. WOW. WOW. We had two exceptional meals here. We wandered over for morning coffee and sat by the outdoor fire and enjoyed the peace and surroundings. Decided to stay for a delicious breakfast. Not sure how they made oatmeal so special. We are still dreaming about the seafood gumbo that we had that evening with our dinner. This place is special. Immaculate just like the lodge. Wander into the bathroom and it will tell all. Nicely designed, immaculate and stylish. I say, if the bathroom is clean, the kitchen is clean. :) The well known Nepenthe paled in comparison to the roadside. They put alot of effort into this place to make it nice and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you are driving the fabulous Big Sur you mostly have two lodging choices: Absurdly high end at golf resort and spas, or camp-out-in-the-woods cabins with shared hot tubs. Neither appeals to my husband and me, so we were thrilled to find Glen Oaks which is a very smartly updated classic highway motel/lodge which I would imagine was originally built in the 1940s. BUT, it has been updated with terrific bathrooms, plenty of space and a sort of retro mid-century vibe, not to mention gorgeous landscaping. Stay here. And be sure to eat at the roadhouse owned by the lodge across the street. Good food, same retro, Big Sur vibe. And it's great fun to dash across the PCH to get from the lodge to the roadhouse.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I chose to stay in the River View Cabin the nights surrounding my unforgettable wedding in beautiful Big Sur. I needed the comforts of a 4 star hotel so that the bridal party had enough room to get ready, but wanted to respect the beauty of our natural surrounds. Glen Oaks fit the bill perfectly! The cabin had a modern and clean interior...spacious with a living room area as well as a full kitchen (equipped with stainless steel appliances) and breakfast bar, which we converted into the "makeup station." One key feature was a full Britta water pitcher, which we put to good use. There were plenty of glasses, bowls, and utensils if you want to cook on your own. The living area included comfortable seating and a fun "fireplace" heater. The bed was VERY comfortable and the bathroom boasted my favorite feature of all...heated floors! I loved the patio with a fire pit and a view of the river and redwoods. It is perfect for an intimate night roasting s'mores and drinking wine. I had the opportunity to see the Redwood View Cabin and one of the Little Sur Cabins. The Redwood View Cabin is similar to the River View Cabin, very spacious (with a jetted tub). The Little Sur cabin was smaller in size, but the larger fire pit enclosed by a ring of majestic redwoods was our favorite for group chats. The Glen Oaks Roadhouse is their new restaurant, and the breakfast we had there was delicious. They are working on room service, and will likely have that set up soon. Above all, the service was excellent! Jeanne and Jeanette were fantastic to work with coordinating my wedding group. A welcome basket greeted me and my fiancee upon arrival, making a truly perfect wedding weekend. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. Good thing we live in San Francisco an will DEFINITELY be back again and again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

My husband and I just returned from Big Sur and stay in cabin at Glen Oaks for one night. I am not exactly the rustic sort, but this little cabin and the location felt more like "glamping" than camping so was the best of both worlds. All amenities needed all wrapped up in a tiny package. i felt like was spending the night in the Living in 500 ft display at Ikea with decor that is combo retro and rustic. The cabins are on a separate property than the motel and are located in the woods and right by the stream. We enjoyed the fire pit, and actually had more fun walking around the property than the time we spent at Pfeiffer State Park next door. Saw 3 deer on our afternoon walk. Would definitely stay again. Only point of note is that you are truly off the grid here as the wifi is spotty at best and there was no AT&T signal. Being incommunicado can be good or bad depending on the purpose of your visit. truly a unique experience. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Family Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Described as one of the most romantic places to stay, our adobe motor lodge was considered modern in 1957 and 50 years later Glen Oaks Big Sur has a fresh rustic-modern and Green sensibility. Our accommodations consist of 16 Adobe Motor Lodge rooms with cozy gas fireplaces and 10 Cottage/Cabin style rooms with kitchen/kitchenettes and most have access to the Big Sur River. All accommodations have free wireless internet and telephones with free local calls. We are located on Highway One in Big Sur Valley. ... more   less 
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