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“Pleasantly surprised!” 5 of 5 stars
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Glen Oaks Big Sur
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Big Sur
Illinois, United States
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“Pleasantly surprised!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Was planning on being in Big Sur for just a "day visit" but after enjoying drinks and the view at Nepenthe, decided we needed a room. They suggested Glen Oaks and we were lucky and got their last available room. Best way to describe it is "Modern Rustic". Everyone was friendly, room was very clean and loved the heated bathroom floor with large shower. Very romantic with the fireplace. Enjoyed s'mores by the firepit and met some great people. Was so fantastic, we asked to stay an extra night so we could do some hiking in the area. It was definitely one of the best parts of our 2 week vacation in CA and we hope to go back to visit again! The pictures of the room (panoramic) probably don't do it justice...well worth it!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Adobe Motor Lodge and absolutely loved it! A very pleasant surprise with updated decor, heated bathroom floor with a large shower, and a fireplace. Loved the firepit and enjoyed a sit around that in the evening. If you're looking for a place in the area, this is it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sausalito, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the most romantic getaway weekend at Glen Oaks! The room was lovely, loved the heated floor in the bathroom and the double sided fireplace. We will definitely stay there again soon!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My husband and I spent two days at the Glen Oaks at Big Sur- I was a bit wary because the name "Motor Lodge" threw me off... I didn't know what to expect! The Glen Oaks was beautiful- I am huge on cleanliness and the hardwood floors and brightly furnished rooms were incredibly clean. We had a couch and an indoor/outdoor fireplace in our room that was shared with the private outdoor patio, as well as heated bathroom floors (SO nice) and a fridge with a Brita. No television, but we had our laptop and the free WiFi meant we could watch movies easily. Housekeeping was so fast that they were in and out of our room while we ate breakfast, and they did a great job. A common area offered a fireplace where people were constantly cooking s'mores (artisan s'mores kits were available at the counter, they also sold fixings at the general stores in the area).

The location was great- the restaurant across the street supplied free coffee to guests and the general store a few steps away had anything we needed for a picnic lunch while we drove the coast. A few miles down the road is the Venetana, an incredible restaurant with a great view, and Nepenthe, another with the same. Everyone was very nice and helpful and offered tons of tips for the area.

In terms of price, it seems like a lot, but for the area it's not. Don't be fooled by the Motor Lodge in the name- its one of the nicer places we've stayed in for our honeymoon!

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a private patio! It's such a nice touch.
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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

They converted an old motel into a series of sizeable modern rooms with rustic touches. We even had a private gated off patio area (king room). Room was very clean and staff was pleasant (but not on duty 24/7). It If you stay be sure to check out the restaurant across the street.

Only con - we were looking for 2 double beds (sleeping for 3) but the hotel did not have any rooms of that nature which was suprising, so we had to get a trundle bed. I believe it was a $75 fee, which seemed high, but I don't normally get one, so not sure what the going rate is (given we were only staying for 1 night it made more sense than $300 for another room).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

This place is the bomb!!! My husband and I stayed in the Sycamore Cabin for two nights and everything was perfect. Location is beautiful and private, cabin is impeccably decorated with all the modern luxuries,(heated bathroom floor, wifi) and the fire pit/location makes you feel like you are really camping. We would return here in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed in a cozy room in a simple style but with modern comforts, including a beautifully redone bathroom with wood and stone motif, large shower, and heated floor. Instead of TV, the accoutrements included a "Buddha board" and a gas fireplace as well as a Scrabble set. There was a small private patio right outside our door, and also on the grounds was a group seating area around a larger gas fire pit. A little pricey, but worth it. The staff was helpful and friendly. Just across the road was the Road House restaurant, very convenient with good breakfasts. Even though we were close to the road, it was very quiet at night. I would definitely recommend this place and would stay here on our next trip.

Room Tip: Dual fireplaces (facing inside and outside) have private patio. Cottage is nestled in the redwoods...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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
#2 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Romantic 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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