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“The Cottage still the best......” 4 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
Surrey, UK
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“The Cottage still the best......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

We returned yet again to The Cottage at Glen Oaks. Why wouldn't we? The place is nice, the location is wonderful, the people -- from the manager and his wife to the housekeeping staff -- are pleasant and friendly. The wild turkeys pecking in the yard might be a bit tough at Thanksgiving, but the deer looking in the bedroom window when we drew back the curtains in the morning wasn't really much of an invasion of privacy. Cheap it isn't but then this is Big Sur and you won't find better value around.

The upgrading of furnishing and fittings at the cottage has continued in the past year since our previous visit -- new bathroom fittings, new fridge, new stove. A shame that the new sink plug in the bathroom already doesn't work properly, but then coming from Europe we figured long ago that designing hotel sink plugs is definitely not what made America great.

One serious criticism: good to have a fine new stove, but what happened to the baking tray or cookie tray or whatever it is called in USA? Surely it comes with the stove, but none of any sort was present -- very sad when your San Francisco round sourdough falls through the shelf bars. Would be good if a toaster were provided to avoid this problem!

Although The Cottage is very different from the motel rooms at Glen Oaks (quieter, less trendy, no noise from next door room) one thing which makes Glen Oaks a very useful stopping place for overseas guests who need, these days, to travel light: free access to a laptop PC, and a printer too - invaluable.

If you go to Big Sur for a few days and want a kitchen, stay here. But please, not when we want to book it....

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

What a wonderful place! We had a beautiful contemporary room with gas fireplace, which is the heat source for the room, and bathroom with heated floor. Right outside our door was our own little patio where you could have your coffee and read your paper, surrounded by trees.
We couldn't ask for anything more. It was heavenly.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

stayed right after the "typhoon" that was previously mentioned and it was really hot so be aware if you stay during the summer months. we stayed in the "cottage" and was not super impressed with the outside. the deck that i was looking forward to had two very dirty chairs and no table, we had to bring a side table from inside. the deck looked like it hadn't been swept in a while but there was a storm so i don't know. pots on the deck were either filled with dead plants or standing water. the cottage itself is located in the back of their property and just above hwy 1, extremely loud, i mean really loud and we had to have the windows open due to the heat.

the inside was nice enough, but really overpriced. i think we paid $250 or $275 for the saturday and slightly less on sunday. it was cool enough in the morning to have the fire going except it really isn't anything like pictured on web site. mostly just small blue flame like that on a stove, we thought it was kinda funny that they made of big deal out of the cozy fireplace. the kitchen was very handy and we had breakfast in the room each morning so that part was great. i can't say i wouldn't recommend it but i think it really depends on the room and price you can get. and i have to agree with some of the other reviewers, the girl at the front desk although not rude in anyway, just really didn't seem to care much one way or another.

i would opt for one of the king rooms, they actually looked nicer and more updated.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights on an 11 day trip around California. Firstly we arrived during the tail end of a typhoon so on the drive down Highway 1 you could not see 10 meters in front of you and the rain was blowing in sideways from the ocean so not a very pleasant drive to begin with. We arrived into Big Sur early (check in was 2pm on our confirmation) so we passed some time out of the rain at the River Inn just down the road before heading to the hotel. We still arrived just after 1pm but were told that our room was not going to be ready until exactly 2pm so we had to go and find somewhere else to wait as the hotel doesn't have a restaurant, cafe, lobby, or anything else for guests apart from the room your staying in and the tiny little office!

When we finally checked in the room was lovely! its very 'zen' in style and tastefully decorated and the bathroom with walk in shower was amazing! The room comes equipped with a fireplace, a fridge (which was not particularly cold for a fridge) but not much else! no coffee maker, no TV, no other facilities in the room other than that. This would not have been a problem if we were able to go out but the torrential rain and potentially dangerous driving conditions meant we were confined to the room for that day. We did make use of the boardgames, there were some in the room and also some more in the office but you can't entertain youself for a whole day with games. The room did have Internet access but it was very sporadic and only worked in certain parts of the room.

The next problem we encountered was that a group of 8 Spanish speaking people arrived and continued to have really loud conversations both in the room next door and right outside our window! neither the walls or the windows are soundproof so you can hear everything! especially the traffic which is constant both day and night and prevented us both from getting a good night sleep.

In the surrounding area there is not much in terms of restaurants close by, there is the Ripplewood cafe next door which is good for breakfast and the River Inn down the road which was unfortunately closed due to the storm.

In my opinion this hotel is nice but way overpriced for what is there. Most of the things to do in Big Sur are outside so there is no reason to spend so much money on a room like this if you are not going to be in it. You would be much better getting a room in Carmel where there is more to choose from and with things to see and do within walking distance!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

When we drove into Glen Oaks, we were a little worried - it looked at first glances like a wooden hut on the side of the freeway. We were soon directed to the actual location of our accomodation - a magical wooden hut in the middle of the forest with a river gushing along in the background. it was a magical place to stay. Stylish and cosy, the room wasn't huge, but just what we needed, with a walk in shower, and a mini kitchen which was perfect for evening picnics. The campfire outside was the tipping point - set each day, we came home, lit up and sat drinking wine under the stars for hours. Perfect.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

We stayed in Big Sur for 3 nights with another couple who stayed at the Ripplewood cabins across the street. Both places are nestled in wooded areas within walking distance to some eating establishments and small grocery stores.

Glen Oaks has a modern look to the interior. Our room had a gas fireplace insert between the bedroom and a private courtyard. It also had a Japanese style front door and a very modern bathroom---also with a Japanese look to it.

Room was spacious, but.....no coffee maker. Refridgerator was very small. Walls seem thin, as each morning I was awoken by conversations taking place in adjoining rooms or outside

Our room was expensive, but a lot less than what you pay in other places.

The other couple who stayed across the street at the Ripplewood cabins had a more rustic type of experience. They had a living area, a full kitchen, a coffee maker, and a wood stove. The cabins were all separated, so it seemed quieter over there.

If you like rustic, maybe try the Ripplewood. If you like modern, Glen Oaks is a good choice and decent value.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

My husband and I drove down the coast from San Francisco. We had just left a 5 star hotel and we loved it, but nothing could prepare us for Glen Oaks. We checked in after watching the sunset. The lady at the desk was so kind and welcoming. I could tell already this was going to be a great stay. The little roadside motel was so quaint and almost storybook like. We got our key (room 3) open the door to a rustic, modern, tastefully designed and decorated room. I was so impressed. The room was clean, comfortable and welcoming. Sleeping at Glen Oaks was wonderful. The best night of sleep I had the entire trip...my husband agrees. We didn't want to leave. Oh and an added bonus...the coffee they make in the morning is delicious. We will be back.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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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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