My husband and I had a wonderful trip to Big Sur area- kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and relaxing. We stayed in cabin 9 at Lucia Lodge all 3 nights. While we loved our trip, I wanted to give a sort of pros and cons list on Lucia Lodge, because I feel that there are some glaring points for both.
Pros: (start out positive!)
- The view: it's obvious, but it really is incredible to wake up and look out your window at the mountains plunging to the sea. There are also some nice little view perches and a walk behind the cabins that give you more view options. We really enjoyed this part immensely.
- The room: I've heard mixed reviews on the actual cabins, but I've got to say that we had a nice one! Yes, the bathroom is tiny, but (to us), it's not a big deal. We also like to spend time out during the day, and the room is for crashing (very comfortable beds!), so we were pleased.
- The breakfast: we were very pleased with the continental breakfast options: danishes, bagels/cream cheese/jam, bread, hard-boiled eggs, coffee & tea, LOTS of nice fruit. We were impressed.
- We have to agree with previous comments that the service left something to be desired. When you fly to San Fran, get in the car for 3.5 hours and wind around the narrow/steep/rocky part of Hwy 1 for an hour trying to find your hotel, it would be nice to see a friendly face. The woman that greeted us was very brusque, and quick, but totally impolite. The thing that bugged me was the maid service...they never made our beds at all or straightened up or cleaned our glasses or ANYTHING. They did take the time to fold the stupid washcloths into triangles, but that's literally the only evidence we had that they had come. Again, it's not that big of a deal to us, but when you pay $255+ a night, you expect a little service.
- The food: It takes a good half hour to get anywhere else on HWY 1 for dinner (or lunch for that matter). We had read that the restaurant food wasn't great, so we made Trader Joe's run before we left civilization, and ate lunches and snacks from that. But with no fridge and no microwave, it's difficult to do dinner. We had a lovely alaskan halibut dinner the first night (we were also starving and exhausted, but seriously, the food was good). We decided to give it a try the 2nd night, and it was a miss. The special was EXACTLY THE SAME, so who knows how long they planned to keep that fish. My husband had a nice chicken kimberly, it was average but fine. I had a yucky seafood tortellini- covered in bland alfredo sauce, and had NO other flavors. I mean, I asked for it, but I was hungry and the waitress said it was good (wrong!). We ate at Big Sur Bakery the last night and it was a wonderful welcome back to good food.
- Also, be careful about bringing food into the room (we did because we didn't want to starve or pay the outrageous lunch/deli prices for snacks). We got ants, which ruined our scones and almost the rest of our food. Try to keep food up high, or...something. But ugh, the ants.
Ok, hopefully that is fair enough. I would recommend this place, but with the above info. at their disposal.
- Also Known As:
- Lucia Hotel Big Sur
- Lucia Resort Big Sur