If Big Sur is all about the cliffs that meet the sea, then Lucia Lodge is the ONLY place to stay. I don't think that you can comfortably sleep any closer to the ocean without falling off into it. If this location is not officially listed as a B&B, it should be, because that is the feel that I got when staying here -- the personable staff and guests made you feel like you were among family.
I loved the isolated feeling of the property. Nothing else is around except God's beautiful creation. Before the sun sets, you can sit in the adirondack chairs outside your cabin and drink in the view as the light shifts. You coulod also take a short hike up to the top of the hill to watch the sun sink below the horizon while sitting on a bench in a grassy area - priceless views! Other guests said that they had spotted whales passing by the day before. Sitting and reading a good book by the fire or laying in bed at night, listening to the sound of the crashing waves is the most relaxing way to spend an evening after dark. No TV or telephone (including cell phone service, but there is free Wifi). Just the sound of the waves. At night, a seat out on a bench, 300 feet above the waves offers a beautiful view of the stars. Again, it's all about LOCATION.
When comparing the prices of these antiquated, but charming, cabins to other rooms available on Big Sur, they were comparable and competitive. It is expensive to eat and sleep anywhere on Big Sur. Considering that, I think Lucia Lodge is the best place to stay to fully enjoy Big Sur. For those who like a modern, fully-appointed piece of real estate, this place is not for you. If you like cozy, quaint CABINS (I would dare not use the term "cottages," as that implies a few more creature-comforts), then this is the perfect place for you. They are clean and offer soaps and shampoos, extra towels, a flashlight, wine glasses and corkscrew, comfortable bedding and thoughtful, though modest, decor. Our cabin had a schoolhouse theme, including decorative items and labeled, historic pictures from the local schoolhouse from the early 20th century.
The restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. The informative historical photos and reviews told the story of the history of the area, specifically, this property. We ate after dark, so we didn't see the view until morning, but the fireplace made it very cozy. The food was very good! I found it to be comparable in taste as well as price to many fine dining restaurants. The portions were very generous and the wait staff was more than accomodating. In the morning, the continental breakfast offered MANY choices, including hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit and homemade sweets. Even though it was February, we ate on the outdoor porch, and the temperature was warm. The setting was one of the most beautiful that I had ever seen, so we lingered over breakfast to enjoy it.
The lodge staff was more than helpful, from the time that we spoke on the phone before we arrived to the time we checked out the next day. It unnerved me, however, that they were not accessible after the store closed at night until the morning. There was no one on staff at night -- we were on our own if an emergency arose. The only way to contact aid was on the payphone, so bring coinage!
Since we live in California, I hope that my husband and I can make Lucia Lodge a place that we visit on a regular basis. I found our stay there to be most relaxing, and one of the most pleasurable stays we have ever had -- and we travel a lot!
- Also Known As:
- Lucia Hotel Big Sur
- Lucia Resort Big Sur