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“The BEST lodging LOCATION on Big Sur to relax and unwind.” 5 of 5 stars
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62400 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920   |  
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tracy, California
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“The BEST lodging LOCATION on Big Sur to relax and unwind.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

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!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

I have stayed here with my wife 5 times in the last 15 years--every time we drive up or down Route 1 on the California Coast. I first saw the place on an earlier trip and wondered--what the heck is that!!--then found out and went.

To be paradoxical, these cabins are overpriced but worth every cent. The last 4 cabins, especially the "honeymoon" cabin, have astounding views, as other reviews will testify. The cabins are themselves a bit run down--wood rot here and there, air leaks around the door, tiny added bathrooms, a general creakiness--and don't feature such conveniences as room telephones or TVs (though, weirdly, they now have Wi Fi!). The heating is also a bit antiquated but seems safe enough. The point is the location, though, with astounding views of the Pacific as the cabins jut out on the headland, and there's a small path leading up still higher behind the complex. Exquisite sunsets, night stars as thick as in the Arizona desert, the sound of waves crashing in the cove below.

The restaurant is in a separate building a few hundred yards away down the road, and is surprisingly good and better than it once was. Not big-city gourmet and a bit pricey, but not the kind of gouging you get in the big city either! Tasty, various enough, with very attentive service.

The only real limitation is that after soaking up the ambience, you need to drive somewhere to do any real hiking. But there are things to do within 20 miles, and this is a place you don't want to miss.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Morro Bay, California
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

But not at dinner time!

We stayed at this rather expensive though homely place for my birthday: we had chosen it because we wanted to eat where we stayed rather than drive 40 miles round trip to eat at another place. On arrival we were told "we turn the fryers off at 4PM". Okay....disappointed but determined to enjoy our stay, we asked for soup....all gone.....on a chilly rainy night one would have thought they would make a very large pot of it. So, not seeing anything else on the menu that appealed to us, we shared a mediocre fish in sauce dish. Also have a very limited wine list but heck, they are remote. Food is expensive too.

The location is spectacular, the staff in the motel shop unfreindly and condescending but the wait staff are great...My advice? go for lunch so you can see the wonderful Big Sur views and eat the famed fish & chips...large portion is big enough for two.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

Wonderful view; first thing we noticed was that the head of the bed was several inches lower than the foot. Spoke with management and they pleaded ignorance and did NOT offer to fix it. Suggested using extra pillow. First room we've ever stayed in that had a fly swatter. It was needed; screen didn't fit properly in bathroom and there was a gap under the door. We don't mind rustic; but expected it to be clean and in good repair. Blinds needed to be replaced. Rooms hadn't been thoroughly dusted. Couldn't get the heater to work. If you want a beautiful view, stop and get a drink; do NOT stay in the cabins.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

All accommocations in the Big Sur seem overpriced and this was no exception, however we had a nice stay. They have a very nice, though once again expensive, restaurant. Would like some facility for making coffee rather than having to wait for the restaurant to open for the complimentary breakfast (which was really excellent).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

This hotel has got to win awards for its setting. Right on the cliff, facing out to the ocean, the morning mist, you couldn't ask for much more. The rooms are comfortable, not luxury, but perfectly adequate. The staff were friendly and welcoming. And the restaurant was good enough - there's not much else around to compete. Yes, it is expensive, but as other reviewers have commented, it's worth the money for the setting.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

We stayed two nights at this lodge, and ate in the restaurant both nights. It is convenient, perfect location, and although very expensive a great place to stay to enjoy the beautiful Big Sur area. If you were to be picky you might discover faults with some of the features, but you'd be missing the point. This is an old fashioned and friendly hotel in a wonderful location. We had marvellous days walking and exploring the locality, excellent food in the restaurant, and a great night's sleep in a comfortable room. What more could you ask for?

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 62400 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#7 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Lucia Hotel Big Sur
Lucia Resort Big Sur

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