We stayed here 12 years ago, and it was an unforgettable experience. Had to return and have to say it was pretty much the same. Rooms now have WiFi, but not much is different. The view at 200ft above the pounding ocean is hard to beat. An intimate (good!) dinner available that evening in a true room with a view! Love this little bend in the road.
This was Big Sur’s little hidden gem. It doesn’t show up on all the big travel hotel sites. And it is the motel Features in Netflix new show Ratched. It is going to become exposed and now everyone will want to go here. Enjoy it while you still can.
This appears to be primarily a romantic getaway since it was just one queen bed and we were next to a honeymoon suite with actual honeymooners.Theres no fridge or microwave, but during covid they made somewhat pricey hot meals and sent them over from the restaurant in insulated bags. The little cottage was beautifully appointed and relaxing. There is a small store over at the office, though the cabins are set back from the road with an incredible overlook view of the most amazing colors of ocean. Friendly staff and well worth a visit if you can manage sharing a bed if you are not a couple.
My wife and I had a weekend with nothing scheduled and decided to take a little road trip for a quick getaway to rest, relax, and enjoy some nature. She had just endured foot surgery and was not very mobile; we looked for a place where we could hang out, enjoy an incredible view, and just relax. On Friday we decided to make a weekend adventure out of it, checked the Lucia Lodge reservation system and saw that one of the ocean view cabins (cabins 6 through 10) was still available. We put down a non-refundable deposit and Saturday morning we hit the road for Lucia Lodge. The first thing I noticed was that on a Saturday in early February, there wasn't any traffic to speak of, and the roads were open and in good condition (i.e. no recent rock slides). We arrived at 1pm and were allowed to check in early. The usual check in is 3pm, but even at 4pm we seemed to be the only guests on the premises. I should note that the young couple caretaking the Lodge were both quite helpful; the young man (Dylan) was at the desk on check in and he also helped us with extra towels even after the office had closed. Nice. This is a place that is no doubt very busy in the tourist season, and I am sure that the restaurant must be better than what we experienced. The fare was expensive and basic and the hours of operation were obviously "off-season". The rice pilaf was the highlight; the entree on both plates appeared to be the Costco variety of Atlantic salmon filets, which tasted okay but not at $32/entree. If you are visiting during the non-summer months, and the restaurant is limited in service, I strongly advise taking your own food to Lucia Lodge. You'll save some money, probably eat better, and you won't be upset about paying too much for a mediocre meal. If you must dine in the restaurant during the off-season, split an entree. The weather was fabulous, there was no noise, no crowd, no commotion. As we drove north from San Simeon we noticed that that there was of tourist traffic seemed to end at Ragged Point; the remaining 45 minute drive to Lucia was mostly just us and the roadway and the unreal beauty of the coastal ocean views. February is a great month to visit Big Sur if you get lucky with the weather. We'll no doubt do this trip again some day, but we will be more aware of our dining options.…
The Lucia Lodge almost has it all - almost. The original cabins were recently thoughtfully renovated and are super comfortable. The views - fuhgeddaboudit. There are none better. Two areas for improvement: don’t be discouraged if you’re checked in by an abrupt, hostile-appearing young guy. It gets much better as everyone else is super warm and friendly. Second is the restaurant... breakfast selections are perfect but the rest...the offerings are limited and mediocre at best. If they would ramp up the variety and quality, the place would be a super unpretentious gold mine.