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“beware room 10: the machine room” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Big Sur River Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Big Sur B&B and Inns
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“beware room 10: the machine room”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

Traveling down the coast we decided to stay in Big Sur, I bought a discounted room on booking.com.

1. When I arrived I saw "booking.com" stamped on my invoice--combined with the fact that they then put us in a noisy room across the street from the river, when the most of the rest of the hotel was empty leads me to believe that buying a room on booking.com means getting stuck in the dud room.

2. Between 6:30-9:30 pm a machine behind the room (a generator?) was in full force-- even shaking the beds and making it very unpleasant. We were trying to sleep bc we had a late night reservation at Esalen. There was no one at the desk to speak to after 5pm--and there are no phones in the rooms, and no way to get in touch with anyone that I could find. We would have asked to be switched--which might have changed our stay for the better, but it wasn't possible.

3. Again-- with the majority of the rooms open that night (we took a walk and looked since the noise was so awful in room 10) why would they stick us away from the river in a room that sounds like the machine room of a giant ship?

4. Finally, I booked a room here because of the price--which was decent but not CHEAP (~$170) --and because the website showed a common area with a fireplace. Upon arrival we discovered that the fireplace room and the restaurant were closed for renovations. This needs to be indicated on the website. Maybe this is a nice place to stay if you get lucky with the room and your timing, but for the money it cost we feel ripped off.

Room Tip: I think river side rooms are probably great. Avoid the other side of the street.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

I thought the hotel was great. I loved the atmosphere of the area and the room. It was clean and very "cabin like".
The restaurant was OK. Not bad just OK. Considering its the only place to get food, they should up the quality a bit more.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Felt ripped off at this place for the price they charge. The rooms were run down, broken wall fixtures in the bathroom and the heater was so incredibly loud, it felt like we were sleeping on a runway. Wish we had been warned that the rooms had no phones and there is no cell service in the area. Don't stay here.

Stayed December 2013
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

If you want back to basics then this is the place for you no TV and nowt all else to do except sit in front of the Fireplace and warm yourself up after a hard days trekking.

The rooms are basic and small but you would probably only spend sleeping time in the room so get out and explore the local area. Location wise you are in the best place to use as an explore the surrounding area. The restaurant is great for breakfast and dinner and the menu caters for all tastes.

The bar area in the evening has a good mix of local people and visitors to the area.

Overall a very nice experience and highly recommend this as a stop off place within the Big Sur area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

Nice creek in the back. The room had stained carpets -- we wore our shoes until we got in the bed. We got a room with beds for the kids, and their beds were uncomfortable. My daughter had a sore back for days afterwards.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

My stay at the Big Sur River Inn was nothing but very pleasant! The cabins were basic and rustic (no cable or TV), but still very comfy and welcoming, so, this might not the right place if you're expecting a 5-star hotel. Having a restaurant, convenience store and gas station around made it very convenient as well. We've walked through the little creek behind the restaurant and could see this being a romantic destination. Would definitely go back! The rates were very reasonable as well, compared to other locations in Big Sur.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Fresno, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Gave a very down home feeling, nice and secluded. Didn't like that there wasn't any tv and very little to no cell reception. Small room, very primitive. A bit pricey for the accommodations. LOVED the Big Sur area despite the hotel. We ended up joining some local dinner event at the restaurant that was pricey for the quality of food served, but got to schmooze with the locals. Our room was RIGHT on Highway 1, would probably clarify next time where the room (I'd like a river side room).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Big Sur River Inn
Address: 46840 Highway One, Highway 1 at Pheneger Creek, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Big Sur River Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quaint stream-side inn. ... more   less 
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