We booked a night at the Big Sur River Inn after looking at websites and reviews of all the local hotels. After reading the reviews, I was half expecting a cockroach infested room in a trailer with a lumpy sinking mattress. Instead, we found a small but cozy and clean room with a comfortable bed (yes it sinks a tiny bit in the middle but for the average sized person it's barely perceptible). We sat on the balcony at night and watched the stars-ok we got there late and got one of the dreaded rooms across the highway that faces highway 1, but we're talking about the most scenic remote part of highway one. It's like facing a small country road in a forest, not like facing an 8 lane freeway. Probably, the river facing rooms are the best, but you won't be ripped off with any room here. Without question, a lovely log cabin nestled on the river or over looking the ocean would have been better, but there's really not much of that available...even less so on short notice- that is unless you want to pay between $300 - $800 a night. We paid $139- and sure it's more than we paid for a better room in Stanley, Idaho, but this is Big Sur. This hotel is quaint, pleasant and when compared to the prices of other places in the area, it's worth it. We love camping and it's true you get a better value for your money in this locale camping, but that's not practical for every trip in every situation. In summary, I disagree with the negative reviews-I saw what they saw, but they exaggerated to a great extent.
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- A quaint stream-side inn. ... more less
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- Big Sur River Hotel Big Sur