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“Ageing, only somewhat gracefully.” 2 of 5 stars
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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La Spezia, Italy
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55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Ageing, only somewhat gracefully.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Thin-walled shacks along the Highway 1. It has that cachet of being "the funky place" once upon a time, and they keep pushing up the prices until someone notices that they're still thin-walled, cold shacks along Highway 1. No view, not much in the way of amenities, and cold.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Aliso Viejo, California
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We have stayed at Deetjen’s on two separate occasions. The restaurant is outstanding and the ambiance incredible. The rooms are rustic and clean; the walls are very thin. There is no key to lock your room, no TV, radio or cell service. Deetjen’s takes the visitor back in time. It is truly a unique, one of a kind destination, providing its guests upscale fine dining, tranquility and soul rejuvenation. This is a wonderful place to rediscover one’s self, breathe in the fresh air, unwind from the stresses of life and take in the majestic beauty of Big Sur.

Room Tip: We like the 13th room because it has an additional bed for a 3rd person and is close to the restaura...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Napa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is a place for romantics, free spirits and those who want to experience the essence of Big Sur as it was over 50 years ago. If you're searching for four star luxury it is not the place for you, but if you want respite, reflection and charm with a touch of whimsy, stay at Deetjen's. The restaurant is fantastic, better than Ventana, and if you want a side of poetry with your meal, ask to sit in the Robinson Jeffer's corner. During the day visit the Henry Miller Memorial Library, lunch at Napenthe and stretch out on Pfieffer beach. Heaven.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Dubai
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed for 1 night in 'Top Antique'. All rooms are different and very cute in wooden houses on various locations in the woods. We had one queen in the main room, very comfy and 2 very comfy arm chairs. Another comfy single bed in a small separate room. We loved the individual style of the room. Windows all around. Bathroom very cute. Perfect towels. Keep in mind the window over the bath tube brings definetely the most fun for the ppl parking below ;-) Dinner was excellent! Would recommend to stop there for at least one night to split the dream of highway one over two days or stay longer and go hiking....meet Fabio the cat....its a big boy and not pregnant ;-)

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Stayed in the fireplace room with my gf. It was great. Was initially concerned about privacy but it wasn't an issue. In fact, it felt very private. The friendly staff helped us find points of interest (IE hikes, food) in the area. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The fireplace room was great.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank crumford
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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Can't speak for the actual quality of the inn itself, but the woman in charge of reservations is the rudest customer service person I've talked to. I told her I needed 4-5 rooms for my wedding guests 5 months ahead of time. She told me they were too small and that they only booked really far in advanced. She never mentioned that they inn was fully booked. Guess they just don't like wedding guests staying at their inn. Never encountered a hotel that didn't what business. They certainly won't be receiving mine.

Stayed January 2013
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Copenhagen
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217 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

stayed two nights while driving down the coast on highway 1-
Wonderfully located in the middle of the redwood forest on highway 1.
Truely a historic place with old wooden cabins built in the 1930's by the founder.
Most in original redwood.
So the comforts are also according to the place: a little sparce, but then you get so much else.
Woodfired fireplace in room. old pioneer spirit charm, and a great atmodsphere also in the restaurant which serves great food.
Can only recommend to try this place for everyone.
Be aware that the walls between the rooms are VERY VERY thin.
You can hear everything. But most people act accordingly and with consideration for their neighbours so this was only a minor annoyance.

Room Tip: check the website carefully and choose according to your needs.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Deetjen's Big Sur Inn

Property: Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
Address: 48865 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9512
Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#4 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#6 Family Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
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Deetjens Big Sur Hotel
Deetjens Big Sur Inn

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