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“Comfortable and relaxing” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Victoria, Australia
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22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Comfortable and relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We stayed here for one night during our trip to America. The room was very comfortable, clean, spacious and relaxing. Staff seemed very friendly and provided good advice on things to do in the area. I also liked the open fire pit which we could relax by during the evening.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We stayed for a night and were very impressed. Very easy and pleasant check-in, informative and helpful. Room was exactly as portrayed by photos. Spotlessly clean and very tastefully furnished. We also ate at The Roadhouse restaurant across the road, once again excellent service. Fantastic surroundings.

Room Tip: Maybe a little further back from main road. We were in the first room, queen with fire. Aware of ro...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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California
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I was intrigued by Sunset Mag's pick of [the cabins] as one of the "most romantic," so I camped out in one after tiring of the fiancial hemmorage to Ventana, and in the good old days, Post Ranch Inn. For the Leave a Light On For Me Crowd, you'll find this much nicer than your average motel, with heated bathroom floors (but no tubs), nice lighting, and cheerful colors. But I agree with the UK reviewer that they've gotten a bit pricey for their britches @ $325/350 room, given what you get: powdered Coffeemate on the shelf instead of a thoughtful little half cup of milk or creme in the cute fridge; beds arranged to miss the view out the door; weird pre-packaged "smores" with chemical marshmellows (an oxymoron, I admit). I will probably trudge back down the road to ensure a sublime Big Sur experience, but if you need Wi Fi and have never stayed in a place with a bowl-sink, you'll be happy. Personally, I missed the 52" TV.

Room Tip: The cabins are far quieter than the lodge, which features neighbor and road-noise.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Surrey, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

My wife and I go to Big Sur most years on a trip to the coast and for a few years past have stayed in The Cottage at Glen Oaks. Under the same ownership but with new management for a year or so past, last year we did have a few minor grumbles we raised and suggestions we made concerning equipment and supplies given at the cabins including The Cottage; this year, we found that most of our previous comments had been taken on board and in fact we were welcomed back to this lovely place. Unlike many guests, we don't find the motel units suit us at all, so we can't comment on them, but we do enjoy this cottage in the woods. The management is helpful and responsive, housekeeping standards are excellent and all the staff seem pleasant as well as efficient.

Whilst Glen Oaks is undoubtedly good value by Big Sur standards, we do think that weekend premiums have now reached a level too high and we have told the general manager so; but our comments were courteously accepted and responded to constructively and we appreciate this.

We hope to be returning again in future.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Eureka, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Lovely place, cozy, clean. If you are looking for privacy, do not book the River View or Forest View cabins as they are attached and you can hear EVERYTHING that is going on next door. We also needed to have night maintenance come out to check on a scratching noise that was happening every night. It sounded to us like an animal under the cabin, which can be understood staying in the woods. Maintenance assured us however that it was the heating system making that awful noise that was disturbing our sleep every night for all 3 nights of our stay. Maybe then the heating system needs an update, because it was beyond disruptive in the lovely little cabin. The front desk is not available after 9, so you are on your own until 8AM the next morning if issues do arise. We had contacted the office months ahead of time to let them know we would be celebrating an elopement. There was no effort or acknowledgment made of this at all, so they are not the warmest, or excited to share in the purpose of your stay; if you are looking for a warm, friendly greeting, do not expect it here. Overall, it is cute, quaint and we enjoyed the clean cabin, but the "noises" and non-personal feel did put a large damper on our stay.

Room Tip: Get a single standing cabin, book early.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We picked Glen Oaks based on the reviews here on TripAdvisor, and what a good choice it was. The room was spotlessly clean and exceptionally inviting/comfortable. Loved the heated bathroom floor! And the mix between rustic and mid-century modern furniture was striking. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Roadhouse, The Glen Oaks' restaurant, that was delicious. (Never had a kale Caesar salad before, but loved it!) Great place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Del Mar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in one of the motor lodge rooms (#3) October 23rd & 24th. Cool room decor, nice patio out front. Great heated bathroom floors, warming gas fireplace in the room. No TV (good!). Clean, comfortable, quiet. Neat fire pit near by. The grounds are very nice, settled into a wooded hillside. Having the Roadhouse across the street for a restaurant is great. Everything has that Big Sur/Northern California/Nestled in the Redwoods vibe.

Recommend taking a walk down to the cabins along the Big Sur River. We've booked for next year already!

Room Tip: Motor Lodge rooms have somewhat overgrown foliage screening them from the parking lot. Makes for goo...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Glen Oaks Big Sur
Address: Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Described as one of the most romantic places to stay, our adobe motor lodge was considered modern in 1957 and 50 years later Glen Oaks Big Sur has a fresh rustic-modern and Green sensibility. Our accommodations consist of 16 Adobe Motor Lodge rooms with cozy gas fireplaces and 10 Cottage/Cabin style rooms with kitchen/kitchenettes and most have access to the Big Sur River. All accommodations have free wireless internet and telephones with free local calls. We are located on Highway One in Big Sur Valley. ... more   less 
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