All of the motels in this area (outside of the luxury resorts) are close to the road and receive a fair bit of traffic noise. The Glen Oaks is no exception. When we checked in, we were given room #16--directly facing the road. Enjoying the nice sitting area outside was impossible; we could barely hear each other. We could hear the traffic inside our room well into the evening hours and the traffic starts fairly early in the morning as well.
The manager was kind enough to give us a cabin for the next night--a bit farther from the road and significantly less noisy. I recommend that you forego the online reservation and speak directly to him to ensure you get the best room possible. What's the point of spending close to $200 a night to be in the middle of all that beauty and rustic charm, and listening to cars whizzing by at all hours?
That said, the rooms are small, but nice. There is a gas fireplace (it was warm when we were there, so we didn't use it) a wine cooler, and rustic furnishings. The bathroom and shower stall are roomy and fantastic--after a day of hiking that wonderful shower defintely feels marvelous. Hard to beat it, I'm sure. There is no television, but they do supply board games. Also no breakfast nor restaurant, but you can get a cup of coffee in the main office in the morning. The manager also gave us some good information about hiking paths, etc.
The River Inn (about 1/2 mile north) is also directly on the highway--but it does have the Big Sur "River" in the back (more like a creek) a pool, and a restaurant.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Glen Oaks Big Sur Hotel Big Sur
- Glen Oaks Hotel Big Sur
- Glen Oaks Resort Big Sur