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“Great Location”
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Ripplewood Resort
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
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7 reviews
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“Great Location”
Reviewed April 20, 2008

Ripplewood is a great place to stay because it's in the perfect spot in Big Sur. The Pfieffer State Parks and beaches are close, as are many restaurants, a deli, a video store etc. Plus Ripplewood has a gas station and a little grocery store on the premises.

We stayed both in the cabins up by the store and down by the river. Down by the river is the way to go. So peaceful and rustic. The cabins are not luxurious, but they are clean and we had everything we wanted. We stayed at 12B the first two nights. $95 a night, can't beat it. Granted there's just a bed and a little bathroom. No fridge etc. in that one, and it's very small. But we booked last minute and we were happy there. Although we were woken up each day about 6am by Turkeys gobbling. But that was pretty unique and something we joke about now.

We stayed the 3rd night down by the river in cabin 4. That cabin was really great. Nice porch on the little babbling river, wood burning stove/fireplace, kitchen with a stove and a nice size fridge with all the basic utensils. I don't remember a microwave. No TV in any of the cabins.

Stayed April 2008
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Reviewed April 5, 2008

I booked thru their website email, they confirmed my email reservation but asked for credit card to be faxed or I had to call directly. Did neither but I found out later they still held my room for me. Great! I don't recommend this especially on a weekend, which can get crowded.

Found Ripplewood easily enough after driving from San Francisco and Monterey...check in was fast and hassle free, paid by credit card was handed the keys and we're set. We got the Cabin 11, right beside highway 1. Traffic noise is not an issue at all unless you're a light sleeper or like to complain a lot. Cleaning was very efficient, had breakfast and by the time we came back, they were done. Also honest, because we accidentally left wallet in plain view on bed side table with approximately several thousand dollars inside, not one cent went missing. Had considered Fernwood or Ripplewood, and after passing thru Fernwood and seeing their room from the outside (it looked small), definitely happy that we chose Ripplewood.

One thing though, check out their website and choose your room carefully, I regret not booking cabin with kitchen or fireplace, with 11 deg celsius weather, it would have been a real treat for the kids to have an authentic fireplace with real firewood etc. I suggest Cabin 10, good for 4 people BUT with a fireplace and kitchen.

Stayed April 2008
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Oregon
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Reviewed March 27, 2008

We stayed here three nights and really enjoyed it. There are basically three areas of cabins. The first area is on the Big Sur River, with lots of big redwoods, and it's down the hill from the lodge office, which is right on the highway. That's where we stayed the first two nights (Cabin 7). Very nice and quiet, we were right on the (small) river and could hear the river at night. The cabins are a bit funky and rustic, but had some nice touches (nice artwork etc), and overall it has a very woodsy feel.

We had to move to another cabin on the third night, since our first cabin had not been available the third night when we originally made our reservations. We had hoped there would be a cancellation, but no such luck. And so, the third night we stayed in cabin 12A (a duplex), which is up the hill from the lodge office, and you hear the highway a bit more, though it's not bad. Although the cabin was generally fine, the walls are a bit thin, and we didn't enjoy it as much as the first cabin. Not the same woodsy feel. Overall, it is well worth the extra money to stay in the cabins down by the river. Spend the extra money (probably an extra $50 a night, for example, $85 versus $135).

One thing I would highly recommend against are cabins 10 and 11 (the third area). They are VERY close to the highway.

The staff was very friendly and nice, in a genuine kind of way.

We only had breakfast at the restaurant, but the food was good and reasonably priced (unlike the nearby Big Sur Lodge, which is nowhere near as nice as the name would imply, and where we had a bad dinner experience).

We had dinner at a restaurant across the highway from the Ripplewood office, and it was good and reasonably priced too. Deetjen's down the highway is a great place for breakfast, dinner sorta pricey.

Before we made reservations at Ripplewood, I researched the area lodgings pretty thoroughly, and I am VERY glad that I did. There are a number of places that look great on their websites, but when you research them more, they are either very close to the highway, or have very thin walls, or the pictures on their websites are a little misleading, etc. etc.

In general, I would say that if you don't mind things a little rustic and a bit funky, I would highly recommend this place, especially if you can get one of the cabins down by the river.

One thing we did while we were there was to go have a drink on the Post Ranch patio at sunset. A great experiece, though the drinks are quite expensive. If you go there, I would recommend that you dress up a bit (business casual), as it's a chi-chi place, though the wait help were nice and friendly.

  • Liked — Woodsiness of the cabins down by the river
  • Disliked — Not great lighting for reading in the cabins
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach, Ca.
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Reviewed March 25, 2008

This was our second visit to Ripplewood cabin 4. Our first was 10 years ago and it's pretty much exactly the same only this time we had a baby with us. It's the perfect place to get away, no phone, no television, no computer. We just sat by the fire or out on the deck and spent some quiet time together. It was lovely. They bring you firewood every day, so you don't have to go buy any. The store at River Inn up the street has a nice selection of vegan food and groceries. The Ripplewood store has a nice wine selection and some basic amenities. We used the kitchen quite a lot and it was reasonably well equipped. We will definitely be back again and again.

  • Liked — location, price, quiet
  • Disliked — shower head is very low.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Worcestershire
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Reviewed March 22, 2008

We only stayed for one night in cabin 6 (http://www.ripplewoodresort.com/cabin6.htm) on a trip heading south down Highway 1, but we wish it had been for more. The cabin was down by the river, which we could see and hear flowing. It really is in a beautiful setting in amongst the tall redwoods which rustle peacefully in the breeze.

The cabin was spotless, with a bed in the main room and a full kitchen including oven. The only downside was a nasty smell in the cabin which seemed to emanate from the kitchen when we arrived, but which we got used to :-S It was a little chilly at night, but we were here in March!

If you don't fancy cooking, there is a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch on-site, and other restaurants available for dinner a short drive away - but as we didn't go to any, we can't make any recommendations!

  • Liked — Location, location, location
  • Disliked — The smell in the cabin, but we soon grew accustomed to it
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ripplewood Resort

Property: Ripplewood Resort
Address: 47047 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9556
Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#6 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ripplewood Resort features a grocery store, gas station, Cafe open for breakfast and lunch, and 17 Cabins. ... more   less 
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Ripplewood Big Sur

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