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Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 San Simeon B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 15, 2007

We wanted a one-night stay to break our journey on Highway 1 from San Fran to LA. A friend recommended Ragged Point Inn which was perfect as it is around half way between the two cities. We arrived in time for a bottle of wine in the sunshine on the patio surrounding the restaurant. The whole resort is so tranquill and set in beautifully maintained gardens. The views of course are stunning. Mountains to the rear and the rugged cliff edge in front of the property. Our room was 30 feet from the cliff edge. It was large and well equipped, but a little dated. Each room has a small patio area with bench to sit and soak up the view. The vegetation and wildlife is superb - hummingbirds are a common sight. The Nature Trail down to Ragged Point's beach looked inviting, but also a little steep so we avoided this as we had little time. The evening meal was great in the restaurant. We enjoyed a fantastic steak with pleasant staff and a changing view as night fell and the stars came out. Being miles from anywere, it's extremely quiet and relaxing. Yes, the rooms are expensive compared to other hotels in the US, but it's a unique experience and one we would not have wanted to miss.

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Reviewed October 4, 2007

My husband and I were traveling to Hearst Castle from Monterey and saw Ragged Point Inn in passing. It was love at first sight. On the way back from the castle we stopped there for dinner. We loved the restaurant and the grounds and the location is magnificent. We cancelled our reservations in Monterey and stayed at Ragged Point. We are already planning to go back.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank chayil2g
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Reviewed October 1, 2007

Fabulous location with wonderful view. All the personnel we dealt with were great. We booked one of the regular rooms which I believe was about $169. The room was large but very dated. Next time I'd spend the extra to get one of the newer rooms. The great thing about this property is the view and grounds. Plan to get there early enough to spend time there in the afternoon or next morning. Otherwise you will proably not feel good about the price/accommodations. We watched the sun go down from the restaurant. Food was very good.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2007

We've stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights each of the last four Septembers and it has got a little worse each year

On the plus side the location is amazing and the rooms large and mostly clean and although tired and dated, would be acceptable if not for the mediocre service and appalling restaurant.

It was our first wedding anniversary and we had planned a special meal but sadly it was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

We sat for 45 mins after ordering with no food, only for our entrees to arrive before appetizers or salad...the waiter suggested that either a) we eat our appetizers after our main course or b) he could "keep our meals under the hot lamp" for the 30 mins or so it would take to prepare and eat our appetizers.

We decided to just eat the main course - my wife's steak was inedible (as we were entering the restuarant another diner said to us "don't order the steak"....I wish we'd listened) and my meal was completely different to the meal i'd ordered

The whole place seemed in total disarray...the staff seemed ill-suited to their roles and appeared totally confused - it was like they had never prepared and served a meal before

I asked to see the manager but he refused to come out to speak with us

I guess this hotel will alwys be popular given it's location but if you must stay there do yourself a favour and dine elsewhere - Cambria 10 mins up the road has tons of better restaurants and Nepenthe further up highway one has been recommended as an excellent restaurant with breathtaking views.

Sad to see such a potentially lovely hotel declining so quickly - they give the impression that it's all about the money - Where's the love

By the way, in case you think that I'm a serial complainer, during the same trip we stayed at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, By the Sea Inn, Laguna Beach, Millwood Inn and Suites, Millbrae and Fusion Hotel, San Francisco all of which were excellent

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2007

This was the Big Sur stop-off point on our California road trip, and up until dinner it couldn't have been much better. The room was large, comfortable and had the best view I have ever seen from a hotel room. We watched the sun set over the sea from the balcony with an uninterrupted view and were all ready to jump on here and post a '5'. The rooms aren't haut couture by any means, but with a view like that who needs a mahogany mini bar?

Now because of the location, we concluded we had no choice but to eat in the Ragged Point Inn's restaurant. And it was here that our stay was ruined. We were told on check-in that we could reserve a table at any time until 8.30pm for dinner. We booked and dined at 8. Our meals were on the better side of average, and during the course of the meal we heard other tables being told the available desserts. When we finished our main courses at 8.50 we were presented with our bill. We asked whether it would even be possible to have espresso coffees and were told, 'no', they were now closed.

And so, we paid our north-of-$90-for-two-courses-and-sub-par-wine bill and, unimpressed, left no tip. As we left, our waitress had clearly noticed that we had entered no tip on the credit card bill as she called after us "You'd better'd have left cash on the table". Uninspired by her erstwhile mute service, we hadn't. When she appreciated this, she decided to shout a valedictory: "You will never eat here again" after us. Though not in her power to decide, she was at least right on that count. Please avoid.

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Reviewed September 6, 2007

The Ragged Point Lodge has a very inviting entrance. The grounds are mantained well and there is a nice spot at the gazebo to watch the sunset. The room was spacious enough to add a cot. The beds lacked softness. One bed was especially uncomfortable. The gift shop had beautiful things. The restaurant was surprisingly more upscale than what I would have expected for a hotel just off the highway. The food was very good. It was a nice location if you are planning to continue on the Hearst Castle.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2007

This review is for the restaurant located at the Ragged Point Inn. (There didn't appear to be a seperate section to review this restaurant, so my apologies!)

My boyfriend and I dined here on Labor Day, and in a nutshell I'd say that the food and service were average, but the views of course were extraordinary.

FOOD: We each ordered an Amstel Light ($4.50 and served in an ice cold mug) and then split amongst the two of us, a side salad, a cup of clam chowder and the thai chicken wrap. The salad was a good size for two people, and was good but nothing special. Chowder was also good, but seemed to have a lot more potato than clam...And the wrap was filled with chunks of chicken and fresh veggies, and tossed in a light peanut sauce. There was no side included with the wrap. For $13.25 I expected a bit more.

I will say that I found it pretty tacky that they serve all their food (during lunch time at least) on plastic plates, with plastic silverware. The chowder was served in a styrafoam bowl. If you are going to charge high prices, I believe that food should come served in "real" bowls and plates and with "real" silverware. This not only seems cheap on their part, but also very enviromentally unfriendly, especially considering the natural beauty you are surrounded by here.

I would recommend Nepenthe (up the road in Big Sur) for better food and a slightly better view and service. Check my review if you're interested!


Stayed: September 2007
1  Thank nosacrificeatall
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Address: 19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point, San Simeon, CA 93452-9751
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in San Simeon
Price Range: $143 - $290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ragged Point Inn and Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ragged Point Inn, perched high on a cliff top overlooking the rugged Pacific, is the ideal place to take in the beauty and majesty of California’s Big Sur coast. Relax in one of our 39 spacious and comfortable rooms. Each come with one of the most beautiful views of the Pacific you’ll ever experience - sunrise or sunset. Enjoy fine, fresh cuisine in our award winning gourmet restaurant. Shop in our gift shop, filled with art and collectibles from local artists. Planning a wedding or special event? We have the perfect venue for that special day and can provide you with assistance in every detail. Located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ragged Point Inn is one stop on picturesque Highway One that you do not want to miss. We invite you to be our guest. ... more   less 
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