The first thing that gets your attention about this fantastic inn is the overall location. Set high at the very edge on a cliff overlooking one of the most incredible views of the Pacific Ocean you will ever see, this is a place for an unforgettable overnight or extended stay.
My wife and I stayed in room 36 for two nights on our way from L.A. to Napa Valley. This room cost about $200 per night and was on the second floor with an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding cliff. Breathtaking would be an overused word, but it fits. The room had a very comfortable king size bed and sliding glass door leading out onto a small deck where we would spend time reading and often just taking in the view. I highly recommend this particular room, though the others that line the cliff look every bit as nice. You can't go wrong here but I would take a second floor room if you have a choice, just for the additional view.
There is a gas station, convenience store and restaurant on the property. As expected in a location as remote as this, the prices are high though I felt the restaurant menu prices were not excessive ($20-30). The food is well made and not your standard fare and we felt it was worth every penny. You can choose to eat indoors or out. Both are equally enjoyable but the weather will make that decision for you. As for the gas station which is the only one you will see for miles, just make sure you fill your tank before you get here or you will be stuck paying gas prices that are ridiculous to say the least. ($4.22 a gallon!)
The staff was very helpful and friendly. The surrounding grounds are decorated with flowers and very well kept. There is a path down one side of the cliff leading to a small private beach but I would recommend this only to the bravest and fittest. The view from the top is where we ended our day watching two of the most intense ocean sunsets we have ever seen.
By the way, Hearst Castle, Piedras Blancas (where the elephant seals are this time of the year) and San Simeon beach are an easy 15 minute drive south down highway 1. The coast line along this area is as beautiful as anything you will see in the world and it gets even better when you head north toward Carmel.
I could go on but this is a special place which we hope to visit again in a few years.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ragged Point Hotel San Simeon
- Ragged Point Inn