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Liberty, Missouri
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Darling inn that sits beside a river and shops. The food in the restaurant is delicious with an array of tasty choices. I had a beautiful salad. The grandchildren, hamburgers. The staff is efficient and nice.

Thank GGMaSue19
Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for a wedding. The Inn was charming. Nouri room was "across" hwy 1 so we had no view but the room itself was charming. Great TV, big bathroom, nice bed. By choice, I would prefer to be in the main building because the view of the river is breathtaking. The wedding was facing the river and it...

Thank Marcia K
Red Bluff, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On an adventure to explore the local area while staying in Carmel, we ventured south to spend time in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We stopped at this Inn to admire the gardens and happily found the restaurant at the exact right time. The sun was just emerging to warm the deck that overlooks the river...and...

Thank kimnoreen
Bonita, CA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For now only available from the Carmel side of the 1. Still cleaning up after "the storm". Lots of water in the river and we had drinks just overlooking it. The food looked pretty good. Drinks are reasonably priced but the service not so good. Gift shops and it's a good stop.

Thank Snorris57
Kansas City
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Okay, I've never done this before, but I'm going to review a place I haven't stayed at. And here's why: The Big Sur River Inn has INCREDIBLE customer service! My friend and I had planned a road trip down Hwy 1, and we wanted to stay at Big Sur. I combed the reviews of all the motels and inns in...

Thank Galeda
Reviewed 10 February 2017

If you want a base camp for your exploration of Big Sur's shoreline, mountains and forests, Big Sur River Inn is a good choice. If you want to be pampered with spa treatment and luxury accomodations, find another place. Fairly priced. The room was clean, the bed slept well, the linens were good (my wife made me write that) and...

Thank Bryan B
Hartford, Connecticut
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

This is a hard call to make. The rooms are a bit dated and more motel than inn if you stay in the queen sized rooms. Than mine size suites are roomy but still a bit dated. Its also a bit pricey foe the quality but there aren't a lot of choices in the area so I guess that's the...

1Thank JBMartiniguy
Carmel Valley, California
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We really enjoyed the nice people in the restaurant, the Food was very good. The King suite was excellent, very comfortable! The overlook the Big Sur River, which runs high and fast at this time of the year.

1Thank pirateed2017
Sacramento, California
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This Inn on Hwy 1 has a great location , its very close to three state parks so lots of outdoor options. Property sits behind a river, so guests have access to the river. Most of the rooms are on the mountain side, on the other side of the road but there are some rooms with river view. There is...

1Thank Tulika_sac
South Lake Tahoe, California
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Tiny but clean rooms with decent bathrooms. No cell service and food was plentiful and not bad. Not somewhere to go for a special meal but certainly worth a visit! The bar makes their own infused vodka and drinks. Go put your feet in the river after a day of hiking!

1Thank Jennifer T

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Los Angeles, California
Carmel, California
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“Choose a room on the river, the King Suites.”
pirateed2017, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“get river side rooms”
Tulika_sac, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“rooms across the road are quiet”
brubooks, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for room on river side.”
DonnavRob, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“No cell service”
Kori14, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
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