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Big Sur River Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Big Sur B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 August 2007

Despite many negative reviews, I went against my better judgment and booked a room here for a romantic getaway weekend with my boyfriend. Since the trip was spur of the moment and it was Easter weekend, most other accommodations in Big Sur were booked out. It should have been a sign to us that this place still had availability. We stayed in one of the motel style rooms on the east side of Highway 1. Maybe the rooms in the main lodge are nicer, but for $150/night, our room was a disaster. The walls were paper thin, the mattress was completely lumpy, the two towels were thin, stained and shredded, the shower was moldy. I will admit that the atmosphere of the dining room in the main lodge is pleasant (although the food classifies as overpriced mediocrity) and the deck as well as the chairs in the river are relaxing places to hang out. If I had paid $50/night, I might be able to give this inn 2 stars. I know that Big Sur in general is overpriced. However, for $150, this place still classifies as highway robbery.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2007

Our 'quick' evening meal went as follows....

7:45 arrive
7:50 get seated
7:55 asked what we would like to drink
8:15 asked what we'd like to eat....but where are our drinks? Not even any water had arrived............
8:20 Finally got drinks....still no water
8:25....Water!! Yippee!
8:40...Food arrived, but as predicted they got the order wrong...back it goes..
8:45 correct food arrived.....ONE HOUR after arriving

As the previous writer wrote, the place wasn't even half full and they couldn't cope, it was as if we were not there, there were very few apologies and they seemed to accept that this was the normal level or service. No attempt was made to rectify our disatisfaction, with either free drinks or a heartfelt apology....we shall not be returning, I suggest you stear clear as well...

PS Food was average to poor considering the price, setting was good, liked the furniture in the 'waiting lounge', can't think of anything else nice to say...sorry

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Reviewed 24 June 2007

In the last three weeks we've stayed at eight hotels around California from the Redwoods in the Nth to Yosemite and Los Angeles in the Sth. We've had great service in rooms that were exactly what you'd expect for the money and more.
Due to heavy bookings in what must be a popular spot we spent almost twice the amount we would normally spend for what has turned out to be a third the quality.
The facilities are sparten and the decor non existent. The room is not somewhere you want to spend any more time in than absolutely necessary. There is a couch that doubles as a sofa bed and for this reason is about three feet off the ground, 1st generation sofa bed I suspect. There are a couple of other chairs in the room but not a picture on the wall and no television, the only concession to in-room entertainment being a clock radio.
Overall facilities are tired and dilapidated. The bathroom is functional but simply basic with decorative towel folding the only highlight.
The only positive feature is a good firm bed, about the only item in the room offering any comfort. While the view from the room is quite beautiful, the room itslef is much less attractive and does not really compensate. This is definitely not somewhere we will be revisting and really somewhere to be avoided.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2007

We stopped at the River Inn on our way through Big Sur and had one of the cheaper rooms across the road from the main site and river. The room was large and newly decorated. Very nice organic products in the bathroom, lovely linen on the beds. The restaurant on site served a delicious meal. I would recommend this motel to anyone............

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2007

From past experiances at dining here for breakfast (a number of years
ago) I was Looking forward to stopping and eating here again on way to Monterey. Loved the atmosphere. Food was not so good, had Angus hamburger $12 plus $1.50 for cheese. nothing much cheaper except Soup or small salid. Here is the kicker $4 coke no alcohol! Couldn't
get refills. This was lunch! Middle of week. Very disapointed, service was a bit shoady, I have no intentions of going back. Pass this place up!

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Reviewed 22 March 2007

God some people are just never satisfied! We stayed here for one night and were pleasantly suprised. Was a good size room, with two double beds, nice bathroom, all very clean and we paid $160 for it. Really can't complain! the setting was just georgous, right on the river and close to the national parks and restaurant offered a lovely breakfast in the morning. We didnt eat there in the evening, but had a few drinks, only complaint would be the bar shut at 10.30pm, but then it was pretty out of season. So in summary I would definatley reccommend staying here. Also just check out the rooms first before you decide then you can't be dissapointed and if you don't like what you see there are heaps of other places to stay along the way.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2007

My wife and I stayed there on 3/10/07. The rate was $220.00. When we arrived, we were amazed at how sparse the furnishings were. In the seating area, there was only 1 chair and a trundle like day bed. The bedroom had a queen bed (very comfortable).

The floors were not vacuumed. the windows to the river were finger printed, but the worst was yet to come.

The walls are paper thin, and you would swear that there no walls between you and your neighbors. We were lucky that there were no children with us. We could hear even the most quiet whispers from them, not to mention the moments of loudness. They had a great time. . . we were pretty disgusted.

Never, I repeat never, stay here. This place should be bulldozed, or I should say the owners should be. They have done nothing to enhance the value of Big Sur.

Incidentally, when we approached management regarding a fee settlement, they said they would provide us with a voucher for a future stay. Pretty low

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: 46840 Highway 1, Highway 1 at Pheneger Creek, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Big Sur
Price Range: £126 - £336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Big Sur River Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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