My wife & I (and now small baby) have stayed in Cabin 6 (by the river) & 16 (by the road). I would recommend both as very good rustic options for a stay in Big Sur. We've stayed in all the local accommodations in Big Sur, & Ripplewood is definitely one of the best. It's not a 'luxury boutique hotel' with upscale design & contemporary accessories; if you want that, stay at Glenoaks, which is much more expensive. Ripplewood is genuine cabin accommodation, which might mean the rustle of a mouse in the kitchen at night (as we had in 6) & the gobble of wild turkeys outside in the morning. You check in, get local information & assistance at the General Store; not with a polished 'hospitality industry' smile but with the local flavor of polite but not overly friendly. They're not going to bend over backwards for the guests, you should feel lucky to be here. I actually like this attitude. Don't expect wifi or cel service in the cabins... the feeling here is that you should be escaping such trappings when you enter Big Sur.
The river is perhaps a little more peaceful than the road side (which can be surprisingly noisy at night) but we had an excellent night's sleep in both, under the redwoods & with the sense that we were really in the heart of Big Sur, an escape from the city that feels like country living, if only for a day.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ripplewood Hotel Big Sur
- Ripplewood Big Sur