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“Rustic charm” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ripplewood Resort

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Ripplewood Resort
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Rustic charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

We stayed in Cabin 6, right by the Big Sur river and amongst big redwood trees. The cabin has the redwood smell. You can hear a little bit of the running water at night - can be soothing. The cabin is basic, but spacious (1 queen and 1 twin bed), has full kitchen, deck off the river. It is rustic, but very clean and well maintain inside and exterior (most important in my book for any place I stay). Having the full kitchen can save you some money as things are expensive in Big Sur. Bathroom is small, especially the shower stall (square shape) - my husband is 6 ft tall, when he duck to put his head under the shower head, he knocked things over, but that's really minor - you are not there for the shower experience. =) I did love that the shower as has good pressure and get hot fast, the 'roof' for the shower is clear - you the trees and sky looking up.

Everything in the cabin is decorated in dark color, I wish they had used lighter tint for the inside or furniture. (Just personal preference for lighter decor, since it would make the inside feel more spacious and airy.) Also I want to be able to at least "see" that things are clean (like the sofa), but base on how clean the kitchen and bathroom were (both painted white), it did put my mind at ease.

It was very peaceful while we were there (but don't think they were full). Its location is convenient to a lot of things.

The restaurant had very good breakfast and the outdoor seating is very quaint. The waitress was very nice. We highly recommend the French Toast! It is REALLY good.

Wifi is available at the office\store. No cell signal for us (we have Verizon).

One thing to consider (totally personal preference). This is our first time staying in Big Sur, so we split our stay between two Big Sur lodges. 1. Ripplewood: the cabin amongst redwood along Big Sur River (to explore the state parks and beaches in northern part of Big Sur) and 2. cabin off the coast\cliff (to explore the state parks and beaches @ southern part of Big Sur). For me, when I think Big Sur, I think the coast and cliffs (what drew us to visit in the first place), so the cliff side stay was more special even thought the cliff cabin does not have other conveniences as nearby.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DigTravelMd
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

At first glance, this resort may seem a bit rustic, but it is spotlessly clean and comfortable. There is even a nice diner that serves a good breakfast. We had a comfortable two bedroom cabin. When we first arrived, we noticed that there was a funky musty smell and my friend thought it smelled like gas. The proprietor came to check it out and said that it was the smell of the propane emitted by the heater. He denied that there was any smell at all, implying that we were a couple of loonies. There was definitely a strange odor to the place, but the location is fantastic, close to Pfeiffer Beach and Nepenthe, the wonderful restaurant in Big Sur. We enjoyed our stay and next time I would ask for a cabin near the stream.

Room Tip: Away from the highway and near the stream
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alison B
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Middle Park, Australia
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

Stay here you'll love the friendly people, breakfast, open fire, river and BEAUTIFUL TREES! We got a flat tyre and the folks were very accommodating - in the whole town. Stay a couple of nights if you can its well worth the drive but drive carefully and not over rocks!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013 via mobile

We stayed in cabin 2. The office is only open until 8pm; if you are going to be late call ahead to make arrangements. We were surrounded by beautiful trees and a babbling brook. Our cabin did not have a fireplace inside, but has a fire pit outside. While enjoying the fire pit a skunk came right up to us. We did not move and he kept moving after a moment. You really are in the middle of nature. We only stayed one night so we didn't use the kitchen, but it is a fully finctional kitchen. Very peaceful stay!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Columbus, Mississippi
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

We stayed in cabin 12A in April 2013 and were very happy with our stay. The combination general store and check-in in the front prepared us for a cabin that was far more rustic than what we found. We were pleasantly surprised by the cabin, which was clean, had a fridge, a nice shower, and a very comfortable bed. I would gladly stay here again on another trip.

Cabins 12A and 12B are a great value for those traveling alone or in a couple, but if you're willing to spend more, the cabins by the river are in a really lovely setting.

A tip (may only apply to cabins 12A/B): don't shower right before bed because the water heater makes a banging sound for about 20-30 mins after each shower.

Room Tip: If traveling alone or in a couple, cabins 12A and 12B are a great value. The cabins by the river are...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Traveler_NatalieC
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Bozeman, Montana
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114 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

If you are looking for a fancy place with HD TV, great internet service and a luxury bathtub, this place is NOT for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a great escape from noisy, congested city life, this is the spot. There are no TVs here. How nice! The internet service is pretty spotty, though you can do OK in the cafe.

The grounds were just magnificent during our stay in April. Flowers and blooms everywhere. We opted to not stay in one of the river cabins since they cost quite a bit more, but be sure to walk down along the river to see the spectacular, huge redwoods. We stopped at several state parks but thought the grove down along the Big Sur River at Ripplewood was actually more impressive than the groves we walked through in the parks.

We also like the fact that the cabins are well back from the highway, unlike cabins at several other resorts in the Big Sur area. One suggestion: The heater in the cabin seems to continue to radiate heat for awhile even after you turn it off, so when you leave to go out for the day, you may want to leave your windows open so you won't return to a very warm cabin.

Remember, there's no TV so bring a good book to read. If you forget one, no problem--one of the neatest libraries to found anywhere is right there on Ripplewood's grounds.

Rustic, well-maintained cabins in a gorgeous setting!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ripplewood Resort

Property: Ripplewood Resort
Address: 47047 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9556
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#6 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 17
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:
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Ripplewood Big Sur

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