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Review of Ripplewood Resort

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Ripplewood Resort
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Back Woods Bonus....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Stayed one night at Ripplewood en route from SF to LA. What a great place. Peaceful, charming and quaint, my wife, two teenagers and I had a really enjoyable time here. The cabin is really cool and, just five minutes walk further into the woods, we were able to swinm in the creek. There is an absolutely excellent restaurant and bar, The Big Sur Roadhouse, next door and a breakfast cafe over the road. Only slight downside was that our cabin was 10 metres from the PCH but it was fine. A really, really good spot that costs very little.

Room Tip: Try and stay as far from the road as possible.......
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have stayed at the RippleWood two different times now, and had a wonderful time on each occasion. There are around 16 cabins that are on the property, and each one is unique with their layouts, rooms, how many people can fit in, and ambiance.

There is a store (where you also check in at), a small gas station, a cafe with outdoor seating and good home made food. A gourmet restaurant next door (another review) that was awesome, and you can drink and just walk back to your cabin. The people that work at the store/check in were very friendly and helpful.

The cabins get booked early during the summer vacation season, and from what we observed the cabins numbered 1 through 9 are in some of the nicest spots, down below the hwy 1 and next to a river. They are very quint, with big redwood trees around, the sound of Big Sur river, with plenty of parking, and barbeque stands...

We have stayed in the hillside cabins (#12 through #16) and it was still enchanting. The Ripplewood website will give good info on the number of rooms/people for each cabin. With lots of wildlife...

We booked at the last minute this go around, and took the cabin next to the hwy (#10 or #11). We were a little apprehensive but all was good. The noise from the hwy was not a problem, for at night there was little traffic.

From the Ripplewood, just north a few minutes drive, you are close to a state park (Andrew Molera) that has paths right to the ocean, and is a very easy walk of about a mile each way.
And if you go South from the Ripplewood, then you have the huge Pfeiffer State park with many different trails to choose from among some beautiful redwoods forest.

Then down the road on a cliff is the restaurant called Nepenthe (spelling might be off?). This sits on top of a cliff looking up and down the coast with spectacular views. You can sit here for hours taking in the sights and fresh air.

Plan some time, for it is very relaxing in this area, and the natural beauty is incredible.

Room Tip: Best cabins in our opinions would be cabins #1 - 9, but any cabin in this resort would be a wonderfu...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We stayed one night here on our way south on the PCH. We stayed in cabin 12A. It sits off the highway and we heard no road noise. It has outside seating available and there is beautiful landscaping around the property. The cabin is cozy and there is no TV. The bed was very comfortable. The restaurant on sight is only open for breakfast and lunch. We had breakfast and it was excellent! Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wabeancounter
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

We had the pleasure to stay in Cabin #9 on our honeymoon. It was everything we expected and more, the bed was comfortable, clean and well fitted with extra sheets for the cold mornings. Bring slippers to walk in the cabin as it does get cold at night and in the AM. The mornings were great with home made breakfast, prepacking our lunches/ snacks made days adventures easy, and coming home to cook dinner at night was great since we ate on the deck next to the river. We had daily animal visitors that we gazed at thru the window. All you need to bring is proteins, fruits, veggies, maybe extra coffee/ tea, condiments and drinking water.
The view of the river is great but hearing it before falling asleep and while waking up is calming and sweet. I would come back to Big Sur anytime it is beautiful and amazing. We traveled April 2013, sorry the review is late, we've had a busy year.

  • Stayed July 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chatsworth
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27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Stayed in Cabin # 4 for one night and really wish I could have stayed longer. The river was gorgeous and so peaceful. The cabin is basic and reasonably priced for Big Sur. The kitchen had everything we needed; the heater and fireplace both worked well. Even though we visited in June, the property is in the woods and shady so it's not very warm. The staff was helpful and pleasant.

I would have given this an "Excellent" rating except for the odd smell in parts of the cabin. The information in the cabin stated that it's propane; it smelled like bug spray to me. Neither of us had any ill effects though, so it probably was just the propane.

The bathroom was basic, with nice amenities, lots of hot water and the clear top to the shower was delightful. All in all, a truly lovely place to stay!

Room Tip: Definitely get a cabin by the river!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DiscerningTrav27
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Work
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90 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

We found this small resort on Hwy 1 through TA and booked this half cabin. It was an awesome evening with wildlife all around and surrounded by huge redwood trees and fresh air. It has an outside table and chairs to enjoy the surroundings. The restaurant has a wild variety of breakfast dishes to choose from as well and the on sire store is well stocked with anything you could want to continue your road trip.

Room Tip: Tkis cabin was across the highway from the river but a great value.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Blue Lake, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Ripplewood was suggested to us by the Ventana Wildlife Society as a place to stay when we came to Big Sur to see the VWS reintroduced condor population. Living in the redwoods of Humboldt County, we are quite familiar with rustic and loved Ripplewood. It was surprisingly quiet and we came at a time when nearly all of the wild gardens around the cabins were blooming. We stayed in #16 as it was the only cabin available that had two bedrooms.. It was perfect and relatively quiet; upon walking the grounds I don't think there was a 'bad' choice of cabin. A kind staff that shipped back our forgotten pillow with a laugh and a "No problem". We will return and we will stay at Ripplewood again.

Room Tip: Forget your phone connections...time for a reality check. It's the 50s (and the 40s and the 30s...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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:
Ripplewood Hotel Big Sur
Ripplewood Big Sur

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