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Gorda Springs Resort
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Los Angeles
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great for families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Yes it's rustic (no TV or phones), and a bit south to actually be in Big Sur, but my kids (ages 6 and 14) loved the small village feel and seeing whales swim by.

We arrived very late (9pm), and there were potential guests waiting for our room in case we didn't show up. The manager had kindly kept the restaurant open for us, so we managed to eat a nice meal before heading up to the Stone House: two bedrooms, a living room, and fireplace. Small, but charming.

Spoke to a few other guests at breakfast the next morning, and everyone complimented the gorgeous views and many complained about the lumpy beds, but we would definitely stay here again on our way to the Hearst Castle (40 minutes south).

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

We went there in hopes to enjoy the ambience of driving highway 1. When we got there we were tired and decided we needed to to rest. The view is beautiful. And that is the only thing. The rooms needed updating, dirty carpets, cobwebs visible. Sheets had stains on them. No phone, no tv and not even a coffee maker in room.
The resturant we went in and if I would have known would not have ordered the piece of cake, it was 9.99. I got 3 pieces of cake,appetizer salad, beer and a glass of wine. My bill was $73. The waitress brought us the wrong thing. She was slow. Kept fixing her face and hair. In total for the resturant and room we spent almost 300. The staff was not as friendly as should have been.

  • Stayed May 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

So far I still do not know whether or not we'll be staying at this place. First phone call was answered by a lady who was barely polite and told me to call back after 3pm since nobody was available to take a reservation or even tell me if there were any vacancy. Called back around 4pm, talked to a guy this time, who at least told there was a room available, but still nobody could make a reservation and that I needed to call back the next day after 10:30am. Today is the next day, 11:30am: got the same lady who told me to call back after 3pm etc.... When I remarked that this was my 3rd call, she told me quite unpleasantly that nobody was there, that yesterday's guy lied to me, and that she couldn't do anything for me anyway, there! And hung up on me. Oh I also left an e-mail yesterday afternoon that still hasn't been answered... There is no online reservation by the way.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Mountain View, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

This review is based on a telephone conversation only:
I called to check room rates and availability. The woman who answered said "hello"....I wondered if I had dialed a personal phone number by mistake, because surely a business would say something like 'Gorda Springs Resort, how may I help you'. When it was determined I did have the hotel I asked about availability on a certain night. The woman did not know about accommodation availability and asked me to call back in two hours and ask for "Don".

It is amazing how powerful a 60 second phone conversation can make or break ones opinion of an establishment.

I don't wish to deter people from this establishment, only aid Gorda Springs Resort in common phone manners in order to better their service and reviews.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed here as a group on a bike ride from SF to SLO. Highlights were: gorgeous views including whale watching, a delicious breakfast (hold the coffee) and our waitress Sarah. Price is a bit higher because of the location, which is oceanfront and relatively isolated within Big Sur.

I'd happily stay here again and enjoy a lovely breakfast before cruising down the California coast.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

Such a beautiful, relaxing place! I'm glad we found it and I'm glad I did not check TripAdvisor first or I might not have come. As we drove farther down from Carmel, we realized the nicest and most accessible beaches are down south of Limekiln in Pacific Valley. And this place has beautiful historic cabins with some of the nicest views along the coast. Our cabin was built in 1949, but another was Depression-era.

We loved this place because, unlike many other hotels along Big Sur, we had an expansive view of the ocean from our porch and from a gazebo out front. I don't know why this place gets so few stars, but I guess it may not be for everyone.

We stayed in the Redwood Cabin, which had a large conjoined living room, bedroom and kitchen (with large fridge, coffee maker, microwave, and utensils). It also had two porches (actually three, but one was smaller than the others)! This was a mid-sized cabin. We paid $200 for the night, but they had hotel rooms for $150. We thought it was worth it to spend the $50 more for the extra space, windows, and porches.

I highly recommend this place and suggest you get one of the cabins. You get a lot for what you're paying for in terms of space and a lovely setting. They might be a little colder though (they supply space heaters, but the cabins are separated from each other and don't have central heating). Other hotels and resorts along Big Sur cost a lot more, had no view, or were booked (the one hotel further north that did have a similarly awesome view was only a little pricier, but only had hotel rooms, and they were booked). Renting a cabin in Pfieffer State Park costs $150 and they have no view of the ocean.

You should note that the hotel is separated from the grid (they told us this when we called ahead), so they must generate their own electricity and generally can't get a connection to cell towers to supply wifi. If you have Verizon, there's a car turnout a mile north from which you can get some service. If you have AT&T, you may need to drive further south to the next big town. I'm not sure how other carriers stand. I understand the problem, but I also just love the peacefulness of not checking facebook all the time. We watched a mother whale and her calf pass by as we read books on our porch (we saw them with binoculars). We also sat out on the gazebo for a couple hours overlooking the coast.

By the way, the most accessible and beautiful beach in Big Sur is a few miles north of the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

My husband and I stayed 1 night on the way down the coast from Big Sur...It was a Godsent...An oasis...It was MLK weekend (Saturday) The weather was spectacular 78 degrees in January and there were No vacancies anywhere in Big Sur.... We came upon Gorda springs and low and behold there was a room available above the General store with a Beautiful ocean view... We watched the sunset and did not have to worry about driving along the windy ocean highway in the dark...
The room was clean but dated.. There was a water problem because they just got a new water system and were figuring out the kinks... There was a restaurant and gas station next door..both Pricey..but hey you are totally miles from anywhere.... The staff was awesome and also there are cabins on the hillside for rent too... The flower gardens were beautiful birds and hummingbirds everywhere...I have a feeling this place probably gets not that good of reviews..but under the circumstances I will not slam them....We would stay here again!!!!! The room has a gas fireplace and comfy bed...

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gorda Springs Resort
Address: Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
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Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
Number of rooms: 11
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