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Located on a hillside overlooking Big Sur's beautiful Pacific coastline, Ventana Inn & Spa is an adults only resort located on 160 secluded acres. Gorgeous location. Helpful staff. Valet car service to nearby restaurants. Daily happy hour featuring local wine & beer.
Little European Lodge is located in Carmel Valley. There's a seasonal outdoor pool and guests can use free WiFi and free private parking. Great location and the manager was amazing so helpful beyond her duties! She helped us out tremendously and we will use again.
Featuring free WiFi, a hot tub and a heated outdoor pool, Contenta Inn offers accommodations in Carmel Valley, 12 mi from Monterey. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms have a TV. Comfy bed, exceptionally clean, hot tub & pool very clean, big tv, enjoyed the bagels at breakfast. Short walk to the small town where there are some restaurants.
Nestled among the Santa Lucia Mountains, Hidden Valley Inn is just 5 minutes walk to Carmel Valley Village where guests can explore many wine tasting rooms, boutique shops, and fine restaurants... This was one of our favourite parts of our entire trip through California. We only stayed a couple of days but even our two teenages said how much they enjoyed it and wished we stayed longer. Really pretty location, quality rooms and lush pool. Nice local restaurants and great for hiking. We would also like to thank the lovely person on reception they were really helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
Surrounded by large flower gardens, this lodge offers a seasonal outdoor pool from May to October. Carmel-by-the-Sea is 15 minutes’ drive away. It was a nice and quiet place, a bit rustic. It had a wonderful pool. And it was open, somewhat unusual in corona time. Lots of plants and flowers which attracted a lot of butterflies and birds. Just an altogether delightful place.
We liked Big Sur Lodge, the scenery along Hwy. 1, and the walk to to Pfeiffer waterfall in the Park 13 miles south. It's fairly easy to get around if the drive does not intimidate you. But the shortage of park rangers makes it difficult to find certain trails & info. We liked eating and sitting at the River Inn. Forget going to Point Lobos. It is so crowded you can't park near the main hiking trail, and you may, in fact, not be able to park there at all. Sadly, Big Sur is becoming too popular and crowded on holidays or in the summer. Go there at the other times.
This is my second time I’m staying. First was like heaven. But second because of climate, fires, and of course corona, it wasn’t fun at all. So many people in river, we couldn’t even get a chair to Soak our feet on the cold river . Restaurant wasn’t pleasurable. You ordering your food First to go. Then go to restaurant area you canSit and eat your meal, which is like fast food style. Over roll I love this hotel. I definitely come back again.
Majestic; serene; a bit like stepping into another time period (in a good way) - no TVs, cell phones, wifi in much of Big Sur; awesome natural beauty with forested cliffs overlooking wild pacific surf.
We greatly enjoyed the Monterey Aquarium, 17 mile drive, Ventana Resort, Treebones yurts, beautiful hiking, the sea lions and just the spectacular scenery. We went specifically to San Luis Obispo for the farmer's market and were disappointed in the small turnout from vendors that we had experienced a few years before. Wished we hadn't spent the night in San Francisco and had driven over to the coast when we got off the plane, but we'll know the next time.
Travellers should be aware that we found Wood Ticks on our clothing after a short hike through the grassy trail down to the beach. If you find a reddish bulls-eye type rash anywhere on your body after being out in nature, you may have been bitten by a tick and you are at risk of contracting debilitating Lyme Disease so medical attention should be sought. There are products which can be used to protect against and to prevent Tick bites. Prevention is the best remedy. Be prepared to stop for other tourists or for Road Crews while driving on the coastal highways. There were many Road Crews working on the roads as they seem to have continued issues with their roads at Big Sur. For Breakfast or anytime, stop at Ripplewood café...Good food that will fill you up. Some of the trails at Big Sur were a bit steep and sandy with loose soil/gravel which made walking difficult for those in the group wearing flip flops. Big Sur is such beautiful country, and is definitely worth visiting if you enjoy viewing somewhat remote and beautiful scenery, watching ocean waves crashing on rocks and racing up the beach, taking in stunning, peaceful, quiet sunsets, or, if you prefer to be more active, the many opportunities for walking and hiking. Bring your camera! Around every corner is a another breath taking view. I can't wait to visit again.
Probebly the most beautiful place on earth. Lovely people and still very authentic atmosphere. Stayed at Ventana. Worth all the money. will try Post Ranch Inn. Deetjens and The Big sur Bakery also worth visiting
It’s like camping but not actually camping! The state park is beautiful and the cottages are very comfortable. We had a room with a fireplace and it was so nice to sit and enjoy a fire at the end of the day. The pool wasn’t open yet but it looked like a really nice place to enjoy cooling off. The bed was very comfortable. The staff was very helpful! we had an issue with our heater and they were very accommodating.
Absolutely stunning property. Surrounded by redwoods with incredible views of the coast. Very peaceful. The staff were very kind and helpful. The room was clean and well maintained. Close to the best hikes in Big Sur.
the room is clean and has enough space for us. We cannot expect more in Big Sur. There is a general store and restaurant.
Coming back after a long hike to soak my feet in the creek was the best.