Adjacent to the Big Sur River, this California hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar. Pfeiffer Day Use Beach is a 10 minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms. A private entrance, free toiletries and a private bathroom are featured in each room at Big Sur River Inn. Rooms provide wood accents, white linens and artwork inspired by nature. After a day at the beach, guests can relax in the seasonal outdoor swimming pool. On-site shopping opportunities available at River Inn Big Sur. Hiking trails through the Redwoods are 3 miles from Andrew Molera State Park. Big Sur River Inn Restaurant offers American fare on site. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or a complete meal from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, 7 days a week. San Francisco International Airport is 130 miles from Big Sur River Inn.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Big Sur River Inn has been welcoming guests since Jul 28, 2012

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Free Parking Available On Site


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Room Type
1 queen bed
Bedroom 1:
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2:
1 king bed
Bedroom 1:
1 king bed
Bedroom 2:
1 queen bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
Low score for Big Sur
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Mark
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Great having a good restaurant on site. Exceptional service, everything very clean with an eye for detail. Really cool sitting in the wooden chairs in the Big Sur river having a drink!!
  • Jason
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The Adirondack Chairs in the creek was what drew me here, but the rest of the property is also wonderful. The beds were soft and comfy, the restaurant food was good, and the breakfast burritos were huge!
  • B
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    We arrived by bicycle from Carmel. We sent a box forward with our evening attire. The staff was very helpful in receiving the box. We shipped the box home when we left. They were awesome. The kids name at the desk was Gabe really helpful.
  • Emily
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    room was as described. close to local attractions.
  • Mai
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location is great. The room is clean and comfortable. The grounds and river are beautiful. Great breakfast at the River Inn restaurant. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
  • Rachele
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location of the room we stayed in was amazing beautiful! The restaurant staff was very kind and professional, especially Sergio. Great customer service.
  • Kristen
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location was incredible and we loved the restaurant overlooking the river. The kids played in the river after dinner and we enjoyed the chairs in the river.
  • B
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The room was very clean and cute. We had an outdoor patio with a bench and table. There was free wifi. Everything was expected as pictured. Will definitely stay again.
  • Sarah
    Really nice location for a motel just on the side of the road, comfortable cabins, nice restaurant
  • Daniel
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Newly refurbished rooms maintained the seaside cabin vibe. Great off-season value. Very quiet.

Property questions and answers
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  • Hello is the swimming pool heated please ?

    Heated during the Summer
    Answered on 13 May 2023
  • Are small dogs ok

    Unfortunately, we only allow service animals, however, Riverside Campgrounds down the road from us might have some availability.
    Answered on 21 December 2021
  • We are travelling with our three children. Is it possible to have an extra bed / roll-away bed in the suite?

    Unfortunately we can not put an extra bed in the Suites
    Answered on 13 May 2023
  • is your property dog friendly. small dog

    No, we are not a pet friendly hotel
    Answered on 13 May 2023
  • Are small dogs still not allowed?

    Unfortunately Yes, dogs are not allowed at the hotel
    Answered on 13 May 2023

Area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Big Sur River Inn Restaurant
    • Cuisine
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Traditional • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free

Amenities of Big Sur River Inn

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Garden
  • Coffee machine
  • Hiking
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • ATM on site
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Seasonal
  • Fenced pool
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

House rules

Big Sur River Inn takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 12:00 PM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 3 years
Crib upon request

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.


When booking more than 3 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa Discover American Express Big Sur River Inn accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Big Sur River Inn

  • Yes, Big Sur River Inn is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • The prices at Big Sur River Inn may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Big Sur River Inn is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

  • Big Sur River Inn has 1 restaurant:

    • Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Room options at Big Sur River Inn include:

    • Double
    • Family
    • Suite

  • Big Sur River Inn offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Swimming pool

  • Big Sur River Inn is 800 feet from the center of Big Sur. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.