Ragged Point Inn and Resort
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Drive down the Pacific started with a first stopover at Carmel, the Noosa like quaint village that once had Dirty Harry as its Mayor. The drive is still incredible even the 3rd time around. Girls got over nervousness of Dad doing the James Bond driving to thoroughly enjoy the scenic route. Bridges, mountains, blue sky, vistas, whales, elephant …
... now I just had to get used to going up a steep hill to get up the trail. That really took some clutch timing to get me past the first bend. After that is was not as steep. I immediately started noticing that there were RVs and cars pulled over to the side if the road and there were people camping out. This was going to be cool after all. The only thing I had to do was find two trees to hang my hammock on and I would be all set. That turned out to be easier said than done. ...
... on the life of Mr. Hearst and the building of the castle. The entire visit was fantastic the grandeur of the building with all of its art and furnishings is breathtaking and is definitely a must see for everyone. It is hard to believe that someone could amass enough wealth to build, furnish and maintain such an enormous home. After leaving the Hearst Castle around 6:00 PM we headed north on Rt 1 in search of ...
... So an early night tonight as we have another full day on tomorrow with a bit more distance to cover. Plus I just looked at the highway conditions and it looks like a section of highway 1 (runs along the west coast) is closed due to a "land slip" about 60 miles north of us here. So may have to back track and head inland to go up north...will have to check in the morning once details are confirmed.
... benches brought in from Spain. The two pools were beautiful - especially the indoor pool which had a balcony above the middle of the pool which served as a diving board.
The guest houses (I think there were 3) were huge! One had 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms- it was the small one. The other guest houses had 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
It seems William Hearst's father found a silver mine and that was where the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ragged Point Inn and Resort San Simeon
Fantastic location, great views, good food. Best value on Big Sur
We stumbled upon the Ragged Point Inn shortly after visiting Hearst Castle in August 2004. We originally intended to drive further up Big Sur before stopping for the night. But fog prevented us and so we decided to stay at Ragged Point. Really glad that we did because this place is fantastic. The accomodation was very comfortable - two double beds and ample room for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 15 and 11. Best of all was the room's veranda, with a large wooden seat to look out on the cliff edge and Pacific. There were about 40 rooms on site. We got a great deal for $129 for our standard room (Sunday night).And quite a bit less than we would have paid if we had gone on a few more miles.
There is a snack bar, restaurant, gas station and mini mart at Ragged Point. Nothing else! We had a lovely dinner at the restaurant. Food was great and a good selection.
The staff at reception were exceptionally helpful and friendly.
If you are driving up Route 1 - this is a really great place to stay. There is a trail down to the small cove at the bottom of the cliff but didnt look worth risking our lives on. But the small gardens and paths around the accomodation are really nice with excellent views.
If we are ever driving Route 1 again, we would definitely stay again at the Ragged Point Inn.
Enjoyed everything about it.
Clean, quiet and awesome ocean views.
Great location, nice rooms, disappointing food
happened accross this lovely oasis on the road at the end of a day's travel. got a reasonable reduction on the room rate [although the full price for the jacuzzi suite would have way to high]. a great place to relax.
unfortunately, a mediocre restaurant with overcooked steaks served on cold plates and they added the 'six and more' compulsory service charge to the bill for five of us.
HWY 1 Oasis
I recently traveled to Ragged Point for my Honeymoon. The views are the most breathtaking I've ever seen, (and I've seen them on 4 continents) the food and service were 4 star at least, and the people were as fun and easy to talk with as any place in the world. $200 per night is a steal for this place. You go 20 miles north and you would pay the same for a smelly cabin with no views and questionable service. The Inn is convenient to All Big Sur Parks, Nepenthe, Esalen Institute, Monterrey, Hearst Castle, and San Luis Opisbo. If you go make sure you schedule an off property massage at Esalen. $120 for a 90 minute massage, dinner, and hours of time soaking in their natural hot springs right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific. Clothing at the Esalen Spa is optional, and apparently not very popular. Make sure you check out Molera Horseback tours as well. Beautiful trail rides with an awesome staff. We'll be back someday soon.
A GREAT FIND
We found Ragged Point by accident.........ate an excellent meal and had a great evening. The grounds and the view are perfect.
i booked it after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and its exactly as you folks said - fantastic location, rooms are good motel standard but not luxury - quiet also. restaurant on-site is pretty good and its 10 miles from hearst castle. $200 per nite (fri nite)- but i guess thats what it costs around this area. i would go back again.
Indescribably beauitiful view!
Just returned from a trip to Carmel. My recommendation is to skip Monterey and Carmel and just spend a few days at this inn. You could do day trips from there to see Big Sur sights. The view was so beautiful I can't put it in words. Relaxing and inviting atmosphere. After staying here, anything else is anticlimatic. You are guaranteed an experience that will be among your top life memories. Might be expensive for you, but I recommend you save elsewhere. Nothing else will come even close.
$39.99 dream stay
It was about 10 years ago. I took a solo drive up to Big Sur, but there had been a landslide which closed Hwy. 1 just north of the Ragged Point Inn. The management set out a bright orange sign, stating "$39.00 tonight". Well, It was like I hit the lottery! They even set me up with an ocean view! I had always wanted to stay there, but the expense was to great. A pristine place!
Super Two DAYS & Nights
SUPER TWO DAYS! My wife and I found Ragged Point by mistake. We were on our way to Monteray and because Route 1 was closed North we had to turn around. Best detour we ever made. We enjoyed the peace and quiet so much, that we stayed two days. The motel service was super and the resturant was great! Decent background music for a change (And that is rare any more) We will return!Bob & Blanche
Good alternative to Big Sur gouging
Ragged Point Inn is a lodge situated on cliffs to the south of Big Sur, with lovely views of the Pacific and a calm and isolated feel. The price-value ratio is definitely better than what you can find anywhere in Big Sur, though it's not cheap. You can make this a base for driving north to Big Sur to discover the gorgeous beaches. I hate to see people spend over $200 for substandard lodging, no beach access, no view, and rude service in Big Sur, when places like this exist nearby.