Glen Oaks Big Sur
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGlen Oaks Big Sur
The most amazing place ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Got to come back one day..........
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Historical Traveler Reviews Glen Oaks Big Sur
Don't stay here.
The door to our room was broken and wouldn't stay shut. The walls are paper-thin and we could hear entire conversations two rooms away. The people next door were partying into the night and there is no onsite mangement after 9pm to do anything about it. We finally had to call management from a payphone in the rain at midnight, and were basically told to leave the key. We ended up driving 2 1/2 hours home in the middle of the night...and then they refused to refund our money. There a LOTS of nice places to stay in Big Sur. This is not one of them.
One Of Only 3 Good Places To Stay In This Town........
This lovely, quaint throw-back style MOTEL was a perfect stay for my brother & I.....GREAT PRICES (as just down the road 1/4 mile prices are DOUBLE for less) here, clean, very informative, helpful, friendly & HONEST staff. VERY GOOD restuarant next door at Ripplewood.....
We stayed at the Glen Oaks for one night on a recent trip to Big Sur. We found it to be spartan, clean and relatively inexpensive (for Big Sur) but it needs basic maintenance. The furniture is dated and one of the draws in a side table was broken. There was a large bucket under the sink in the bathroom to catch leaking water. The bucket was so large that my wife and I got into a giggle-fit over it! There was no continental breakfast nor any other offering - just a room to sleep in.
Stayed in 'The Cottage' at Glen Oaks Motel
Spent 2 nights (August 2 and 3) in "The Cottage" of the Glen Oaks Motel. Aside from the slight smell of propane gas from the unvented kitchen (staff found a fan for us), we really enjoyed our private little spot at the Cottage. It's up the hill a little bit from the main part of the motel (which looks quite nice) and is more private than Archie's, if you're debating what cottage to try. This was certainly the biggest space we stayed in during our San Francisco/Carmel/Big Sur trip, and, interestingly, had the nicest furniture! Lovely old bureau in the bedroom. There's a little deck outside, a fireplace, large bathroom, nice living room, kitchen with table and chairs, and a nice-sized bedroom. Other travelers who wrote in the visitor's journal seemed to have the time of their lives there! Be sure to walk down the trail into the woods and look at the creek and little waterfalls. Beautiful. And a great value for the area, which is $$.
Had a mixed sort of meal at the Big Sur Roadhouse right across the road, which other reviewers have mentioned. My husband had a really delicious steak, and I had the salmon tacos, which were oddly bland - white rice and black beans out of the can with no seasoning. Pretty good prices for the area, though, and my salad was delicious! We had great meals everywhere in California. Bring extra money for Big Sur, though - we weren't expecting $16 hamburgers everywhere. Try breakfast at Deetjen's!
It was a little disconcerting to have only one ATM available for 30 miles around (which is what a local said), but it worked the day I needed it so I can't complain.
Great place to stay
When you consider that everything in Big Sur costs 50% more than what you usually pay, the Glen Oaks is a suprising value in this posh Hippie community.
The people working at the hotel were very sweet and helpful. It's in a great location, pretty much in the middle of all the popular sites, but still quiet and private. There is a good and reasonable restaurant across the street, but the best part is the little breakfast and lunch cafe next door - very reasonable with great food.
The rooms were quiet, clean and the beds were comfortable. We had a great time. No need to pay the big prices...this is a wonderful little motel.
Good Value, Clean Rooms
Just spent three nights at Glen Oaks. The room was very clean and the location is excellent for getting to all the major sights. Staff was friendly and helpful. Paid $109 plus tax. You must pay by check - no credit cards. Rooms are modest, no tv, no telephone. Good parking area. If you want a good, basic place to stay at a very good price, this is the place.
They have board games...
Great little motel in the middle of paradise.
Pros: OK, it is a beautiful place! Great help from Chris at the front desk. He has lived there for 30 years and is full of knowledge about the area (he can also help you figure out how to get the most of your money in this pricey town). There are board games at the office that are available which came in handy considering it rained the whole time we were there.
Cons: Sometimes the water in the shower goes cold (maybe it shares a water heater with the place next door??) Have to write a check to hold the reservation. They don't take credit cards and there is only one ATM machine in town that was conveniently out of order when we were there.
Other: The hotel is right across from a good little restaurant (Big Sur Roadhouse I think?) that has great service. When we were there PCH going south out of Big Sur was rained out and there was a land slide. It forced us to go up to Monterey on the 1, cut across on the 68 E to the 101 S.
Nice Little Motel
We really enjoyed our stay here - the motel is clean and quiet , there is a little patio outside the room to enjoy the mountain views, and the cafe next door was great for breakfast. It was worth the hassle of sending a check in as a deposit.
Relaxing and a great deal
Big Sur is beautiful, and the businesses are far and few between....
they know they can charge us city folk an arm and a leg for a few moments in heaven. My husband and I found an affordable and relaxing way to enjoy Big Sur by staying at the Glen Oaks Motel. The rooms are clean and comfortable and staff is very accommodating and gave us excellent restaurant and hiking information. There is an amazing restaurant just across the street. We had wine and tasty seafood at a reasonable price after a long day at the beach. We woke up in the morning and wandered to a little breakfast place next door called Ripplewood. The potatoes were to die for! The central location (a mile from pfeifer state park) and helpful staff make this a great place to stay in Big Sur when you are coming to be in Big Sur. It isn't a resort with pools, a gym, satelite TV, or a golf course... but isn't the point of going to Big Sur to be outside and at the beach?
Great country stay
Stayed here in July 2003. Great log cabins - clean, homely and good working facilities, given the rural location. Sending a cheque in advance was a bit of a pain, but worth it.
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