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Historical Traveler Reviews Lucia Lodge Big Sur
A Wonderful Experience
My wife and I stayed at Lucia Lodge for one wonderful night! We stayed in Cabin 8 and as another reviewer mentioned, the view is unsurpassed and the cabin is clean and cozy. The furnishings, while simple, are in very good taste and the gas fireplace is warming and romantic. The bathroom is quite small but everything worked and is well-maintained. I wanted to make special mention of something that showed the friendliness, professionalism, and generosity of this place. When we arrived shortly after 4:00pm and went to our cabin, we discovered that it had not been cleaned as yet from the previous night's occupants. We immediately informed the receptionist and she was so apologetic and embarrassed to have caused us this really minor inconvenience that she not only had the room immediately made up, but she also invited us to have dinner that evening at the lodge restaurant on the house! My wife and I thought that this was an extremely generous thing for them to do and I think that it shows that this reasonably-priced inn (compared to other places with a similar view) in a fantastic location is definitely a place worth many return visits.
Wonderful place to get married
My husband and I were married on the bluff overlooking the ocean at Lucia Lodge in January 2003. We eloped and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. They found the most incredible Justice of the Peace for us and they went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. The entire family that runs (ran?) the place came out to give us good wishes, the cooks, bar tenders, waitress and so on all had something for us. They made it very special.
We stayed in cabin 10. The sounds were amazing but the bed was horrible. It was really really soft and dented in the center so we kept rolling in. We both woke up with back aches. There are a couple benches behind cabin 10 where couples who have stayed there carved their names into it. It's very grade school but was a neat thing to do to mark our wedding date.
Great find, best place for Big Sur
I have stayed at many b&bs and inns and this will be a favorite. We stayed in cabin 8 and the view was just AMAZING. You get to have the crashing waves 300 ft below lull you to sleep and when you wake, you get to see out your window the mountains sloping into the ocean. The cabin is very basic (small bath), clean and cozy. Decor is rustic and charming. The grounds are also great, there is a landing beneath the cabins where they have placed a picnic table - you walk down a pathway surrounded by bright wild flowers, and there is a small hill you can hike up (within 2 minutes); both have astounding unobstructed views.
The staff is friendly and the restuarant was surprisingly good for an inn/lodge. Yes, I agree >$20 for pasta is overpriced, but most restaurants around the area are in that range. We ordered steak (better than at Rocky Point Restuarant) and rock cod. Their desserts were yummy as well.
With other Big Sur lodging choices being motels or the very expensive Post Ranch Inn, I consider this the best choice and will definitely try to return soon.
Loved this small but very romantic lodge
My special friend and I stayed here for 2 nights and it was very peaceful. It was a bit strange being so used to having a tv or a cd player around. But it was a nice change.... we enjoyed listening to the ocean waves. When we arrived at the Lucia... we planned to watch the sunset but we were so exhausted from the drive, we ended up taking a nap. We should have stayed up because by the second night, it was too foggy to see anything. Oh well! But it wasn't all bad because the first night, there was a full moon. We drank champagne w/strawberries outside by the table... it was an amazing night. I'm glad I read the reviews here before we planned our trip because they were right about staying in the last 4 cabins (from 7-10). We stayed in cabin 9 and didn't hear any noise from the other cabins unlike, this couple we met at breakfast..... they stayed in cabin 4 and accdg. to them.... the noise was pretty bad. All in all... it was an excellent choice to stay at Lucia Lodge. It wasn't very pricey compared to Post Ranch or Ventana Inn. I'd recommend this place for a romantic getaway.
Your soul can breathe here
My new husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights the day after our wedding. We arrived in the evening and could not see (but could definitely hear!) what was directly below our cabin. We slept with the windows open, the gas woodstove cranked. The next morning the sun streamed in and all we saw was breathtakingly beautiful turquoise water with enormous cliffs jutting from it. Otters sunbathed on the rocks below. Although we were temporarily offset from lack of TV, phone, radio and even clocks, we quickly settled in and embraced the peace and solitude.
We stayed in Cabin 9. The cabins are rustic, and that's sort of the point when you're staying in Big Sur, but great care is taken to provide the best of the basics. The sheets, duvet and thick towels smelled gloriously of lavendar linen water, and the in-room couch and chairs were nice touches. We found the staff to be very friendly, the restaurant and breakfast food pretty darn decent (although dinner was rather pricey), and the whole place very clean and homey. We truly loved it and will definitely stay there again. A fantastic place for a honeymoon!
Great View, Romantic Getaway
Just got back from a NoCal trip with 2 nights at the Lucia Lodge. All the reviews - pros and cons - were accurate to a point. I believe that if you stay in the 4 free standing cabins just off the parking lot (#s 10, 9, 8, 7 - we were in #8), you won't experience the noise of the neighbors or the car disruption AND you will have the best views. I would only stay in those 4 - reasons are documented by the other Bostonian. I did not experience the poor service or rudeness of the staff - the staff was friendly enough and the room was cleaned as expected. I did have to clean the windows myself though - spending that much a night, I was going to enjoy a view without seagull droppings in my site line. The free continental breakfast was more than expected - no complaints at all. The fruit was fresh, good, and plentiful and the coffee was fresh and hot.
Bottom line here: it is worth the money to stay in a place with this view and falling asleep/waking up to the sound of the surf crashing on the rocks below. The cabin was rustic, but romantic. It is not a motel or a camp ground either. The location is right in the middle of the Big Sur coast too - easy access down to Morrow Bay and up to Monterey. I can see where some people were discouraged, but I felt it was worth it. Beware that it can be predominantly foggy in that part of the world though - it is not sunny California all the time - no matter what they say. Bring your hiking boots, get a convertible, a room on the ocean, and don't let the fog deter you - it is a beautiful coastal area. Explore, explore, explore - hit the Pfifer St. Beach. Do your homework with the restaurants. With a little planning you don't have to get ripped off by those ridiculously priced restaurants - they are so not worth it. You can find a decent place at a decent price. If you want fine dining, go to San Francisco. Hope this helps.
Yes, the lodge offers extraordinary views (although they can be seen EVERYWHERE in this area). However, the food and staff leave a lot to be desired -- the atmosphere was permeated with an anti-tourist, anti-yuppie resentment. Whenever we asked questions about the area, the staff was curt and non-informative. They seemed to be laughing at us for paying so much $$$$ to stay in their crowded little 2 star motel. On line the images depict a lovely "cottage" in truth you have the pleasure of hearing cars park 5 ft. in front of your room and the joy of hearing neighbors through the thin motel walls.
The food was the worst, and ironically, most expensive that we had the entire trip. We stayed for 3 nights and although the view was memorable the Lucia Lodge failed to meet any of the standards of basic hospitality. Every other place we stayed, ate at, or shopped in offered exceptional service and classic California charm -- this place was a real stand out for all the wrong reasons.
Pros: the breathtaking view (see previous review); fairly basic but stylishly decorated room (no B&B chintz or 80s flashback here); small number of other cabins (only 10 in total).
Cons: haphazard housekeeping (left fresh towels and two mint chocolates but didn't make the bed...)
It is all about the view
Yes, the Lucia Lodge is rather expensive and yes the restaurant is expensive, but the location is worth every penny. My wife and I went there on our 25th wedding anniversary. The first night we saw the sun as few ever see it, but late that night a strom came in, and we saw that as few do also. The wind and rain and the surf made yo feel like you were almost at sea. Next morning it was cloudy, and where the sea and sky used to be, it was foggy and close. If you want to see and experience a place where nature only allow men to hold onto a piece of the world, this is the place.
GOOD LOCATION , ALTHOUGH NOT CHEAP
The ten rooms here are right beside the ocean set up on a hillside.The location is excellent as are the views - the rate includes a buffet breakfast which also has great views from the dining area.
Rooms are quite basic , but clean and comfortable with a few nice homely touches.
The price was more expensive but I guess you are paying for location and the fact that there arent too many other options within 15/20 miles.The restaurant prices are also quite expensive although the food is fine.
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