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Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 June 2013

We had a lovely brunch here out on the deck overlooking the river. The steaks were juicy, large and very tasty. The service was good and friendly and we would eat here again if passing by.you can also have a nice walk by the river and sit on the benches in the water for some pictures.

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East Coast
Reviewed 15 June 2013

The dining room and outdoor dining are rather pretty due to the river, but this is "no place to bring a lady" for an overnight if you are hoping to impress. Entrees are expensive. We arrived in the afternoon to our "suite"...say what? One room in front, like a living room, with a pullout set of twin beds and NO...

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Louisville, CO
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We had reservations for Friday & Saturday evening. Upon check in on Friday, we were told that the entire place would be closed from 2 pm on that Saturday because they were having a wedding. We weren't allowed in the pool, restaurant or the rest of the grounds. We were told we could go to the general store and a...

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Paris, France
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Big Sur is just wonderful but don't try it during summer (big fog). This hotel is located near the river and it adds some kind of magic. We stayed two nights. The rooms ar OK but there is a something special about this place, maybe the river. Excellent breakfast and dinner. And service in the restaurant. Otherwise we did not...

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Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Stsyed at this motel on a trip up the California coast. Big Sur is really the first point you meet going north which is very green. At this point you are slightly in.and inI the valley of the Big Sur River. The motel is a really delightful place to stay. Accommodation seemed to be mainly in cabins at the side...

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Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Don't stay here! There were ants in the bathroom, dead bugs in the pillowcases, no doorstop to seal the bottom of the door and keep out the highway noise, no noise insulation between rooms, and the bathroom was 6" above the main bedroom floor which is dangerous. The internet photo is misleading--the queen room is much smaller. Staff when informed...

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Santa Maria, California
Reviewed 5 May 2013

We were only going to get to spend two days in Big Sur and picked this place to stay from the website for the picture of the chairs in the river. That was super cool and lots of people staying there took advantage of chillaxing in the cool river (even in April). We splurged for the riverside suite for the...

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 26 April 2013

I realize that $150/night is about rock-bottom for the Big Sur area, but we still were surprised by how bare-bones our room was. No wi-fi. No TV. Two-minute wait for hot water. Room and bathroom furnishings are of low quality and look like they were made/installed by the town's jack of all trades. So...if all you're looking for is a...

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loveland ohio
Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

This place is tucked away between ocean and mountains ! Very peaceful . The beds were very comfortable . Food was great in there restaurant . No wi-fi or televisions , so just relax! The gift shop has a few interesting gifts in it!!

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 March 2013

We stopped here on the way from San Fran to LA, as I imagine most people do. The lodge room was cute, all wood, fairly basic but was what we expected. I felt it was too cold though, the bathroom was freezing too, as it was December and we were travelling with a baby, so we had to put him...

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Additional Information about Big Sur River Inn

Address: 46840 Highway 1, Highway 1 at Pheneger Creek, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range: $223 - $588 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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