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“One of the Highlights of our Trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ripplewood Resort

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Ripplewood Resort
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“One of the Highlights of our Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

We arrived at Ripplewood rather later than we bargained for.......on the way we we got to within about 40 miles and came across a wrecked car blocking the road. So, thinking that the reception office would close and we'd have to spend the first night of three in the car, we (I) decided it would be a great idea to take a diversion inland to save time....HAHAHAHA........how wrong can one be? 250 miles and 4 hours later we arrived at Ripplewood in complete darkness!! We spotted a note on the office door...''your room is already open''. ALLELUJAH and thank you to whoever it was on duty that evening.....we are so grateful we didn't have to sleep in the car.
Anyway...so what is Ripplewood all about?
Well, it a collection of cabins either side of Highway 1, some are next to the river and some are not. The ones on the river side are set amongst a grove of Coastal Redwood trees and the setting is fantastically peaceful and tranquil as well as very beautiful...10/10 for location.
We had Cabin 9 which was by the river. It had a deck that overlooked the river itself....a word of warning here though.....this cabin is opposite a campsite which, while it wasn't too bad, got a little noisy over the weekend with people playing their music a little too loud and a little too late. That aside, the cabin was wonderful with everything you might need for your stay; pots and pans in the kitchen, all bed linen etc etc.
Out side the front of the cabin is a fire pit....my favourite bit....sittiing by the fire at night with a cigar and a beer having just eaten a giant steak cooked over the fire! Bliss!
We stocked up in a Vons supermarket on the way up from LA but there is a restaurant too where we had breakfast the morning after the long drive...cant say about the lunch and dinner offerings but the breakfast was great.
We visited Julia Pfeiffer State Park and also Pfeiffer Beach which we thoroughly enjoyed....lots of rock-pools and interesting creatures in them!
Overall this is a truly wonderful place to stay...its quiet and well kept and we would thoroughly recommend a stay of any length here.

Room Tip: Have a look at the map pictured and choose a cabin at the opposite end to Cabin 9 for total peace an...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

male, 5’8” and male, 6'4". Cabin 9 is 1B/1B full kitchen (gas stove) cabin with ample deck (just as big as 1 and 8) to enjoy the rippling (wide and shallow) creek. Windows face all four directions including one behind the bed (good for wake-up look outside), the toilet (good for dudes doing front business), and the water outside. Shower head mas maximum reach of 5’6” and the sink is very low (below the height of standard toilet). The shower cabin is pretty tight for one person (must open door to wash below the knees), has opaque natural lighting above, and plenty of shelves for hair care products. A 60-gallon hot water tank assures hot shower. The thermostat controlled wall heating unit doesn’t produce noise, does produce ample heat. Coffee provided is a good start for the morning with dried creamer and sugar enough for 4 cups of coffee (8 cups if you do caffeinated and decaffeinated). The bed is incredibly comfortable, plenty of warm quilts/covers, and has a squeaky headboard if you like a little noise to bedside activities. Chest of drawers and open coat closet offers plenty of storage space for two people. If needed, there is storage space for light big items (or hide valuables) above the kitchen and above the bathroom. Fire pit out front faces the dirt road and is fairly private. Strongly recommend to buy two bundles of firewood for best fire. I highly recommend staying in cabin 9 for 2 people.

Room Tip: Cabin 2 review is excellent
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Morro Bay, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

This was our sixth year staying at Ripplewood cabins in November. Stayed in cabin #2 from Nov. 3-6. Rain dampened our use of the deck this time but it was fun watching the river rise below our large windows as we ate. The quiet, cozy setting watching leaves fall into the river makes this a great spot.
As mentioned by others the shower is tiny but still does the job. Our only problem was that their propane heater takes so long to heat the cabin. The cabins are very old with no insulation so it is a constant battle when the temperature drops. Plenty of blankets for a warm and comfy sleep.

Room Tip: The kitchen has just enough basic utensils to get by but if you are planning elaborate meals, bring...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Aurora, Illinois
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65 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

We had the cutest cabin (#2) set down from the road, right along the Big Sur River. Our deck overlooked the river and had a picnic table. Very rustic.
perfect for 2. the cabin had a kitchenette, but we mostly dined out as we explored Big Sur. The only complaint I had is that the bathroom was small- the shower may have been smaller than one on a cruise ship, otherwise, completely charming and secluded. Perfect place to stay while you explore Big Sur.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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vacaville, ca
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126 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

These cozy little cabins make for some of the best sleeping in -- EVER!! They are rustic and warm and quaint and clean and exciting! We had Cabin No. 9 I am pretty sure. Had a deck right on the river, little kitchenette, shower had plexiglass type roof so you could look up and see the trees! I recommend taking some great books, cribbage, carcassone (a great game for two people if you've never tried it, btw) backgammon. Stop off for some goodies at the little resort's store and/or the delicious bakery up the way and settle in for some good times! And the cafe there on the property is pretty gosh darn good and a pretty good value also. I recommend it for breakfast in particular. We had scheduled the outdoor hot tubs on the cliff looking over the ocean at midnight at Esalen Institute, but it was too foggy so we never made it. Next time! Highly recommend this place. If you're a high maintenance type, however, who needs room service, valet parking, in-room movies, concierge and the like, I suggest you keep driving up the road and pay upwards of 650 dollars per night!

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the cabins on the river!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ripplewood Resort

Property: Ripplewood Resort
Address: 47047 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9556
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#6 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,220 - ₹ 16,368
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ripplewood Resort features a grocery store, gas station, Cafe open for breakfast and lunch, and 17 Cabins. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ripplewood Hotel Big Sur
Ripplewood Big Sur

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