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“Peaceful and comfortable in Big Sur”
Review of Ripplewood Resort

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Ripplewood Resort
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Albany, NY
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Peaceful and comfortable in Big Sur”
Reviewed 18 January 2012

Having read previous reviews, we were a little concerned that the experience would be close to camping. Luckily, we were pleasantly surprised by cabin 12A. The heat was more than sufficient, the bed was pretty comfy and we even had a fridge to keep snacks for our dayhikes. Ripplewood is not a fancy hotel, but by no means would I call the cabins "rustic" or "sparse." Our breakfast at their restaurant also exceeded expectations. We won't hesitate to recommend (or stay in) these down-to-earth, affordable cabins again.

Room Tip: Cabin 12A (or B, I would imagine) are the perfect size for two people. Table and chairs outside wer...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

This is our second time here. Last time was just a single night in Cabin 4 (all we could get, we did not plan ahead). This time we booked well in advance and got Cabin 8 for 3 nights (12/24 - 12/26). On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being high I'd give it a 9.

What we really liked: beds were great, very clean, firewood every night, kitchen has all that you really need, and the bathroom was great with much nicer towels than I remembered. Sheets were also nice. We ate breakfast at the Ripplewood Cafe twice and both times the food and service were excellent. The store was great and we ended up buying some extra Fire Logs and wine there. Wine selection was awesome and meant we did not have to drive.

What we didn't like: Cabin 8 is as close as I would go north due to the noise/issues from the campground across the river. I personally would never stay at Cabins 9 or 1. Just MHO. And this was at Christmas when we didn't expect that many folks to be there. Several times we found other people staying at the Ripplewood cabins down by the river like us would walk very close to our cabin. We're outside at the fire pit and some folks with a baby stroller walked about 5' away from us and sort of invaded our privacy. This is not an issue from the resort, but the issue of people not respecting our privacy. People (like us) go there to get away from it all. I can't imagine walking up to anyone else's cabin especially if their car is in front of the cabin.

Suggested improvements: Put some sort of automatic timer on the heater at the cafe. We ate there twice and it was really cold in there. The first morning it was Christmas (and we were glad they were open!) and they opened at 9. We came at 9 as we were hungry. Glad we wore our down coats and we're from Colorado. The next day the cafe opened at 8. We came at 9. It was still pretty darn cold. Can't you just put some sort of thermostat with a timer to warm the place up a bit? We were two adults but another couple with kids came in and left because it was too cold for their infant. Lost business. No biggie, just a suggestion.

I just got off the phone booking a cabin for FOUR days for next Christmas. We really enjoyed our time there because there is no phone, no tv, no anything. We went "cold turkey" off the grid and loved it. There is enough to do in the area to keep us busy for a week.

Tip: Book in advance if you can.

Room Tip: Cabins 2-8 best. Get a fireplace cabin if you can as it's neat and they provide wood every eveni...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

We spent our Christmas holiday at Ripplewood resort and had a great time! The cabins are clean, comfy, and we did not have trouble at all with our heating - in fact it generally got pretty toasty in our cabin fast so we would shut it off after 15 min. As others have stated, the cabins are sparse, lacking a t.v. but we knew that coming in and that definitely was part of the charm for us. The location is perfect to get to some of the hiking in the area and also close to some of the best dining in Big Sur (the Big Sur Bakery is located nearby and awesome!) Additionally, while we were here a little family of deer situated itself behind our cabin which was really lovely to see. I would recommend this place and if we're ever back in Big Sur, I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 17 which is on hwy 1. The best was very comfy and we hardly heard any of the traf...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

When we first arrived I was disappointed with our cabin, but I have to admit that I was sad to leave after a few nights. The cabins are sparse and dark with no televisions, however, they also have a nice historical feel which makes for an interesting trip. What makes this place great is the low price (for the Big Sur, which is a pricey area in general) and the peaceful redwoods. It's a retreat from the familiar. I would consider staying somewhere else in the Big Sur, but also enjoyed my time here.

Room Tip: Avoid the cabins near Highway 1 if possible. Make sure to ask for a cabin near the river.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Martha's Vineyard, MV
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2011

We enjoyed our stay at Ripplewood. Cabin 17 was clean, comfortable and affordable. The staff was friendly and helpful. If we can return for a longer stay we would choose a cabin with a kitchen near the river but for 1 day this was perfect and breakfast was quite good. Near so much to see and do!

Room Tip: Cabins near river quieter.
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  • Stayed November 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): ₹ 6,141 - ₹ 16,161
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 
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Ripplewood Hotel Big Sur
Ripplewood Big Sur

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