More about Glen Oaks Big Sur
Very nice experience
stayed 2 nites beginning of june 2007, room was spartan, no phone, no TV, but newly remodeled... very nice bathroom fixtures, shower, etc. All were brand new. I think the remodel is almost done. WiFi was fine in my room, main building east end, but may be spotty in other rooms... there was also a default 'linksys' wifi access nearby too... I was pleased withthe stay. Heating was electric in my room, no AC, may be warm in the summertime. Good ventilation thru the windows if needed. Could have used a chair t o sit in, but it had a small couch.
Glen Oaks was OK
We just stayed at Glen Oaks in June; it looks like their renovations are half-way done (fine as long as you are ok to wake up early to building souns) and they have done a good job updating what is a pretty bland motel into a hip place to stay, complete with gas fireplaces, trendy acessories and a new bathroom that is very big and well appointed. The management was a bit gruff as was the woman that worked in the little grocery store next door, but perhaps they are taking advantage of the lack of decent-priced accomodations in Big Sur! I thought that it was worth trying a new place en route to Carmel from the South on Highway 1. After this experience, I think it might be worthwhile just to keep driving another hour into Carmel for a lot more accomodation options. However, if you do stay in Big Sur, and are looking for dining options, we were very impressed by Nepenthe, a very unique place with 300 degree views of the sea - beautiful!
A perfect night away
A last minute night away - and Glen Oaks was perfect. My husband and I enjoyed a quiet evening in one of their newly refurbished rooms (queen w/ fireplace). The room was clean and hip. The bed was firm and new and the staff was friendly and curtious. We will definately be back soon.
Beware: Extremely Noisy Location!
Although the Glen Oaks has been nicely decorated and was very clean- the location is Terrible. The motel is located several hundred yards directly off of Highway 1- we were kept awake all night by the sounds of passing motorcycles, car traffic and the restaurant across the street. The windows were very thin and did not block out any noise. Another big problem- the rooms are not well insulated- we heard music as well as EVERY conversation and "intimacy" from the people staying in the room adjacent to ours. Extremely frustrating. And no one in the Glen Oaks office to help with problems like this late in the evening.
So although the website makes you think you'll be nestled in nature our experience was far from that.
Additionally, for $200 a night we felt we should have had a coffee maker in the room (coffee available in the motel office only after 8am - the nearby stores or restaurants were also closed at this hour).
Great place to stay
We stayed at Glen Oaks during a trip up to Big Sur. We stayed in a King-sized room and we were very pleased with our stay. The room was very modern and tastefully decorated. We loved the heated floor in the bathroom and the cozy bed and fireplace! The motel is close to the road, but so are many hotels/motels in the area. At night, we did not have any problems with road noise. We would recommend this place if you are looking for an above-average motel.
Pleasant stay although think we were lucky with quiet neighbours!
Found the accomodation straight off Highway One. Checked in no problem. The lady at reception was not the most welcoming, but efficiently got us our room. A smile costs nothing!
Stayed in room 12, which was an end room in our block. I don't know if I would have liked to be in the middle room, becuase we could hear everything next door, even them just talking! No problem for us though, as we were totally knackered after a long trip.
Decor was very impressive. I wanted to take everything home! No TV, but the fire is a real focal point. Loved the heated floor in the bathroom and the shower was divine!
Having asked the lady in reception where was reasonable to eat, she said nothing was cheap in Big Sur, but to try the Riverside Lodge down the road. Did so and really enjoyed our meal. Reasonably priced, although felt like our waiter was rushing us a little. [He must of thought we looked tired!]
All in all, enjoyed our stay at the Glen Oaks. Decor lovely. Think we were lucky not to have noisy neighbours though! Did see one room which had their music on very loud as we came back from our meal. It was fairly expensive for what it was also. As there are no amentiies in the room - drinks, or an open shop nearby.
Good value for Big Sur
After attempting to book at 3 other properties in Big Sur and no availability, it was nice to find that Glen Oaks had a room and it was reasonably priced for the area at $200/night. We were not dissapointed, although certainly did not fall in love with the hotel, and would not necessarily recommend it. The photos on the website are representative of the hotel. The heated floor, fire place, decor, and wireless internet was nice. We did not suffer from construction noise but you can hear everything that your neighbors are saying/doing, which we noticed in the morning because we like to sleep in. Also, the hotel does seem unfinished or simply that there is a lack of attention to detail, that you expect when you pay $200/night for a hotel anywhere. For example, there is no stand for your luggage, no CD player or way to play music, no TV, no hooks or racks or anywhere to place or hang anything in the bathroom. The location was good, felt close to a lot of the things we wanted to be doing/restaurants/bars, etc. If you want to go to Big Sur and not have to spend $700-$1000/night, and Deetjen's is booked, then I would recommend this hotel.
Surprisingly great room!
When you pull into this inn, it looks like a motor lodge with little rustic-looking cabins. When you get into your room, you realize they put a lot of time and money into upgrading the interiors with modern-style furnishings and bathrooms (think high-quality IKEA). The room was comfortable, spacious, and clean. We truly enjoyed staying here and actually tried to stay another night to enjoy the area but they were booked.
The check-in people were very friendly, with all sorts of advice for good hikes in the area.
We ate at the restaurant across the street the night we got there and enjoyed it a lot -- reasonably priced, high-quality food. The diner attached to the Glen Oaks had a great breakfast for us, though the service was a little slow for those looking for a quick breakfast on their way to the sights.
Rooms are Beautiful
This was one of the cheaper places to stay in Big Sur (still over $200), but the room was beautiful. Bamboo floor, shower with beautiful stone and tile, really nice. There are no TVs, but they do have WiFi. The woman who worked at the front desk everyday was so helpful. This was my first time to Big Sur and she was able to suggest great places to go hiking, sightseeing, etc. There is a small restaurant right in front of the motel, so we ate breakfast there everyday. The only thing that was a negative (to me) was that nothing was within walking distance (except the restaurant on-site). I like to go running in the morning, just get up and go, and I had to drive down to the beach to go run. PCH is too windy and narrow, I didn't dare jog down the road for fear of getting run over! I think some of the other hotels in the area have more amenities on-site, which is probably why they are more expensive. But, if you are looking for a great place in Big Sur, this is it!
Rooms are like Ventana, but not as large. Very clean with eye level fireplace. Modern bathrooms. Basic grounds with no pool, but they are building a spa. Good value.