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Reviewed September 17, 2009

Going by the mixed reviews on this site we decided to take a chance on this resort. Please don't make the same mistake! The rooms were filthy, linen thread bare. We moved a table in the room and could see that the corners has not been touched in 5 years. It was so bad, we ended up sleeping in our car. The reason we moved to our car was because we awoke in the middle of the night to the smell of propane/gas in our room. We were travelling with friends who were ill and did not want to disturb their sleep. It we had been alone we would have just run for the hills!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank arewethereyet44
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

Stayed in 'Palm house' and liked it very much. Its very spacious, comes with a guest room and a huge deck with a nice ocean view.
Its little too far from Big Sur, but that wasn't an issue for a weekend getaway.
Rooms were not clean and had lots of insects around, but I still rate this an 'very good' b'coz I really like the place for its beautiful setting and spacious cottages.
All the people who've rated this place bad must have stayed in the motel rooms above the general store, which isn't best of the options.
Whale-watchers cafe is expensive, but the food is good. Other cafes in and around Big Sur are not cheap either.

If the manager or staff is reading this, please maintain some cleanliness in the cottages. Cleaner rooms with no insects will make this place one of the bests.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank pusmes
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

I read some of the reviews on here and wonder who are the people who expect a five star resort for $200 a night in high season on the Central Coast? Especially the people who just randomly checked in because it was getting dark? My boyfriend had some last-minute work to do in Lucia, so we just headed down without a plan - - we stopped at all of the lodging choices from Big Sur south - - no vacancy. I take that back, we could have stayed at the Vendana for $660 a night, or the Post Ranch Inn - they wanted $2,034 for one night. I did NOT mistype that - - TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! We found the Gorda Springs Resort on the internet when we got to a spot with cell service and booked the last room, which was the Palm Cabin. We enjoyed a lovely drink in the Whale Watcher pub with the manager and an extremely pleasant and fun bartender. Our cabin was - a CABIN! The king sized bed had soft sheets and a wonderful down comforter, and we had shocking views of the Pacific from the massive windows. There was a wonderful fire pit with plenty of wood, it was completely silent all around us, we slept like babies and awoke to a glorious morning view. We were delighted that there was no tv or phone or internet, it was very romantic and peaceful. The breakfast was delicious and I hardly think overpriced given the remote location and the fact that establishments like that must procure enough income through the summer to sustain them in the off season. It's not the least big unusual, and should be expected. If you want to go to Big Sur on the cheap, then you need to prepare to camp and plan in advance. I would recommend this resort to everyone - it is the best value on that part of the coast with stunning landscaping, kind people and spectacular views.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank wisteria1007
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

This place is god-awful; I've stayed in Motel 6's that were palatial suites compared to this place and I absolutely agree with the other comments posted about Gorda Springs - the staff are creepy and unhelpful - they looked like they crawled out from under a rock somewhere. The room was disgusting - stained carpet, moldy bathroom, horrible bed that sagged in the middle. All that was missing from the room were some used syringes stuck in the carpet and blood stains on the wall. And this place isn't cheap either - $150 a night!! What a waste of good money...
I cannot say this enough - DO NOT STAY HERE

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Saskia72
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Reviewed August 11, 2009

Located in remote area on California Hwy 1. Stay if you must. Needed accommodations but should have kept driving to San Simeon. Rooms need repainting and cleaning. Cobwebs, ants and worn bed coverings. Tile floors dirty and furnishings need replacing. Overpriced at $193.00 pernight. Overpriced restaurant - standard breakfast $12-15. Has general store for snacks and gas fill up. Nice gardens with picturesque views of Pacific Ocean

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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1  Thank SmokeyZ
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