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Post Ranch Inn

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   47900 Highway 1, PO Box 219, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #1 of 8 hotels in Big Sur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

in having spent two nights in the Pacific Suite I thought I would add some thoughts. This small resort truly is a uniqeeeee property. i say this as a local (40 minute drive) which should add even more sincerity considering i go there often for dinner and explore extensively by means of hiking. each time i am there..it only impresses... More

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DanPriano, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friend, Thank you for your very thoughtful comments. I appreciate the time, attention and detail you expressed regarding your recent stay at Post Ranch Inn. Our entire family of employees was honored to read your compliments about the property, staff and facilities; from the restaurant, spa, housekeeping and maintenance to guest services, reservations and management I want to thank... More

Oakland, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
52 hotel reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

It is always hard to part with several hundred dollars (or even over $1K) for one night at a hotel. But the Post Ranch is actually worth it. I've been visiting for years (whenever I have the time and money to spare... which isn't often) and every time it exceeds expectations on almost every level. Rooms are simple, tasteful, environmentally... More

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

My girlfriend took me here for my birthday and it was an incredible experience. It is a luxury hotel to be sure and did not disappoint when it came to service and amenities, as any hotel in this price range should. What you're paying for though is its location on the top of a coastal ridge in Big Sur, which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011 via mobile

My wire and I went to Post Ranch for our wedding anniversary. It was truly wonderful. We drove up from Los Angeles - about 6 hours but easy on a Friday afternoon - and arrived Friday night. Wonderful log fire and room service. Then Saturday wandering around and relaxing in the beautiful room and grounds. A drive to Monterey with... More

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Los Angeles, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

When someone asks us where we stay in Big Sur, I always say Heaven. We have been coming here at least once a year for the past 15 years. The staff is so willing to do anything for you that I joke to my husband the next time we come I will ask to be carried to dinner! From the... More

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DanPriano, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friend, Thank you so much for your heartfelt review. We are truly glad to welcome you back each year and we love to see our repeat guests equally happy to return. It was nice to hear depsite the weather, your stay was "marvelous". Your compliments are much appreciated and have been passed along to our entire Post Ranch family.... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2010

I loved this place. Secluded romantic retreat. The best understated luxury you can find. Just take the bed linen to start, crushed linen with the fluffiest duvets. Roaring open fire and huge windows looking out to the surroundings (woodland in our case). Perhaps everything just feels perfect here as you become so relaxed. And did I mention…the superbly packed minibar... More

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DanPriano, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friend, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Post Ranch Inn. We were happy to hear you describe Post Ranch Inn as your "most favorite place you've ever stayed at". We also were happy to hear you enjoyed all of the luxurious amenites we offer our guests no matter which room type you book; we... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2010

After two weeks and no response from the General Manager of Post Ranch Inn, I thought I'd post a copy of the letter we sent outlining the details of our stay. We will most likely not return here.... December 1, 2010 Post Ranch Inn Attn: Dan Priano 47900 California 1 Big Sur, CA 93920 To Whom It May Concern: My... More

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DanPriano, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friend, Thank you for your review. We value all guest comments in order to evaluate and manage areas which we can do better. Guest service is our number one priority at Post Ranch and I apologize for the lapse in service you feel you experienced during your most recent stay. However to this date, I have not received your... More

Paris, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2010

We really enjoyed the stay; location is completely unique - that Pacific Ocean has a hell of an allure from here, the vantage high on a cliff is just stunning. Architecture is treat. My house was beautifully appointed, as were the others I saw. The hotel is a bit isolated, which I enjoyed, but be warned this is kind of... More

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Santa Monica, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

I've just returned from my 3rd visit to the Post Ranch Inn, my first trip in Winter. It was a completely different experience than in summer but, we found, just as perfect. With the fireplace crackling, the unbelievable scenery, the history of the place, the best breakfast anywhere, and the kindness of the staff, it all re-confirmed that the Post... More

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DanPriano, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friend, Thank you for writing such an honest and heartfelt review about your most recent stay at Post Ranch. We were glad to read you were able to experience the ranch in the winter time which for some is the favorite time of year in Big Sur. The tourist traffic subsides, the air is crisp, the ocean luminous blue,... More

New York City
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21 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

We stayed in an Upper Butterfly room, which was akin to a luxurious treehouse amidst the redwood trees. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL FOR FAMILIES - This is NOT the "Vibe" of the place: IT IS FOR PEACE, RELAXING AND AMAZING ALONE OR FOR COUPLES!! The architecture of the room was sublime, (not just ours but all the rooms... More

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Address: 47900 Highway 1, PO Box 219, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Post Ranch Inn 5*
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