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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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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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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

We had an enjoyable two night stay with our friends. The staff were great, the location perfect and our evening meals were excellent. We all felt that the rooms looked and felt very tired and in need of modernisation, with poor and over-complex lighting with windows/doors that cut out so much light. The air-con unit in Pfeiffer was noisy and... More

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

Dear Anthony, I appreciate your kind words about the employees, dining, and the overall setting of Post Ranch. A number of the concerns you brought up are in the process of being addressed at this time. We are replacing the heating/air conditioning systems, installing new and more effective lighting, and replacing shower heads with units that do not restrict so... More

New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

It has taken me a long time to write this review because it is hard to know where to begin. We have been coming to Post Ranch for 10 years now and fell in love with it the first time. Over the years we have been here in all kinds of weather from searing heat waves to pea-soup thick fog... More

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

Dear JM, It is a pleasure to receive such a well composed review of Post Ranch from you and appreciate the time and completeness of this review. These types of review reinforce the dedication and passion the family of employees have for Post Ranch and how they truly love the work they do here. I am very fortunate to have... More

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30 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Post Ranch Inn was an absolute highlight of a trip that includes numerous world class resorts and destinations. First of all, the location. Un-bel-iev-able. Sunsets over the ocean, private suites/villas with the same view as the restaurant as the one on the website. Alpine-like scenes when you look in the other direction. A million + stars at night. I could... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

Warm, elegant, peaceful and inspiring: my best summation of the three nights at Post Ranch that my wife and I enjoyed in April. One week later, and we’re still dizzy from the exquisiteness of our stay. From check-in, which included a glass of champagne to toast our arrival, to our immaculately-designed room, complete with an eclectic, complimentary selection of mini-bar... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

The resort is fabulous. Service is extraordinary! Can't beat the ocean views from the cliff-edge rooms. It should be noted that the rooms do not have televisions but there is wifi everywhere. Also, the website says, "complimentary minibar restocked daily"....which is true but there is no alcohol in the minibar - just juice, water, pop & snacks. In regards to... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

Before I start my experience.. We went to Post Ranch inn in 23rd of March 2009 and stayed there for 1 week... so the date of stay is not correct but it was the earliest available in the options.. Thanks to one of the reviews in Trip advisor.. I choose the most private room as it was recommended by the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

I don't even know where to begin, but I just want to say this is the best hotel in the world. I have travelled a lot to some of the best rated hotels (see my other reviews) and perhaps the only one that matches Post Ranch Inn is FS Maldives LG. The views, the activities, the incredible service, you have... More

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

What can i say, my wife and I spent 2 nights in pure bliss. We were in a Pacific Suite and it was incredible. The views were unbeatable, the staff was friendly, courteous and punctual. We had dinner at Sierra Mar one evening and it was one of the best meals of my life. I will return to this place... More

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Washington DC
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5 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

My husband and I traveled from DC to the Post Ranch for a quick pre-baby vacation and could not have had a better experience. We took advantage of the three-day "Romance at the Ranch" package, which includes 3 nights, breakfast (though that's included for everyone), 2 dinners at Sierra Mar, an in-room couples massage and various little touches like a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

We have been traveling around the world for the last 10 months and without a doubt this has been the best hotel we stayed in and we stayed in some beautiful places. We loved the Post Ranch Inn. The service is impeccable. The location is divine. The breakfast and restaurant were fantastic. We enjoyed the hike on the premises even... 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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