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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 9 Hotels in Big Sur
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Antwerp, Belgium
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13 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

We spent two very relaxing days in a Coast house at the Post Ranch Inn on a package deal which included an hour-long massage and a dinner at the Sierra Mar restaurant. The setting is stunning - amazing Pacific views, wooded grounds to explore, heated basking pools (almost deserted when we were there and perfect for a quick dip on a cold morning or under the stars), a wide variety of wildlife, far from city life. Yes, it is eye-wateringly expensive, but well worth the splurge for a special occasion. Every member of staff we encountered (reception, cleaning, restaurant, spa) was warm, friendly and quietly efficient. The upper coast house was spacious well-equipped and very comfortable with stunning views from inside as well as out on the private deck. Uninterrupted panoramic ocean views with beautiful sunsets. Bliss.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at the Post Ranch in April. It is by far the most beautiful place I know on the West Coast. Service, amenities and setting are impeccable. It is expensive but the number of stuff per guest and quality of everything easily justifies it. We stayed in a tree house that I think is better designed than the more expensive ocean front houses. Maybe I just like trees. There is a great lap pool where nobody ever goes to and many hidden lovely spots around the property. It is a very quiet and delicate place mostly, but we met some very interesting travelers at the bar. No television anywhere in site, great music system and working desk with a view. Great place to write or read. Restaurant is very good, but in this New Yorker’s opinion, overrated. The only things that clashed with the general tone of tasteful understated luxury and Scandinavian rationality were the “sealed safe” fireplace (so well isolated that it makes almost no heat) and rather stupid looking black Lexus SUVs that shuttle guests and waiters around. Really the ranch is not that big and most guests are thin. A golf cart would have worked as well.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

this place is gloriously sited- it could not be more beautiful! and the service is great .However where oh where are the taste police- there is a sculpture cluster "[--]" by the restaurant and why? - nothing would be best- plus a water feature right near by- and when you check in, get a load of the sculpture up the stairs. they talk about supporting local artists- a good idea BUT they artist are so bad!!! would you eat food from a local farmer if it were rotten...
the rooms are kinda weirdly designed with these odd angles etc but the bed are comfortable. the dining is delicious and the wait staff is great, particularly the wine steward is super great! the spa services- well we had 8 services between 4 people over our stay- 5 were superb, 3 were okay. is that good enough? well the view let you forgive them...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Hopefully can book lodging here on a future trip to fully enjoy property. Last week's coastal journey did not allow that, but we enjoyed a lovely drink at sunset in exquisite restaurant setting. Serendipitously drove up to visit property, and wonderful security man suggested we drive in and haveva bite at the bar. Only downside: could not pull myself away and ended up driving to Cambria in the dark, missing the scenery and clutching the wheel! So, stop here but watch the clock and know that 60 miles takes 3 hours on the PCH. Always an adventure!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Englewood. FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you can't be awed here, you are incapable of awe-ing! This is a hotel that perches on the tip pf Big Sur, with mind-blowing beauty. They cuple that with the best designed accommodations I have ever seen, and top it off with top-drawer, friendly and welcoming taff. You leave your car in a lot near reception and they drive you and your luggage to your room - all of which are individual sructures sprinkled throughout the riddgeline overlooking the Pacific. Rooms have individual hot tubs and working fireplaces that they keep stocked with wood; the contents of the mini-bar are yours to have, use, and take with you, all gratis. Breakfast buffet included in room price and both it and dinner are served in the centrally located and beautiful Sierra Mar multi level restaurant with every table having a magnificent view of the Pacific several hundred feet below. Wine list is a bit small and seems to favor (of course) California, but the wine steward is helpful. Look outside as you wander the grounds - deer, rabbits and even a wild turkey or two wander the area - and look at you like an outsider - which you are! Be sure to make it at least a two night stay, so as to have a full day to relax in natural beauty and peace. Three days may be too long - you might never want to leave!

Room Tip: Pacific Suites and cliff houses (both pricey but well worth it!) afford the best water views, but th...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We were notified of the existence of this hidden treasure, by a sympathetic old men at S. Francisco. He told us it was a hotel in a incredible place, a balcony over the Pacific, but with a problem: too expensive! However, lunch was not!
The truth is that Big Sur is already incredible, but finding this treasure within the treasure of Big Sur, was the beginning of an excellent lunch.
The menu is easy and light, with salads and sandwiches to choose from, very well produced. The service could be better, but I understand that customers lunch should be outside the standards of the rest of the hotel! Must be the reason for the "not much" sympathy for employees, though polite. Nothing that the view does not compensate for a few hundred times!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

From the moment we drove in to Post Ranch Inn and the attendants met us at the car and called us by name it was magical. The setting is unbeatable, high on the cliffs above Big Sur while still nestled in amongst the redwoods. We were offered champagne while we waited for our bellman to drive us to our room (and allowed to check in early), then got a personal tour of the property and were checked into our room. We had the least expensive room, in the Butterfly area, and it was so nice it made us giggle. The atmosphere was rustic while still being luxurious. Our small private deck had a view of the gorgeous mountains and redwoods; the more expensive rooms had ocean views and many were stand alone. There were people in the building above us but we never heard them at all. We had a real fireplace and a kitchenette stocked with gourmet cheese, chocolates, nuts, juice, soda, which was all replaced the next day for free and 2 half bottles of wine, which were not. Since this was a birthday celebration we also had champagne, and the morning of my birthday I found a personalized birthday card. Everyone knew it was my birthday and everyone, from the concierge to the waiter at dinner wished me happy birthday. The basking infinity pools overlooked the ocean and with the binoculars provided in the room we could watch grey whales migrating while we basked. They also had hiking trails and hidden "quiet spots" with hammocks or benches to relax. Breakfast was amazing and the dinner was worth the cost, in a dining room with floor to ceiling windows where you could watch the sunset. I tried the yoga class, which was low key and a good workout and the workout room was quite well supplied. Everyone who worked at the resort was very nice and hard working and all the guests were very happy. Several commented that although this is an expensive place to stay you didn't mind because it was so worth it. We couldn't agree more.

Room Tip: Even though we had the least expensive room it was very nice. We met people in the more expensive r...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Big Sur
#1 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#4 Family Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Post Ranch Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 39
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