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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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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

we only stayed one night as we were on a tight timescale as we were only in California for 6 nights however we HAD to stay at Post ranch inn. Post ranch inn have thought of everything! Sun cream, sting cream and torches in your room as well as complimentary water bottles. The complimentary mini bar is lovely and the rooms are gorgeous however outside is just stunning. The outdoor pools are amaizing, especially when you can spot deer and other animals whilst relaxing in your bikini! The whole place is lovely to explore and we came across a lovely little wicker tree house whislt out walking as well as other unusual sculptures and places to sit. Would love to return x

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Stunning location, amazing service, peaceful surroundings, great food. Can't get enough superlatives in there - this does include the prices but you certainly get what you pay for here.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

California has more than it's fair share of truly spectacular hotels. I've stayed at several. My favorites include Montage Laguna beach, Resort at Pelican Hill, Shutters on the Beach, San Ysidro Ranch, Auberge du Soleil, and the Post Ranch Inn. The Post Ranch is simply in a league of it's own. It's an absolute must for the eco-minded, discerning traveler. First, the drive to Big Sur from southern California up the Pacific coast highway is truly spectacular. The entrance to Post Ranch is easy to miss, which I believe is by design. The driveway up to the resort is gorgeous. We spotted deer on the way up. We ended up booking the forest view mountain house room type. The rooms are far from uber luxury, but you are not exactly roughing it. The rooms have a mountain cabin feel, with neutral color tones, cozy fireplace and large deck with great forest views. When I return, which I will, I will definitely book a Pacific ocean facing room. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this room. The resort is huge. The varying room types (tree houses, mountain & pacific view) are dotted throughout the western edge of the property. All of the rooms blend into the property's spectacular natural scenery. Deer and turkey roam throughout the property. There are multiple areas for couples to enjoy resort in relative solitude (hammocks, ocean view benches, infinity edge soaking tubs etc). The resort trails let you appreciate just how big and beautiful this property is. The hotel's restaurant, Sierra Mar, is the perfect pairing with this resort. The food is farmer's market fresh with breathtaking Pacific ocean views. The food is excellent, and the wine selection is what you would expect from Northern California. It's ideal for breakfast, lunch and sunset. Once the sun sets, the ocean disappears. One of the highlights for us was soaking in the infinity edge hot tub with panoramic ocean views. This is a must. In summary, yes this place is pricey. But there is simply nothing like it (except the Amalfi coast which I also recommend).

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aledo, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

The location on a cliff over the Pacific is magnificent! It is also so private. In the A
amazingly private suites, you never have to see another human being unless you want to see someone. The service is understated to allow the calming experience of nature to be primary. Everything is already in your room!

When you would like to go to the resturant, hike, or use workout facility, the food and service are perfect. The view from the resturant is amazing! Everything we ate was very fresh, much being picked from the garden a few hours before dinner!

Once in a lifetime experience!!! Although we hope to return!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

This may be the nicest resort type property I have ever visited! At times I felt like I was sitting in my room in Santorini as far as the view of the ocean 1200 feet below. When eating at the restaurant, I felt as if I were transported back to St. Pietro Positano, yet, the luxury and privacy felt like St. Barts. My wife and I stayed one night in an upper Pacific suite but due to lack of availability, we were moved to a lower unit of a Pacific suite for 3 nights. The upper units are more expensive but they should be as their decks are more expansive and offer areas for sunning with complete privacy. The lower units are furnished exactly the same but they lack the walk out sun deck. Had they had a walk out area, they would intrude on the privacy of the upper unit as well as you would have no privacy in your sunning area. The rooms are very large and have everything included you could think of - and if it was not there, the staff would immediately have it delivered! The units face southwest, so, during the summer, the sun sets off the the right (north) so that you are not blinded by sunset. Our second unit, Jaeger, is also situated so that a row of trees off to the right blocks the sun fairly early in the afternoon, as opposed to the other upper units that had sun all afternoon. The last two units south of the restaurant are down a little hill about 100 more yards and require a little effort to climb to dinner. Most of the other units are closer and on a more flat level with the restaurant. Of course, the front desk will send a car to get you from anywhere! The two infinity soaking pools (104 degrees) are small but situated on the Pacific side crest. The larger pool is down the big entrance hill in a copse of trees and is kept around 80 degrees. We preferred this pool because it was large enough to swim laps and had a refrigerator stocked with water bottles and fruit. Meals can be ordered at poolside from the exact same menu as the restaurant up the hill. Hiking around the property is fun and one marked hike around the property takes almost 2 hours and can give you a pretty good workout. Daytime temperatures over the July 4 week were 68 as a high and 52 as a low - perfect for sunbathing and sleeping. A sweater/jacket was needed at night and early morning then shorts and a wind breaker took care of the days. People wore anyting from shorts to nice dresses at the restaurant and they all seemed appropriate. Breakfast, as mentioned, is not to be missed. Lunches were great and convenient. Dinners at Sierra Mar are fantastic with a changing menu and a knowledgable sommolier with great local wines. True, it is very expensive but we never felt like we were over charged. A glass restaurant hanging out over a cliff above the Pacific, fantastic food, a great local pinot - pinch yourself - it doesn't get much better!
Activities: Well, the staff directed us to some great hiking in the many nearby state parks and let us know which ones might have too much poison oak. They made us reservations at two nearby restaurants and drove us there and back each night. They, too, were fantastic. As far as visiting Hearst Castle - they put us in a Lexus convertible and sent us 1 1/2 hours down Hwy 1. Nice touch and fun to drive with no extra charge for rental or gas!
What would I do differently: Get an upper Pacific suite. Bring a fleece jacket. Explore the nearby parks more thoroughly. Stay 5 nights.
What would I do the same: Eat two dinners at Sierra Mar. Eat out at nearby restaurants the rest. Visit in July-August to escape Southeast US heat and humidity. Stay in the newer Pacific suites or any room south of the restaurant. Get a message. Spend a lot of time at the large pool.

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  • Stayed July 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Wow. My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights and it was not long enough. We stayed in a Coast Suite, on the bottom floor in one of their duplexes (Fee suite). Views were amazing. We had a hot tub on our patio. The only time we left our room was to eat, go for a hike, or get a massage. Truly we never thought about leaving the property. We ordered breakfast room service every morning and just sat on the patio and admired the view. No televisions! Which was nice. Had a wood fireplace that we used every night and morning. Everything was perfect. Saw wildlife galore: Gray Whales, Foxes, Deer, and many birds.

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  • Stayed July 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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California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

One a year we take a mini honeymoon to this very special place. I cannot find enough words to describe the peace and sanctuary this Cliffside retreat offers. The past 3 stays we have booked the Cliff House and it is spectacular! perched on the edge of a cliff , hence the name. The Cliff house is just that, a separate little house. We feel we are there alone overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant at Post ranch is perhaps our favorite in California. The Restaurant also sets cliff side high over the pacific. This is a place for romance and there are no children around. Looking for that special getaway with the person of you dreams this is it!

Room Tip: If you can afford it spring for a Cliff house. Can you put a price on romance?
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Post Ranch Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 39
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