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“A divine experience once again!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   47900 Highway 1, PO Box 219, Big Sur, CA 93920   |  
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“A divine experience once again!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

A few years ago, my husband and I stopped by and had a glass of wine at Post Ranch Inn. We were so mesmerized by the view that we stayed and ate dinner. We were then so intoxicated by the view, the food, the architecture, the decor and the service that we came back a year or so later and stayed for three nights in an Ocean House.

Forever changed by our experience, we have joyfully accepted the fact that a yearly pilgrimage to Post Ranch Inn is a requirement for the sake of our souls. We’ve just returned from another magical stay, this time in the Upper Pacific Suite. We are now thoroughly spoiled. The room is exquisite and spotless, the amenities perfect and the view is other-worldly. The Upper Pacific Suite is more expensive but definitely worth the splurge.

When we stay at Post Ranch, we wake up each morning thinking we're in Heaven as we look out at the spectacular 180 degree view of sky and sea melding together far off into the Horizon. We revel in the sounds of birds singing and the fire crackling in the fireplace. We're transfixed by the sight of the ocean and sky and calmed by the natural aromatherapy generated by the scent of pine and redwood all around us.

The vibe during the day is casual and we live in our hiking and yoga clothes as we stroll outside in the gloriously fresh air. The vibe at night is upscale/nice casual, though we were a bit surprised to see one diner wearing shorts at dinner... hmmm... The staff at Post Ranch is certainly gracious enough to tolerate that but shorts at dinner seemed disrespectful to the chef and the staff, given how wonderfully thoughtful they are in preparing and serving the food.

We loved the outdoor soaking tub on the balcony of our suite both for the relaxation it provided and for the lovely waterfall sound it added to the already beautiful symphony of birds singing outside and the fire crackling in the fireplace inside. As always, we ate way too much but then who can resist such over the top delicious food? We devoured the daily chocolate chip cookies that are discreetly refilled in the in-room cookie jar. We loved the strawberry muffins and eggs benedict at breakfast, and we were continually delighted by the flavorful creations at dinner. Never before Post Ranch had we ever had such delectable risotto with chanterelles!

The overall vibe of Post Ranch Inn is Zen, spiritual, sacred, restful, and retreat-like. We typically spend three nights there and, upon leaving, feel so profoundly rested on every level that it’s as if we’ve been there for a full week. The service is exceptional and the food is delicious. Thank you to the many wonderful people on the staff who made our stay so perfect: Soaring, Jorge, Fred, Mike, Paige, Christian, Talmon, Trevor, Nicole, Aga, Candace, Rebecca, Martin... I hope I haven't left anyone out by accident! We are forever thankful and we can’t wait to return to the beautiful sanctuary that is Post Ranch Inn.

Room Tip: The Ocean Houses lovely - cozy yet with stunning views, private patio, fireplace and all the ameniti...
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  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Wish I had come here years ago! .. price points a bit high for me.... but finally did it!! WOW!!! Exceeded all expectations! This is heaven! Stayed in a Treehouse and felt like one of the trees. The north end mediatation pool is divine. Views, sunsets, dawn, and stars were in a chorus of hallelujahs. Meals were all excellent. Views daytime from the restaurant are to die for. Walks thru redwoods and meadows good. Massages also were bliss. This is a must do even if only for a meal. The aesthetics are an art of perfection and balance. Love the 3 D art surprises along the walks. A Very special place. My only wish was for a hot tub/ water element at the spa.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

one of the best and unique hotels i've been to.. totally worth the money :). we stayed for two days once in the "ocean view" room and then in the "tree room/house". both the rooms were worth staying in with "out of this world" breathtaking views. :) the service was excellent, the staff were warm, friendly, attentive and helpful in every possible way. we didn't dine at the restaurant but had the food brought over to the rooms and again we weren't disappointed. everything was cooked to perfection!! all in all an experience to cherish a lifetime. :)

  • Stayed September 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Well if you've got the ultra-mega bucks this is THE place to stay. We stayed here twice for 2 days each - couldn't afford more, and that was pushing it. The rooms are absolutely exquisite, the restaurant food and views are out of this world, the staff and spa great - it's super elegance. The rooms in the trees, where we stayed, are superb - the rooms overlooking the ocean I suspect are equally amazing. A place to remember for a lifetime.

Room Tip: rooms in trees are gorgeous; ocean view rooms I suspect are equally great.
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  • Stayed August 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I took my best friend here for her birthday dinner whilst we were on holiday. The food and quality of service was excellent. We found the $110 per person very reasonable for the freshness of produce and flavours from every course. The $110 covers three courses but you get lots of other little things in-between so in total there were an extra 5 little surprise bites thrown in-between making '9 courses'. The flavours were out of this world excellent and ingredients very creative - each mouthful was amazing! Our waitress bas a bit stiff to start but she lightened up and eventually made the dining experience very pleasant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hotel is one of the most special properties I have ever seen. If you are traveling in Big Sur, you must visit the Post Ranch Inn. If you cannot stay in one of the luxury suites (must get ocean view, that is the whole beauty of it), at least have dinner or a drink in the restaurant. The scenery took my breath away. I enjoyed the laid-back, casual, unassuming attitude of the other guests. The hotel offers ultimate privacy in a most luxurious setting. I would highly recommend this hotel for its beautiful surroundings, hiking trails, privacy, and camp-like feel. Perfect place for romance!

  • Stayed August 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I are long time repeat guests of post ranch. This is the only property that always delivers rain or shine, cold or hot. Over the years the management and team have refined the ranch to make it evolve yet stay the same. Do: walk the ranch trails everyday, soak in the north end tub, sit on the hidden benches around the property, let the kitchen know if you want something special at least 24 hrs ahead, and above all let Dan the ranch man know if anything is not ok, he will go to great lengths to make your stay with his fantastic team a special one.

Room Tip: Little is at the noth end and faces to the east. If you don't want water views this room is woo...
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  • Stayed November 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
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Additional Information about Post Ranch Inn

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
Also Known As:
Post Ranch Hotel Big Sur
Post Hotel Big Sur
Post Big Sur

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