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“Amazing, incredible, experience of a lifetime. Bucket list worthy.” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Amazing, incredible, experience of a lifetime. Bucket list worthy.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Post Ranch Inn in September 2012 and it was amazing!

Staying at the Post Ranch Inn isn't just a vacation, it is the experience of a lifetime!

We stayed in the Cliff House, a stand alone building overlooking the ocean. All I can say is WOW! From the room / building itself to the amazing, incredible views - everything was spectacular. We watched the sunset from our balcony and truly enjoyed seeing the stars at night.

We only stayed for one day, but the memories will last a lifetime. This is by far the most expensive place we have ever stayed and was dramatically more than we had ever paid for a hotel room before. That being said, it was worth every single penny.

Room Tip: The Cliff House was truly amazing, but anywhere you can afford to stay on the property will work.
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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

We did not stay, but saved the end of the Big Sur drive from Cambria to Carmel hoping there was a space for us. There was and it was way beyond expectations. The food, service and setting was great. I am not sure most could afford to stay, but a stop to walk around the grounds, have a fabulous lunch, watch the fog roll up and down the coast and just relax after the drive is well worth it. The little shop down the hill, where you can walk and see the deer, turkeys, and pool is also worth the time. We stopped at 2:15 and didn't get back on the road until 5:00. The restiaurant and location are very special and worth a stop at the gate to see if they can take you.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The treehouse room is probably the most unique room I have ever slept in. Everything from check in to check out was excellent. I made the reservation through whatahotel.com which gave some extra perks - lunch credit at the Sierra Mar restaurant, as well as a room upgrade. An extraordinary stay!

  • Stayed December 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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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

The Post Ranch Inn has the rare distinction of being one place that is much, much more lovely that it appears in pictures and on any website. It is a stunning location, with breathtaking views from almost every part of the property. We stayed in two different rooms - two days in a treehouse room ( Awesome!!) and one night in a Coast room (wonderful ). The treehouse was our favorite, because it feels like you're at your own private resort. The eternity hot tub was super relaxing, the food delicious and staff the nicest I've ever encountered. I keep a picture of this place on my office computer as a reminder of what I'm working for, because I just want to go back ASAP.
In the words of Ferris Beuler, 'if you have the opportunity, I strongly reccomend it.' The Post Ranch Inn is worth every penny.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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Los Angeles
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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
    • 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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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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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
    • 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 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#1 Green 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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