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“Spectacular and private setting” 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 9 Hotels in Big Sur
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Scarsdale, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
“Spectacular and private setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

We just spent 3 nights here to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we could not have asked for more. Our room, which was really a stand alone unit with a completely private deck with a hot tub ( note it is tub, not a jacuzzi), was beautiful. The furnishings were completely in sync with the setting, our room overlooked the mountains and the view was peaceful and beautiful. The buffet breakfast, included, was excellent with lots of delicious choices from healthy options to not so. The service was excellent. The couple of times we needed to ask for something it came in a mater of minutes, no small feat given the spread out layout of the resort. The two nights we ate at nearby restaurants they drove us and picked us up. We never had to wait and the cars were all brand new Lexus crossovers. If you can afford it, t can't imagine a better place to stay if you are looking for a place to feel close to nature but be completely pampered. Warning for those of you addicted to Homeland--there are no tvs but they have Internet and a Sonos system that plays Pandora and allows you to create your own radio stations.

Stayed October 2013, 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We recently spent 3 nights on this gorgeous piece of property. We stayed in one of the coastal houses. Our view of the Pacific was uninhibited. The room is perfectly situated, customer service is wonderful, grounds are spectacular. I have no criticisms of this hotel, but rather a few observations. (1) While the Sierra Mar restaurant is wonderful, it would be nice to have a place to eat that has more casual dining. Room service is available, but after a lovely day of hiking, hot tub soaking and massages, we wanted to go have a drink and casual meal in a comfortable atmosphere and found ourselves driving to nearby restaurants. (2) the actual shower stall is gorgeous with windows looking out over the ocean, but it was difficult to climb in and out of. Bathroom is small and dimly lit. One other suggestion would be to provide some sort of awning on the coast side balcony. It was a beautiful day, but the sun was so strong that we couldn't sit out on the patio for long. A little shade would have been perfect. Other than that, I would go back in a heartbeat! Expensive but fabulous.

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Green Features: This is a very green hotel, they gave out take home water bottles.
  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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25 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you want a getaway where you feel like you are on top of a mountain with only relaxation in mind, this is it. We have visited other resorts such as Little Palm Island and this rivals them. We stayed in a treehouse and it felt like we were on top of the world. The scenery is incredible especially with cloud cover hanging over the ocean below. This is the ideal spot for a honeymoon or any other occasion where you want to be alone with your mate. Pricey. But worth it.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Tree House but the rooms overlooking the ocean are just as fantastic.
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Green Features: Very conscientious if that is important to you. If you are into recycling, organic gardens, bamboo shirts, etc. they are on top of this.
  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Hermitage, Pennsylvania, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife's 50th bday will not soon be forgotten! What a beautiful resort, the views are the best I have enjoyed in California....the fools was spectacular, the service was 2nd to none....what more can you ask for?? Is it costly, yes...is it worth it, ABSOLUTELY YES!!

If you want to share an unforgettable experience, nothing can beat the Post Ranch....beauty, romance, comfort, fine foods, perfect service .....to name a few!!

Room Tip: The ocean view private units are worth the experience....
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

There is no doubt that when you get the bill after your stay here you'll do a double take. But after a brief moment of surprise, you'll no doubt say to yourself it was well worth it. That's assuming, of course, that you want to go somewhere where you feel like you're in your own private sanctuary. That's because, no matter how full the rooms are here, you always feel like you have the whole place to yourself. The rooms are one-of-a-kind, with an awesome view. The service is impeccable. And the restaurant and experience you won't soon forget. My wife and I went here to reconnect after so many years of raising kids and not having time to ourselves. Mission accomplished. If I have only one forewarning it is this: The view from our room was spectacular. However. for three of the four days we were there, it was shrouded in fog. At the altitude you're at, facing the ocean, it wasn't surprising. But when you're paying so much, and looking so forward to it, it took a bit of time to get past the disappoint and enjoy our stay nonetheless. So go prepared that it may happen to you.

Room Tip: We stayed in the upper coast panoramic view room. It was very private, well maintained, and the fire...
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Green Features: Everything this hotel does is environmentally-friendly. Though you're in a first-class room with first-class service, you feel nothing about the environment/location has been negatively altered.
  • Stayed June 2013, 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 October 4, 2013

Coming from the midwest (Chicago), driving up the California coast is a beauty of its own to see. One wouldn't imagine that the most spectacular part of the coast would be a hotel nestled inside mother nature's mountains just at the edge of the coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I was worried about not having a lot to do in the middle of Big Sur since I am not an experienced long distance hiker/climber, but you really don't have to stray from the hotel grounds. There is just so much beauty everywhere, from the hotel restaurant to the guest rooms. And by rooms I mean either suites perched cliffside hundreds of feet above the ocean, or tree houses (where we stayed) surrounded by mountain views and wildlife, with wood burning fireplaces and fully stocked minibars (without alcohol) with fresh juices and homemade chocolate chip cookies. We also saw a few celebrities when we were there. I can see why they go there because it's not stuffy at all, very low key yet it's 5 stars in every single way. The staff was attentive and friendly, and were helpful with recommendations. This is a unique experience that even if you are not that outdoorsy of a person, you will still love this place.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

My husband and I went to the Post Ranch Inn for our "mini-moon" in June. I was so incredibly excited. I booked the "romance" package months early. It was to include 3 nights stay in a tree house, two dinners, two massages and champagne in our room. We arrived to a misty day which I could not have been happier with. Our room wasn't ready so we headed to the restaurant for a boozy lunch. It was spectacular. Between the food, the views and wine parings, we were in heaven.

Then we got to our tree house. I have stayed all over the world in the fanciest of hotels and in some of the cheapest, but at over $1000 a night my expectations were not surprisingly very high. And the only word to describe this tree house was "meh." It just looked like it needed a redo. The carpet was dingy, the sheets on the bed were moderately soft (again, $1000 per night I want to melt into Egyptian cotton), the robes they provide were very old and the slippers were clearly used with someone else's foot indents. The bathroom just looked old and not in fun rustic way. There's a way to do rustic and elegance and this was all rustic with no elegance. The tree house did have charming points - it felt very secluded, had huge windows surrounded by trees and a deck that deer came up to (at a safe distance). But again, at that price I want LUXE. What we did get was a great relaxing getaway which was most important. The mini bar in the room is gratis which is a great touch. And again, the restaurant was really out of this world.

But at that price they simply must upgrade their rooms and amenities. As is, I would not go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Post Ranch Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 39
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