My husband and I stayed at Post Ranch Inn on September 5-7, 2008. It was our second time staying there, and probably the 6th or 7th time dining at Sierra Mar. It was absolutely wonderful. We just love the grounds, the attention to detail in the rooms and on the property, the gracious service, and the unique style.
I know many previous reviews have detailed how beautiful and luxurious different elements of the property are, so I thought I would offer something a little different. I spent some time walking the north side of the property (where all the original lodging is, not the new ones that are uber expensive), and I took note of the ones that seem to have the best views and privacy in each class. This may be helpful as a guide if you want to request a particular room, but keep in mind I have only stayed in two of these rooms. So most of it is just my opinion based on viewing the buildings from the outside.
This is in order of least expensive to most expensive:
Butterfly Rooms: There are only two Butterfly buildings, with two rooms in each building. Those on the upper floors are more expensive because they have nicer views and more privacy. But between the two buildings, there doesn't seem to be much difference. We stayed in Dani, which is a lower room, and the ceiling of our deck was the floor of the upper unit's deck. It was very nice, with a lovely woodsy view, but didn't get much light since it was covered. I imagine the deck son the upper units must be nicer. Also, our windows looked out onto the road, so when the blinds were up, there wasn't quite enough privacy for my taste. The upper units would be higher up, and therefore would not have that problem.
Mountain Rooms: There is only one building with Mountain Rooms. One room is on the lower level and the other is on the top level. The top level is more expensive because it offers a better view and a bit more privacy. The views from both are trees and mountain views. They are set back from the main road and very private.
Coast Rooms: There are five Coast Room buildings. They are the exact same buildings as the Mountain Rooms, but they are on the coast, hence the name.
Slate (lower) and Torre (upper) make up the Coast Room building closest to the restaurant. In my opinion, they didn't seem to offer quite enough privacy. You can see a bit of their decks from the road. But that's being very picky.
The next building is Rico (lower) and Roberts (upper). We stayed in Rico, and when we checked in the girl at reception told me that one was her favorite. I thought she might have just been saying that, but after seeing it, I really do think it's among the best. When we sat out on our deck all we could see was ocean and sky. You cannot see any other buildings, and it feels like you're alone in the world. It's so well placed that passersby on the road cannot get even a tiny glimpse of your deck.
Rico, however, is a lower level room, so the top level in that building would be even better. That one is called Roberts.
The other building that seemed to be just as good if not better would be the one with J. Post (lower) and W.B. (upper).
The next building along the road is Pick (lower) and F. Post (upper). Personally, I don't think I'd be all that happy with them because there are a lot of trees in front of the decks. So you can see the ocean, but it's not a totally unobstructed view as it is in the other buildings. But again, I haven't been in those rooms, so maybe the view is very lovely. I just don't think I would like the trees in the way of my ocean view.
The last Coast Room building is Partington (lower) and Pfeiffer (upper). The views are very good, but they don't seem to be quite as private as Rico/Roberts or J. Post/ W.B. Post.
Tree Houses: These are not on the coast, and aren't meant to be ocean-view, but there are two that will probably provide peaks of the ocean from the window: Harlan and Hathaway.
The two with the most privacy and very woodsy are Innocenti and Grimes.
Burns, Brazil and Boronda seem too close to the road from a privacy standpoint, but then again, they are high up, so no one can see in your windows. And the decks are on the back side.
I think I'd like to stay in a Treehouse on our next visit. I just love the pictures on the website. While I typically want to splurge for ocean view, the woodsy aspect of PRI is just divine as well. And you can't always count on an ocean view because of the fog.
Ocean Houses: These buildings are also along the coast, but they are more expensive than Coast Rooms because you get the whole 2-story building to yourself. Overstrom seemed to offer the best view, but Onesimo and Molera were pretty darn close, and all three of them are located in the same spot at the far north end of the property. Nothing picky to really say about any of them. Wayland, on the other hand is the first building north of the restaurant, and doesn't offer enough privacy. Finally, Trotter is just north of Wayland and seemed very good.
With all that said, if you have never been to PRI, and you are thinking about it, definitely go! And while a lot of people think they need to have nice, sunny weather for Big Sur, do know that it's absolutely gorgeous even when it's foggy or misty or even when it's raining. During a rain everything is so green, which makes for gorgeous photos. And after the rains the wildflowers come out. In the late summer and fall, you probably have less chance of fog, and very little chance of rain, but everything is dry and there are no more flowers. So don't rule out the winter and spring.
Hope this helps!
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