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“Ideal Setting to Tie the Knot” 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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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Ideal Setting to Tie the Knot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2006

My VERY new husband & I ended up booking an elopement package at the Post Ranch Inn after a near-brush with the Ventana Inn across the street. Our wedding coordinator & officiant, Soaring Starkey, went out of her way to take care of every detail. She send a succinct list of questions to get the ball rolling & the marriage license application, and once those were taken care of, it was smooth sailing. She made sure our special day came together in an organic, relaxed and perfect way.

We stayed at the South Coast House. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, stunning views, secluded setting. Full kitchen stocked with fruit, waters, nuts, chips, chocolate, wine, tea, coffee, etc -- all included in the price of the room. We took advantage of the small fleet of Lexus convertibles available to guests and took a drive to Pfeiffer Beach, just north of the hotel down an not-very-well-marked road that the chef at Big Sur Bakery, Phillip, recommended. BTW - you MUST eat at Big Sur Bakery. Fantastic food, rustic yet upscale dining room, amazingly friendly and attentive staff--everything a dining couple could want.

On the grounds of Post Ranch: free-roaming herds of deer & bunches of turkeys. Water available in little wooden boxes along the walking trails so that guests were never far from comfort. There were basking pools, secluded benches, hammocks for two.

The breakfasts at Sierra Mar (included) were excellent - the frittata and heirloom tomato salads were fantastic. My sweetie enjoyed the little baked goods and the granola quite a bit as well.

I could go on about the little touches: champagne, wine, tea, coffee available upon arrival at reception...the champagne split & special floral arrangement in the room as part of the elopement package...the "congratulations" each staff member we met offered to us...the ride home from dinner with our little wedding cake tucked into a basket, because the tasting menu left us unable to enjoy the cake that evening...the way every telephone message was printed out on a card for us...

And then there's the nature. The morning I was in the shower with the sliding glass door to outside and a deer cruised by not 13 feet from where I stood (somewhat surprised, albeit.) The smell of cedar and lavendar and clean, clean, clean air! The sound of birds and squirrels and then the absence of "city" sounds. Enchanting.

Post Ranch Inn indeed was the perfect place in which to take our marriage vows. Peaceful, powerful & yet calming and spritual. We plan to go back for our 1st annivesary.

Worth every cent.

  • Liked — Every detail was attended to, yet the staff was invisible while making it happen.
  • Disliked — The easiest trail to the reception area was under construction and unusable.
  • Tips/Secrets — Borrow a Lexus convertible for the day & don't skip the breakfast at Sierra Mar!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2006

This resort is an amazing experience. We have stayed in luxury hotels before (Fairmonts and Ritz) and the Ranch is no comparison. From the moment you arrive, you realize that the environment and grounds at the ranch are just as important as the accomodations themselves. We stayed in a treehouse (Burns) for 4 nights in April for our anniversary. This is a couple's romantic paradise. No children allowed. While we did not have an ocean view, we loved our experience in the trees. The staff was amazing. Friendly, available, yet unintrusive. You are greeted with wine while you check in and are driven to your "house". A wood burning fireplace is standard in each room and it is a wonderful thing to relax with at the end of the day. Then, magically, it is cleaned and re-built for you again the next day. All of the accomodations are warm and rich; fluffy beds, large baths, satellite radio, but no TVs! They want you to unplug and thank goodness for it. We had two spa treatments each and they were wonderful. They'll treat you in the spa or in your house. The complimentary breakfast each morning is gourmet and will keep you satisfied until dinner. The room is stocked with a small fridge full of complimentary snacks and beverages. We spent many an afternoon at the basking pool, soaking in its warmth, looking out off of the cliff and into the ocean. The views were spectacular, like you are on the edge of the earth. It is very expensive, but we definitely felt it was worth it! We will be back again! P.S. We have also stayed at their sister resort in Hana, Maui. It was just as wonderful.

  • Liked — Staff and impeccable rooms
  • Disliked — NA
  • Tips/Secrets — Burns treehouse was an excellent location with good privacy.
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2006

I have stayed at some pretty nice properties (on business and pleasure)--The Ritz Carlton Boston, The Four Seasons Singapore, The Breakers Palm Beach, etc. This is the nicest inn/hotel I have ever stayed at in my life.

The Post Ranch Inn is a treasure. The setting, the rooms, the food, the service---words alone simply can't describe. Suffice it to say that it provides a very beautiful and very relaxing getaway--it can also be incredibly romantic if you are with the right person.

My wife and I went there for our aniversary and stayed 2 nights. 2 nights was more than enough to have a wonderful experience--really all you need (the price is so high that most people won't want to spend more than a couple of nights). We ate one night at the resturaunt on property (wonderful) and one night at the Big Sur Bakery ( an off property resturaunt that was also great--but a much more casual experience). We spent our days hiking (we got some great hiking tips from Mary at the resturaunt--she oversees the breakfast). We also spent a good deal of time lounging around the grounds and soaking in the wonderful pools/hot tubs. One morning we did the Yoga Class (one of the best instructors we ever had). One evening we did the star gazing after dinner (very cool).

I can't say enough about this place. It is simply amazing. If a person can find fault here, then there probably isn't a place on Earth that is capable of making them happy. The place has a wonderful energy and and a great laid back Big Sur feel to it (combined with oodles of luxury). ONE THING: Make your reservations in ADVANCE ---rooms book up months and months ahead.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Its not an average, theme park vacation. It is is a place to relax and commune with nature--no kids, no T.V.'s---just amazing natural beauty
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2006

We only ate at the Inn but we we were a party of 5, so it was a very expensive night. The service was poor. Our wait between each part of the meal was long and at least 30 minutes. I would not go back and think anyone would want to know this time wait.
JP from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Stayed July 2006
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2006

Wonderful hotel in Big Sur with a spectacular setting that cannot be beat. We stayed in one of the treehouses which were very nice, alhtough I think next time around we will try to reserve an Oceonside room. Property is expansive, and it feels like you are the only ones around. Great service, great stay.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Potomac, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2006

I want to love this place, I really do. The idea of a blissful retreat high above the ocean in Big Sur is extremely attractive. However, based on a couple extended stay at the Post Ranch over the last couple years, I have to say we won't be returning. Here are the reasons:

For us, the entire point of a place such as Post Ranch is to retreat from the usual hassles of life. While the staff (especially Mary in the restaurant) are usually sincerely helpful, there are some serious issues. During our stay in June, construction noises from an expansion echoed through the canyon, keeping us inside the restaurant or our rooms. Who wants to pay $1,000/night to hear that beep-beep-beep of trucks backing up, or the crashing of bulldozers?

Eventually, the construction will end, but the fellow guests bring their own problems. Because the property is so quiet (apart from the bulldozers and trucks), rowdy guests can change the entire atmosphere. One night during our stay, a guest in a nearby room went on a drunken signing/swearing binge that lasted hours. We have had a more peaceful night at an $89 Hilton Garden Inn. Guests using their cellphones are an increasing problem, too, especially at the pools. Finally, some staff (especially Sierra Mar waiters at dinner) would clearly rather be doing anything else than serving diners.

I believe most rooms were built in the early 1990s, and it shows. They're a little tired, a little worn around the edges.

Would we overlook all these faults in a different hotel? Of course. But the reason we have been willing to pay the extremely high rates at Post Ranch is to get away from these problems. When we consider that we could book a luxury (Silverseas) cruise for the price of a week at Post Ranch, the choice is clear.

A very compelling idea; a flawed execution.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise--contruction, fellow guests
  • Tips/Secrets — You can do better for $1,000/night
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2006

This is the first time I have felt the urge to write about a hotel on Trip Advisor. THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! Went there on our honeymoon stayed in an ocean view W.?. Post room (the rooms are named after locals of note). Its not cheap but totally worth every cent. We were there for the first 2 nights of the honeymoon and it totally drained away all the stress of the wedding build up. 3 Nights would have been the perfect duration, great mix of calm and relaxation. Watch out for the electric cars they sneak up on you !

  • Liked — The setting was amazing
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Tips/Secrets — Get a room on the ocean side in the summer for great sunsets
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 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
Also Known As:
Post Ranch Hotel Big Sur
Post Hotel Big Sur
Post Big Sur

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