We booked the Post Ranch Inn for our wedding based on reviews from this website. What an amazing experience. We booked their elopement package. Every person we dealt with from start to finish was wonderful. The best part about the package was how little we had to do. We e-mailed a few times with their wedding coordinator and non-denominational officiant, Soaring, and she was just great. We had to decide on our preferences for a few things, and that was it. Easy!
We arrived right in time for check in. They have a fleet of Lexus SUVs and Sergio drove us around the property and to our room after we checked in. The check in process was great and everyone was just so very nice - happy to have us. We booked one of the north ocean houses and it was amazing! See pictures attached for the view from the room, and of the room itself. We just sat right down on the patio and had a little picnic (full mini bar with snacks - complimentary). Yes, this place is expensive, and the ocean house very expensive. But I have to say, it's worth it. We couldn't have been happier. The spa tub was wonderful. The bed was so very comfortable. The shower is the only thing I can complain about. I was a little surprised it wasn't a fancy shower head given the attention to every detail here. Water pressure was good. Nice extra amenities in the bathroom. Great Bath sheets. I love big huge towels! Robes were nice too.
They have people there to drive you wherever you want to go on the property, or in Big Sur. We didn't take them up on that, but I thought that was a great perk. I can't imagine driving the PCH after a few drinks at dinner, so if you plan on having a few drinks - make arrangements with them for a ride! They also have 2 convertibles on the property for guest use.
The property itself is so beautiful and well maintained. Take a walk down one of the trails if you have the time. Along the trails are water coolers stocked with water bottles for the guests. The infinity pool is quite lovely (we did not go in) but much smaller than it appears on their website. More like a hot tub size. The regular pool is very nice also - but for some reason no one was using it. Could have something to do with it being May.
There were hammocks throughout the property. Benches. Beautiful flowers. Turkeys, deer, condors, lizards, lots and lots of butterflies, hummingbirds. Just so so lovely. We had a visitor at our room - a little bird - he would jump up at the windows and peck at them, like he was knocking to come in. It was really neat. The whole place smells of lavender which grows all over the property. Also, the soap in the bathroom is lavender. So now that we are home, a little bit of lavender lotion brings me back to post ranch in a second. Such an amazing experience.
Yes, the restaurant is under construction, but they do their very best to make sure you don't notice, and we really didn't. The temporary restaurant is very nice, but you don't get the view that the regular restaurant has. Our room did, so we didn't feel like we were missing out. We only had breakfast at the temporary resaurant, which was complimentary for resort guests. Not a great variety, but the quality was fantastic. Again, the people in the restaurant were so friendly and happy to be there.
We had dinner at the Redwood Grill (a bit north of the resort) which was pretty good, and not very expensive. It appeared to be a local hangout. We also had dinner at the Big Sur River Inn (also a bit north of the resort). Food was pretty good. Hostess was snotty. Waitress was nice. I think it was $18 or $20 for my chicken dinner. They have these great seats out by (and in) the river in the back of the restaurant. Check it out if you can. Nice outdoor seating, although we sat inside. We went in to Big Sur Bakery. It was late in the day, so perhaps that was the reason, but we found the selection to be minimal and people snotty. Kind of a disappointment given the rave reviews the place has gotten.
Our wedding day was incredible. Perfect day - 73 degrees - not a cloud in the sky. After breakfast we just sat on our patio and stared at the view all day. Soaring performed our ceremony and she was just so great. We couldn't imagine it any other way. Their pastry chef made us a little wedding cake and she decorated it with Big Sur roses - little tiny pink ones. Just so lovely. The flowers they put in our room, and the bouquet and boutinnier were also lovely. Everything was perfect. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to book a few extra days. Two days wasn't enough. Hopefully one day we will return. I can't imagine a more perfect place on the planet.
- Also Known As:
- Post Ranch Hotel Big Sur
- Post Hotel Big Sur
- Post Big Sur