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47900 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9576
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#1 of 8 in Big Sur
Location
5.0
Cleanliness
4.9
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4.8
Value
4.2
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Platinum level

Welcome to Post Ranch Inn, your Big Sur “home away from home.” Post Ranch Inn aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

Given the close proximity to Seal Beach Scenic Overlook (2.7 mi), guests of Post Ranch Hotel can easily experience one of Big Sur's most popular landmarks.

Rooms at Post Ranch Hotel provide air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a minibar, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Post Ranch Inn guests have access to a concierge and room service. You can also enjoy a pool and free breakfast. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Post Ranch Hotel.

Travelers looking to enjoy some crab can head to Sierra Mar, The Sur House, or Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Hawthorne Gallery (0.9 mi), which is a popular Big Sur attraction – and it is conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

Post Ranch Inn puts the best of Big Sur at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Hiking
Spa
Concierge
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Private balcony
Minibar
Refrigerator
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Ocean view
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Greg S wrote a review Jun 9
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The beauty of Big Sur goes without being said. But Post Ranch Inn is truly magical. We've been lucky to travel to many incredible places around the world, but the world class hospitality, friendliness and sheer beauty of the ranch is unmatched. The staff were so lovely. Truly went above and beyond. In one instance, we were sat in the chef's garden and the gardener stopped his work just to ask us if we'd like some water. Grand gestures aside, it's these small things that happen on a regular basis here that set Post Ranch a part from the rest. And lastly, Sierra Mar was truly an experience. The chef was nice enough to come table side to say hello and chat with us during his busy dinner service.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Seyna V wrote a review Jun 7
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First of all, this place is a sanctuary, there is something otherworldly about its beauty and the calm you feel upon arrival. The staff is so kind and super professional (Hector who served us at the restaurant was amazing and even showed us a great place to spot the sunset). Luxury to me in 2022, is something money cannot buy and this is exactly that extra that Post Ranch Inn offers. Sweeping views, sunset dinner above the clouds and stargazing that makes you feel like you've been catapulted into outer space - unreal. The restaurant and the food were incredible. I enjoyed every bite and still thinking about those smoked mussels (definitely don't miss those on the menu) or the crudo. I also loved the on-site boutique, so wonderfully curated with anything from local artists to Californian homeware and beauty brands and then some super tasteful, gorgeous international staples such as Cire Trudon wax candles. I felt heartbroken leaving this place and returning to the real world and cannot wait to visit again.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Jordan Z wrote a review Jun 2
5 contributions10 helpful votes
Except for the view, this hotel fell short of nearly all expectations. The service and food were both wildly mediocre and the hotel itself is out of date. For the prices they charge, you would expect this to hit on every cylinder but unfortunately only the scenery lived up to expectations.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Tim Lee, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Jordan, Our team was very disappointed to read your review. It certainly does not reflect our high standards that we hold ourselves to. We realize that with your experience we have failed to meet your expectations. I extend my sincere apologies, Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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Thomas d wrote a review May 2022
4 contributions15 helpful votes
Catastrophic reception with rude and impolite employees, the rooms and particularly bathrooms need a renovation badly, for the service-quality offered far too expensive! Room-service bad and frowsy! Service in the restaurant slow and unfriendly!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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VacationPlanner wrote a review May 2022
Honolulu, Hawaii44 contributions62 helpful votes
My wife and I recently returned from our second visit to the Post Ranch Inn. We both love the breath-taking beauty of Big Sur and the Post Ranch Inn is a truly special place to savor the majesty of the coast. We had a beautiful Pacific Suite with endless ocean and coastal views. The suite was large, very private, comfortable and luxuriously appointed with many amenities we made use of. The wood burning fireplace was one of our favorite features in the chilly evening and we also made good use of the outdoor deck sipping coffee and reading the newspaper after breakfast at the Sierra Mar restaurant. We especially enjoyed the outdoor hot tub where we soaked enjoying the view and a drink after a fantastic spa massage session, a very relaxing way to end the day. What was evident on both our visits was the friendly, helpful service provided by the entire PRI staff, greeters, front desk, bellmen, groundskeepers, restaurant servers, mercantile and spa personnel. A special thanks to GM Tim Lee who warmly welcomed us back upon arrival and saw us off on our departure. This being a truly small world, we both are from the same neighborhood back home. We greatly appreciated his warm spirit of aloha and are already checking our calendar next year for another visit.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Tim Lee, General Manager at Post Ranch Inn
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear MM S! It was very nice to welcome you back to the ranch on arrival. Thank you for recognizing our entire Post Ranch Inn staff. They truly understand the importance, of providing all our valued guests with personalized service. I also wish to thank you for your loyalty with us. It is definitely not goodbye but...Until we meet again! Mahalo nui loa! Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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jamie k wrote a review May 2022
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Looking for a complete reboot for the body and soul, I was challenged to find a vacation destination that would check all the boxes. Post Ranch Inn checked all of the boxes on paper, but pulling the trigger for me was tough due to the price. This would be living above my means and my expectations would definitely be raised to a level almost unattainable. Reluctantly, I pulled the trigger, even though I was not comfortable spending this amount of money. I can assure you, my mind was put at ease on the drive in as we experienced the majestic views and everything that is Big Sur. Once we arrived on campus, I was blown away. Not just the views and settings of PRI, but the staff and attention to every detail. After 2 days of heaven on earth, I felt like we had become part of the family at PRI from the front desk, grounds crew staff, all the way up to the GM. My girlfriend had the best time and we couldn't be more pleased with the entire stay. All of my expectations were met and you can count me in for a return trip soon. Just have to save up a few bucks to get there, but worth every penny! Thank you
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Jamie, Thank you for your wonderful review. Our loyal and dedicated staff were very touched by your kind words. We are also pleased that we have met all of your expectations. We look forward to your return as you are...a part of our special Post Ranch Inn family! My warmest regards and gratitude, Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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Mika L wrote a review May 2022
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
I don't even know where to begin - There is something magical and serene about this property that no picture or review would ever be able to describe... but this is your sign. You must go to Post Ranch Inn!! A BIG thank you to the GM, Tim Lee, and his incredible staff for making our experience absolutely unforgettable. I can't wait to find myself in the outdoor steel hot tub again, drinking my coffee, watching the clouds rest over the mountains in the distance. It was the perfect way to disconnect and finally relax. PS. Before your visit comes to an end, make it a priority to order the espresso martini by Sergio at the bar - It was by far one of the best i've ever had!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Mika, We are very pleased that you had a most unforgettable experience! Post Ranch Inn is dedicated to providing memorable experiences of a lifetime. We look forward to your return, when your travel finds you back to our magical corner here in Big Sur. We will definitely have your espresso martini by Sergio, waiting for you! From our hearts to yours, Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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Amy S wrote a review May 2022
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Our visit to the Post Ranch was sublime from check in to check out. Beyond expectations; a flawless experience. The staff was friendly, full of aloha and made us feel like family. The GM Tim Lee welcomed us in with exceptional style as did the beautiful ladies at the front desk who really took their time to get to know us and share the resort's benefits. It was my birthday, and we found a half bottle of champagne to kick off a celebration in our room overlooking the sparkling Pacific. The fully stocked refrigerator, the in room hot tub, the fireplace, gorgeous king bed to die for with 600 count sheets and the wildly perfect lanai eased us into the Big Sur landscape with all the right feels. The crashing ocean down below immediately put our bodies into relax mode. The building architecture blended into the beauty of Big Sur in sheer perfection so Nature was the main event, and we could taste the flavor of the unreal coast all around us. We sat still enough to have the wildlife come out and say hello: the hummingbirds, the turkeys, the deer, the hawks. We walked redwood trails, the Secret Meadow, the ridge and discovered sculpture and artwork that complimented the healing land, rich with soothing energy. The Spirit Nest was one of my favorites, transcendent and the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Did I mention the fantastic cuisine? A four-course prix fixe dinner awaited us. From the palate cleansing handmade grapefruit soda, smoked mussels, amazing in house baked bread, just from the chef's garden pea salad, fresh pan seared fish of the day (I think Halibut?), and decadent pomegranate cheesecake, every bite was heavenly. The dining room staff was perfect, attentive, and helpful, unintrusive and friendly. The wine list was extensive and deep. The omelet cooked to order the next morning for breakfast was equally magnificent-I ate it in our hot tub! We chose our veggies and beverage of choice. The gift of dining kept on giving. Romance was on full volume for my husband and me. The two eternity hot tubs and heated pool offered privacy when alone yet respectful folk when sharing the space. Again, the eternal Pacific begged us to just stare endlessly. I also saw how this could be used as a retreat, for solo souls searching and tapping into the powers of the land. The Post Ranch really has it all. The fireplace in the room was divine, we got lost in the flames. The Spa Director Monika was key to our stay with an effervescent personality, providing the best possible encounter, taking her time and making sure we were well taken care of at every turn. A tour of the massage rooms in the redwoods looking out into the Ventana Wilderness/Double Cone and the overall tranquil demeanor of the building and staff put us over the top like a sigh. Basically, the Post Ranch is the ultimate understated elegance and luxury in a serene coastal redwood forest that brings peace to your bones the moment you step foot on the land. Do not miss it.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Amy, Thank you for sharing your experience with our readers. Post Ranch Inn is dedicated to providing a very memorable experience. We are so pleased that we have exceeded your expectations. I would also like to thank you for recognizing our loyal and dedicated staff. They are the reason why our guests keep returning so often. We look forward welcoming you back to our magical corner, here in Big Sur! My warmest regards and gratitude, Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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RB242 wrote a review May 2022
South Carolina584 contributions401 helpful votes
This was probably one of the best places to stay for a few days in a long time. Very well managed, with extremely nice, friendly and helpful people and nice, although maybe not all of them in the greatest shape because of age. But what a wonderful view. Absolutely amazing. At any time of the day or night. Absolutely fantastic. Only caveat: The price is rather steep for the size of the room. But again ... the view is absolutely unmatched.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your recent visit with us. We are touched that Post Ranch Inn was one of the best places you have stayed. Also, thank you for recognizing our wonderful staff and sharing that they were extremely nice, friendly and helpful. We look forward to your return soon! From our hearts to yours, Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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David wrote a review May 2022
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
My wife and I came to Post Ranch for our 10-year anniversary. Expectations were through the roof based on reputation, reviews, and expense. Post Ranch easily exceeded those expectations. It was All Class in every way. Property - stunning. Where else in the world can you go, have a room 1,250 feet above the ocean, 500 feet above the marine layer (literally looking down on clouds), turn around 180 degrees and be facing a California redwood forest. The designers and engineers did an incredible job building into and alongside the natural habitat, as opposed to departing from it. For those who travel to Hawaii, think Hualali versus Four Seasons Maui. Both are great properties, but they are designed differently and you can feel it. The marked hikes and trails are easy to follow and easy to traverse. Food - We see some of the reviews disappointed that Post Ranch has but one restaurant - the Sierra Mar. This surprised us too, but we actually grew to like it a lot. It was never crowded, we learned which table or area we liked to sit. The breakfast (included) is fantastic. The food was thoughtful and fresh, with plenty of options for any type of diet. The coffee was flowing and the fresh juices excellent. Service was exceptional here, as it was everywhere. (More on this below.) We ordered lunch from the restaurant and had it delivered to the pool, which was perfect. Exactly what we needed. We did not want a 6-course French Laundry lunch while sitting at the pool or after a short hike. We did not eat dinner there, so can't comment on it. Room. We stayed cliffside at Onesima. It is small, especially if you need to do work while there. If not, it is the perfect size to get cozy. The view is one-of-a-kind, and they keep a 102 degree plunge pool on the patio overlooking the ocean. The mini bar was stocked with drinks and snacks. This may sound strange, but the vegan chocolate chip cookies were probably the best cookies I've ever eaten -- vegan or not. Service. What put Post Ranch into a different stratosphere was the service. From top to bottom, from beginning to end. Every person. Chin welcomed us and made sure we understood the lay of the land. We didn't think twice about our bags being delivered or any logistics. Somehow, the housekeeping group, headed by Martin, kept this magnificent and giant property spotless with virtually no noise. Eddie, the lead bartender, was unforgettable. He welcomed us to Sierra Mar with champagne and his own handmade cocktail curated to my wife's personal tastes. He even prepared a sheet naming the drink after her. Every single person at Sierra Mar is Five Star -- from the front station to the buspersons to the servers. We wanted for nothing and yet felt like we had plenty of privacy. Finally, the head of Guest Relations, DJ, is world class. We had a small emergency and needed to make adjustments. Instead of telling us what we could not do, DJ helped us adjust and expressed genuine sympathy. We have already recommended Post Ranch to our friends, and we will be back. The price is high but, if any place is worth it, Post Ranch Inn is it.
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Responded May 12, 2022
Dear dmarroso, It was an honor and privilege to help you celebrate your 10th anniversary. We are pleased that we exceeded your expectations in every way. We look forward to your return, when your travels brings you back to our magical corner here in Big Sur! My warmest regards and gratitude, Tim Lee General Manager Post Ranch Inn
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PRICE RANGE
$1,835 - $2,723 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
39
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Frequently Asked Questions about Post Ranch Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Post Ranch Inn?
Nearby attractions include Pfeiffer Beach (1.5 miles), Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (1.8 miles), and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (1.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Post Ranch Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Post Ranch Inn?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Post Ranch Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Post Ranch Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Post Ranch Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant, Sierra Mar, and Nepenthe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Post Ranch Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Post Ranch Inn?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Post Ranch Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Post Ranch Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Post Ranch Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.