Post Ranch Inn

47900 Highway 1 | Big Sur, CA 93920 [See Map]
#17 in Best California Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating

U.S. News Review

A pristine retreat along the Pacific Ocean less than an hour south of Monterey in Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn is renowned for its rustic atmosphere and indulgent comfort. Guests delight in the views from their guest rooms, gazing at either rising mountains or the expansive seas. The hotel's 39 rooms were designed for utter relaxation — you won't find TVs here, but rather wood-burning fireplaces, private hot tubs and binoculars to help you see more clearly from your personal deck. Should you need your fix of TV, you can head to the library, although the inn's activities should be enough to keep you busy. When visitors are not taking advantage of the on-site amenitiesthe pool, spa, yoga classes and star-gazing excursions, to name a fewthey are appreciating the great outdoors on local hikes or watching the sun set over nearby Pfeiffer Beach. No matter how you choose to spend your stay, previous visitors insist that a meal at Sierra Mar must work its way into your schedule. Chef John Cox pairs local ingredients with the inn's available wines for a meal you won't forget.

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Awards Received

  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Top Pick
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 781 guests have reviewed the Post Ranch Inn, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.5 (based on 781 reviews)

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47900 Highway 1 | Big Sur, CA 93920 [See Full Map]