Post Ranch Inn

47900 Highway 1 PO Box 219 | Big Sur, CA 93920  [SEE MAP]Big Sur, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Each room offers a private deck
No TVs in rooms
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 amenities – the pools (some of the world's most beautiful), spa, yoga classes and star-gazing excursions, to name a few – they 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.
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Location
Big Sur, CA
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 39 rooms
Primary View
Mountain(s), Ocean
Style
Rustic, Opulent
Best For
Couples

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Scorecard
  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards

AFAR

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The oceanview cottages and cliff-edge infinity pools here are the stuff of dream honeymoons.

Travel + Leisure

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Staying in a Pacific Suite, wherever you stand you are exposed to the ocean and the sky but unseen by other guests. Even the tiled bath, big enough for two, has a commanding vista, and a floor-to-ceiling window that opens to let in Pacific breezes.

National Geographic Traveler

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Perched on the Big Sur coastline, between the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and the endless Pacific Ocean horizon, everything but the romance of the present moment is sure to fade away at the Post Ranch Inn.

Fodor's

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This luxurious retreat, designed exclusively for adult getaways, has remarkably environmentally conscious architecture. The redwood guesthouses, all of which have views of the sea or the mountains, blend almost invisibly into a wooded cliff 1,200 feet above the ocean.

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1248 have reviewed the Post Ranch Inn, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1248 reviews 4.5 (based on 1248 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The term “organic” applies to this resort, where the design and materials of the spacious suites and houses blend in seamlessly with the surroundings. Light pours in through the windows, highlighting the reclaimed redwood construction and stone accents. There are walking sticks and binoculars to help you commune with nature but also such creature comforts as a spa tub, an iPod docking station and a free stocked minibar.
  • There are no televisions or alarm clocks in guest rooms
  • Minimum age for guests is 18 years old
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

Standard room size450 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Nestled on 100 wooded acres on a 1,200-foot-high cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this luxurious adults-only retreat stands apart in the heart of Big Sur. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is 3 miles north along Highway 1, while the Henry Miller Memorial Library is about 2 miles south.
  • The hotel is 36 miles south of Monterey Regional Airport
  • Guests have complimentary use of the hotel’s fleet of Lexus vehicles
  • Free car service takes guests to Big Sur sites within 5 miles of the resort
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

Sierra Mar is as renowned for its breathtaking ocean views as its "inquisitive" food creations by executive chef John Cox. The dinner menu offers two options: a four-course prix fixe menu or the nine-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu. Guests enjoy a complimentary gourmet buffet breakfast and can select a three- or five-course prix fixe menu for lunch.
  • The Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar boasts more than 2,600 selections and 14,000 bottles
  • Reservations are strongly recommended for lunch and dinner
  • Room service is available during restaurant hours, roughly 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

Two heated infinity pools offer impressive views of the Pacific Ocean. The property's heated lap pool, on a sunny knoll, is a tranquil spot for both swimming and sunbathing.
  • The pools are open 24 hours
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The Post Ranch Spa draws inspiration from its surroundings, especially for such treatments as the Big Sur jade stone therapy and signature products such as the Big Sur flower essences. The spa offers Native American shaman rituals as well. Many treatments can be provided in-suite for no additional fee.
  • Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • It’s strongly advised to make spa reservations at least two weeks in advance

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Fitness

The resort’s focus on wellness extends beyond the fitness center, which offers aerobic and weight-training equipment and stair climbing machines. Guests are invited to the free daily yoga class at 8 a.m. as well as guided nature walks three times a week.
  • Fitness center open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

A computer and printer are available in the library.
    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Wedding

    The outdoor ocean view terrace of Sierra Mar restaurant can host afternoon weddings ranging in size from 25 to 75 guests. Sierra Mar’s chef can create a custom menu for the reception. The bride and groom must book a two-night stay, beginning the night prior the event.
    • All overnight wedding guests must be 18 years or older
    • One party may book a maximum of four rooms, for eight guests, for the event

    Maximum wedding guest capacity75

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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