Post Ranch Inn
What We Love
- Breathtaking 360-degree views of the ocean and Santa Lucia Mountains
- Top-notch artisan craftsmanship in every design detail
- Sierra Mar restaurant’s locally sourced, fresh California cuisine
- Outdoor adventurer’s paradise of beach walks and hiking trails
What To Know
- No TVs in the rooms
- Children under 18 not allowed
- Few nearby dining or entertainment options
- Eco friendly
Hollywood royalty have time and time again made this cliffside beauty, on a 1,200-foot-high ridge in Big Sur overlooking the Pacific, their romance spot of choice. It could be because of the privacy of its 40 adults-only homes and suites, which feature salvaged redwood and sheet metal artwork. Or it might be because of those pick-your-jaw-up-off-the-floor views: you’ll have your pick between Pacific Suites, whose decks and tiled baths overlook the water, or Peak Houses, whose windows frame the Santa Lucia Mountains. Mini-bars are complimentary, but for those prone to cabin fever, there’s a Lexus convertible on loan for spins down the Pacific Coast Highway. Just be sure to ask the concierge to pack you a picnic lunch before departure.
In the Area
Big Sur is one of America’s most scenic coastal regions—you’re going to want to take as much advantage of the landscape here as possible. The 19th-century Point Sur Lighthouse, a half-hour’s drive from Post Ranch, is a great way to take in the views—look out for whales and condors. For hikers, the closest peak to Post Ranch Inn is Mount Manuel, whose four-mike trek to the summit is one of the best hikes in the area. After working up an appetite, make your way to the deck of Nepenthe, arguably Big Sur’s most iconic restaurant, and order the signature “Ambrosia Burger” with a glass of wine. The prices are steep, but the killer view, with a straight shot to the sunset, is worth every penny.
How to Get There
Post Ranch is truly one of those special places that everyone should visit once in their life. Yes, it is very (very) expensive, but it is also very much worth it. Setting is spectacular and the service is very good. We had dinner at the restaurant, which was excellent (but also very expensive). Only negative that I can think of is the lack of televisions on the property. While this is a nice idea to be able to get away from the outside world, it would have been nice to have a TV some of the time.
The highlight for us was renewing our vows on the cliffs at sunset (this was an anniversary trip). Soaring (minister who performed the ceremony) did an outstanding job and both my wife and myself were really moved by the whole experience.
Cheers to the hotel and staff! We will (hopefully) return some day!
I would summarize our two night stay like this… I expected more but I would return. I thought the hippie chic vibe I knew to expect would bend more to the comfortably upscale than to the comfortably worn.
We did a pretty good hike on property and that was a highlight of our stay. There were lots of little ins and outs on the trails that I was not expecting. It was serene and very quiet. We only saw one other couple the entire two hours we wandered the paths.
Our Ocean room was over $2,500 night with taxes. It was gloomy during our two day stay and sometimes the marine layer was so thick that all we saw when we looked out our expanse of windows was a sea of thick white, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. We paid for this view but, oh well, and every day is beautiful on the coast! That being said, I would just advise to choose a room that has relative good value and enjoy the ocean views from Sierra Mar or anywhere you wander around the ocean edge of the property.
We had the two best nights of sleep we have had in a very long time!
Had seen this hotel advertised in an in flight magazine and had wanted to stay there. Went for the Cliff Room which overlooks the water and has a lovely deck and hot tub on the deck. The entire room was lovely - especially having a fire at night. Loved that they supplied a stocked mini bar - the cheese and wine were a lovely touch. It was also my birthday whilst we were there and we had a delicious meal. The breakfasts were excellent too. This hotel didn’t disappoint.
My husband and I are "frequent flyers" at Post Ranch Inn. We have stayed in various room types: Lower & Upper Coast rooms, Ocean House, Pacific House, Treehouse, Butterfly Room, and Mountain House. Each one has its own personality and charm, and you never feel deprived of the Big Sur experience. We practically camp out in the Jade Pool for our stay entireties, as the view and serenity is breathtaking. Sierra Mar was led by Chef John Cox before who is renoundly stellar, and now is led by Chef Elizabeth Murray, who surpasses all expectations in culinary magic. We never leave Post Ranch Inn without making a reservation for our next stay, to get over the ginormous disappointment of when we have to leave to our regular lives!! The staff will treat you like family, which is another huge draw why we are regular occupants at the Ranch.
Post Ranch Inn is the most magical place I've ever stayed. My husband and I were married in one of their Ocean Houses in May 2018, and every moment of our three night stay was absolutely perfect. Every member of the staff went above and beyond to make sure that we were well taken care of, but we have to give special shout out to Shane, the resort manager, for helping us to craft the most unforgettable trip.
Our Ocean House was beautifully decorated, clean, and fully stocked with various drinks, cheeses, hummus, etc. The Ocean Houses are spaced out enough that you can enjoy the outdoor space with complete seclusion and without any noise from your neighbors. The pictures simply do not do this place justice. Our mornings always began with complimentary breakfast at Sierra Mar, which is a can't miss. We spent our evenings on our outdoor patio taking in the spectacular view and stars, drinking wine, and listening to music on the in-room speakers. Sierra Mar offers a room service menu that's lower price and just as delicious as their prix fixe menu. One evening we also went across the road to Ventana for dinner, and Shane was kind enough to drive us there personally at the drop of a hat.
As for the wedding: We had a tiny wedding with 8 guests. Living in NYC and planning a destination wedding felt a little daunting at first, but their elopement/wedding packages ensure that everything is as seamless as possible. The marriage commissioner came directly to our room the morning of, and we signed the paperwork on our patio. My dress needed to be steamed, and with one phone call to the front desk, someone picked up my dress within minutes and returned it in beautiful condition. My guests were all escorted to our room by the staff in their fleet of Lexuses. The day itself was slightly foggy below the cliff line, which simply meant that rather than looking over our patio to the ocean, it instead appeared as if we were perched over the clouds. After the ceremony we took pictures with Doug Despres (one of Post Ranch's recommended photographers, who is AMAZING by the way) around the grounds with no shortage of beautiful locations. And for dinner, our family had a table overlooking the clouds at sunset at Sierra Mar. The restaurant was kind enough to even offer alternate appetizer choices from their room service menu at no additional cost, since one member of our party had dietary restrictions. The cake was phenomenal and covered with flowers that were hand picked from the grounds. After dating for 10 years, our wedding day was perfect, intimate, and everything that we wanted. Seriously the most stressful moment was when I realized that I forgot an eye shadow at home, and for an 8 person wedding... who cares? We wouldn't have changed a thing.
In short, Post Ranch Inn felt like being transported to another world. How lucky we are to have such an exquisite resort to return to for anniversaries.