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
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
This was a splurge...a bucket list thing that I’ve been trying to check off for decades. Two incredible days here. The service was fantastic, led by the caravan of Lexuses that will drive you anywhere in nearby Big Sur, and pick you up ASAP when you call them. All the employees were friendly, and we especially loved interacting with the Grounds Supervisor who rode the Segway!
We benefited from gorgeous weather: three days of blue skies. Our Upper Coast house (which was plenty of room for us) basically faces South, so the sunset was through the trees to our right. What pleasantly surprised us was the full moon rising in lockstep from the east. The glow off the ocean and its mist made for such an enchanting atmosphere as we enjoyed wine on the deck. (My pic of the scene was taken as the sun on the opposite side had just set, so—of course—doesn’t do it justice).
Brunches were delicious, enjoyed in that wonderful restaurant; strolling along the Ridge in the evening was like being at summer camp for adults; and we loved the walking paths through the redwoods and meadows.
A lot of money? Yes. Ten years from now I won’t remember how much I spent, but will vividly remember this awe-inspiring and majestic experience!
Post Ranch Inn is a gorgeous property (5+). It is the perfect place to find peace and privacy. The “lodgings” are unique and blend in seamlessly with the beautiful environment. The included breakfast in Sierra Mar was excellent and delicious, with lots of offerings, including made-to-order omelettes and French Toast.
Post Ranch Inn is very expensive and for that price, I expect impeccable service. This was not the case (therefore a 3 rating).
-When I made the reservation for our full oceanfront room, I mentioned it was a birthday celebration; when we checked in, the young lady at reception wished us a “Happy 30th anniversary” and pronounced our name wrong. This was disappointing and just sloppy. We’ve stayed at many resorts for celebrations and they always had a some kind of celebratory gift in the room- not at Post Ranch.
-Only once during the 2 days that I was at the main pool (from 10 am-5 pm), did any staff stop by; no service of any kind at the pool. A couple at the pool called for lunch and it took 1 1/2 hours until their sandwich and salad were delivered.
-Dinner at Sierra Mar was disappointing. The waiter did not tell us that the 4-course menu was optional (you could order a la carte if staying on the property). Although none of the first 2 courses appealed to me, I believed I was compelled to order the four course dinner for $125. It was before dessert (which I had no interest in) that I asked the waiter and he then told me I could have just ordered the entree without any other courses. He apologized and said it was his fault for not telling us that when we sat down, but no accommodation offered.
-We mentioned it to the hostess when we left and she said the manager would call us to discuss.
-When we checked out, the manager still hadn’t called us. We explained what transpired and the person at the desk spoke to someone and our dinner was removed from the bill.
- Employees weren’t particularly friendly (except for Phil who was great); we expect a higher level of service and attention to detail at this price point.
But, the property is unique and beautiful, from the oceanview, infinity hot tubs and redwood forest, to the singular accommodations. It is a special place-just not sure if I’d return.
I've been wanting to come here for quite some time so my husband and I planned our summer trip around it. The property is stunning, even in the "cheap rooms". The resort really is about relaxing and seclusion. We were celebrating our Anniversary and the hotel left us a nice note and some snacks in our room. Our dinner at Sierra Mar was incredible - both the food and the views. Breakfasts were great too. And of course, we loved relaxing in the hot tubs with the great views. Everyone goes out of their way to assist you. The employees helped us plan some great hikes and it was great to have the shuttle run us over to Ventana one night for dinner so we didn't have to drive. There were two major celebrities staying at the hotel while we were there and no one bothered them. My only complaint was the yoga - we love practicing with different instructors when we go on vacation and were surprised by the one here. She brought sound bowls (which I thought were great) but she told story after story and talked throughout the entire class and we got very little stretching in. If we had signed up for the sound bathing or meditation class then this would have been fine, but for yoga it wasn't what we were looking for at all and we were quite surprised that this hotel would offer that. Other than that we loved it - especially all of the non-toxic products and organic bedding. Definitely worth a visit!