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
We stayed at Post ranch inn for 2nights in a Coast house.
Driving 9 hours to reach Big Sur was very challenging. Average night prices were over 2000 dollars, minimum 2nights stay. We travel all over the world, so I wanted have experience in Big Sur. Driving 9 hours was very challenging. Check in supposed at 4pm but our room was not ready we waited at restaurant bar. Finally we got room almost 5pm, we were so tired. The view was beautiful, but the cottage was a duplex, not single structure. I was so regretting that we choose downstairs because you hear anything from above us. Voice, footsteps, bathroom flush, open the door or close,etc.. There were no privacy at all.
Restaurant Sierra mar was disappointed, underwhelmed. Four course prix fixe menu was 125 dollars. Dishes quality was bad, acidic and salty. I am wondering what kind of taste the chefs have..? Anyway, overall Post ranch inn is not recommended at all.
What a stunning, romantic, heavenly retreat. Cannot recommend this property enough. The staff were literally one step ahead of us with everything we could possibly need or want. The rooms are beautifully appointed! Definitely splurge for an ocean view, although the valley views are just as beautiful and dynamic.
Everything from the pre-built fire, to the stocked fridge to the reusable water bottles - we really never needed a thing. The restaurant is delicious and daily breakfast was a constant treat - we couldn't wait to get up there everyday for breakfast overlooking the ocean.
What a wonderful stay!
We stayed for 3 nights in August in a room that was very comfortable and nestled above the clouds. The room was clean and modern and had everything we needed. The grounds are very nice and we enjoyed 5k walks at 6:30 each morning to enjoy the fresh air and the deer that were hiding amongst the trees! The hotel is in a great location if you want to get out and about, especially for walks in local parks. Many are literally on your doorstep. As we walked out of our room, it was beautiful to look down to the ocean, literally above banks of cloud that are scattered along the coast.
This is a great choice if you are active and like to explore. It's not a luxury hotel where you just lounge around all day - but then why would you expect that in Big Sur anyway?
Service was always super and all staff were very helpful. I have read that some guests feel unhappy to pay the daily service charge (for us it amounted to 75 dollars) which goes to the staff outside of the dining room. If you are from Europe the whole service charge/ tip regime is a minefield and quite bizarre but I certainly didn't resent paying this. We also just tipped directly on top of this. (Can't staff just be payed properly?!)
We made use of the fleet of Lexus cars and went for several drives to Carmel and along the coast. Point Lobos Park for a coastal walk on a wet cloudy day was absolutely breathtaking. On a daily basis we experienced 4 seasons but the sun always made a good appearance at some point - it seems even August can be mixed weather. The pool is very nice to relax around and the gym (surprisingly small for such large grounds) was fine.
Stargazing at night was incredible and the specialist onsite literally knew every single detail about every star - it was magical. I have never seen anything like it.
Overall, a great choice in terms of location and comfort. The only gripe I would raise is that the decor of the restaurant for breakfast and dinner felt very dated and quite 'ordinary'.