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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
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Stunning retreat overlooking the Pacific in Big Sur where one can reconnect with nature

The Lowdown

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 Inn
Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States


4.5 Very Good 1258 Reviews
Sublime. An experience not to be missed
Reviewed 6 days ago

Dinner at Post Ranch. Perfection. Warm greetings all around. Casually elegant. Effortless service, gracious. Food spectacular. Pre fixe. Do not miss the shortribs. Everything we had was great. Chocolate dessert a nice surprise (secret ingredient). Cheese plate best I have ever had.

Pure Bliss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've read the negative reviews for this hotel and have to laugh. Yes depending on which room you are in the bed could be high...big deal. We were booked in the Ocean House for 3 nights and after only a few hours knew that we wanted one more night. Unfortunately the Ocean House was booked for the extra night but we did opt to move for the one night to the F post. The only thing i would say is that the view from the F post is not as nice as you have trees blocking the view. As for the accommodation though it was just as nice. The staff here are so amazing and so accommodating. We had one mishap...I have allergies and unfortunately the pastries are not named. My husband thankfully took a muffin that I am actually allergic to. If it had been me it would not have ended well. On our way out of breakfast we mentioned this to the girl up front. A few hours later we did get a call from a manager apologizing, surprised himself that it was not clearly marked and assured us that that would be changing. The care and attention here is amazing and i have felt very safe. Yes,at times internet sucks...oh well...this is truly a place that you come to chill a d unplug. We leave tomorrow and I am sad and grateful for the amazing experience!!! Thank you to all of you at Post Ranch In.

Don't make the effort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We secured one of the Cliff Houses at full price many months before we traveled. It was such an underwhelming experience and not worth its price point. Granted management were receptive to making amends waiving some meal costs but not prepared to do anything further than this. The accommodation needs much renovation and attention to detail. The staff that enjoy what they do and make expected efforts each day are heavily contrasted by the staff that do not. We would not recommend this and a camp down the road will still give the amazing views that Big Sur has to offer. It is the first time I have come away from a stay making up my own saying which is: Once in a lifetime doesn't mean you necessarily want it to happen once in your life!

California Lux
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the delicious gourmet snacks left for your enjoyment, to the awesome outdoor soaking tubs, every detail is lovingly tended to.
We have had the pleasure of staying in the Pacific Suites twice now, and I can not possibly describe the beauty of these rooms. First of all, they are huge- spacious in every aspect. The fireplaces are super cool and easy to light with a glass door to keep the smell of the smoke out of the room. Giant bathtub and shower, with a full glass window to one of the most beautiful ocean views you will ever see. Deer, coyotes, bunnies, turkeys, quail and bobcats may roam the field below your room and we were treated to several condors gliding through the view while we took a morning soak outside.
The little wet bar has amazing coffee and cookies in addition to house made hummus and crackers among other delicious snacks. Several selections of wine and beer are also all top notch. Dinner at Sierra Mar is the ultimate treat with seasonal produce amd meats highlighted in gorgeous combination with a wine list that will knock your socks off. That said, always breakfast in our room, wrapped in our cozy robes by the fire, and are never disappointed in what the staff concocts to start our day.
Hiking around the property is easy and beautiful, a sampling of most of the major ecologic zones in Big Sur- a bit of redwood forest, some nice oak chaparral and everything that lies in between. If you are there during whale season, you'll see a great show from either of the two hot tub/soaking pools perched on the edge of the cliff. We got to see whales breaching on our last trip- worth the price of admission any day!
Lastly, the staff of Post Ranch is truly dedicated to your enjoyment of the environment and many are local to the Big Sur Valley. Some have worked at the property since the day the doors first opened, and their knowledge of service and of the surroundings enhances every interaction. You can tell how much they love their jobs and the amazing environment they work in.
Can you tell that I enjoyed my 50th birthday stay?

Expensive and worth it!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Post Ranch exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived! From the gracious hospitality at check in (thanks Jorge!) To the warm sendoff (thanks for the cookies Kayla!) every member of the staff was extraordinary. We hope to be back soon!