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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 1269 Reviews
Dated, tired and terribly over priced!
Reviewed 24 hours ago

We thought we would close out our trip to sfo at Post Ranch Inn. Stayed Oceanside in a 2000 dollar room. Save your money and skip the hotel. Have a meal at Sierra Mar, where the food is good and the views are spectacular

Hotel needs a complete makeover. Bathroom doesn’t have a shower and tub! Getting in and out is a challenge. Room is tiny. Internet is soooo slow. No TV or other entertainment in the room. Great way to keep costs down!! You can call it glamping perhaps at astronomical prices. lol

The worst part is the way they emphasize no tipping and then tell you at least a 100 times that there is an optional 25 bucks a day for good service. Seriously?!! Optional? We felt so pressured!! And, the service is so mediocre. I also don’t see how I would dish out 25 per day in tips since other than the bellhop I didn’t use anyone else! We had 2 small wheelies - do thats 5 bucks at the most???!! Why don’t they just take 25 dollars out of the 2000 I shelled out and give 25 out of that to the staff

Beware! Stay away! This place is a ripoff!! If they lower to 350-400, it wouldn’t be so bad!

Anniversary trip
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have never been so disappointed in a hotel room! For $1,900 a night this room is totally unacceptable!! We stayed in an upper cliff side oceanfront room. VERY dated VERY small! We have had cruise ship rooms that were larger. The bathroom situation was the worst. Way overpriced for what you get. Skip booking the room and go for dinner and watch the sunset.

Stunning and expensive
Reviewed 5 days ago

Set in a beautiful location on the cliff edge and on an expansive property which offers a series of walks through old red wood forests, this is a stunningly located series of ‘cottage’ style rooms - we stayed in a treehouse which offered great views of the surrounding forest. A very relaxing experience let down only by the expense of a good, but not great, restaurant.

Lunch beside the Pacific--worth the trip
Reviewed 7 days ago

We ventured south of Carmel and made reservations for lunch at this fabulous spot.. just across the highway from Ventana. The drive to enter the establishment is a distance from the road and then the climb up to the restaurant is envigorating ! Steep but spectacular and intriguing. We sat outside as the rain finally gave way to a spectacular day. Service excellent and food commendable.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to start off my review by saying WOW!!!
I mean seriously just wow. From the moment we stepped in we were kindly and warmly welcomed by the valet and receptionist. The receptionist was on point and already knew who we were as we arrived. We were offered champagne and congratulated on our 3 year anniversary. Very attentive to detail as that was one of the comments I made in my reservation process.

Our room was beyond gorgeous, rustic, romantic and intimate. We even had a letter congratulating us once again on our anniversary and a complimentary bottle of wine. I also loved the view of the ocean from our little bench. Truly heaven on earth. Not only in our room but through the grounds the views are breathtaking. I loved not having reception and being able to really disconnect and enjoy the beauty of everything.

Reading some of these negative reviews reminds me of how entitled people can be. Seriously don’t listen to them because this place is just beyond amazing !!!

Lastly I really wanted to comment once more on the staff. There was such a lovely energy to them. Everyone was always happy to help out. Everyone loved to make conversation and remember details about you. I want to especially thank Michael from the reception for getting to know us and sharing stories about your life, we really felt at home because of you ! Hopefully we will see you again next year.