Post Ranch Inn

Monterey, California Coast

The hotel

Extraordinary location, extraordinary architecture, this Inn offers luxurious, stylish accommodations set within a relaxing compound. Guests can indulge in early morning yoga, visit the spa, soak in the infinity pool 1,200ft up and dine at the architecturally striking Sierra Mar restaurant. The Post Ranch Inn is a perfect add-on for stays in San Francisco.

Amenities

  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Perched on top of the cliffs, 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this Big Sur resort is situated on the most picturesque stretch of highway in the USA. Transfer time from San Francisco airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

39 rooms. All rooms with private deck with ocean or mountain views, complimentary WiFi access, mini-bar stocked with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (replenished daily), iron and board, hairdryer, complimentary daily newspaper, and walking stick. Butterfly Rooms - Six-room building shaped like a butterfly with outstretched wings. Under each wing are three floors, each with a private guest room and separate entrance. Lower and Middle Butterfly Rooms are located on the lower and middle floors of the triplex unit with mountain views, fireplace and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults. Upper Butterfly Rooms are also available at a supplement. Middle and Upper Butterfly Rooms have a indoor spa tub.

Mountain Houses - Circular designed two-story duplex. Each room with separate entrance, mountain views, fireplace, indoor soaking tub, terrace and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Tree Houses - Triangular in shape these rooms are suspended on timber stilts each with a window seat, desk, fireplace, indoor soaking tub, skylight and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Coast House - Circular designed rooms in a two-story duplex, each with a private entrance, fireplace, indoor soaking tub, terrace and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Peak House - 960sq ft room with private mountain view rooms through a glass-walled bedroom, fireplace, heated floors and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Ocean House - These single standing ocean front structures have a curved, beamed roof covered with a carpet of grass and wildflowers, offering panoromaic ocean views, private deck, double sided fireplace, fireplace, indoor soaking tub and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Pacific Suites - Circular two-story building offering 960sq ft suites with ocean views, private entrance, fireplace, heated floors, outdoor hot tub, private deck and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Cliff House - 960sq ft free-standing structure with a deck suspended over the cliff, garden courtyard, glass-walled bedroom, fireplace, heated floors, outdoor hot tub and 1 king-size bed sleeping max 2 adults.

Sierra Mar restaurant (fine dining). Wine Cellar. Heated swimming pool, 2 infinity basking pools, fitness centre. Full service spa*. Library. Complimentary activities including guided nature hikes, yoga classes and star gazing.

2 night minimum stay required for Friday and Saturday arrivals.

*Denotes local charge. 

Please note: No guests allowed under the age of 18.

Should a guest decide to depart earlier than their check-out, a penalty of one night room and tax will apply unless there are extenuating circumstances at which time the General Manager will decide if the penalty will apply.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1083)
  • Very good (112)
  • Average (61)
  • Poor (28)
  • Terrible (31)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating My favorite hotel I've been to

Jun 28, 2020 WanderKN

Post Ranch Inn absolutely blew all my expectations away. It's quite expensive so I was hesitant, but it was worth every penny. We stayed in an Ocean House room, upstairs. The views were incredible. During the day we had a clear view of the Pacific Ocean. At night the star gazing was beautiful. You can see the Milky Way and we saw several… Read more
Post Ranch Inn absolutely blew all my expectations away. It's quite expensive so I was hesitant, but it was worth every penny. We stayed in an Ocean House room, upstairs. The views were incredible. During the day we had a clear view of the Pacific Ocean. At night the star gazing was beautiful. You can see the Milky Way and we saw several shooting stars. The service is perfect. We did not eat at the restaurant for dinner, but ordered a charcuterie board to be delivered to our room and it was excellent. We did have breakfast at the restaurant and the views were stunning and food was delicious. There is a fully stocked mini bar in the room as well. The room is also very well appointed. We loved the tub with views out onto the Pacific and huge balcony. If you want to sleep in, I would recommend an eye mask because there are several sky light type of windows that will wake you up early. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. I will definitely be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not quite 5*.... would have give 4.5*

Mar 10, 2020 KatieB602

We drove from San Francisco to the Post Ranch for a 3 night stay allowing us to explore the area and recharge before continuing our road trip. We followed highway one, the route is absolutely amazing, the scenery out of this world, if you’re a driving enthusiast it’s one of the best roads on earth. Anyway more about the PRI, upon arriving we were… Read more
We drove from San Francisco to the Post Ranch for a 3 night stay allowing us to explore the area and recharge before continuing our road trip. We followed highway one, the route is absolutely amazing, the scenery out of this world, if you’re a driving enthusiast it’s one of the best roads on earth. Anyway more about the PRI, upon arriving we were welcomed warmly and shown to the restaurant while waiting for our room, the restaurant is out of this world, views to die for with a modern rustic kind of feel and nearly all glass to really exploit the views, we chose burger and fries off the menu which I have to say was really really good, after lunch we went for a little explore, the property is beautiful, every which way you look there’s a postcard picture, it’s quiet, tranquil and everything experienced this far pretty much faultless, then comes the room which I suppose is the disappointment and the reason for not giving 5*. We got shown in and first impressions were good. We had an upper coast and tree view room, there was music playing, the lights set just right, open fire and views from the balcony unreal, we were like wow, and like all nice hotels and we’ve stayed at plenty it’s nice to enjoy the room, so we got changed and thought time to relax. This is where our disappointment started. We found the furniture so uncomfortable, the sofa is ok, unfortunately not big enough to sleep on because we could not get comfortable on the bed, the mattress was very hard and the pillows are too high or too low. We must of seen every hour through the night, you can’t even sit up in bed to read cause the head boards have got a shelf on it with an edge that sticks in your back, and you can’t relax any better in the jacuzzi because of how it’s constructed there’s not really any where to sit, each morning we’d get up look out the window at the views and have a soak in one of the pools and all would be forgiven then struggle to sleep and get comfortable the next evening.... at the end of the day you come to a place like this to relax and unwind and to do so your room needs to be comfortable, yet here I am at 3am in the morning writing this review unable to sleep. The purpose of this review is not to scare people away but to hopefully make the managers spend a night in a room, with a few tweaks this place would be perfect, I’ve no doubt as the sun comes up I’ll forgive you again and give you five stars..... let’s see. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Romantic; private

Mar 5, 2020 DrDaveMaui Wailuku, Hawaii

Great dinner at sunset and star-gazing experience afterwards on the restaurant deck. Loved the hooded robes and the cozy fireplace in our room. The private deck that we had overlooking the ocean at Big Sur was very special and rare. ( We had come from Ventana Big Sur which was much farther away from the sea.) Friendly service at dinner.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay

Jan 25, 2020 HKBride06 Hong Kong, China

We had an awesome experience overall. Below are the highlights - 1. Star gazing - we saw the Milky Way with naked eyes and the lady was showed and gave us talk about the stars were truly a wonderful experience. 2. Many lovely animals like deers we saw as we walked around, we visited the organic farm onsite. We also did a hike around the… Read more
We had an awesome experience overall. Below are the highlights - 1. Star gazing - we saw the Milky Way with naked eyes and the lady was showed and gave us talk about the stars were truly a wonderful experience. 2. Many lovely animals like deers we saw as we walked around, we visited the organic farm onsite. We also did a hike around the property. Its so peaceful and chilled. 3. Infinity plunge pool - it was cold outside but hot inside the pool, amazing to just chill. 4. Dinner - wish they have a lar carte but ambience was nice, Hope there’s more to choose from in the menu. 5. Service - service was very good which was in line with our expectations. 6. Yoga class - a good stretching and relaxing class. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Breathtaking!

Jan 4, 2020 CaliGirlO1 Greenwich, Connecticut

Yes, breathtaking! Customer service is high on our checklist and the staff does not disappoint. Truly spectacular service. I wish we could bring you every where we stay. Gracious and attentive without suffocating us. PRI is perched overlooking the pacific ocean. Yoga in the mornings. Massages in the room. Growing up in California, gazing out… Read more
Yes, breathtaking! Customer service is high on our checklist and the staff does not disappoint. Truly spectacular service. I wish we could bring you every where we stay. Gracious and attentive without suffocating us. PRI is perched overlooking the pacific ocean. Yoga in the mornings. Massages in the room. Growing up in California, gazing out onto Big Sur is always a spiritual experience. We stayed in an exquisite upper level Pacific room. The fireplace, the soaking tub on the balcony were impressive. Tip: If you favor expensive wines, suggest you BYOB to the restaurant and pay for corkage. It can get pretty pricey. Read less