Big Sur

Hotels in Big Sur

There’s an incredible selection of hotels in Big Sur. They afford tranquility and luxury in an exquisite coastal California location, which has everything from wilderness exploration to boutique shopping.

Lucia Lodge is an excellent option if you are looking into Big Sur hotels. It is located on a scenic stretch of the Pacific Cost Highway -- make sure to reserve a cliff-side cabin. The ten-cabin lodge was built in the 1930’s by the Harlan family, who still operate the lodge today. Lucia Lodge has everything you need from a general store, to a fabulous restaurant offering three meals per day and a plethora of hiking trails to enjoy the incredible flora and fauna of the California coast.

For a completely decadent getaway, contemplate staying at the Post Ranch Inn, one of the best hotels in Big Sur. In 2008, the Post Ranch Inn added exquisite modern suites and houses that boast both privacy and gorgeous vistas of the Pacific Ocean. If the cliff-side location and spiraling architecture are not enough to tempt you, there are complimentary yoga classes, free use of luxury vehicles, tours of the chef’s own organic garden, a library and of course a full-service spa.

If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided “Discovery Walks” appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your ticket.

The hotel opened in 1992 and is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. In 2008 Post Ranch added 10 new sculptural structures, spiraling Pacific Suites, cantilevered Peak Houses, and Richard Serra-esque Cliff houses clad in torques of rusted steel.

A white picket fence and a 300-foot cliff are the only things that come between guests of Lucia Lodge and the Pacific Ocean.

Nearly every Mongolian-esque yurt at this eco-resort has ocean views from the redwood decks and Adirondack chairs, but without the thread count or plumbing—the bathroom is a short walk away—a small price to pay for a spectacular location.

Just off California's most dramatic stretch of coast, this recently expanded cluster of cabins and lodge rooms was made for sybaritic nature lovers.