Best Boutique Hotel
in the World

The best boutique hotel in the world for 2013, according to the Smith Hotel Awards, is right on the Pacific Coast Highway. Their choice was the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, the most scenic stretch of PCH.

The Post Ranch Inn was chosen in November 2013 from over 900 hotels that were picked by 36 specialist judges, and voted on by almost 50,000 people. The winners ranged from Budapest to Bali, with New York and Colorado also providing winners from the USA. The Ace Hotel in New York won for Hottest Hotel Bar while the Greatest Outdoors award went to Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado.

Categories included the Best Spa Hotel, Best Budget Boutique Hotel, The Eco Award, the Best for Families, the Sexiest Bedroom in the World (at Blakes in London, if you’re interested), and the overall award for the Best Smith Hotel of 2013: the Post Ranch Inn.

'A fabulous all-rounder – design, food, views, service… It doesn't get much better,' was what judge James Lohan, the co-founder and CEO  of Mr & Mrs Smith, had to say about the Post Ranch Inn.

Our Hotels Guide
The Post Ranch Inn does of course feature in our annual guide to the best Pacific Coast Highway Hotels, and here’s what we have to say about it:

‘This is resort luxury Big Sur style, with rooms built out of redwoods and all the resort amenities you would expect – a superb spa, the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, a gym, swimming pools, and free activities like stargazing, cookery demonstrations, yoga classes, whale watching, and many more. You'll find the Post Ranch Inn on the Pacific Coast Highway about 1.5 miles south of the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and half a mile south of the Ventana Inn and Spa.’

You can read more about our hotel guide here:

It’s available in paperback and for the Kindle. 

It’s also available as an app:

So, if you’re planning your PCH drive, you might want to book a stay at the Post Ranch Inn – the best boutique hotel on the planet!

Further Information
Check out the Post Ranch Inn’s entry on the Mr & Mrs Smith website:

See what TripAdvisor reviewers say about the
Post Ranch Inn.

The Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn
Highway 1, Big Sur

Phone: 831/667-2200
Toll-free phone: 800/527-2200

Recent Articles

  1. Balboa Park in Facts and Figures

    Feb 07, 18 12:00 PM

    Here are the facts and figures about Balboa Park in San Diego, which is bigger than New York's Central Park and contains 19 gardens, 17 museums and 14 restaurants.

    Read More

  2. San Simeon

    Feb 06, 18 05:12 PM

    San Simeon is a tiny town of a few hundred people close to Hearst Castle on the California coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    Read More

  3. Maps of the Pacific Coast Highway: Free Downloadable Driving Maps of the PCH

    Feb 06, 18 02:05 PM

    Road maps of the Pacific Coast Highway or PCH are essential for anyone planning to drive the trip, and detailed routes are available for free download via these links to the Mile by Mile website.

    Read More

The Best PCH Guide
We've read lots of guides to the Pacific Coast, and easily the best one is the Moon Handbook. You can read our review here, or buy it through the Amazon link below.


Follow Us on Twitter

Our PCH Hotels Guide

PCH Travel's 2016 guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels

To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.

In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.

We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.

The 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.

If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide  with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.


Follow Me on Pinterest