Where To Stay In Big Sur? (10 Best Hotels)


I highly recommend staying in the Big Sur area.

My Top Picks For Best Hotels In Big Sur

  1. Alila Ventana – for luxury resort with private hot tubs
  2. Big Sur Lodgefor the best family-friendly and dog friendly stay
  3. Big Sur River Inn – for the best budget stay
  4. Ragged Point Innfor best ocean views

10 Best Places To Stay In Big Sur

1. Alila Ventana

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Price: $$$$

Close to: Pfeiffer State Park, Pfeiffer Falls Trail, Nepenthe and other restaurants.

Many rooms come with private hot tubs, fireplaces and private decks. There is a wellness center with incredible Japanese hot baths.

There are tons of things to do even without leaving the property. For those who want to explore beyond Ventana there is a 2 hour hiking trail right from the property.

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2. Ragged Point Inn

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Price: $$$

Close to: San Simeon, Hearst Castle, Elephant Seals, Salmon Creek Falls, Soda Springs

Ragged Point Inn has some awesome rooms right on the cliff, giving you killer views of the ocean. There are also rooms in the gardens.

Most rooms come with fireplaces.

At Ragged Point Restaurant they serve breakfast, lunch and dinners. The area around the Inn is perfect for taking evening strolls.


3. Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn

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Price: $$

Close to: Nepenthe restaurant, Henry Miller Memorial Library, Hawthorne Gallery

Deetjen’s is a budget friendly option.

It’s a uniquely furnished rustic place with a lot of character and history.

The on-site restaurant is great. Even if you are not staying there save this spot for breakfast or brunch.


4. Big Sur Lodge

Big Sur Lodge
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Price: $$$

Close to: Pfeiffer State Park, Pfeiffer Falls Trail, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur River

Big Sur Lodge is perfect for a family stay. It’s quiet and private and right in the heart of Pfeiffer State Park.

The location just can’t be beat. It’s easy to go on hikes from here. Pfeiffer Falls Trail starts almost from the property.

Keep in mind that there is no cell service and wifi is basically non existent.


5. Treebones Resort

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Price: $$$

Close to: San Martin Rock Scenic Spot

Treebones is an eco friendly resort nestled in the mountains along the ocean with absolutely unique accomodations such as yurts, autonomous tents, human nests and twig huts.

The resort is off grid and they produce their own limited power.

The views are incredible from here. You may even see whales and dolphins from the shoreline.


6. Glen Oaks Big Sur

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Price: $$$

Close to: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, Andrew Molera Beach, Point Sur Lighthouse

Glen Oaks is nestled between redwoods near the Big Sur River.

It combines rustic charm with modern comforts. Most cabins have access to Big Sur River, some rooms have fireplaces.

There is a Big Sur Roadhouse restaurant on property open for breakfasts and lunches.


7. Post Ranch Inn

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Price: $$$$

Close to: Nepenthe, Big Sur River, Pfeiffer State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and local restaurants.

Post Ranch Inn is this incredible spot on 100 acres in the forest on California coast.

It’s super pricey but worth it for the modern vibes and killer Pacific Ocean views. It’s a perfect spot for eloping.

They have huge hot tub on the patio for chilling and watching the ocean and whales.


8. Fernwood Campground & Resort

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Close to: Pfeiffer State Park, Pfeiffer Falls Trail, Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Fernwood has it all – from tent camping to cabins and motel.

It’s in the heart of Big Sur, perfectly located for exploring the state parks.

There is a Bar & Grill restaurant with live music on the weekends.


9. Big Sur River Inn

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Price: $$

Close to: Pfeiffer State Park, Pfeiffer Falls Trail, Big Sur River

Big Sur River Inn is known for its picturesque location next to the Big Sur River in the heart of Big Sur.

It basically motel style rooms but with scenic views and outdoor chairs near the river.


10. Lucia Lodge

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Price: $$$

Close to: Limekiln State Park, Limekiln Falls

Lucia Lodge in Big Sur offers a unique and remote coastal experience, boasting some of the best ocean views.

It’s constructed by a pioneering family of the 19th century, and is still managed by their descendants.

The lodge is situated 36 miles south of the famous Bixby Bridge, perched above the surf and clinging to the ocean cliffs, providing guests with breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains.

After a fire in late 2021, their restaurant and store were lost, but the lodge remains open, offering a free Grab-n-Go breakfast each morning. The cell service is limited here.


Other Places To Stay In Big Sur

Here are more options besides hotels:

Also read: I Stayed At Ventana Campground In Big Sur & Left With More Than Just Memories

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