20 Best Big Sur Hotels to Stay In

Published:

Modified: August 23, 2021

by Rina Bernardo

Aerial view of the Bixby Canyon Bridge in Big Sur
Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

With over 90 miles of postcard-worthy coastline, Big Sur is an unmissable sight in California. While some travelers opt to take a road trip along the iconic Highway 1, staying overnight gives more time for tourists to explore and make the most out of their trip. From Big Sur glamping tents and cozy inns to world-class accommodations, there are plenty of choices for travelers looking for the perfect Big Sur hotels. All of these accommodations also have a wide price point so there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank.

 

So if you’re looking where to stay in Big Sur, here’s a look at some of the best hotels in this beautiful region!

 

(Take note that prices per night depend on the season and are subject to change without prior notice.)

Best All-Around Big Sur Hotels

Glen Oaks Big Sur

View from one of the rooms in Glen Oaks Big Sur

Photo from Glen Oaks Big Sur Facebook Page

Address: 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 375 USD per night

 

Glen Oaks Big Sur is a stylish and rustic accommodation surrounded by redwood trees. This former motor lodge now has different rooms starting from simple lodges that have a gas fireplace, free WiFi, and a private outdoor terrace. For bigger groups or those who want more privacy, the Bridge House is a great option, with heated floors, a full kitchen, and a private courtyard. What’s even better is that most of the furnishings are sustainable and eco-friendly, with heated recycled stone floors, adobe walls, and organic linen.

 

The on-site restaurant serves hearty meals made from locally sourced organic ingredients. Glen Oaks Big Sur is also one of the Big Sur hotels located near state parks and other points of interest like Pfeiffer Beach, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Andrew Molera State Park. And despite being so close to nature, there are still many urban activities you can engage in around the area, from shopping to visiting art galleries, so you will never run out of things to do.

Big Sur River Inn

Room with queen-sized bed in Big Sur River Inn

Photo from Big Sur River Inn Booking.com Page

Address: 46800 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 175 USD per night

 

Big Sur River Inn is one of the Big Sur hotels located near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It offers motel-style rooms with one or two queen-sized beds and overlooks the iconic Highway One from the main lodge. For families or large groups, the two-bedroom suite is a better option. It also overlooks a wide lawn and the redwood-dotted Big Sur River. The suites also have one king-sized bed, a queen-sized bed, and trundle-style beds in the living room to accommodate more guests.

 

There’s also a general store selling locally-made goods, beer, wine, and homemade food ready for take-out. The restaurant offers classic meals along the riverbanks, and guests shouldn’t miss their best-selling apple pie. Sundays at Big Sur River Inn are eventful as the hotel hosts outdoor music performances (depending on the weather) accompanied by delicious food and drinks.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Pool area with a view of the rooms in Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Photo from Bernardus Lodge & Spa Booking.com Page

Address: 415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, United States
Price: Starts at 535 USD per night

 

Bernardus Lodge & Spa is a beautiful accommodation surrounded by hectares of gardens and vineyards. It has 73 guest rooms that range from guest rooms with mountain views to grand villas with fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private patios. The stunning Big Sur resort features an outdoor heated lap pool overlooking the mountains and vineyards, a tennis court, and a croquet lawn.

 

The resort provides their guests with a wide range of activities to choose from. You can take part in a winery tour and wine tasting session, a Land Rover driving school, or go on a tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea. For a more revitalizing stay, relax and indulge in different massage therapies at the spa and join wellness programs like yoga, endurance hikes, and even children’s yoga.

InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Pristine rooms with a view at InterContinental The Clement Monterey , one of the best Big Sur hotels

Photo from InterContinental The Clement Monterey Booking.com Page

Address: 8 Ford Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, United States
Price: Starts at 240 USD per night

 

InterContinental The Clement Monterey is a beautiful hotel found at the historic Cannery Row in Monterey. It has elegant rooms that overlook the Monterey Coast and is perfect for viewing the sunset. In addition, all of its rooms and suites feature flat-screen cable TVs, high-speed internet, and a marble bathroom. Meanwhile, luxury suites boast a balcony with scenic ocean views, a fireplace, and even a garden. This hotel also provides rooms for mobility and hearing impaired guests complete with bathtub grab bars and lowered closet doors.

 

Go for a leisurely stroll on the hotel’s boardwalk or take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool or in the hot tub. Otherwise, head to the hotel spa for a much-needed pampering and relaxation at the spa. For guests who prefer heading out, soak up the sun at Pebble Beach, see different animals at Monterey Bay Aquarium, or go for a hike at Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. At the end of the day, have a couple of drinks at the bar or enjoy al fresco dining by the fire pit.

Best Luxury Hotels in Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort

Aerial view of Ventana Big Sur, one of the most luxurious Big Sur hotels

Photo from Ventana Big Sur Booking.com Page

Address: 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 2,600 USD per night

 

For the ultimate luxury getaway, head to Ventana Big Sur. The 5-star adults-only resort is nestled between 160 acres of giant redwood trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It offers almost anything and everything: glamping tents, guest rooms with fireplaces, suites with hot tubs and private balconies, and cottage houses.

 

All rooms feature modern interiors blending with wooden accents and rustic decor. There are two heated outdoor pools and a Japanese hot bath, perfect for cooler months. Its spa, Spa Alila, offers a variety of massages and reflexology treatments with a view of the lush forests. Notable sites like Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Andrew Molera State Park are also accessible from Ventana Big Sur for guests who want to do a bit of exploring.

Post Ranch Inn

Room with ocean view in Post Ranch Inn, one of the Big Sur hotels with the best views

Photo from Post Ranch Inn Official Website

Address: 47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 1,425 USD per night

 

Sitting 1,200 feet above the sea, Post Ranch Inn is one of the best luxury Big Sur hotels. It is also one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly hotels in the area, using natural materials like wood, stone, and solar heat. As for its rooms, Post Ranch Inn has 40 rooms with views of the ocean or the mountains. All rooms come with a wood-burning fireplace, private deck, indoor spa tub or walk-in shower, and a minibar with complimentary snacks and beverages. On the other hand, private houses have floor-to-ceiling windows, a private backyard and outdoor hot tub, and jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

The hotel spa at Post Ranch Inn offers organic treatments to soothe the senses and even has shaman sessions for spiritual exploration. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Sierra Mar, has unparalleled views of Big Sur and guests can indulge in delicious meals paired with the best California wines.

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Pool and rooms at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Photo from Hyatt Carmel Highlands Booking.com Page

Address: 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923, United States
Price: Starts at 529 USD per night

 

Hyatt Carmel Highlands is one of the luxury Big Sur resorts with a breathtaking view of the ocean. It sits on top of a cliff in the Carmel Highlands and boasts an outdoor swimming pool, picturesque balcony views, and world-class restaurants. The rooms have contemporary designs with full or partial views of the ocean or the garden. Simple suites are equipped with a queen-sized bed, a sofa bed, and a bathtub while the more upscale ones have large marble tubs, balconies, and king-size beds.

 

Guests at Hyatt Carmel Highlands can also enjoy spa services within the comfort and privacy of their rooms. Enjoy gourmet food and handcrafted cocktails at the on-site restaurant and lounge bar and enjoy the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, enjoy a variety of activities like horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and wine tasting.

Best Glamping Hotels in Big Sur

Treebones Resort

Mongolian-inspired yurts in Treebones Resort

Photo from Treebones Resort Facebook Page

Address: 71895 Highway 1, South Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 105 USD per night

 

For the best glamping tents, choose Treebones Resort. They offer Mongolian-inspired yurts complete with a small table, chairs, couch, and plush beds with quilts. Guests can choose whether they want a partial or a full view of the ocean. Other accommodation options include solar panel-powered tents and twig huts hand-woven by Jayson Fann, an artist from Big Sur. But for travelers who want a simple camping experience, Treebones Resort also has available campsites that overlook the Pacific Ocean.

 

Fees include the use of resort facilities like the spa, pool, and picnic tables. One of the two on-site restaurants offers garden-to-table food made with organic produce and has indoor and outdoor seating. Meanwhile, the sushi bar boasts a satisfying 18-course tasting menu that showcases high-quality seafood and herbs fresh from the resort’s organic garden.

Ventana Campground

Glamping tent in the woods in Ventana Campground

Photo from Ventana Campground Official Website

Address: 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 80 USD per night

 

Near Ventana Big Sur is Ventana Campground, one of the best luxury glamping spots in the U.S. Each canvas tent has plush mattresses, USB plugs, and heated blankets. A wood-burning fire pit and a propane fire pit on the deck are available along with handheld lanterns and access to potable water. Staying at Ventana Campground also allows guests to camp near the redwoods in a secure space as patrollers roam around the campgrounds at night.

 

Firewood is available at the camp store (at an additional fee) although guests are welcome to bring their own. There are also tent campgrounds available, but they have limited amenities as compared to glamping tents. Take note that campers don’t have access to WiFi while glamping guests have access.

Best Pet-friendly Big Sur Hotels

Big Sur Lodge

Entrance to Big Sur Lodge, one of the pet-friendly Big Sur hotels

Photo form Big Sur Lodge Booking.com Page

Address: 47225 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 299 USD per night

 

Big Sur Lodge is perfect for families or large groups. Located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, one of the best camping spots in California, the lodge offers spacious cottages that can fit up to four people. In addition, all cottages have a kitchenette, wood-burning fireplace, and a balcony where guests can admire the tall redwood trees.

 

As it is located in the heart of a state park, walking trails and other park highlights are within easy reach. The on-site restaurant serves classic American meals with a view of the redwood trees. Additionally, the gift shop and general store provide last-minute shopping needs. Big Sur Lodge is also one of the few Big Sur hotels that allow dogs (at an additional 50 USD fee), so guests can let their furry friends join in on the fun. Take note that WiFi and cell phone reception may be slow and that guests are encouraged to disconnect and spend time with nature.

Ragged Point Inn

Queen-sized bed with an ocean view at Ragged Point Inn

Photo from Ragged Point Inn Booking.com Page

Address: 19019 Hwy 1, San Simeon, 93452, United States

Price: Starts at 239 USD per night

 

Ragged Point Inn is a beautiful cliffside accommodation located along the iconic Highway One. All rooms have spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Lucia mountains, or the gardens. Some rooms have gas fireplaces, a private adjourning bath, and an oversized jacuzzi tub. In addition, Ragged Point Inn is also one of the few Big Sur hotels that allow dogs and service animals for an additional fee.

 

Marvel at the jaw-dropping cliffside views as you savor a delicious complimentary breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Ragged Point Restaurant with fresh ingredients from the cliff-side garden. Guests can also sample the region’s best wines or craft beers paired with savory bar chow at the bar.

San Simeon Lodge

Outdoor lounge area in San Simeon Lodge

Photo from San Simeon Lodge Booking.com Page

Address: 9520 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452, United States

Price: Starts at 59 USD per night

 

For those looking for a budget-friendly Big Sur hotel, San Simeon Lodge is a good option. It offers a peaceful escape without compromising on basic amenities. All rooms have a coffee maker, mini-fridge, flat-screen TV, and free WiFi access. The restaurant provides ocean views and is famous in the area for its steak, seafood, and premium wine selection. It is also a pet-friendly hotel so guests can bring in their pets for an additional fee. Meanwhile, the bar serves affordable draft beers and cocktails and hosts fun Karaoke nights on Friday and Saturday.

 

San Simeon Lodge is also located near Hearst Castle, a majestic estate boasting well-manicured gardens, beautiful pools, and European-style architecture that can rival some of the well-known castles in Europe. Aside from Hearst Castle, San Simeon Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach are nearby attractions from the hotel.

Carmel Valley Lodge

Pool area in Carmel Valley Lodge

Photo from Carmel Valley Lodge Booking.com Page

Address: 8 Ford Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, United States
Price: Starts at 240 USD per night

 

Carmel Valley Lodge is an eco-friendly lodging near the main Big Sur coastline. It is located within a sprawling three-acre land bursting with flora and fauna. The lodge offers basic one and two-bedroom units and three-bedroom cottages for families or large groups. All rooms come with a fireplace, fridge, flat-screen TV, and either a balcony, patio, or a wooden deck.

 

Like most Big Sur hotels, Carmel Valley Lodge has dog-friendly rooms and a wheelchair-accessible room with a roll-in shower with a bench and grab bar. Located in the charming Carmel Valley area, there are plenty of attractions and nearby opportunities for sightseeing in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Big Sur coastal area, Monterey Bay, and more.

Best Big Sur Hotels with Handicapped-Accessible Rooms

Fernwood Resort

Room with queen-sized bed in Fernwood Resort

Photo from Fernwood Resort Booking.com Page

Address: 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Price: Starts at 195 USD per night

 

Fernwood Resort is one of the best all-in-one Big Sur resorts offering hotel rooms, forest view cabins, glamping and camping tents, and even RV camping spaces. Basic rooms include queen-sized beds, twin beds, bathrooms, which some rooms have a hot tub and gas fireplace included. On the other hand, glamping tents are equipped with a queen-sized bed, electric tent heater, picnic table, and a fire pit. In addition, Fernwood Resort has wheelchair-accessible ramps, toilets, and shower areas for guests with limited mobility.

 

Since the accommodation is located near well-known state parks and hiking trails, guests will never run out of places to explore. After a busy day trekking, head to the Tavern for dinner and drinks.

Seven Gables Inn

View of the buildings at Seven Gables Inn from the ocean

Photo from Seven Gables Inn Booking.com Page

Address: 555 Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, United States
Price: Starts at 415 USD per night

 

Enjoy the cool breeze of the ocean at Seven Gables Inn, an award-winning boutique hotel located on the Monterey Peninsula. Every guest room boasts picture-perfect coastal views complete with exquisite antique furniture highlighting the Victorianesque feel of the place. The hotel also has a handicapped-accessible room with an accessible parking space, multiple grab bars in the bathroom, and a step stool available upon request. In addition, guests are treated to complimentary wine, micro plush robes, and binoculars (upon request).

 

Around the inn, guests can visit different art galleries, libraries, shopping boutiques, and theaters. Depending on the season, guests can also go hiking, golfing, or engage in fun water activities like whale watching and sailing.

Hotel Carmel

Outdoor area in Hotel Carmel with fireplace

Photo from Hotel Carmel Booking.com Page

Address: Corner of 4th & San Carlos Street, Carmel, 93923, United States
Price: Starts at 399 USD per night

 

Hotel Carmel is a charming and rustic Big Sur hotel in the Carmel-by-the-Sea area. It is conveniently located within a walking distance away from restaurants, galleries, and shops along with the neighborhood. The 30 spacious rooms have a cozy and rustic vibe to them, complete with wooden or woven bedframes and wicker chairs. For travelers with limited mobility or disabilities, there are rooms specially designed for guests with disabilities.

 

Complimentary breakfast includes a continental buffet along with fruits, cereal, baked goods, milk, and other beverages. For lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks, head to Brophy’s Tavern or any of the nearby Carmel Beach is only less than a kilometer away from the hotel and guests can take a day trip to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Best Romantic Hotels in Big Sur

L’Auberge Carmel

Exterior view of L'Auberge Carmel, one of the boutique Big Sur hotels

Photo from L’Auberge Carmel Booking.com Page

Address: Monte Verde & Seventh Avenue, P.O Box J, Carmel, CA 93921, United States
Price: Starts at 535 USD per night

 

L’Auberge Carmel is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Carmel. And like most boutique Big Sur hotels, L’Auberge Carmel has a bit of history in it, with its building dating back to 1929. Its old-world charm is evident in its cream-colored walls, hardwood flooring, French windows, and antique furniture. Free WiFi connection, flat-screen TVs, and Bose audio docks add a touch of modern practicality to the vintage outlook.

 

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast made with seasonal ingredients or partake in an eight-course tasting menu from the Michelin-starred on-site restaurant. Take note that while there is no hotel spa, guests can enjoy in-room spa services. Guests can also request special excursions and tours to places like Pebble Beach for the ultimate Big Sur getaway (to be requested weeks before check-in date).

Tickle Pink Inn

Room with coastal views of Big Sur at Tickle Pink Inn

Photo from Tickle Pink Inn Official Website

Address: 155 Highland Drive, Carmel, CA 93923 United States

Price: Starts at 389 USD per night

 

Despite its name, Tickle Pink Inn is surrounded by beautiful forests overlooking the Big Sur coastline. This luxury hotel’s homey and romantic atmosphere is perfect for vacationing couples and honeymooners. All rooms have an ocean view, furnished with elegant European decor and Italian-made Egyptian cotton linen. Meanwhile, select rooms have an in-room spa and a wood-burning fireplace.

 

Upon arrival at Tickle Pink Inn, guests are entitled to complimentary perks like a bottle of champagne on ice and a continental breakfast with baked pastries. Take a dip in the outdoor hot tub and enjoy the scenic views or sip on a variety of California wines paired with an assortment of cheese, crackers, and fruits.

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn

Room at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn, one of the oldest Big Sur hotels

Photo from Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Official Website

Address: 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States

Price: Starts at 130 USD per night

 

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is an accommodation steeped in history, dating back to the early 1930s as one of the first Big Sur hotels to offer overnight lodging after the opening of Highway 1. Its heritage has even made it on the National Register of Historic Places today. Additionally, it is a popular choice for honeymooners and those who prefer an intimate place to stay at. Its rooms are rustic and charming, decorated with small and cute trinkets, and overlooks the inn’s gardens and redwood forests. The on-site restaurant is also a tourist destination in itself, housed in a cozy space with wood-paneled rooms and vintage decor.

 

With no WiFi connection, TVs, and phone coverage, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is the best place to unwind if you want to disconnect and get away from the fast-paced city life.

Lucia Lodge

Signpost of Lucia Lodge

Photo by André H. via Flickr

Address: 62400 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States

Price: Starts at 300 USD per night

 

A white picket fence is all that separates Lucia Lodge and a 300-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the family-run Big Sur hotels and has been welcoming guests for several years now. The hotel also features only 10 cabins, all with rustic decor and views of the Santa Lucia Mountains or the Pacific Ocean. While these rooms don’t have amenities like TVs and telephones, the sounds of crashing waves make up for it. On certain days, guests might even get the chance to spot whales passing and sea otters playing.

 

The on-site restaurant serves hearty family-style meals with gorgeous cliffside views. Since Lucia Lodge is relatively far from commercial establishments, the convenience store provides drinks, deli, baked goods, camping supplies, and groceries.

Have an Unforgettable Stay at Big Sur Hotels

Big Sur is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous places in the United States. Its miles of postcard-worthy sights have cemented it as one of the best drives on Earth, visited by millions of tourists every year. Although the area is usually visited as part of day trips from San Francisco, staying at Big Sur hotels lets tourists get a deeper appreciation of its environment and natural wonders. Furthermore, places like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, and the iconic Bixby Creek bridge are more accessible so tourists don’t have to cram when planning their Big Sur vacation.

 

Whether you’re looking for quaint cabins surrounded by redwood trees or luxurious spa resorts, there are plenty of hotels in Big Sur to choose from.