Best hotels in the West

Staying in the right hotel can make or break a vacation. Get our recommendations for the best bargains, most unique sleeps, coastal stays, and more

25 best hotels in the West

Check in at our favorite weekend hotels and you're instantly on vacation. Relaxed, pampered, smitten by the scenery

Post Ranch Inn
Photo by Kodiak Greenwood

Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, CA

The hotel is a "crazy-expensive, one-of-a-kind experience," says our sleuth, but works hard for your money so you never feel nickeled-and-dimed. Ocean-facing rooms have an "edge-of-the-world quality" that no other Western hotel quite matches, and the sense of privacy is thrilling with a great yet "mostly invisible" staff and 25 buildings that melt into the hillside. Cliffside pools and private hiking trails let you revel in Big Sur's glorious landscape. And in addition to free yoga classes, snacks, drinks, and breakfast, you'll save on gas, seeing as "you'd be nuts to leave here during your stay." From $595 year-round; 39 rooms & suites; postranchinn.com

SCORE: 85

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