Best hotels in the West

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20 most unique hotels in the West

Try an overnight in a treehouse, a vintage trailer, a hanging orb, and more unusual sleeps

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Post Ranch Inn
Photo by Kodiak Greenwood

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA

The hotel is a crazy-expensive, one-of-a-kind experience, 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. Even more unique are the treehouse-esque cabins on stilts (pictured) nestled in the woods. 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

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