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Hotels in California

From luxury resorts to small design hotels and cozy inns, there are an infinite number of great places to stay in the world, including hotels in California. Browse our travel guide and get Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best California hotels—all-inclusive resorts, design hotels, remote lodges, vacation rentals, and more. Our international team of editors and writers handpicks the top California hotels, helping travelers discover the most popular places to stay in California, and the most memorable.

Whether a boutique hotel with luxury amenities, a wilderness lodge, a cool rental home, or a country inn fit for your budget, Travel + Leisure highlights the best of the best. From affordable beach resorts and cozy inns to high-tech hotels and kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts, these California hotel listings will help you find just the right place to spend the night during your visit. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top spots for where to stay in California.

  • 1801 First

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Looking for a classic Napa Valley inn? The elegant 1801 First is set in a city-center Queen Anne Victorian mansion that dates back to 1903—and it s... More
  • 1859 Historic National Hotel

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Rooms at the 1859 hotel in Jamestown, 10 miles south, off Highway 108, have brass beds and antique dressers. More
  • 1880 Union Hotel

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Check into this quaint, historic, and slightly funky 13-room hotel. More
  • 29 Palms Inn

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The adobe bungalows and wood-frame cabins have fireplaces and sun patios, and are set in an oasis of palms, paloverde, and mesquite. More
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    Ace Hotel & Swim Club

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Ace Hotel and Swim Club is located close to the mountains in Palm Springs. Earth-friendly renovations with recycled materials transformed the 1960'... More
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    Agate Cove Inn

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Set 125 feet on a bluff above the Pacific, this farmhouse and collection of cottages are well guarded from the occasional 25-foot wave that crashes... More
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    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This Craftsman-inspired hotel is situated on Santa Monica’s residential interior. The property features four floors, 77 guest rooms and is a short ... More
  • Andaz Napa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
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    Andaz San Diego

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the property features 159 guest rooms with custom fixtures, flat-screen TVs, and generous-size glass-enclosed ... More
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    Andaz West Hollywood

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Known as the “Riot House” in the 1960’s and 70’s, this hotel was a notorious party spot for touring rock bands like Led Zeppelin, the Who, and the ... More
  • Applewood Inn

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Relax with comfortable country-casual rooms and on-site massages to relieve tired muscles. For dinner head to the dining room for caramel-braised p... More
  • Araby Estate

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Although a modest-looking hillside property, this three-level home in the Araby area has a celebrity history that includes former owners such as av... More
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    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Housed in the 1907 Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut is the only hotel located in the Maritime National Historical Park. As such, the hotel overlooks... More
  • Asilomar Conference Grounds

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
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    Auberge du Soleil

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The first modern boutique resort to open in Napa Valley—back in 1985—is still one of the area’s best. From the outside, Auberge’s sandstone-colored... More

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