California

Hotels in California

Understandably, hotels in California range in quality, price and ambiance. The state is vast, and California hotels include world-class luxurious suites, ridiculously chic boutique hotels, charming bed & breakfasts, budget motels and campgrounds.

Visitors who are looking to go the luxury route should consider staying in Los Angeles. Some of the best hotels in California are located in the "City of Angels," including iconic establishments such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, and the Chateau Marmont, which boasts a full-service spa, poolside cocktails and has long been the hotel-of-choice for Hollywood’s elite.

Travelers searching for more budget-friendly hotels in California should consider looking outside the state’s urban centers, where prices tend to be higher. Instead, look for bed & breakfasts in any number of the quaint village’s the dot the state’s coast and interior. Camping is also an option, as California boasts some of the United States’ most naturally beautiful state parks, including Yosemite where visitors can either bring their own equipment or reserve a tent.

Seven years and $134 million in the making, Orient Express Hotels' takeover of the storied El Encanto (the brand's first West Coast resort) is reinventing a genteel slice of California history.

Zoom up 32 stories in one of the glass-walled elevator cars for one of the best views in the city—you can even spot Alcatraz Island.

Desert Nights at the Standard hotel is a great way to check out bands in a casual—yet very Hollywood—setting. Wednesday nights.

Formerly Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

The W San Diego is located downtown between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Little Italy district. Six types of rooms are available, each style distinguished by size — from 250 to 1,250 square feet — and the types of amenities provided, such as Bose surround sound systems and soaking tubs.

These comfortable cedar cabins—outfitted with Wi-Fi and other 21st-century amenities—are near El Capitan State Beach, a 17-mile drive from Santa Barbara. This elegant camping spot is set in a 2,500-acre nature preserve.

Despite the name, which references a "bear" (oso) in Spanish, it’s all about horses at Rancho Oso. Join a guided trail ride in the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, or set off on foot if you’re horse averse.

Stay at the 42-bed Vogelsang camp (10,300 feet), which does not, alas, have showers. The canvas tent cabins have beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; towels and sheets are included. Reservations are available on a lottery basis

Although the guiding motif is the Beat era, this 15-room hotel feels more like a 1930’s pensione in Florence, only without the meals—and there’s no room service, no doorman (you’re given a key to the front door), and no elevator either.