Hotels in California
Fresh off an $8 million renovation in 2010, Paradise Point offers travelers a getaway on a private island—though it’s conveniently only minutes from downtown San Diego and is adjacent to SeaWorld.
On a bluff between L.A. and San Diego, the Ritz-Carlton offers surfing lessons and a Healthy Taste menu for kids. For adults, the property boasts beachy-hued rooms and a serious spa.
With its private entrance to Legoland, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa couldn’t be more convenient. After a day of kid stuff, grown-ups can indulge with a massage at the Ocean Pearl Spa.
Located in West Hollywood, this extended-stay boutique hotel is a mix of 36 studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences.
Rooms at the 1859 hotel in Jamestown, 10 miles south, off Highway 108, have brass beds and antique dressers.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Michael Kreiss, this three-bedroom vacation home combines midcentury and contemporary elements, along with panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
With just four cottages on 550 acres, it’s easy to find solitude at the Other Place, hidden more than a mile down an unpaved road. The décor is deliberately simple, all the better to let the scenery be the star.
A 207-room property on Butterfly Beach with the area’s signature 1920’s-style tiles and gardens.
Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room property brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don’t miss the rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city.
Craftsman-style hotel on a bluff above the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 4 miles south of downtown, offering standout views of the rugged coastline from almost every room.
This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees. The grounds also include two large fire pits, as well as a heated pool and adults-only Jacuzzi.
The 1940's roadside-style El Bonita Motel in St. Helena has simple amenities, but at budget-friendly prices and close proximity to nearby wineries. The two-story property includes a small stone patio used for breakfast, as well as a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and an adjoining sauna.
Venice Beach is one of the most iconic spots on the West coast, and there are few ways to experience it better than by biking or skating.
Spread over 16 acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill is an upscale ranch-style hotel just 10 minutes west of Stanford University.
This airy inn on Healdsburg’s plaza dates to 1901. Many rooms have canary yellow walls, curtained windows, and contain gas fireplaces and a jetted spa bathtub. Prime rooms face the plaza, but deluxe Kings in back share a welcoming balcony.