Hotels in California

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The all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort opened in 1989 in a bougainvillea-and-hibiscus-filled canyon 25 miles north of San Diego and remains southern... Read More

The five suites at the 15-room motel, surrounded by landscaped gardens and forest, are big, clean, and cheery. Read More

Despite its atrium-like lobby with vaulted ceilings and palm trees, the Marriott-brand Renaissance ClubSport is far from a traditional hotel. The... Read More

Elegant Mediterranean-style resort with one of the largest pools in the Coachella Valley desert, just 15 miles from Palm Springs. ... Read More

Opened in 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill redefined the upscale Orange County enclave of Newport Beach as a world-class destination. The 504-acre... Read More

Even after a $53 million renovation in 2008, this timber lodge edging Lake Tahoe manages to let nature do the talking. In the property’s common... Read More

Resembling a grand country estate, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is set on a rocky bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Spread across the main building... Read More

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... Read More

Set on the waterfront of a small-craft marina, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the more traditional hotel spaces in Los Angeles. Public spaces, such as... Read More

A neoclassical landmark in an ideal location—perched on a quiet street near Union Square, and next to the California Street cable car line. All 336... Read More

Stars like Elvis Presley, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra lounged around the Riviera Resort and Spa in the 1960's. In 2008, renovations from a $70 million... Read More

Spread over 16 acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill is an upscale ranch-style hotel just 10 minutes west of Stanford University. The lodge-like... Read More

No wonder this was JFK's honeymoon spot: The 500-acre property, which got a $150 million re-investment in 2011-2012, gives the impression of stretching... Read More

Santa Cruz’s only beachfront hotel, the just-renovated 165-room property has morphed (thanks to new management by the Joie de Vivre group) from... Read More

Formerly Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa ... Read More

Just steps from the Boardwalk, the property offers ocean views from every room and a neo-boho attitude that jibes with Santa Cruz’s surf-city... Read More

At the Sea Ranch Lodge—a rambling, 1970s-era complex with weathered cedar-plank walls that blend into the surrounding banks of sea grass—the... Read More

The floral prints and canopy beds are a little frilly, but the real draw here is the hospitality—a fireside breakfast, tea in the garden. The... Read More

Luxury yachts were the inspiration for star interior designer Christopher Lowell when he decked out this boutique hotel two blocks from the sand in... Read More

The two-mile Horse Camp Trail (a nice hike in its own right) brings you to the Sierra Club Foundation’s Shasta Alpine Lodge, base camp for most... Read More

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... Read More

Ideal for first-time visitors, this four-story hotel is within walking distance of the wharf and less than two miles from the Embarcadero and Union... Read More

This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore. Inside, the common areas (like... Read More

Combine Philippe Starck’s exuberant interiors with the genius for tapas of chef José Andrés and the retail vision of design curator Murray Moss, and you... Read More

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