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.
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.
Check into this groovy, early 70s-inspired boutique hotel with a saltwater pool and 14 rooms kitted out in white lacquer, glass, chrome, and 500-thread-count sheets.
Relax with comfortable country-casual rooms and on-site massages to relieve tired muscles. For dinner head to the dining room for caramel-braised pork shoulder.
Located in a mostly residential neighborhood and within walking distance of Hollywood Boulevard, the tidy exterior of this longstanding value motel is flanked by palm trees, while the rear overlooks the pool area.
Formerly the Hotel Luca
Twenty bright and airy guest rooms and the Tuscan-inspired Cantinetta Piero restaurant make up this intimate hotel.
Located in the exclusive area of the same name, Rancho Bernardo Inn houses 287 spacious guest rooms and suites. The public areas have a Spanish colonial look, while rooms are decorated in earth tones with clay-red and golden-yellow accents.
Built on pylons over Monterey Bay, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is the closest hotel to the ocean on the northern California peninsula. Dolphins swim by the property almost daily, and travelers on their private balconies can often spot sea otter searching for oysters.
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A stay at Bernardus Lodge proves that Napa hotels don’t have a monopoly on California’s premier wine country.
Ideal for couples, this adults-only inn originated as a 19th-century stagecoach stop on the east bank of the Napa River.
The Palm Springs Modern architectural style owes its beginning to William F. Cody, and this low-profile hotel, built in 1952 for a Hollywood producer, is preserved as a tribute to his mid-century modern designs.
This Spanish-style inn, located in the Presidio District, is only three blocks from Santa Barbara’s main drag, State Street. Each of the 23 rooms has a sitting area with a fireplace, and all reservations include a daily complimentary continental breakfast with quiche and espresso drinks.
Splurge for an ocean-view suite with fireplace, wet bar, and whirlpool at this unabashedly romantic 34-room B&B is built into a cliff above the Pacific.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at this lower Nob Hill landmark, formerly the York Hotel.