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.

Within this 23-acre estate (13,000 feet of which houses the Spa Villagio), flowing water pathways, fountains, and Mediterranean-style gardens surround a two-level Tuscan-style villa that holds 112-guestrooms and 26-mini suites.

The 93-room hotel is kid-friendly, with an outdoor pool and in-room refrigerators, and overlooks the river.

The 59-room Best Western Movie Manor Motor Inn is so named as it is attached to a drive-in movie theater. Film season runs from the middle of May to the middle of September, during which time guests can watch featured films from their rooms.

The modern property is built on pilings over San Francisco Bay. From ferries and kayakers to sea lions and migratory birds, guests here have a prime spot for taking in the harbor’s goings-on. Most of the 29 rooms feature fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Manhattan hotelier Jason Pomeranc couldn’t have picked a more incongruous spot—a former Best Western—for his third West Coast outpost.

Founded by Deborah Szekely over 50 years ago, the Golden Door is inspired by the Honjin inns in Japan and is designed to provide guests with an immersive spa experience characterized by Asian influences and European techniques.

Along with more expected amenities, like a swimming pool and large, comfortable rooms, the property offers fanciful gardens that will grab the imagination of any dreamy child. (Check out the “bed” of flowers.)

This sleek, intimate hotel sits on the edge of Monterey Bay. Three of the four rooms face the water, but watch the must-see sunsets from the roof deck.

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 budget brought the legendary Palm Springs hotel back with retro Hollywood Glam.

This mid-century estate previously owned by Frank Sinatra is named after the twin palms adjacent to the grand-piano-shaped pool.

In 2009, a developer turned the former site of the Marineland theme park in Palos Verdes into a Mediterranean-style seaside resort with a 50,000-square-foot spa.

Formerly the Four Seasons Newport Beach.

Resembling a grand country estate, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is set on a rocky bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.