California

Hotels in California

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

Many of the 28 basic rooms, set among palms and gardens, have wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views. Continental breakfast is served every morning on a pretty patio.

A private enclave of cottages and villas right on the shore, the Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado is a hotel within a hotel, and the newest part of the 120-year-old resort.

"The airport stay is now officially cool," claims this 1960's-style boutique hotel not far from LAX and the beaches (3 ½ and 1 ½ miles away, respectively).

The whitewashed interiors of this 1929 luxury hotel channel a Greek Island hideaway, despite the hotel’s location in California’s Carmel-by-the-Sea, a posh, oceanfront town along the Pacific, just 120 miles south of San Francisco.

Located directly on San Diego Bay, within a 15-minute walk of the convention center, Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village, the Manchester Grand Hyatt is the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast.

This Tuscan-inspired resort has a refined atmosphere, thanks to details like a Dale Chihuly sculpture collection, plus, at 535 square feet, the largest standard rooms in Orange County.

Renovated in 2006, this 1950’s motor lodge is now a vibrant boutique hotel painted in festive shades of yellow, orange, and blue. The hotel is situated in the Marina district, within 1½ miles of Union Street restaurants and shops as well as the Presidio National Park and Exploratorium.

Yosemite has five hike-in High Sierra Camps: Merced Lake sits at 7,150 feet and is ringed by granite peaks. Reservations are available on a lottery basis.

This octogenarian grande dame has never looked more beautiful—although, like many L.A. ladies, she’s had some work done. The hotel’s 1923 Italian-Spanish Renaissance interiors are textbook elegant, with refurbished hand-carved wood detailing, ornate gilded ceilings, and magnificent chandeliers.

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 have a hotel unlike any other.

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the property features 159 guest rooms with custom fixtures, flat-screen TVs, and generous-size glass-enclosed bathrooms.

Part eco-friendly, part rock-and-roll, the Triton is most famous for its seven “celebrity suites,” individually designed by music stars like Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia (heavy on the psychedelic art and groovy multicolored fabrics) and Anthony Kiedis (whose “Red Hot Love Nest” has furniture m