Hotels in California

Located in the upper San Bernadino Mountains, this lodge overlooks Lake Arrowhead and is within walking distance of a number of village shops and restaurants.

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.

Formerly Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

The W San Diego is located downtown between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Little Italy district. Six types of rooms are available, each style distinguished by size — from 250 to 1,250 square feet — and the types of amenities provided, such as Bose surround sound systems and soaking tubs.

These comfortable cedar cabins—outfitted with Wi-Fi and other 21st-century amenities—are near El Capitan State Beach, a 17-mile drive from Santa Barbara. This elegant camping spot is set in a 2,500-acre nature preserve.

Stay at the 42-bed Vogelsang camp (10,300 feet), which does not, alas, have showers. The canvas tent cabins have beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; towels and sheets are included. 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.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club is located close to the mountains in Palm Springs. Earth-friendly renovations with recycled materials transformed the 1960's-era hotel into a bohemian-themed resort. The 180 rooms come with Wi-Fi and mood lighting, while some also have record players and vinyl records.

Since the 1920s, privacy-seeking Hollywood starlets—among them Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe—have found refuge at this bluff-perched resort overlooking Santa Monica beach.

Standing on the balcony of the Osprey Room at the Brewery Gulch Inn might satisfy a lingering childhood fantasy of living in a tree fort. A mile south of the historic California town of Mendocino, the inn is bordered by pine, fir, and hemlock and overlooks verdant meadows and the Pacific Ocean.

Opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel, the Mosser—purchased by composer Charles W. Mosser in 1981—still retains its Victorian style in the lobby with marble floors, wrought-iron banisters, and rich wood paneling.