California

Hotels in California

Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room property brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don’t miss the rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city.

Craftsman-style hotel on a bluff above the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 4 miles south of downtown, offering standout views of the rugged coastline from almost every room.

This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees. The grounds also include two large fire pits, as well as a heated pool and adults-only Jacuzzi.

The 1940's roadside-style El Bonita Motel in St. Helena has simple amenities, but at budget-friendly prices and close proximity to nearby wineries. The two-story property includes a small stone patio used for breakfast, as well as a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and an adjoining sauna.

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 indulge with a massage at the Ocean Pearl Spa.

Located in West Hollywood, this extended-stay boutique hotel is a mix of 36 studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences.

Rooms at the 1859 hotel in Jamestown, 10 miles south, off Highway 108, have brass beds and antique dressers.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Michael Kreiss, this three-bedroom vacation home combines midcentury and contemporary elements, along with panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf proper, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers sweeping views of San Francisco and Alcatraz.

With its Mediterranean elegance, sweeping views, and steps-from-the-beach location, this hotel has been a local institution since it opened in 1926, when it attracted Hollywood types as well as World War II soldiers waiting to ship out.

Designed with the concept of Palm Desert in the late 1940’s, this one-level motor-style inn is a bright beacon of orange and lemon yellow.

Urbanites who prefer sleek, self-serve apartments to homey, antiques-filled B&Bs will appreciate the Duchamp, just two blocks off Healdsburg’s main plaza.

Located near popular San Francisco destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and Golden Gate Park, the Queen Anne Hotel on Sutter Street is from the days of large Painted Lady Victorian mansions.

When the Palace Hotel was built on New Montgomery Street in 1875, it was thought to be the largest and costliest luxury hotel in the world. Completely rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, the nine-story Beaux-Arts landmark is still the “Grand Dame” of San Francisco.

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.