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.

Behind the Marmont’s lush, paparazzi-shielding hedges, discretion and privacy rule—a trait that has made it an infamous favorite of celebrities.

A half-hour drive "down valley" from better-known Palm Springs, the tranquil, Mediterranean-flavored Miramonte in upscale Indian Wells is a golf-lover's dream, with three nearby championship courses.

The all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort opened in 1989 in a bougainvillea-and-hibiscus-filled canyon 25 miles north of San Diego and remains southern California’s only Relais & Château property.

Meet friends or colleagues at the Westin St. Francis’ famous 1907 Magneta grandfather clock. The hotel’s 1904 Landmark building and 32-story 1971 Tower building overlook San Francisco’s Union Square.

First built as a bank in 1926, this 17-story Nob Hill hotel retains much of its original Renaissance-style architecture. Behind a red-brick and stone façade, the cavernous lobby is designed with an Italian marble floor, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and rich mahogany paneling.

The Madonna Inn California has 110 themed rooms, ranging from the Caveman Room (think animal prints) to the Yahoo Room (cowboy, not Internet). It’s all tongue-in-cheek fun, including the garish hot-pink steakhouse.

Although two of the four “Victorians” that make up the 32-room Carter House Inns (home of Restaurant 301) are reproductions, the chic rooms (with slipper chairs and matelassé bedding) compensate for any inauthenticity.

This 62-room Napa Valley newcomer is raising the bar on green design. Built almost exclusively from salvaged stone and reclaimed wood, it’s one of four LEED Platinum–certified hotels in the U.S.

Set against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort & Club was originally founded in 1926 as a desert playground for the Hollywood elite.

There is simply no way to get any closer to the ocean in San Diego than staying at the Crystal Pier Hotel. The white cottages with blue trim sit directly above the crashing waves of the ocean on the wide pier that stretches out past Pacific Beach.

Check into this quaint, historic, and slightly funky 13-room hotel.

Co-owner Liza Graves works with 35 estates in Sonoma and Napa valleys, from historic farmhouses and vineyard cottages to mountainside manors, and caters to wine lovers by arranging vineyard tours, private tastings, and picnics with winemakers.