Hotels in California

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

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.

Hip, modern, and family-friendly, Solage (opened in 2007 by Auberge Resorts—the same group behind Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch) has a laid-back ease that appeals to a wide spectrum of guests.

"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).

This three-story Victorian mansion, set on eight wood-lined acres, dates to 1881. Inn-goers weren't welcomed until 1981, and owners Bill and Trudi Konrad took over the property in 1999. Each room has a fireplace and site-specific antiques.

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.

Healdsburg’s historic downtown got a big dose of modern chic when this hotel opened in 2002, right on the main square.

On a prime swath of Los Angeles real estate, this Spanish-style 201-room hotel mixes old-Hollywood touches with modern glam. Mediterranean elements skip from star lanterns and hand-painted tiles to lacy grillwork and brawny furniture with dark wood frames and nailhead trim.

Located in the Alexander Valley, this restored country cottage is surrounded by vineyards with fruit trees and a vegetable and herb garden in the back of the house. The three-bed, two-bath house has a fully updated kitchen and a large deck with a grill and hot tub.

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.

This Provençal-style resort in Santa Rosa has one of the area's freshest looks thanks to a $10 million redo that expanded the estate and modernized rooms; a 5,000-square-foot spa will open next year.

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.