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.
Despite its atrium-like lobby with vaulted ceilings and palm trees, the Marriott-brand Renaissance ClubSport is far from a traditional hotel.
Elegant Mediterranean-style resort with one of the largest pools in the Coachella Valley desert, just 15 miles from Palm Springs.
Room to Book: Resort View rooms for their step-out balconies.
The adobe bungalows and wood-frame cabins have fireplaces and sun patios, and are set in an oasis of palms, paloverde, and mesquite.
The sleekly minimalist eco-lodge really is made of cedar, all of it sourced in an environmentally friendly way. The 42 rooms are built mostly out of recycled and sustainably harvested wood in an appealing minimalist style, with leather-upholstered platform beds and birch plywood furniture.
Located across the street from the beach in downtown Avalon, this hotel has Mediterranean touches like green-and-white striped awnings, a terra cotta roof, and a quiet sun deck for guests.
This knotty-pine heaven right on the lakefront (complete with a beach and its own marina and restaurant) includes 41 cabins (rented by the week) and 26 cheerfully retro rooms in the circa 1926 lodge.
Located in a century-old building in the SoMa district, the Good Hotel is a 117-room boutique property billed as the first “hotel with a conscience.” Decorated with cuckoo clocks and photos of past guests (taken in the on-site photo booth), the colorful lobby contains furniture made with repurpos
Adjacent to a man-made trout lake where old Hollywood celebrities like Clark Gable used to fish, this five-story, country-style hotel was built in 1962. Renovated in 2009, the property is comprised of six acres of gardens and koi ponds.
223-room hotel filled with gilded antiques, chandeliers, and 18th-century tapestries.
This Spanish-inspired hotel, built around a large courtyard filled with blooming bougainvillea, takes full advantage of its stellar city and mountain views.
A rope swing—dangling from an oak tree just outside the lobby—signifies the youthful aesthetic: what was once a gray-haired golf resort just east of Carmel is now a sprawling outpost well-suited for families, and couples too.
When the honchos from LVMH and Neiman Marcus come to town, the 110-room Campton Place is where they stay. The hotel is on the preferred (i.e., east) side of Union Square, convenient to their SF stores yet insulated from tourists and the dodgy Tenderloin.
Mediterranean-style resort with a casual vibe and unbeatable access to the secluded 930-foot Bluebird Beach.
Room to Book: Those in the Towers Building are the largest.