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.
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.
A grande dame among destination spas, this Provençal-style retreat 40 miles north of San Diego has just emerged from a head- to-toe renovation.
The 269-room inn is located amidst Monterey pines, next to the famed golf course, The Links at Spanish Bay. There's a two-night minimum required to play Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is located adjacent to the Lodge at Pebble Beach.
On an island across the bay from San Diego, the hotel is a world unto itself, with a marina and a walkway to Silver Strand State Beach.
Shopoholics and traveling film-industry execs choose this hip boutique hotel, just three blocks from Rodeo Drive and around the corner from major entertainment offices.
Just two miles outside the park’s south gate, the 302-room lodge combines comfort with great-lodge style—and it has its own skating rink.
Located in downtown Calistoga, this hotel has been family-owned and operated since opening in 1969. Renovations were completed in 2011 on the large pool area and included new tiling and an outdoor fireplace.
Hip digs, reasonable prices, and a too-cool night scene are the draws at this André Balazs outpost.
The stone-and-cedar lodge, set 7,200 feet above sea level, is Sequoia’s best rustic hideaway. Built in 1999, the 102 rooms are a bit cookie-cutter but sport vaguely Mission-style furnishings and cushy beds.
This 19-story hotel was constructed in 1926 on the same site as the preexisting mansion of Mark Hopkins, a tycoon who created the Central Pacific Railroad.
Opulent 2007 property swathed in Italian marble and European refinement—plus hiking trails, golf, and a family-friendly pool.
Set in San Francisco’s tiny, unofficial French Quarter, the Orchard Garden feels exactly like a spiffy little Left Bank hotel—one that’s LEED certified.
A 1960's motel-style property with 143 nautically inspired rooms overlooking the marina.
Pass the palm trees to enter a wood-paneled, business-like lobby at the 10-story Four Seasons, which was built in 2005. Each of the 200 guest rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows with triple-paned glass to dampen traffic noise from the neighboring highway.