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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Convenient and family friendly, the lodge is just steps from the beach and a 10-minute walk to Cannery Row.

With views of the snowy Sherwin peaks, the hotel is well-suited to families, especially its duplex “loft” rooms, which have balconies and full kitchens.

Situated in SoMa, the InterContinental San Francisco hotel is housed in a 32-story blue glass tower just down the street from Moscone Center. Inside, the lobby is simple but stylish, with marble floors, large white columns, and plush gray furniture.

Set on 1.5 lushly landscaped acres—and equidistant from both Jack London State Historic Park and a wildflower preserve—Gaige House is a Zen-style oasis smack in the middle of wine country.