California

Hotels in California

Fresh from a makeover (good-bye chintz, hello earth-toned geometric patterns), today’s Ritz, near Nob Hill, still has doting service.

Location, location, location…the 199-room Vitale has it in spades. Not only is the hotel right on the Embarcadero—three minutes’ walk from the Ferry Building and facing the bay—but it sits all alone on its own block.

In 2010, the Spanish-inspired La Casa del Camino, in arty Laguna Beach, launched the Casa Surf Project, 10 one-of-a-kind suites dedicated to surf culture.

This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore.

This Spanish-style inn, located in the Presidio District, is only three blocks from Santa Barbara’s main drag, State Street. Each of the 23 rooms has a sitting area with a fireplace, and all reservations include a daily complimentary continental breakfast with quiche and espresso drinks.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at this lower Nob Hill landmark, formerly the York Hotel.

Named for State Senator Mr. Edward Tinkle, whose stone cottage once perched atop the Pacific coastline where Tickle Pink Inn now resides, this family-owned B&B offers European luxury at the edge of Big Sur.

Plant-lined arches line the outside of this British-themed hotel, which is located just south of the Sunset Strip. The interior has gilded accents throughout, and all of the 223 suites have textured walls, flowing drapes, and mismatched lounge seating. No room is smaller than 750 square feet.

Known as the “Riot House” in the 1960’s and 70’s, this hotel was a notorious party spot for touring rock bands like Led Zeppelin, the Who, and the Rolling Stones.

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.

Immensely appealing for both kids (playroom, water park, and Guitar Hero-equipped teen center) and parents (43,000-square-foot spa and holistic center founded by Deepak Chopra).

Within walking distance of historic old town, restaurants, and museums, the Westin Pasadena offers 350 rooms, just 12 miles north of Los Angeles. From the mosaic reflecting pool out front to the heated rooftop pool, this 12-story property includes numerous relaxation options.

The property offers heated indoor pool and complimentary breakfasts; guest rooms all have their own fireplaces.