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.
Spread over 16 acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill is an upscale ranch-style hotel just 10 minutes west of Stanford University.
Venice Beach is one of the most iconic spots on the West coast, and there are few ways to experience it better than by biking or skating.
A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf proper, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers sweeping views of San Francisco and Alcatraz.
This airy inn on Healdsburg’s plaza dates to 1901. Many rooms have canary yellow walls, curtained windows, and contain gas fireplaces and a jetted spa bathtub. Prime rooms face the plaza, but deluxe Kings in back share a welcoming balcony.
With its Mediterranean elegance, sweeping views, and steps-from-the-beach location, this hotel has been a local institution since it opened in 1926, when it attracted Hollywood types as well as World War II soldiers waiting to ship out.
Designed with the concept of Palm Desert in the late 1940’s, this one-level motor-style inn is a bright beacon of orange and lemon yellow.
With just 32 rustic-eclectic rooms, this petite boutique's amenities are surprisingly robust.
Ensconced in a nondescript 1970s apartment building, this unassuming boutique hotel is a peaceful retreat from the hard-partying Sunset Strip nearby. Slick black-and-white decor with bronze and gold accents belies the ho-hum exterior.
"Mr. C" refers to Ignazio Cipriani and his brother Maggio, fourth-generation descendents of the family behind internationally acclaimed Cipriani restaurant.
This crimson-hued, all-suite hotel puts you right in the middle of the action at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The boho, apartment-style suites come with private balconies, European-style kitchens, and washer-dryers.
Increasingly trendy Koreatown is the setting for this oh-so hip hotel that hits all the right boutique notes: avant-garde rooms with concrete walls and funky art, facade murals by Shepard Fairey, a Korean fusion restaurant by Roy Choi, and a speakeasy-style lounge.
This posh property pampers little ones with child-sized bathrobes, baby bath amenities, complimentary crayons and coloring books, and children's menus in all restaurants. Cribs and rollaways are provided at no extra charge.
The rooms at this North Hollywood hotel are ultra family-friendly, with the option of twin bunk beds for kids and suites equipped with dining nooks. There's an active schedule of activities, from poolside movies to neighborhood tours.
The surf-side location of this Santa Monica property makes it popular for families with kids. The tots will be more than occupied with the beach, pool, and nearby Santa Monica Pier, plus skate, bike, and rollerblade rentals.
Though this slick downtown property is a business-traveler favorite, it caters to families through the Omni Kids program. Upon check-in, kids receive a backpack full of goodies including crayons, a hacky sack, and interactive map.