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Rooms at the 1859 hotel in Jamestown, 10 miles south, off Highway 108, have brass beds and antique dressers. Read More

Check into this quaint, historic, and slightly funky 13-room hotel. Read More

The adobe bungalows and wood-frame cabins have fireplaces and sun patios, and are set in an oasis of palms, paloverde, and mesquite. Read More

The Ace, which opened in 2009, is located close to both the mountains and downtown Palm Springs. Eco-conscious renovations with recycled materials have... Read More

This hipper-than-thou hotel chain has spiffed up the former United Artists building, a 1927 Art Deco masterpiece, on a gentrifying stretch of Broadway.... Read More

Set 125 feet on a bluff above the Pacific, this farmhouse and collection of cottages are well guarded from the occasional 25-foot wave that crashes into... Read More

This Craftsman-inspired hotel is situated on Santa Monica’s residential interior. The property features four floors, 77 guest rooms and is a short drive... Read More

This downtown hotel offers travelers a stylish and convenient place to rejuvenate during a weekend of marathon wine tastings. Its 141 well-appointed... Read More

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the property features 159 guest rooms with custom fixtures, flat-screen TVs, and generous-size glass-enclosed... Read More

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... Read More

Relax with comfortable country-casual rooms and on-site massages to relieve tired muscles. For dinner head to the dining room for caramel-braised pork... Read More

Although a modest-looking hillside property, this three-level home in the Araby area has a celebrity history that includes former owners such as aviator... Read More

Housed in the 1907 Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut is the only hotel located in the Maritime National Historical Park. As such, the hotel overlooks the... Read More

Arrive strives to keep the mid-century modern ethos that defines so much of Palm Springs alive, while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary and slightly... Read More

From the outside, Auberge’s sandstone-colored villas, scattered among 33 acres of olive groves, evoke the terraced houses of the French Riviera; inside,... Read More

Hidden down a tree-lined street, this hotel’s three separate buildings are all decorated in quirky, Nixon-era style: Lucite tables in the... Read More

This historic boutique hotel (which also has an outpost in Beverly Hills) is located at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains in downtown Palm Springs.... Read More

San Francisco’s classic Union Square collides with modern tech culture at this restored turn-of-the-century hotel. The 152 guest rooms with urban... Read More

Mediterranean-style oceanfront villas sprawled over 78 lush acres between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains, offering a laundry list of activities. Read More

Built almost exclusively from salvaged stone and reclaimed wood, this 62-room Napa Valley hotel is one of only four LEED Platinum–certified hotels in... Read More

A private enclave of cottages and villas right on the shore, the Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado is a hotel within a hotel, and the newest part... Read More

Co-owner Liza Graves works with 35 estates in Sonoma and Napa valleys, from historic farmhouses and vineyard cottages to mountainside manors, and caters... Read More

Seven years and $134 million in the making, Belmond's takeover of the storied El Encanto (the brand's first West Coast resort) is reinventing a genteel... Read More

An 1892 ranch house with five spacious rooms and one cottage, family antiques, and local art. Read More

Located on the south fork of the Tuolumne River and near Yosemite National Park, this camp first welcomed visitors in 1922 and now runs summer family... Read More

A stay at Bernardus Lodge proves that Napa hotels don’t have a monopoly on California’s premier wine country. The romantic 57-suite... Read More

Popular with outdoor adventurists, this Best Western branch is within a five-minute drive of the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski areas. The 80... Read More

The 59-room Best Western Movie Manor Motor Inn is so named as it is attached to a drive-in movie theater. Film season runs from the middle of May to the... Read More

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.... Read More

Also known as the “Pink Palace,” this landmark hotel is housed in a pale-pink stucco building surrounded by tropical gardens. Originally... Read More

The city of Beverly Hills was literally built up around this sumptuous 1912 resort, whose Mission Revival architecture and pink facade are synonymous... Read More

Fans of Pretty Woman will recognize this as the hotel where Richard Gere's character wooed Julia Robert's character, and the opulence here is certainly... Read More

It should come as no surprise that everyone from Elvis Presley to John Lennon and the British royal family have stayed at this over-the-top luxurious... Read More

The property offers 12 sweet, 1950s-style redwood cabins (with the “rustic” furniture straight out of the Drapers’ kitchen in Mad Men). Read More

The 29 airy rooms, decorated in neutral creams and beiges, are situated on a bluff above the harbor, and many have views of the Pacific. French doors... Read More

A modern roadhouse where each of the 10 colorful rooms features hillside views. Read More

Staying in the 100 rooms or suites, each with its own balcony, at the Borrego Springs Resort, is like staying at a spa. Play the 18-hole Desert Willow... Read More

Standing on the balcony of the Osprey Room at the Brewery Gulch Inn might satisfy a lingering childhood fantasy of living in a tree fort. A mile south... Read More

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.... Read More

Northern California has its share of upscale hotels, but this exclusive property—situated on 157 acres of oak trees and burbling springs—is the epitome... Read More

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... Read More

Along with more expected amenities, like a swimming pool and large, comfortable rooms, the property offers fanciful gardens that will grab the... Read More

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... Read More

The sun is setting and you’ve got a front-row seat on the 1,800-square-foot terrace—plus a pool, two fireplaces, a quietly trickling... Read More

Many of the 28 basic rooms, set among palms and gardens, have wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views. Continental breakfast is served every morning on... Read More

Back on the mainland, treat yourself to a stylish night (and a hot shower) at Ojai’s mid-century-mod Capri Hotel. A recently renovated century-mod... Read More

This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees.... Read More

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... Read More

A recent $9 million renovation is more than enough of an excuse to go tuck into this hotel in Napa’s rural Carneros wine region. One of the valley’s... Read More

Although two of the four “Victorians” that make up the 32-room Carter House Inns (home of Restaurant 301) are reproductions, the chic rooms ... Read More

This beachfront Santa Monica property, ensconced in a beach club from the 1920s, delivers lavish pampering just steps from the sand. Plush rooms feature... Read More

At the waterfront property, 32 of the 33 rooms have ocean views (and a handful have fireplaces, for when the nights get chilly). The restaurant, open... Read More

The hotel takes full advantage of its waterfront location (relaxed sports rule these waves; rooms have coastal views) on kid-friendly Mission Bay, which... Read More

Opened in 2008, with a prime location half a mile north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Cavallo Point blends old... Read More

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... Read More

Housed in a converted apartment building, this all-suites hotel is located on a quiet side street just off the Sunset Strip. Marble steps lead up to the... Read More

Named one of the nation’s top seaside inns by Travel + Leisure, this quiet B&B is housed in a blue-shingled Colonial Revival building less... Read More

Possibly one of Hollywood’s most iconic hotels, the Chateau has been the hideaway for celebrities and the entertainment elite since it officially... Read More

The 208-room hotel, next to the aquarium, is a family-friendly InterContinental with a pool. Read More

In 2001, Ian Schrager took over this 1915 Theater District landmark (it’s also close to the not-so-scenic Tenderloin), and the entire city... Read More

Originally established by Detroit mobster Al Wertheimer in 1936, this Spanish-Moroccan hotel has a former guest list that includes Frank Sinatra, Ronald... Read More

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Michael Kreiss, this three-bedroom vacation home combines midcentury and contemporary elements, along with... Read More

Shopoholics and traveling film-industry execs choose this hip boutique hotel, just three blocks from Rodeo Drive and around the corner from major... Read More

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... Read More

Los Angeles–area painters and curators have transformed the industrial spaces of Culver City into a thriving art colony, and the metamorphosis at... Read More

In spring, there may be no better place to book than one of the 319 canvas tents at Curry Village, located right on the valley floor. The campground is... Read More

"The airport stay is now officially cool," claims this 1960's-style boutique hotel not far from LAX and the beaches (3 ½ and 1 ½ miles... Read More

Disneyland's choicest digs, done in traditional Craftsman style. In addition to kid- and adult-friendly fare, California Adventure Park is just a... Read More

Situated on a private dock in Rainbow Harbor, this unusual bed-and-breakfast rents six furnished yachts for overnight stays. Ranging from 38 to 54 feet,... Read More

Many private homes don't have the wiggle room provided by the villas at this contemporary-Mediterranean resort on a bluff above a beautiful central... Read More

Urbanites who prefer sleek, self-serve apartments to homey, antiques-filled B&Bs will appreciate the Duchamp, just two blocks off Healdsburg’s... Read More

On this one-acre islet, this restored Victorian lighthouse that once guided ships from the San Pablo Strait to the San Francisco stockyards, has been... Read More

The 1940's roadside-style El Bonita Motel in St. Helena has simple amenities, but at budget-friendly prices and close proximity to nearby wineries. The... Read More

These comfortable cedar cabins—outfitted with Wi-Fi and other 21st-century amenities—are near El Capitan State Beach, a 17-mile drive from... Read More

Designed in a 1940’s French-Moroccan style, this romantic inn sits on a natural mineral-water aquifer about 12 miles north of Palm Springs. Facing... Read More

Located in a private enclave between La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines State Park, the hacienda-style architecture and meticulously manicured gardens of... Read More

Secreted away on the less-touristed western edge of the park, Evergreen Lodge is a 1921 former general store and tavern (and brothel, as legend would... Read More

Not only is the exquisitely appointed Fairmont Grand Del Mar the only five star hotel of its kind in San Diego, but it’s also home to fêted five-star... Read More

A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf proper, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers sweeping views of San... Read More

Since the 1920s, privacy-seeking Hollywood starlets—among them Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe—have found refuge at this bluff-perched resort overlooking... Read More

This sprawling, opulent resort, set just a few miles north of downtown Sonoma, might as well be its own private island; its vast array of on-site... Read More

Straddling the line between Hollywood and West Hollywood/Beverly Hills, the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel offers travelers a bit of Southern hospitality... Read More

Sonoma County has long been regarded as a runner up to Napa, in large part thanks to a less-than-luxurious selection of lodgings. But Farmhouse Inn is... Read More

Lavishly decorated with exotic North African tile work, iron fixtures, and rich fabrics, this downtown hideaway conjures Casablanca. Details like... Read More

A 1950s hotel with a modern makeover, the Flamingo holds onto some of its old-time glamour: look to the rounded entryway awning and entry sign pole with... Read More

The $38 million facelift this Beverly Hills classic completed in 2012 may just be the best cosmetic work to come out of La-La Land. The complete... Read More

A head-to-toe renovation in 2009 perked up this plush high-rise; rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, black granite credenzas, and Eames chairs.  Read More

By pairing a luxury hotel with a state-of-the- art medical facility, this collaboration between Four Seasons and the California Health & Longevity... Read More

This posh property pampers little ones with child-sized bathrobes, baby bath amenities, complimentary crayons and coloring books, and children's menus... Read More

A 207-room property on Butterfly Beach with the area’s signature 1920’s-style tiles and gardens.  Read More

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... Read More

The stucco buildings with orange tiled roofs have been recently updated and are set around a lush garden of date and fan palms near a warm-spring-fed pool. Read More

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... Read More

With its bright turquoise Art Deco facade, it's hard to imagine this 1933 Santa Monica hotel ever wanted to keep a low profile. But during Prohibition,... Read More

Challenge older kids (14 and up) with an overnight trek to the quite plush (but dormitory-style) hut, 10 miles along a groomed Nordic trail. Read More

Just off California's most dramatic stretch of coast, this recently expanded cluster of cabins and lodge rooms was made for sybaritic nature lovers. The... Read More

Once a getaway for Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor, today the Golden Door Spa & Resort is considered one of the world's leading resorts for all... Read More

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... Read More

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

Scattered among eight acres of redwoods and rose bushes in Napa Valley’s St. Helena, you’ll find the unpretentious and intimate Harvest Inn—a quaint... Read More

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... Read More

Located in a mostly residential neighborhood and within walking distance of Hollywood Boulevard, the tidy exterior of this longstanding value motel is... Read More

The 93-room hotel is kid-friendly, with an outdoor pool and in-room refrigerators, and overlooks the river. Read More

It’s shocking that this hip, upscale hotel dating to 1927 is so close to the touristy Hollywood Walk of Fame and across the street from the buzzing TCL... Read More

This opulent hotel, opened in 1927, is the stuff of Tinsel town lore. Marilyn Monroe was once a resident here, and legend has it that her spirit still... Read More

The Palm Springs Modern architectural style owes its beginning to William F. Cody, and this low-profile hotel, built in 1952 for a Hollywood producer,... Read More

Secluded in the posh hillside neighborhood of Bel-Air, this luxe hotel was formerly a private estate in the 1940s. Starry-eyed couples can wander... Read More

What sets the Bel-Air apart is its sense of sanctuary; despite the property’s relatively large size (12 acres), the warm staff, the cozy Spanish Mission... Read More

Although the guiding motif is the Beat era, this 15-room hotel feels more like a 1930’s pensione in Florence, only without the meals—and... Read More

Located near the beach in downtown Santa Monica, this motel is an alternative to larger, higher-priced neighbors like Shutters on the Beach or the Loews... Read More

The 161-room Hotel Carlton puts a strong emphasis on green technology and community involvement. This lower Nob Hill hotel supports much of its energy... Read More

Unlike its sister property, Shutters on the Beach—which feels more like Cape Cod than SoCal—Casa del Mar’s opulent, Mediterranean... Read More

Originally built in 1906 as one of Sonoma’s finest hotels, the structure fell into disrepair before being resurrected in 2005. Now, it’s... Read More

Book a room with a fireplace this stone-and-stucco, intimate hotel, where many of the 16 rooms have vaulted ceilings and wooden shutters. A Belgian... Read More

Dustin Lancaster’s first b&b-style hotel is feels like a real retreat for writers and creatives. Offering stylish accommodation for the first time... Read More

With its red-roofed turrets and Victorian-style façade, the Hotel del Coronado is one of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks. Locals affectionately call... Read More

Renovated in 2006, this 1950’s motor lodge is now a vibrant boutique hotel painted in festive shades of yellow, orange, and blue. The hotel is... Read More

The hostel style of the Hotel des Arts does not draw customers with its luxury or amenities; instead, people come for the location and avant-garde art.... Read More

Hotel Diva is a flashy with its contemporary design: a fluid glass-wall entry marks the lobby, while guest rooms boast cobalt blue carpet, leather... Read More

Located within a block of the lively Venice boardwalk, the look of this hipster hotel is one of uncluttered, new-styled retro. Accommodations include... Read More

A retro façade and otherworldly interior distinguish this 1925 Spanish-Moroccan-style hotel just blocks from the Staples Center. The resplendent... Read More

This boutique hotel offers travelers a much-needed stylish yet affordable alternative to downtown’s old school status quo. 151 well-appointed rooms come... Read More

Healdsburg’s historic downtown got a big dose of modern chic when this hotel opened in 2002, right on the main square. The property has a... Read More

Centrally located in downtown Avalon, and within walking distance of the beach, this upscale hotel is a mix of guest rooms and mini-suites, plus its two... Read More

In a ghost town brought back to life, the Hotel Nipton is a basic B&B with bathrooms down the hall. But the kids will like the eco-tents with views... Read More

Celebrated architects Walker & Eisen (the duo behind the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and downtown's United Theater) designed this eye-catching 1926 hotel... Read More

Formerly the Sè San Diego ... Read More

Ten-story hotel with a chic, urban feel, minutes from San Diego's burgeoning Gaslamp Quarter. Read More

Part eco-friendly, part rock-and-roll, the Triton is most famous for its seven “celebrity suites,” individually designed by music stars like... Read More

This Spanish-inspired hotel, built around a large courtyard filled with blooming bougainvillea, takes full advantage of its stellar city and mountain... Read More

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at this lower Nob Hill landmark, formerly the York Hotel. Reopened as Hotel Vertigo in 2008, the renovated... Read More

Located across the street from the beach in downtown Avalon, this hotel has Mediterranean touches like green-and-white striped awnings, a terra cotta... Read More

Located on the waterfront near the Ferry Building, SoMa, and Financial District, this waterfront hotel boasts some of the best real estate in the city.... Read More

Aptly situated in San Francisco’s techie South of Market hub, Hotel Zetta conforms to its environment, with wired amenities (plasma TVs and in-room... Read More

Craftsman-style hotel on a bluff above the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 4 miles south of downtown, offering standout views of the rugged coastline... Read More

A collection of Mission-style buildings with Pacific views make up this well-rounded, affordable family-friendly resort (activities include kayaking,... Read More

This 1862 Mission Revival resort doesn’t look a day over 50, thanks to its modern bohemian-chic sentiments like bamboo chandeliers and fluffy spa robes.... Read More

The modern boutique property exists in perfect harmony with San Francisco Bay: from its concrete and timber pilings thrust directly into the water to... Read More

At the end of the day, backtrack 13 miles to the spiffy San Jose-foothills suburb of Saratoga and the upscale 46-room inn. It’s a bit businessy... Read More

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... Read More

The six-room B&B is surrounded by acres of Pinot Noir and Syrah vines. Each of the guest rooms has a private entrance and its own patio area with... Read More

With only 30 rooms, this narrow, six-story inn provides personalized service as well as a convenient location less than a mile from high-end Union... Read More

Many of the rooms have private balconies overlooking the scenic waters, and all come with the use of a bike or snowshoes. Read More

Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room property brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus... Read More

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... Read More

Formerly the Four Seasons Newport Beach. Read More

Located in the Alexander Valley, this restored country cottage is surrounded by vineyards with fruit trees and a vegetable and herb garden... Read More

A cool, contemporary golf and tennis retreat near Joshua Tree National Park. Read More

Attached to the L.A. Live sports and entertainment complex, the JW Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of downtown just minutes from ... Read More

The L.A. Live dining and entertainment complex hosts the Nokia Theater, The GRAMMY Museum, and the Staples Center, and this glossy Marriott puts you... Read More

Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, The Keating Hotel is the first hotel designed by Italian auto house, Pininfarina (designer of Ferrari and Maserati).... Read More

  Long considered to be one of Sonoma’s ultimate boutique retreats, the Tuscan-style Kenwood Inn is set within an ivy-covered Mediterrane... Read More

Errol Flynn and Rudolph Valentino were once entertained by Gordon Coutts, a Scottish painter who owned a Moroccan villa––one of the two... Read More

The whitewashed interiors of this 1929 luxury hotel channel a Greek Island hideaway, despite the hotel’s location in California’s Carmel-by... Read More

Minutes from Rodeo Drive, this sleek, residence-style hotel is a favorite with visiting fashionistas (no less than Giorgio Armani stays here when he’s... Read More

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... Read More

This Mediterranean-inspired boutique resort takes inspiration from the South of France, with terracotta floors and clay tile roofs throughout the... Read More

Set against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort & Club was originally founded in 1926 as a desert playground for the... Read More

Perched above the cliffs in the heart of La Jolla and overlooking the azure water of the Pacific Ocean, this pink hacienda-style haunt has hosted the... Read More

Located in the upper San Bernadino Mountains, this lodge overlooks Lake Arrowhead and is within walking distance of a number of village shops and... Read More

Dating back to the Gilded Age, this sprawling hotel set on 23 acres in Pasadena offers sumptuous guestrooms, grand ballrooms, and pristine gardens born... Read More

This Pasadena property is just a few miles from The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and the Rose Bowl. The traditionally... Read More

Lovers of old-fashioned, cozy B&Bs consistently fill the eight rooms at this graceful inn. The main house, with its wraparound porch, petite garden... Read More

This beachfront hotel is located near the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica’s Ocean Front Walk. Each of the 173 rooms... Read More

Hotel Les Mars, an intimate 16-room hotel, evokes a French maison, complete with hand-hewn-walnut wood in the library, as well as fireplaces, four... Read More

161-room resort best known for the caliber of its on-site golf course. Two-night minimum required to play Pebble Beach Golf Links. Read More

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. Read More

San Franciscans are obsessed with views, and the Loews Regency indulges them: its 158 guest rooms occupy the 38th to 48th floors of a downtown... Read More

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,... Read More

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... Read More

A white picket fence and a 300-foot cliff are the only things that come between guests of Lucia Lodge and the Pacific Ocean. This 10-cabin retreat in... Read More

This seaside hotel has stunning views, outdoor fire pits, and a bustling nighttime bar scene, but what really sets L'Auberge Del Mar apart from other... Read More

Today's iconic Palm Springs architectural style owes its beginning to William F. Cody, and this boutique hotel, built in 1952 for a Hollywood producer,... Read More

The Madonna Inn California has 110 themed rooms, ranging from the Caveman Room (think animal prints) to the Yahoo Room (cowboy, not Internet). It&rsquo... Read More

This three-story Victorian mansion, set on eight wood-lined acres, dates to 1881. Inn-goers weren't welcomed until 1981, and owners Bill and Trudi... Read More

The Magic Castle is a members-only restaurant/performance space devoted to the art of magic, and guests at the adjacent hotel can gain access to the... Read More

The black-and-crimson color palette at this converted Beverly Hills mansion sets the stage for a sultry getaway. Choose from deluxe Mandarin rooms or... Read More

In Los Angeles, there’s no better place than Malibu to rub shoulders with film-industry elite, whether on the beaches (all are public) or at... Read More

Opening their first property in the U.S. in Hollywood was a wise choice for the ultra-hip, yet casually quirky, Mama Shelter, a hotel chainlette based... Read More

Located directly on San Diego Bay, within a 15-minute walk of the convention center, Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village, the Manchester Grand... Read More

The collection of meticulously decorated cabins scattered along a wooded hillside are so peaceful they have an almost narcotic effect. Read More

This iconic Napa Valley resort lies hidden from the wine tasting tour buses, just off Napa’s Silverado Trail. Chic cottages and suites with vaulted... Read More

Yosemite has five hike-in High Sierra Camps: Merced Lake sits at 7,150 feet and is ringed by granite peaks. Reservations are available on a lottery basis. Read More

The 17-room Metro Hotel has a quirky French twist: a Victorian house-turned-inn with hardwood floors, white comforters, cheery blue doors, and a lush... Read More

Opened in 1923, this downtown grand dame boasts exquisite public spaces, including a Spanish-Italian Renaissance lobby with hand-painted carved ceilings... Read More

This octogenarian grande dame has never looked more beautiful—although, like many L.A. ladies, she’s had some work done. The hotel’s... Read More

This inn originated as a Gold Rush-era stagecoach stop on the Napa River’s east bank. Now the romantic, modernized property offers a discreet... Read More

Test the waters in the spa at Miracle Manor Retreat, set atop geothermal springs. It's a worthy splurge after a day spent hiking the otherworldly... Read More

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... Read More

Formerly a dairy (dating from the 1850’s), and saved from condominium development by Clint Eastwood in 1986, the hotel features a delightful... Read More

This fashionable property from the Morgans Hotel Group has endured on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip since 1996. Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz... Read More

On a prime swath of Los Angeles real estate, this Spanish-style 201-room hotel mixes old-Hollywood touches with modern glam. Mediterranean elements skip... Read More

Inspired by Beverly Hills estates of the 1920s and '30s, this posh property evokes the Mediterranean with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and... Read More

Montage aims for an experience you might find in Positano, crisp service and the smell of the surf. The location is exceptional: 240 rooms on 30 acres... Read More

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

Built on pylons over Monterey Bay, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is the closest hotel to the ocean on the northern California peninsula. Dolphins... Read More

Rising 27 stories above the California desert, the Morongo Resort channels the luxury resorts of Las Vegas with its full-service spa, nightclub, a 150... Read More

This boutique hotel near the Beverly Hills shopping corridor is aptly named; its lobby lounge is decorated in mosaic-tile accents. Out back, palm trees... Read More

Opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel, the Mosser—purchased by composer Charles W. Mosser in 1981—still retains its Victorian style in the... Read More

This modernist boutique hotel was designed by architect Albert Frey in the 1930s, and is just an easy walk away from downtown and Palm Springs' Design... Read More

"Mr. C" refers to Ignazio Cipriani and his brother Maggio, fourth-generation descendents of the family behind internationally acclaimed Cipriani... Read More

In downtown Yountville, a series of 100-year old train cars that have been converted into overnight rooms that make up the Napa Valley Railway Inn.... Read More

Just an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area restaurateur Pat Kuleto's 1930’s-era fishing lodge looks straight out of an Edward Hopper... Read More

Formerly the Hotel Luca Twenty bright and airy guest rooms and the Tuscan-inspired Cantinetta Piero restaurant make up this intimate hotel. Read More

Lime green, eggshell blue, and canary yellow compose the punchy palette at this retro-beach-style boutique hotel. Books and chess/backgammon tables,... Read More

The 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, situated in a mountain valley that aptly portrayed Shangri-la in the 1937 film Lost Horizon, has long been known... Read More

Situated in a bucolic setting beside the Point Reyes National Seashore, this four-suite inn was first built in 1885 as a meeting hall for the Ancient... Read More

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... Read More

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

The Omni San Diego is a glass and steel high-rise in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. It is distinct in that it adjoins the major league baseball stadium... Read More

First built as a bank in 1926, this 17-story Nob Hill hotel retains much of its original Renaissance-style architecture. Behind a red-brick and... Read More

Located downtown, the Hideaway was designed by Herbert Burns as the city’s first traditional motor inn. Although it retains much of its original... Read More

Set in San Francisco’s tiny, unofficial French Quarter, the Orchard Garden feels exactly like a spiffy little Left Bank hotel—one that&rsquo... Read More

With just four cottages on 550 acres, it’s easy to find solitude at the Other Place, hidden more than a mile down an unpaved road. The dé... Read More

Stay right on the beach at the affordable hotel, whose once-shabby rooms have been nicely renovated; many still contain full kitchens. Read More

Located in West Hollywood, this extended-stay boutique hotel is a mix of 36 studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences.... Read More

With just 32 rustic-eclectic rooms, this petite boutique's amenities are surprisingly robust. Onsite Thai massage, Dean and Deluca-stocked minibars, and... Read More

This quaint, quiet boutique beach hotel has been open continuously since 1927, welcoming travelers with their lush courtyards and ornate Mediterranean... Read More

Fresh off an $8 million renovation in 2010, Paradise Point offers travelers a getaway on a private island—though it’s conveniently only... Read More

The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort has acre upon acre of sprawling green fairways, coupled with beautiful ocean views, tennis courts, and a 15,000-square-foot... Read More

This 14-acre resort filled with gardens and quiet indoor-outdoor spaces has been a desert hotspot for celebrities and the jet set crowd since the 1960s.... Read More

Request a room with an ocean view, whirlpool tub, and fireplace at this cheerful yellow property surrounded by succulent gardens. Read More

Inside the 80-suite property, you’ll find handwoven Turkish carpets, Roman and Dutch tiling, and art from de Kooning and Rauschenberg on the hand... Read More

This fanciful WeHo boutique makes for a très grown-up getaway, with plenty to delight the senses. Their garden is a registered hummingbird and butterfly... Read More

The folks at the Philo Apple Farm once owned the French Laundry; now they grow 80 varieties of apples and rent out four charming cottages. Everything... Read More

This historic motor lodge is infamous for housing dozens of rock star musicians over the last five decades. Now a verdant interior courtyard and heated... Read More

Located in one of the city’s premier shopping districts, the inviting hotel features a fitness center, pool, and homey English pub. Read More

This sleek, intimate hotel sits on the edge of Monterey Bay. Three of the four rooms face the water, but watch the must-see sunsets from the roof deck. Read More

With just five rooms, the Poetry Inn is one of the most tranquil spaces in buzzing Napa Valley. Owned by the eponymous founder of the Cliff Lede... Read More

The hotel opened in 1992 and is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. In 2008 Post Ranch added 10 new sculptural... Read More

Housed in a 1917 building within a mile of Union Square, Moscone Center, and the Powell Street cable cars, this Kimpton hotel combines a convenient... Read More

This hip and trendy boutique in downtown Santa Barbara uses colorful customized vinyl decals of peacocks, chandeliers, grandfather clocks, giraffes with... Read More

Located near popular San Francisco destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and Golden Gate Park, the Queen Anne Hotel on Sutter Street... Read More

This luxury retreat in the Santa Monica Mountains is focused on exercise, nutrition, and a tech disconnect from everyday life. Ten hours of daily... Read More

Located in the exclusive area of the same name, Rancho Bernardo Inn houses 287 spacious guest rooms and suites. The public areas have a Spanish colonial... Read More

Despite the name, which references a "bear" (oso) in Spanish, it’s all about horses at Rancho Oso. Join a guided trail ride in the nearby Santa... Read More

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... Read More

The five suites at the 15-room motel, surrounded by landscaped gardens and forest, are big, clean, and cheery. Read More

Despite its atrium-like lobby with vaulted ceilings and palm trees, the Marriott-brand Renaissance ClubSport is far from a traditional hotel. The... Read More

Elegant Mediterranean-style resort with one of the largest pools in the Coachella Valley desert, just 15 miles from Palm Springs. ... Read More

Opened in 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill redefined the upscale Orange County enclave of Newport Beach as a world-class destination. The 504-acre... Read More

Even after a $53 million renovation in 2008, this timber lodge edging Lake Tahoe manages to let nature do the talking. In the property’s common... Read More

Resembling a grand country estate, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is set on a rocky bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Spread across the main building... Read More

On a bluff between L.A. and San Diego, the Ritz-Carlton offers surfing lessons and a Healthy Taste menu for kids. For adults, the property boasts beachy... Read More

Set on the waterfront of a small-craft marina, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the more traditional hotel spaces in Los Angeles. Public spaces, such as... Read More

A neoclassical landmark in an ideal location—perched on a quiet street near Union Square, and next to the California Street cable car line. All 336... Read More

Stars like Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra spent time lounging around the Riviera Resort and Spa in the 1960s. In 2008, a $70 million... Read More

Stars like Elvis Presley, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra lounged around the Riviera Resort and Spa in the 1960's. In 2008, renovations from a $70 million... Read More

Sprawling property that encompasses a 260-acre golf course and an on-site winery.  ... Read More

Spread over 16 acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill is an upscale ranch-style hotel just 10 minutes west of Stanford University. The lodge-like... Read More

No wonder this was JFK's honeymoon spot: The 500-acre property, which got a $150 million re-investment in 2011-2012, gives the impression of stretching... Read More

Santa Cruz’s only beachfront hotel, the just-renovated 165-room property has morphed (thanks to new management by the Joie de Vivre group) from... Read More

Formerly Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa ... Read More

Just steps from the Boardwalk, the property offers ocean views from every room and a neo-boho attitude that jibes with Santa Cruz’s surf-city... Read More

At the Sea Ranch Lodge—a rambling, 1970s-era complex with weathered cedar-plank walls that blend into the surrounding banks of sea grass—the... Read More

The floral prints and canopy beds are a little frilly, but the real draw here is the hospitality—a fireside breakfast, tea in the garden. The... Read More

Luxury yachts were the inspiration for star interior designer Christopher Lowell when he decked out this boutique hotel two blocks from the sand in... Read More

The two-mile Horse Camp Trail (a nice hike in its own right) brings you to the Sierra Club Foundation’s Shasta Alpine Lodge, base camp for most... Read More

With its private entrance to Legoland, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa couldn’t be more convenient. After a day of kid stuff, grown-ups can... Read More

Ideal for first-time visitors, this four-story hotel is within walking distance of the wharf and less than two miles from the Embarcadero and Union... Read More

This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore. Inside, the common areas (like... Read More

Combine Philippe Starck’s exuberant interiors with the genius for tapas of chef José Andrés and the retail vision of design curator Murray Moss, and you... Read More

One of Catalina Island's first luxury hotels, Snug Harbor Inn, was built in 1997. Its six Cape Cod-themed rooms have views of Avalon Bay, and are named... Read More

Hip, modern, and family-friendly, Solage has a laid-back ease that appeals to Napa’s wide spectrum of visitors and locals. Young city dwellers... Read More

Sparrows Lodge was built in 1952 by actor Don Castle and his wife Zetta as a desert retreat far removed from the Hollywood hustle. The property, located... Read More

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.... Read More

This Tuscan-inspired resort has a refined atmosphere, thanks to details like a Dale Chihuly sculpture collection, plus, at 535 square feet, the largest... Read More

Generously sized, contemporary rooms have marble accents, chaise lounges, soaking tubs open to the room, and partial views of downtown San Francisco.... Read More

All nine rooms at this Mission revival-style, all-suite hotel have super-plush beds and custom tile work; three have vaulted ceilings. Read More

Gorgeously revived in 2006 by hotelier Jeff Klein, this 1929 Art Deco landmark was once an apartment building to the stars (John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe,... Read More

 Mediterranean-style resort with a casual vibe and unbeatable access to the secluded 930-foot Bluebird Beach.... Read More

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)... Read More

The inn offers 27 holes of golf, fine dining at its Temet Grill, and spacious modern guest rooms. Read More

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. Read More

A Tuscan-style villa in Napa with two guest cottages, a boccie court, indoor and outdoor pizza ovens, walking trails, a small chapel, and a sweeping... Read More

Terranea is the ultimate stay-cation for L.A. locals. It's just a quick drive from the central city, and the sprawling 102-acre oceanside property... Read More

The rooms at this uber-hip hotel might not be particularly spacious, but what they lack in size, they make up for in swoon-worthy eclectic California... Read More

This 1927 historic landmark in Yosemite Valley has a stunning setting, surrounded by forest, waterfalls, and towering cliffs and just minutes from the... Read More

A secluded go-to spot for Hollywood royalty since opening in 1946, Alisal is a resort as much as a ranch, with two 18-hole golf courses, a spa, a... Read More

The original austerity boot camp incorporates lengthy hikes and 1,000-calorie vegan days. Famous guests: Oprah Winfrey, Ashley Judd, Cindy Crawford. Read More

One of the city's most iconic hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel draws everyone from Hollywood big wigs to families looking to escape the pulse of the city... Read More

The Bristol, located about a block from Horton Plaza and three blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, is a boutique hotel with 102 guest rooms. It houses a... Read More

All signs of kitsch are gone from this property (previously the anime-themed Hotel Tomo). Now, San Francisco's newest boutique hotel shines like a... Read More

Ensconced in a nondescript 1970s apartment building, this unassuming boutique hotel is a peaceful retreat from the hard-partying Sunset Strip nearby.... Read More

High atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco offers panoramic view of the city and elegant historic architecture fit for royals. Three restaurants, a... Read More

Opened in 1911, this eight-floor Art Nouveau hotel is located between the financial district and Moscone Convention Center, just a six-minute walk from... Read More

From the owners of Limn, a West Coast chain of bleeding-edge furniture showrooms, comes the 27-room, eco-friendly Greens Hotel; it anchors a new mini... Read More

Located in one of the most desirable and exclusive neighborhoods in San Diego County, the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe combines boutique hotel with classic... Read More

The 48-room Inn at the Opera brings a reverence for the arts to the city's Hayes Valley area. Within walking distance from the Davies Symphony Hall and... Read More

A former army barracks that is now a 22-room Georgian revival-style inn with relaxed country-chic rooms. Located near the Golden Gate Bridge, among the... Read More

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... Read More

Grand architecture and old world charm set atop Nob Hill make this one of San Francisco’s most classic luxury hotels. Its rich woods, elegant fabrics,... Read More

Koreatown is arguably one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, and now it has its own design hotel courtesy of the Sydell Group. If you don’t... Read More

When you enter the Lodge at Torrey Pines, you're immediately greeted by doormen in kilted Scottish dress—a throwback to a bygone area. And though the... Read More

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

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. Twenty... Read More

On a prime swath of Los Angeles real estate, this Spanish-style hotel mixes old-Hollywood touches with modern glam that pays homage to Mediterranean... Read More

Fresh from a major renovation in 2015, this historic hotel boasts Victorian décor in its spacious guestrooms, which feature 11-foot ceilings and picture... Read More

When it comes to luxury, the opulent Peninsula Beverly Hills has it honed in. The five star property is right in the heart of all of the high end... Read More

This chic, all-suite boutique hotel on Vine is a little oasis in the heart of Hollywood. The Redbury's secluded, red-painted rooftop is lit by strings... Read More

Stretched through a sleek glass high-rise, The Ritz-Carlton is the pinnacle of Downtown luxury. The rooftop pool deck affords panoramic vistas; Wolfgang... Read More

The chic and breezy 14-room Rose Hotel, located just off the oh-so-trendy artists enclave of Abbot Kinney Ave., is the epitome of minimalist beach chic.... Read More

There’s nothing standard about what’s on offer at this DTLA property, with its minimalist-yet-retro design and popular rooftop bar and pool scene. The... Read More

It's difficult to pinpoint the coolest amenity at this chic boutique set in the former Superior Oil headquarters. Could it be the rooftop pool with... Read More

The contemporary Standard Hollywood is set on L.A.’ s famed Sunset Boulevard, with spare, retro-chic rooms similar to its Downtown sister. Features... Read More

Since 1910, the U.S. Grant in downtown San Diego has served as a hallmark of tradition, elegance, and old-world charm. Presidents, dignitaries, and... Read More

The W San Diego is located downtown between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Little Italy district. Six types of rooms are available, each style... Read More

The spherical, reflective towers that comprise this hotel are icons of the Downtown skyline. Encompassing an entire city block in the business district,... Read More

Within walking distance of historic old town, restaurants, and museums, the Westin Pasadena offers 350 rooms, just 12 miles north of Los Angeles. From... Read More

Manhattan hotelier Jason Pomeranc couldn’t have picked a more incongruous spot—a former Best Western—for his third West Coast outpost.... Read More

Named for State Senator Mr. Edward Tinkle, whose stone cottage once perched atop the Pacific coastline where Tickle Pink Inn now resides, this family... Read More

Zoom up 32 stories in one of the glass-walled elevator cars for one of the best views in the city—you can even spot Alcatraz Island. Read More

Nearly every Mongolian-esque yurt at this eco-resort has ocean views from the redwood decks and Adirondack chairs, but without the thread count or... Read More

Check out the old-timey plank construction of the city’s most venerable establishment. The 100-year-old hotel doesn’t just evoke the Old... Read More

This mid-century estate previously owned by Frank Sinatra is named after the twin palms adjacent to the grand-piano-shaped pool. Built in 1947 in the... Read More

Actress Cynthia Foster and her environmental economist husband, Karel Samson created the hotel and have pledged a percentage of their profits to local... Read More

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. This small... Read More

If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided “Discovery Walks” appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your... Read More

Designed as an ode to Palm Springs in its Golden Age, when celebrities like Humphrey Bogart visited, this Hollywood-Regency style hotel occupies four... Read More

The most fun of the four California hotels designed by Kor Hotel Group with Kelly Wearstler, the 162-room Viceroy seems like an extension of the nearby... Read More

Within this 23-acre estate (13,000 feet of which houses the Spa Villagio), flowing water pathways, fountains, and Mediterranean-style gardens surround a... Read More

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... Read More

Stay at the 42-bed Vogelsang camp (10,300 feet), which does not, alas, have showers. The canvas tent cabins have beds with mattresses, pillows, and... Read More

An urban hotel with an electric feel, a lively lounge with a live DJ, and frequent art exhibitions, film screenings, and fashion events. Rooms have... Read More

These nautical-themed rooms sit on Jack London Square and overlook the harbor and marina. Read More

A 1960's motel-style property with 143 nautically inspired rooms overlooking the marina. Read More

223-room hotel filled with gilded antiques, chandeliers, and 18th-century tapestries. Read More

Meet friends or colleagues at the Westin St. Francis’ famous 1907 Magneta grandfather clock. The hotel’s 1904 Landmark building and 32-story... Read More

Tucked into a residential neighborhood, this bed and breakfast feels more like arriving at a wealthy relative’s manor than checking into a hotel. Housed... Read More

The Willows was built in 1924 as a home for New York attorney Samuel Untermyer, and hosted guests including Albert Einstein. Converted to an eight... Read More

The 42-room property is a cozy motel with a log-cabin theme, down duvets, and knotty-pine wood paneling. Read More

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... Read More

This rustic lodge offers mountain bike rentals for wheeling through the park. Read More

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