Hotels in California
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 and lounge chairs surround a private heated pool.
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.
This hip and trendy boutique in downtown Santa Barbara uses colorful customized vinyl decals of peacocks, chandeliers, grandfather clocks, giraffes with parachutes, and other playful images to create a modern and individual style for each of its 16 guest rooms.
Many of the rooms have private balconies overlooking the scenic waters, and all come with the use of a bike or snowshoes.
Ten-story hotel with a chic, urban feel, minutes from San Diego's burgeoning Gaslamp Quarter.
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.