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.

Along with more expected amenities, like a swimming pool and large, comfortable rooms, the property offers fanciful gardens that will grab the imagination of any dreamy child. (Check out the “bed” of flowers.)

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.

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 budget brought the legendary Palm Springs hotel back with retro Hollywood Glam.

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

In 2009, a developer turned the former site of the Marineland theme park in Palos Verdes into a Mediterranean-style seaside resort with a 50,000-square-foot spa.

Formerly the Four Seasons Newport Beach.

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.