Hotels in California

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 Square shops, Moscone Center, and the theater district.

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 needs with 105 solar panels on the roof and sanitizes with natural cleaning products.

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

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-complex of hip shops in an otherwise mid-century neighborhood.

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.

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.

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.

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 fantastical sleight-of-hand shows.

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

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 haunts the premises.