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.
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.
The city of Beverly Hills was literally built up around this sumptuous 1912 resort, whose Mission Revival architecture and pink facade are synonymous with luxury.
Celebrated architects Walker & Eisen (the duo behind the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and downtown's United Theater) designed this eye-catching 1926 hotel.
Opened in 1923, this downtown grand dame boasts exquisite public spaces, including a Spanish-Italian Renaissance lobby with hand-painted carved ceilings.
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 right at the doorstep of the action.
Stretched through a sleek glass high-rise, The Ritz-Carlton is the pinnacle of Downtown luxury.
The spherical, reflective towers that comprise this hotel are icons of the Downtown skyline. Encompassing an entire city block in the business district, it's almost a city within a city, boasting a six-story atrium lobby, galleria shopping and food court, and indoor jogging track.
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 stunning views, waterbed pods, and nightly DJs? The alfresco biergarten? The ping pong club? The onsite Rudy's Barbershop?
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.
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 fitting of a Cinderella story.
This beachfront Santa Monica property, ensconced in a beach club from the 1920s, delivers lavish pampering just steps from the sand. Plush rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Pacific.
Dating back to the Gilded Age, this sprawling hotel set on 23 acres in Pasadena offers sumptuous guestrooms, grand ballrooms, and pristine gardens born of that era's decadence.
Inspired by Beverly Hills estates of the 1920s and '30s, this posh property evokes the Mediterranean with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and lushly landscaped gardens dotted with fountains.