Hotels in California

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 than a block from Santa Monica Beach.

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

Even after a $53 million renovation in 2008, this timber lodge edging Lake Tahoe manages to let nature do the talking.

With just three rooms, the Poetry Inn is one of the most tranquil spaces in the buzzing Napa Valley. Owned by the eponymous founder of the Cliff Lede Vineyards, this intimate inn gets everything right.

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. 

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

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

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 The 80 guest rooms are slightly outdated, but all include a fireplace, large windows, and marble bathrooms with heated towel racks.

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 Howard Hughes and producer Paul Keyes.

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.

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 to the beach and Third Street Promenade shopping corridor.

Northern California has its share of upscale hotels, but this exclusive property—well situated among 157 acres of oak trees and burbling springs—is the epitome of luxury for West Coast nature lovers.