Hotels in California
Formerly Four Seasons Resort, Aviara
This seaside Spanish colonial has rooms with terraces and an Arnold Palmer–designed golf course.
The Bristol, located about a block from Horton Plaza and three blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, is a boutique hotel with 102 guest rooms. It houses a vast Pop art collection, featuring originals from icons Andy Warhol and Peter Max, displayed via an “art walk” on the ground floor.
Straddling the line between Hollywood and West Hollywood/Beverly Hills, the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel offers travelers a bit of Southern hospitality in the City of Angels. This boutique hotel combines chic style with down home comfort in its 66 rooms.
Inside the 80-suite property, you’ll find handwoven Turkish carpets, Roman and Dutch tiling, and art from de Kooning and Rauschenberg on the hand-troweled walls. Upstairs, nearly every room is outfitted with a working fireplace and an updated kitchenette. The rooftop club is the real draw here.
Check out the old-timey plank construction of the city’s most venerable establishment. The 100-year-old hotel doesn’t just evoke the Old West; it is the Old West. The rooms are small but the hotel restaurant is hearty.
Originally built in 1906 as one of Sonoma’s finest hotels, the structure fell into disrepair before being resurrected in 2005.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills features a 6,000-square-foot rooftop garden, complete with palm trees, wisteria, and jasmine, where guests can dine alfresco and sip cocktails under the stars. Designed by James Northcutt, the property prides itself on extraordinary service.
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.
Located on the south fork of the Tuolumne River and near Yosemite National Park, this camp first welcomed visitors in 1922 and now runs summer family programs.
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.
This grande dame of San Francisco hotels survived some significant shake-ups (including the city’s catastrophic earthquake of 1906) before architect Julia Morgan turned it into the ornate, sumptuous palace it is today.