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.

Yosemite has five hike-in High Sierra Camps: Merced Lake sits at 7,150 feet and is ringed by granite peaks. Reservations are available on a lottery basis.

Combine Philippe Starck’s exuberant interiors with the genius for tapas of chef José Andrés and the retail vision of design curator Murray Moss, and you have a hotel unlike any other.

This octogenarian grande dame has never looked more beautiful—although, like many L.A. ladies, she’s had some work done. The hotel’s 1923 Italian-Spanish Renaissance interiors are textbook elegant, with refurbished hand-carved wood detailing, ornate gilded ceilings, and magnificent chandeliers.

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the property features 159 guest rooms with custom fixtures, flat-screen TVs, and generous-size glass-enclosed bathrooms.

Part eco-friendly, part rock-and-roll, the Triton is most famous for its seven “celebrity suites,” individually designed by music stars like Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia (heavy on the psychedelic art and groovy multicolored fabrics) and Anthony Kiedis (whose “Red Hot Love Nest” has furniture m

Formerly Four Seasons Resort, Aviara

This seaside Spanish colonial has rooms with terraces and an Arnold Palmer–designed golf course. 

Lime green, eggshell blue, and canary yellow compose the punchy palette at this retro-beach-style boutique hotel.

Housed in a converted apartment building, this all-suites hotel is located on a quiet side street just off the Sunset Strip.

A sprawling estate set on 250 forested acres just outside the town of St. Helena, this peaceful California retreat enjoys easy access to some of Napa’s most vaunted wineries.

Housed in the 1907 Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut is the only hotel located in the Maritime National Historical Park. As such, the hotel overlooks the bay, a fleet of historic ships, and the Cannery.

Errol Flynn and Rudolph Valentino were once entertained by Gordon Coutts, a Scottish painter who owned a Moroccan villa––one of the two villas that make up this pensione (family-run guesthouse). The hotel still attracts the “in” crowd, including professional photographers and actors.

The Willows was built in 1924 as a home for New York attorney Samuel Untermyer, whose visitors here included Albert Einstein.