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.

The hostel style of the Hotel des Arts does not draw customers with its luxury or amenities; instead, people come for the location and avant-garde art.

On a bluff between L.A. and San Diego, the Ritz-Carlton offers surfing lessons and a Healthy Taste menu for kids. For adults, the property boasts beachy-hued rooms and a serious spa.

The 48-room Inn at the Opera brings a reverence for the arts to the city's Hayes Valley area. Within walking distance from the Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, the Inn celebrates its history as the place where out-of-town performers have stayed while in town.

This rustic lodge offers mountain bike rentals for wheeling through the park.

The 42-room property is a cozy motel with a log-cabin theme, down duvets, and knotty-pine wood paneling.

This fashionable property from the Morgans Hotel Group has endured on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip since 1996. Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz equipped most of the 237 guest rooms and suites with large windows, cream-colored furniture, and curtains.

Lovers of old-fashioned, cozy B&Bs consistently fill the eight rooms at this graceful inn.

By pairing a luxury hotel with a state-of-the- art medical facility, this collaboration between Four Seasons and the California Health & Longevity Institute—located in a San Fernando Valley suburb only 17 miles from Malibu—introduces a new level of service (and seriousness) to the spa experie

Stay at the 42-bed Vogelsang camp (10,300 feet), which does not, alas, have showers. The canvas tent cabins have beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; towels and sheets are included. Reservations are available on a lottery basis

Despite the name, which references a "bear" (oso) in Spanish, it’s all about horses at Rancho Oso. Join a guided trail ride in the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, or set off on foot if you’re horse averse.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club is located close to the mountains in Palm Springs. Earth-friendly renovations with recycled materials transformed the 1960's-era hotel into a bohemian-themed resort. The 180 rooms come with Wi-Fi and mood lighting, while some also have record players and vinyl records.

Although the guiding motif is the Beat era, this 15-room hotel feels more like a 1930’s pensione in Florence, only without the meals—and there’s no room service, no doorman (you’re given a key to the front door), and no elevator either.

Since the 1920s, privacy-seeking Hollywood starlets—among them Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe—have found refuge at this bluff-perched resort overlooking 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).