Hotels in California

Staying in the 100 rooms or suites, each with its own balcony, at the Borrego Springs Resort, is like staying at a spa. Play the 18-hole Desert Willow and Mesquite courses or sip herbal tea in the lounge at Spa Serenity.

The hotel opened in 1992 and is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. In 2008 Post Ranch added 10 new sculptural structures, spiraling Pacific Suites, cantilevered Peak Houses, and Richard Serra-esque Cliff houses clad in torques of rusted steel.

A retro façade and otherworldly interior distinguish this 1925 Spanish-Moroccan-style hotel just blocks from the Staples Center.

A secluded go-to spot for Hollywood royalty since opening in 1946, Alisal is a resort as much as a ranch, with two 18-hole golf courses, a spa, a private pond for fishing, boating, and tennis courts (and no TVs in the rooms to distract you).

A collection of Mission-style buildings with Pacific views make up this well-rounded, affordable family-friendly resort (activities include kayaking, fishing, and biking)

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

Los Angeles–area painters and curators have transformed the industrial spaces of Culver City into a thriving art colony, and the metamorphosis at the Culver Hotel mirrors that resurgence. When the six-story property first opened in 1924, it quickly became a favored haunt of creative types.

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

Disneyland's choicest digs, done in traditional Craftsman style. In addition to kid- and adult-friendly fare, California Adventure Park is just a turnstile away. Everybody wins.

Fresh off an $8 million renovation in 2010, Paradise Point offers travelers a getaway on a private island—though it’s conveniently only minutes from downtown San Diego and is adjacent to SeaWorld.

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.

Grand architecture and old world charm set atop Nob Hill make this one of San Francisco’s most classic luxury hotels. Its rich woods, elegant fabrics, and classic décor are rivaled only by the views from its famous bar on the 19th floor, Top of the Mark (try one of the 100 martinis on the menu).