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.

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

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.

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.

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

Standing on the balcony of the Osprey Room at the Brewery Gulch Inn might satisfy a lingering childhood fantasy of living in a tree fort. A mile south of the historic California town of Mendocino, the inn is bordered by pine, fir, and hemlock and overlooks verdant meadows and the Pacific Ocean.

Formerly Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa

The W San Diego is located downtown between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Little Italy district. Six types of rooms are available, each style distinguished by size — from 250 to 1,250 square feet — and the types of amenities provided, such as Bose surround sound systems and soaking tubs.

These comfortable cedar cabins—outfitted with Wi-Fi and other 21st-century amenities—are near El Capitan State Beach, a 17-mile drive from Santa Barbara. This elegant camping spot is set in a 2,500-acre nature preserve.

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.

Relax with comfortable country-casual rooms and on-site massages to relieve tired muscles. For dinner head to the dining room for caramel-braised pork shoulder.