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.

Gorgeously revived in 2006 by hotelier Jeff Klein, this 1929 Art Deco landmark was once an apartment building to the stars (John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra all had crash pads here).

Unlike its sister property, Shutters on the Beach—which feels more like Cape Cod than SoCal—Casa del Mar’s opulent, Mediterranean design feels right at home on the Santa Monica shore.

An 1892 ranch house with five spacious rooms and one cottage, family antiques, and local art.

Hotel Diva is a flashy with its contemporary design: a fluid glass-wall entry marks the lobby, while guest rooms boast cobalt blue carpet, leather furniture, and stainless steel sculpted headboards.

As luxurious and understated as a perfectly cut Armani suit, the Beverly Wilshire is, appropriately, just steps from iconic Rodeo Drive boutiques like Versace and Cartier.

Situated on a private dock in Rainbow Harbor, this unusual bed-and-breakfast rents six furnished yachts for overnight stays.

Mediterranean-style oceanfront villas sprawled over 78 lush acres between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains, offering a laundry list of activities.

The 148-year-old, 41-room property offers a geyser-heated pool, old-fashioned mud baths, and retro-chic rooms.

Formerly the Sè San Diego

The sun is setting and you’ve got a front-row seat on the 1,800-square-foot terrace—plus a pool, two fireplaces, a quietly trickling fountain, and panoramic views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Santa Cruz Island, 26 miles offshore.

Sprawling property that encompasses a 260-acre golf course and an on-site winery. 

Room to Book: Bungalow Patios rooms overlook the #9 fairway.

Doubles from $295.

Test the waters in the spa at Miracle Manor Retreat, set atop geothermal springs. It's a worthy splurge after a day spent hiking the otherworldly landscape of nearby Joshua Tree National Park.

In spring, there may be no better place to book than one of the 319 canvas tents at Curry Village, located right on the valley floor.