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  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club 180 rooms from $102

    Palm Springs

    Renovated motel retaining its 1960s whitewashed architecture but boasting contemporary features and an expansive spa with two pools. The rooms communicate laid-back chic, with draped fabrics and vintage furniture. The Swim Club also features an open fireplace, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is within biking distance of downtown, close to Joshua Tree, Salton Sea, Salvation mountain and other desert features
    Spa breaks  -  The two pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room and spa facilities all provide for anyone seeking a spa retreat.
    Spa  -  Consists of a hot tub, a spa with a steam room and sauna, and assorted massage yurts.
    Swimming Pool  -  The hotel features 2 outdoor pools and a jacuzzi in an atmospheric outdoor setting
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Avalon Hotel Palm Springs 67 rooms from $102

    Palm Springs

    Bright, modern resort at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains in Palm Springs. The stylish Kelly Wearstler-designed rooms glow white with black gingham and primrose features. The Estrella spa is excellent, and the 3 heated pools are surrounded by chic cubanas and beautifully manicured gardens.

    Local exploring  -  20 minutes drive from the Aerial Tramway, 1 hour from Joshua Tree National Park, and minutes from Palm Springs sights
    Spa breaks  -  The luxurious full-service spa, expansive gardens and 3 pools make this hotel the perfect spa break location
    Total relaxation
    Swimming Pool  -  3 outdoor pools, including an adults-only tranquility pool, a family pool, and 2 large hot tubs surrounded by citrus trees
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Ace Hotel Downtown 182 rooms from $127

    Downtown Los Angeles

    Trendy hotel in the renovated United Artists Tower in the heart of LA. The rooms blend contemporary minimalism with hipster-chic features, prioritising comfort and character over luxury. The rooftop pool and terrace offers spectacular views, and the 1920s-style restaurant draws foodies from all over

    Local exploring  -  In the heart of the LA city centre, it is very well connected. 5 minutes from the Staples Centre and Fashion District
    City Style  -  Runner-up in Best Newcomer, Smith Hotel Awards 2014, boosted by its rooftop pool and loft-like rooms.
    Value chic  -  For such a central hotel, these chic and modern rooms aren't too expensive
    Swimming Pool  -  A plunge pool surrounded by loungers and has fantastic views of the LA skyline- the perfect spot to relax with cocktail in hand
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Domain Hotel 136 rooms from $110

    San Jose (California)

    Modern business hotel with all you need in the way of work, complete with a heated pool and gym. Rooms are modern, comfortable and all have the desired mod-cons. Wine hour every night, a great way to unwind complimented by small bites at the bar. San Jose is great for restaurants, bars and shops.

    Local markets  -  San Jose Flea Market for all the trinkets you could ever want.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Private Hot Tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Alcazar Palm Springs 34 rooms from $120

    Palm Springs (California)

    Family owned neighborhood feel hotel in Uptown Palm Springs great for lazy days by the pool and comfortable nights under Italian cotton sheets. White walls with modern art, this hotel has something of the Med about it. Restaurants like Cheeky's on the block. Exploring by bike or by car is possible.

    Hideaway  -  Quiet spot in the Palm Spring's neighbourhood.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Colony Palms Hotel 57 rooms from $129

    Palm Springs

    A beautiful and charming hotel, hidden away in the heart of Palm Springs. Individually decorated rooms. Pool, hot tub, spa - a perfect and secluded hotel to relax in, as the sun sets over the San Jacinto mountains in full view. Smart, slick and stylish, featuring a Moroccan interior.

    Parking  -  Free private parking on site is available. Reservations not needed.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil, remote and surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the San Jacinto mountains.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Palihotel 32 rooms from $165

    Los Angeles (California)

    In the heart of LA is this contemporary, intimate boutique hotel for nightlife lovers, city explorers and food enthusiasts. Modern and spacious rooms and all are welcome in the communal dining, lobby and sitting areas. The Hart & The Hunter restaurants are both enjoyed by locals and guests alike.

    Great walks  -  Sunset Strip, to just below the Hollywood sign or simply exploring the local haunts.
    Full of character  -  Intimate and contemporary in style, it oozes character and charm.
    Local markets  -  Great for the 'modern urban explorer'.'
    Sights nearby  -  Universal Studios is a must!
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  • Hotel Zetta 116 rooms from $165

    San Francisco (Union Square)

    Trendy and central hotel near the Union Square shopping district. The modern rooms embrace repurposed vintage decor with reclaimed wood and salvaged antiques, and boast delicate mosaic-tiled baths. The communal areas are hip, colourful and lively, with a games room, restaurant and lounge bar.

    Total relaxation  -  With a games room and services at the neighbouring spa also offering in-room services, it is perfect for some urban relaxation.
    City Style  -  A lively hotel in the trendy Union Square shopping district and well-connected to the main sights- an urban retreat.
    Local exploring  -  A central hotel 10 minutes' walk from Union Square and the Moscone Centre, and surrounded by arts museums.
    Spa  -  No on-site spa, but the hotel has an arrangement for guests at the nieghbouring Burke Williams spa.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Packard House 4 rooms from $130

    Mendocino (California)

    A leafy courtyard, fresh interiors and ocean views welcome you to this intimate B&B. Fireplaces, fantastic daily in-room breakfast and comfortable rooms. Located in Mendocino are restaurants and bars to spend lazy days. Outdoor activities for all.

    Kayaking  -  Kayaking on the Albion River through caves, blow holes nad rock gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  The newly restored lighthouse is less than half a mile away.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • The Chamberlain West Hollywood 114 rooms from $165

    Los Angeles (West Hollywood)

    Striking suites-only hotel in the heart of West Hollywood with a rooftop pool and terrace with spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown LA. The modern-luxe rooms are unusual but sleek, each with a gas fireplace, evoking 1960s era LA. An exclusive bistro serves great food and drinks.

    City Style  -  Chic suite-only hotel in West Hollywood: luxurious, a fantastic rooftop terrace and pool, well connected to the sights of LA.
    Local exploring  -  The 4-star hotel is just 2 blocks from Santa Monica Boulevard, Sunset Strip, and Universal Studios is 15 minutes away.
    Total relaxation  -  The heated rooftop pool and terrace offers spectacular panoramic views and pamper sessions like yoga and massages.
    Swimming Pool  -  The heated rooftop pool offers panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown LA, with loungers and a private cabana.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 211 rooms from $139

    Riverside

    A breathtaking castle-like hotel. It features majestic, Spanish Mission-style architecture. The traditional grandeur blends with a modern luxury and style. Outdoor dining is magical, set amongst lush, hanging gardens. It has contemporary, smart rooms, and is located near Riverside's key attractions.

    Spa  -  Features bath suites, nail salon, yoga classes, steam room, hot tub, specially designed treatments...
    Sights nearby  -  Fox Performing Arts Theatre, The Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Downtown Main Street...
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
  • The Parsonage B&B 5 rooms from $178

    San Francisco

    Quaint B&B with authentic Victorian features in the lively Hayes Valley area. The comfortable rooms are furnished with antiques and family heirlooms, and the library and two parlours are perfectly manicured with Georgian-era furniture. Close to the Civic Centre and the bustle of Hayes Valley cafes.

    Local exploring  -  15 minutes from the Civic Centre, with performances at the Symphony Hall and Opera House, and art museums.
    City Style  -  Hayes Valley is a charming neighbourhood bustling with lively cafes, galleries and restaurants.
    Four poster beds  -  The Alma Spreckles room has a lovely 4-poster bed.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Charlie from $178

    Los Angeles (West Hollywood)

    Unique set of 13 standalone cottages, once home to Charlie Chaplin and friends such as Marilyn Monroe, minutes from Sunset Boulevard. The English-style cottages are beautifully furnished, each named after it's namesake celebrity resident, with a private patio and kitchen, and communal lush gardens.

    Local exploring  -  Less than a mile from Sunset Boulevard and many local shops and restaurants in central West Hollywood.
    City Style  -  This historical hotel was once home to Charlie Chaplin, and is centrally located in West Hollywood.
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Hotel La Rose 49 rooms from $149

    Santa Rosa Beach

    A historic and charming hotel. Full of antique and traditional furnishings with a variety of both modern and old-fashioned rooms. Located on historic Railroad Square, it is surrounded by unique shops and restaurants. Ideal for exploring the local Sonoma county.

    Wine tasting  -  Enjoy wine tasting in over three hundred wineries in Sonoma County wine country - just a short drive away
    Local exploring  -  Visit museums, State Parks, wineries, Pacific coastline, unique shops and restaurants...
    Full of character  -  Old-fashioned rooms with floral patterns and large, plump beds for comfort
    Back to Nature  -  Explore nearby wineries, Redwood forests, and Pacific coastline
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  • Galleria Park 177 rooms from $191

    San Francisco (Financial District)

    Chic hotel in the very centre of San Francisco, between the Union Square and Financial Districts. The contemporary, designer furnishings in the rooms complement the Art Deco and Art Nouveau heritage of the building also on display, creating a vibrant and colourful self-proclaimed pied-à-terre.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located between the Union Square shopping district and the Financial district and well-connected to the best city sights
    City Style  -  Stylish and chic hotel ideally located and newly renovated, perfect for casual or business visitors.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Vitale 200 rooms from $197

    San Francisco (Embarcadero (North Waterfront))

    Contemporary hotel located in the hip Embarcadero neighbourhood with spectacular views of the waterfront. The sleek, modern rooms are spacious and stylishly furnished, many have impressive bay views. Indulge in the luxurious indoor and outdoor spa. Sip and admire from the beautiful rooftop terrace.

    City Style  -  Overlooking San Francisco's stunning waterfront and well-connected to the city centre, it offers everything a guest could want.
    Local exploring  -  The historic trolleycar stops outside, linking the city centre. Alcatraz, Treasure Island and Golden Gate Bridge are close too
    Foodies  -  The Embarcadero area is a great choice for travellers interested in food, especially due to the Ferry Building Marketplace.
    Spa  -  3 treatment rooms and penthouse-level private outdoor soaking tubs in a bamboo-walled garden.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
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  • Babbling Brook Inn 13 rooms from $160

    Santa Cruz, California

    Intimate B&B in a beautifully manicured garden a short drive from Santa Cruz. Light rooms with greener-that-green views, private bathrooms, fireplaces and private terrace. Enjoy the daily breakfast as well as a wide range of restaurants in town. Great spot for the family to explore the outdoors.

    Sights nearby  -  Natural Bridges State Beach for some shore bird spotting and seals.
    Fishing  -  Sport fishing is avaliable.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
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  • Milliken Creek Inn 12 rooms from $203

    Napa (California)

    This intimate adults-only inn is on the grassy banks of Napa River and the scenic Silverado Trail. The beautiful rooms boast stylish furnishings in chocolate and cream, creating a sense of warmth and luxury. Fantastic spa treatments and a manicured riverside garden add to the idyllic setting.

    Romantic Break  -  Adults-only, with romantic spa treatments and facilities and nearby vineyards for wine-tastings- perfect for a romantic break
    Total relaxation  -  Unusual and luxury spa treatments on offer, beautiful gardens overlooking the Napa river, and peaceful surroundings.
    Great walks  -  Explore the garden and beyond.
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adult only Inn.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Movie Colony Hotel 16 rooms from $160

    Palm Springs (California)

    The name mirrors the movie star hangout of the 30s to 60s, as does the classy and contemporary furnishings. Rooms feature all the must-haves, as well as being simple and elegant. Prime location to explore Palm Springs or kick back and relax at the in house spa and wellness centre, or by the pool.

    Local markets  -  Downtown Palm Springs a block away.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • The Rose Hotel 11 rooms from $160

    Santa Monica (Venice)

    In the Bohemian sector of LA in Venice, overlooking Venice beach. This chic, charming, contemporary boutique hotel offers comfort, location and is visually pleasing. Rooms are spacious, airy and minimal in decor. Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast before a day on Venice Beach or exploring LA.

    Fishing  -  Along Venice Broadway at the pier is a great opportunity to do some fishing.
    Great walks  -  Along the beach or through town.
    Surfing  -  Very popular here.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Ridge at Tahoe 791 rooms from $160

    Heavenly (California)

    Resting on the Sierra Nevada Ridge overlooking Lake Tahoe, this ski resort has great access to the slopes. Rooms and apartments are spacious, modern in design and with all mod-cons. Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Deli are open for all. Three tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and ski paradise.

    Sailing  -  In the summer months the lake is open to watersports from the jetty.
    Great walks  -  Through town or around Lake Tahoe.
    Local markets  -  Heavenly Village.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • Palihouse West Hollywood 36 rooms from $216

    Los Angeles (West Hollywood)

    Weekend guest or long-stay resident, this contemporary, airy and sophisticated luxury home stay with kitchen and private rooms is a fantastic find. Foodies love the Open Table and fabulous rooftop views. All this, just a stone's throw from Hollywood's finest night life hangouts. Check it out!

    Sights nearby  -  5 minute walk from Sunset Strip and the famous nightlife spots of the Hollywood stars.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Petit Ermitage 80 rooms from $216

    Los Angeles (West Hollywood)

    Eccentric suite-only hotel just off Santa Monica Boulevard with a rooftop pool boasting spectacular views of LA. The charming rooms and communal spaces are luxurious, decorated with a blend of antiques and artworks with colourful, contemporary features. The garden, pool and firedeck are all stunning

    Local exploring  -  1 mile from the Sunset Strip, 5 miles from Santa Monica Boulevard and Pacific Design centre, 15 minutes from Universal Studios.
    City Style  -  Spacious, suite-only 4-star hotel ideally located, luxurious rooms with in-room spa services, and rooftop pool and garden.
    Swimming Pool  -  The heated outdoor saltwater pool is beautiful, with kumquat trees and striped loungers surrounding it, with spectacular views.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Boon Hotel & Spa 14 rooms from $170

    California

    Laid-back, youthful, trendy. Total relaxation in this intimate and secluded hotel. A luxe spa, lavish pool, and a healthy, stylish restaurant. Complimentary bikes for exploring the local Wine Country, Armstrong Woods, or nearby, bustling towns.

    Restrictions on children  -  Whilst there are no actual restrictions, this is a primarily adult focussed property
    Kayaking  -  Canoe or kayak the Russian River
    Great walks  -  Sonoma county farm trails
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Granada Hotel & Bistro 17 rooms from $170

    San Luis Obispo (California)

    Luxury boutique built in 1929 with Industrial-era interiors. Rooms are comfortable and popular. Bistro Restaurant, renowned across town for its extensive wine listings and French cuisine, a fantastic reason to stay. This quiet, chic hotel lends itself to local exploring, back to nature and relaxing.

    Sights nearby  -  The Seven Sisters Volcanic Peaks and the Central California Coast.
    Back to Nature  -  A lot of parks and reserves around this city.
    Great walks  -  To San Luis Obispo Creek.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Boheme 15 rooms from $223

    San Francisco (North Beach)

    Unique hotel nestled in the heart of the lively and bohemian North Beach neighbourhood. The rooms are colourful, characterful and cosy, designed to evoke 1950s Beat era boho-chic, with names like Allen Ginsberg as previous guests. The surrounding area is bustling with cafes, shops and restaurants.

    City Style  -  In the heart of the bohemian North Beach community, bordering Chinatown and downtown, decorated in 50s style and colours.
    Local exploring  -  Close to Chinatown, Little Italy and Lombard Street with its connections on San Francisco's famous cable cars.
    Full of character
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • The Landing Resort & Spa 77 rooms from $180

    Heavenly (California)

    In Heavenly Village Ski Resort this contemporary hotel with a private beach on Tahoe Lake offers spacious, comfortable rooms with access to an outdoor pool and spa. You can watch the view from the rooftop next to a fire pit. You won't be disappointed; it's a serene, stunning location. Plenty to do!

    Views  -  Stunning views of South Tahoe Lake.
    Kayaking  -  Possible from Lakeside Marina.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Hope Springs 10 rooms from $185

    Palm Springs (California)

    Natural hot springs and architectural mastery make up this 10-bed hotel two hours from LA. Spacious, light and minimal rooms all around a central pool with two others for further swimming. Local restaurants and jaunts are a drive away. Perfect for a hidden spa break away from the hustle and bustle.

    Romantic Break
    Back to Nature  -  Hot springs are all around.
    Restrictions on children
    Spa
  • The Scarlet Huntington 135 rooms from $190

    San Francisco (California)

    On top of Nob Hill this 1920s apartment block turned boutique hotel is where Asian fusion meets old-world chic. Rooms are spacious and unique. Casual restaurant offers American cuisine. With the award wining Nob Hill Spa, indoor pool and steam rooms it is relax mode. City views and fab location.

    Fishing  -  From Nob Hill go down to Fisherman's Wharf to catch a look at the daily catch.
    Sights nearby  -  Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic part of the city and worth a glimpse.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Mama Shelter 70 rooms from $190

    Los Angeles (California)

    This 1930s gem sits between Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards and welcomes all. Rooms are supplied with hi-tech kit and offer city views, while the beds are luxuriously comfortable. Coffee shop, communal table and benches add to the French chic, family-feel. Location is spot on to discover LA.

    Sights nearby  -  Hollywood Wax Museum is close by, as is a handful of theatres so make sure to see what is on during your stay.
    Surfing  -  The vibe of Venice Beach - along with skateboarding, windsurfing and everything with a board.
    Great walks  -  Along the sea front on Venice Beach or Hollywood Walk of Fame to see the stars.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Amarano Burbank 132 rooms from $190

    Los Angeles (California)

    In the heart of Burbank this contemporary hotel offers rooftop views of LA, in-house dining and areas to relax by the pool. Rooms are spacious, modern in decor and facilities. Privato restaurant offers regional cuisine and an impressive wine list. Free shuttle to Universal Studios are a must!

    Sights nearby  -  Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Andaz San Diego 159 rooms from $190

    San Diego (California)

    Described as 'sexy', this luxury hotel in Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego is the perfect for adventures by day and lively life at night. Rooms are plush, comfortable and with all the mod-cons. Rooftop restaurant and bar by the pool turns into an open-air cinema at night. Views are great from the top.

    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along Windansea Beach, or see the cliffs at Black's Beach.
    Local markets  -  Seaport Village is closeby and worth a visit.
    Sights nearby  -  Famous San Diego Sea World is in town.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Normandie 94 rooms from $195

    Los Angeles (California)

    Restored and contemporary, this owner-managed hotel in Koreatown offers business facilities, gym and a buzzy bar. Comfortable rooms are simple in design and spacious. Casell's Hamburger offers up American dishes and reservation-only Le Comptoir is Californian. Location is perfect for nightlife.

    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the Normandie stop on the Metro Purple Line.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Channel Road Inn 15 rooms from $195

    Santa Monica

    A tasteful renovation of this shingle-clad Colonial Revival home makes this an enchanting seaside base. It sits on a peaceful residential street, just 2 minutes from Santa Monica beach. Light rooms with warm, simple but luxurious decor. Free afternoon wine, tea & snacks are the cherry on top!

    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • The Inn at the Presidio 22 rooms from $254

    San Francisco

    Red-brick hotel and former officer's quarters, the only accommodation in the beautiful Presidio National Park close to the Golden Gate Bridge. The sleek, spacious rooms are stylishly furnished, the top floors have spectacular views. The Park offers many nature trails and other outdoor activities.

    Back to Nature  -  The Presidio has many beautiful nature trails that you can explore by walking, jogging, or cycling, and there are wildlife tours
    City Style  -  Former officers' quarters, the only accommodation in the national park, right by the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Local exploring  -  Close to the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach, Crissy Field, Alcatraz, Treasure Island and other sights.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
  • Taj Campton Place 111 rooms from $254

    San Francisco (Union Square)

    Sleek hotel with ideal location on Union Square. The elegant rooms have contemporary and stylish furnishings, and the service is renowned for being hyper-attentive. The Michelin star-rated restaurant serving high-quality Mediterranean fare in the grand dining room is very impressive.

    City Style  -  In a historic building that has been modernized and with a Michelin Star-rated restaurant, explore San Francisco in style.
    Local exploring  -  Minutes from Union Square and less than 2 miles from Fisherman's Wharf and Bay Bridge, it is ideally located.
    Foodies  -  The Michelin star-rated restaurant draws queues of foodies from all over the city.
    Spa  -  In-room spa treatments are available.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Sparrow's Lodge 20 rooms from $200

    Palm Springs (California)

    Secluded boutique lodge escape with no screens but gorgeous pool and wood fires. Rooms all showcase wooden furnishing to mirror the great outdoors. The Barn Kitchen offers delicious bites and the bar is well stocked. Koffi town is close-by for restaurants. Relax is the theme.

    Artworks
    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes away from Palm Springs Art Museum.
    Full of character
    Restrictions on children
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Oceana Beach Club Hotel 70 rooms from $254

    Santa Monica

    Bright and lively hotel by the Santa Monica Beach with wonderful Pacific views. The rooms colourfully create a sense of sunny optimism, with home-y, comfortable features in large contemporary rooms. With a heated pool and only seconds from the beach, it's perfect for both relaxing and active trips.

    Active Holiday  -  Swim in the heated outdoor pool, take surfing lessons, try yoga, explore the hikes in Temescal Canyon- a perfect active holiday
    Beach Life  -  This hotel sits on Santa Monica Beach, looking out over the Pacific Ocean. A shuttle service or bikes take you to the beach.
    Local exploring  -  This bright and colourful hotel is only 1 mile from the shopping on Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier.
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Benbow Inn 55 rooms from $200

    Garberville

    A beautiful country inn located in a rural area, offering the ideal Californian Redwood retreat. Sports courts, nearby hiking routes, complimentary bicycles, pool, jacuzzi, and playground. Just a short drive from San Francisco and Wine Country. Excellent for an active family weekend getaway.

    Sights nearby  -  Redwood river and forests. Around half an hour's drive from the Avenue of the Giants
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Back to Nature
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Farmer’s Daughter 66 rooms from $210

    Los Angeles

    Kitsch but fun hotel with modest rooms and bargain prices. Modern 'farm' decor - denim duvets, plaid curtains, custom-made wood upholstery. A hip and lively destination.

    Foodies  -  Tart restaurant serves up gourmet comfort food and spectacular cocktails, plus the iconic Farmers Market is right down the road.
    Value chic  -  Achingly cool, wonderfully located, with vibrant feel and modern amenities- all for a fairly reasonable price.
    Artworks  -  Quirky features such as the Art-o-mat, a former cigarette vending machine that now dispenses art.
    Local markets  -  Just down the road is the sprawling Farmers Market, boasting a range of trendy shops, restaurants and gourmet food producers.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors
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  • The Line Hotel 384 rooms from $215

    Los Angeles (California)

    A modern hotel with spectacular views in Koreatown, known for its high concentration of restaurants and bars. Rooms are modern chic, airy and comfortable. Pot restaurant offers Korean-American cuisine. The cafe is perfect for an after dinner sweet bite. A foodies dream, location and choice!

    Great walks  -  Along Venice Beach or up Santa Monica Pier.
    Sights nearby  -  Universal Studios Hollywood.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • H2Hotel 36 rooms from $219

    Healdsburg (California)

    Cool eco-friendly hotel that uses organic materials and nature inspired design to create a relaxing and welcoming environment. Bedrooms are clutter free with bamboo floors and fresh cotton linens. Relax at the hotel pool and bar or get out and explore the fantastic countryside and activities nearby.

    Wine tasting  -  Situated in the heart of Northern Sonoma wine country
    Kayaking  -  The Russian River
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
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  • Tower 23 44 rooms from $280

    San Diego (California)

    A contemporary architectural masterpiece on the seafront, interiors mirror the modern facades and fresh, clean cut style. Rooms have spectacular sea views, all the mod-cons and in-room spa treatments are available. Steak & Seafood restaurant is a must, but the location lends itself to exploring.

    Surfing  -  Pacific Beach is close and great for picking up a board and getting in the ocean.
    Fishing  -  Ask at reception for the recommended spots.
    Great walks  -  Along the beach front or in town.
    Local markets  -  Close to San Diego city centre.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Berkeley City Club 35 rooms from $220

    Berkeley

    A charming and traditional, historic hotel. Breathtaking architecture includes high archways and vaulted ceilings. Features a large indoor swimming pool as well as family games rooms. Classically designed bedrooms with stunning views over both San Francisco and Berkeley.

    Local exploring  -  Situated in downtown Berkeley, this location is perfect for city strolling.
    Views  -  Views span Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco landmarks.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to the UC Berkeley campus.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
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  • The Carneros Inn 86 rooms from $286

    Napa

    Modern take on traditional local farm buildings in the beautiful Napa Valley with an 'agri-chic' aesthetic. The cottages and suites feature private, furnished patios and immaculately stylish rooms. Eat in delicious restaurants, and relax in an award-winning spa, outdoor pools, and grand gardens.

    Active Holiday  -  3 pools, hot tubs, free bikes, extensive gardens, art classes, cheese-making, horse riding and helicopter trips, to name a few
    Country Escape  -  The beautiful Napa Valley is perfect for a rural escape, and any holiday should involve a visit to a vineyard or tasting house
    Back to Nature  -  The Di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature is a 217-acre estate housing thousands of artworks in a unique natural setting.
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Crescent Hotel 35 rooms from $230

    Los Angeles (California)

    1926 villa turned luxury art-filled hotel in the heart of Beverley Hills. Cream rooms have natural light, all the mod-cons and White Company complimentary soaps. The Terrace Cafe is casual dining and is a hot-spot for locals catching a bite. Location is key for Rodeo Drive, Hollywood and more.

    Great walks  -  La Cienega Park for community activities and jogging track.
    Sights nearby  -  Electric Fountain is quite the light show in the evenings.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • The Chateau at Lake La Quinta 24 rooms from $235

    Palm Springs (La Quinta)

    Nestled in the Californian desert near Palm Springs, this contemporary and recently renovated hotel surrounds the serene and beautiful lake La Quinta. The luxurious suites all have individual custom furnishings, fireplaces, lakeside views and a private patio. A grown-up, romantic retreat.

    Views  -  Resort surrounds La Quinta lake and all rooms have a lake view
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adults only property
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Clift 372 rooms from $240

    San Francisco (California)

    Historical landmark hotel renovated to modern luxury with art and furniture being a big feature. Rooms are large, with great views of the San Francisco skyline. Asia de Cuba offers fine dining and the popular Redwood Room bar is lively. Location to Union Square and city delights is on point.

    Surfing  -  Ocean Beach is where to catch the waves whether surfing or kite surfing.
    Sights nearby  -  Golden Gate Park and with views of the famous Gold Gate Bridge.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Pavilion Hotel 71 rooms from $240

    Avalon, Catalina Island

    A nautical setting in manicured tropical gardens on the sea front. A dreamy film set town mirrored in the light rooms with all mod-cons, private bathrooms and breakfast. Restaurants, pool and spa treatments close by. Water sport activity heaven: sailing to surfing, boating and swimming.

    Family
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing boat trips are popular and readily avaliable.
    Diving  -  SNUBA dive experience is the one.
    Local markets  -  Atwater for markets and shops.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Yountville 80 rooms from $245

    Yountville (California)

    This European-inspired hotel sits in five acres, just a short walk from Yountville, with views of vineyards, an outdoor pool and an extensive spa. Spacious rooms feature fireplaces and four-poster beds. Hopper Creek Kitchen and the Y Bar offer seasonal menus and free wine tasting.

    Wine tasting  -  With over 350 wineries in the region there is a lot to see and taste.
    Sights nearby  -  Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Restaurant is worth a visit - book ahead. 10 mins from Napa Valley Museum
    Great walks  -  Ask for a picnic and off you go.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Napa River Inn 66 rooms from $249

    Napa

    A waterfront location in the heart of downtown Napa, granting walkabout access to the bustling neighbourhood. The inn provides live entertainment, spa treatments, fine dining, and wine tasting. Old-fashioned decor and charm, and a variety of rooms featuring stunning river views. Michelin rated.

    Wine tasting  -  Within walking distance of twenty different tasting rooms!
    Sights nearby  -  Only a walk away from Napa Opera House, Uptown Theatre, Quent Cordair Fine Art Gallery...
    Local markets  -  Just minutes from Oxbow Public Market
    Kayaking  -  From the hotel's dock
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Casa Madrona 63 rooms from $250

    San Francisco (California)

    Stunning Victorian mansion overlooking the marina. Rooms are light, modern and with private balconies. Poggio Trattoria dishes up daily changing Italian dishes with locally sourced produce and homegrown vegetables. Relax with a seaweed wrap at the spa or head into San Francisco for city lights.

    Local markets  -  On the bay and marina there are a lot of local markets.
    Sights nearby  -  Short ferry ride to Market Street.
    Sailing  -  Sausalito Yacht Club.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard 161 rooms from $250

    Los Angeles (California)

    In 6 acres of Brentwood Park and on Sunset Boulevard this contemporary, brilliantly situated hotel has its own spa, gym and outdoor pool. Rooms are spacious, contemporary and sleek with designer bathroom features. Restaurant and bar are both noteworthy and perfectly located for exploring LA.

    Great walks  -  Spot the stars on Hollywoods Walk of Fame.
    Sights nearby  -  Getty Museum is 10 minutes drive away.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Palihouse Santa Monica 36 rooms from $250

    Santa Monica (California)

    1929 Mediterranean inspired hotel in residential Santa Monica offers both long-stay and weekend break suites. Welcomed by a roaring fireplace at reception the rooms mirror the essence of home. Spacious, contemporary and comfortable it is perfect for local exploring, doing some work and relaxing.

    Great walks  -  Santa Monica Pier is great for an evening stroll or Palisades Park in the day time.
    Sights nearby  -  Third Street Promenade is lively and promises to always have something going on.
    Fishing  -  Just off Santa Monica Pier try your hand at catching some fish.
    Local markets  -  Check out the locals farmers market during your stay.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Inn at Occidental 16 rooms from $259

    Occidental (California)

    A boutique Sonoma County inn, ideally located for visiting the famous local wineries. Plush bedrooms feature feather beds, fireplaces, comfy seating areas, antique details and en suites. Al fresco dining in the beautiful flower gardens. Romantic and quaint.

    Wine tasting  -  Well situated for exploring all four of Sonoma's wine valleys
    Kayaking  -  In nearby Forestville, Burke’s Canoe Trips, will arrange a relaxing 10-mile paddle on the Russian River for you.
    Fishing  -  Pure heaven for the avid angler, the nearby Russian River presents year-round fishing opportunities.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomodated.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Auberge du Soleil 50 rooms from $333

    St Helena (California)

    The breathtaking views, olive groves and outstanding restaurant are reason enough to stay but add a pool, spa and prime location and you have the perfect A luxury boutique hotel. Rooms are luxurious from the linens to the bath soaps. 15,000 strong wine cellar, a renowned restaurant across the valley

    Sights nearby  -  Napa Museum is small but worth a visit - exhibits local artists.
    Local markets  -  V Market has it all - food, wine, shops & entertainment.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Belmond El Encanto 92 rooms from $343

    Santa Barbara

    Serene hotel with stylish bungalows dotted around the lush 7-acre gardens, minutes from Santa Barbara and the Pacific beaches. The refined rooms are furnished with rich fabrics, and all feature a private balcony or patio. The infinity-pool, spa, and restaurant all boast spectacular ocean views

    Local exploring  -  Only 5 minutes' drive from central Santa Barbara, with the Mission, Botanical Gardens and Municipal Golf Course all featuring
    Beach Life  -  The hotel has a free shuttle service and electric bikes to reach the Pacific beaches of Santa Barbara
    Spa breaks
    Swimming Pool  -  The hotel has a heated outdoor saltwater infinity-pool with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Sunset Tower Hotel 81 rooms from $275

    Los Angeles (California)

    A 1929 Art Deco apartment block in prime location on Sunset Strip. Formerly home to Marylin Monroe and Frank Sinatra, this chic and contemporary hotel has pool, spa, restaurant and a lively bar. Rooms are modern and elegant. Tower Bar and Restaurant is all Hollywood and swanky. A taste of glamour.

    Great walks  -  Take a stroll and spot the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Mondrian 237 rooms from $279

    Los Angeles (Hollywood)

    Revamped famous Sunset Boulevard hotel in Hollywood. Avant-garde interiors have been replaced with a low key refined Californian vibe. Skybar on the roof is a notorious destination. The Mondrian is all about being seen by the pool, eating in Herringbone or chilling in the Lobby Lounge.

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Fox Studios, Paramount Pictures, Dodgers Stadium, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive and Getty Museum.
    Swimming Pool  -  Underwater music, flickering lanterns at night, fragrant flowers, blooming vines and stunning panoramic city views
    Suites  -  Standards, Studios, Balcony Suite, Penthouse, wickedly luxurious and all rooms have stupdendous city views
    Restaurant  -  Ocean to table cuisine, try the seared diver scallops, fish ceviche or fried sea urchin
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Terranea 582 rooms from $287

    Los Angeles (California)

    102 acres of oceanfront more Mediterranean in feel than South California. Stunning spot, activities for all and only 30 minutes away from LA. Rooms are light, spacious and capture the spectacular view. In-house restaurants and bars are inside or by the pool or ocean. Great retreat for all the family

    Local markets  -  Seaport Village is worth a visit if you are interested in seeing the daily fishermans catch.
    Hideaway  -  In 102 acres of oceanfront.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Drisco 48 rooms from $297

    San Francisco (Pacific Heights)

    If you love classical architecture then this elegant Edwardian hotel is the place for you. Sitting at the top of Pacific Avenue, you can enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco and walk to Presidio National Park within minutes whilst never being too far from shopping trips and gourmet food downtown.

    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring San Francisco and the surrounding area.
    Sights nearby  -  Good location for accessing all of San Francisco major attractions.
    Great walks  -  Five minute walk from Presidio National Park
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  • Farmhouse Inn 18 rooms from $382

    Forestville, California

    Idyllic inn in the heart of Russian River Valley in Sonoma wine country with a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant. The intimate rooms include fireplaces and spa baths, and are tastefully furnished with contemporary items. The restaurant is spectacular, and the pool and gardens are picturesque.

    Eco break  -  The pool is heated by solar panels, and the spa and restaurant use local and organic ingredients often grown onsite.
    Foodies  -  The Michelin-starred restaurant is a major draw for local and foreign foodies alike throughout the region.
    Spa  -  Uses produce from the hotel gardens, offering lavender body butter massages and ginger-honey rubs, for example.
    Swimming Pool  -  A heated outdoor infinity pool is available to guests, surrounded by deck chairs and colourful gardens.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • L'Ermitage 119 rooms from $382

    Los Angeles (Beverly Hills)

    Sophisticated suite-only hotel in Beverly Hills within walking distance from Rodeo Drive. The spacious rooms are luxurious, lined with gilded silk and rich fabrics and featuring expansive marble bathrooms. The rooftop pool and terrace boast breathtaking views of the city and the Hollywood Hills.

    Local exploring  -  In Beverly Hills, walking distance from Rodeo Drive and a short drive from the LA County Museum of Art and the Convention Centre
    City Style  -  5-Star hotel located on a residential street in Beverly Hills with a rooftop pool and seconds from Rodeo Drive.
    Swimming Pool  -  The rooftop pool boasts 360-degree views of the city, and private cabanas in which to enjoy those views.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Treebones Resort 16 rooms from $300

    Big Sur

    Be one with nature while gorging on oceanic views, glamping in stylish yurts and feasting on organic locally sourced produce for all meals. Put up your own tent or call a yurt a home, a fantastic spot for all the Big Sur offers. Family run for the family. Environmentally conscious, a great treat.

    Great walks  -  Big Sur hike offers canyons, waterfalls, rocky beaches and historic sites.
    Local markets  -  Explore what Big Sur has to offer from local produce and arts and crafts.
    Kayaking  -  Sea Kayaking for 60 miles at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
    Views  -  360 views of Big Sur and surrounding area.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Spanish Garden Inn 23 rooms from $305

    Santa Barbara (California)

    Mediterranean in style and atmosphere this boutique hotel offers all the mod-cons as well as in-room spa treatments and a fabulous blue lap pool. Rooms are spacious, contemporary and luxurious. Three blocks away is State Street, famous for its many choices of restaurants and shops. Great stay.

    Great walks  -  Douglas Family Preserve is a great spot for a walk along the seashore.
    Surfing  -  Beaches all around for surfing and other water based activities.
    Full of character
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Ojai Valley Inn 238 rooms from $309

    Ojai

    A stunning 5* resort. Offers a relaxing retreat overlooking the mountainous surroundings. Beautiful, modern rooms feature a chic and elegant decor, many with private patios. Luxurious pools and gardens. A variety of activities including tennis, hiking, art classes and cocktail making.

    Swimming Pool  -  Three enormous outdoor swimming pools
    Private Hot Tub
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Back to Nature
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  • Hotel Healdsburg 55 rooms from $309

    Healdsburg (California)

    A modern boutique hotel, draped in gorgeous wisteria, with a great outdoor garden and swimming pool with shady terrace seating area. Guest rooms are simply yet elegantly decorated with dark wood floors and polished concrete in the bathrooms. A variety of dining spots and a small relaxing spa.

    Wine tasting  -  Explore the nearby wineries of California's Sonoma wine region
    Local markets  -  Healdsburg Farmers Market
    Great walks  -  Culinary Walking Tours
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
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  • Sunset Marquis 152 rooms from $315

    Los Angeles (California)

    Tucked behind Sunset Strip, this private, celeb hangout is an exclusive hotel. Rooms are contemporary with all mod-cons and access to a spa, two pools and a gym. The restaurant prides itself on locally sourced produce and the 1200 Bar is popular with the stars. Not forgetting the recording studio!

    Surfing  -  Venice Beach is where everything to do with a board happens.
    Fishing  -  Santa Monica Pier offers fishing.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Canary Santa Barbara 97 rooms from $315

    Santa Barbara (California)

    Sun drenched and perfect beachfront site with stunning views, rooftop pool and generously sized rooms. Finch & Fork is all about farmer's market produce, seafood and local wines. Rooftop Perch is ideal for sundowners and light bites. Location is on point with Pacific a bike ride away!

    Great walks  -  All roads end at State Street and it is worth the stroll through town to get there.
    Surfing  -  A popular past time in LA.
    Fishing  -  When by the sea.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Rancho Valencia from $407

    San Diego, California

    Beautiful cluster of Spanish-style bungalows in 43-acres of gardens and olive groves in Rancho Santa Fe, inland from stunning Californian beaches. The grand rooms are luxuriously furnished each with a fireplace. There is a renowned tennis coaching program, an excellent spa and countless activities.

    Active Holiday  -  Spin studio, Pilates studio, Zumba space, boxing and TRX classes, tennis coaching, yoga classes, hikes, and other activities
    Country Escape  -  The resort is spread over 43 acres of flowering trees and gardens, olive groves, tennis courts and croquet fields.
    Beach Life  -  Del Mar and Solana Beach have classic California beaches
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Carmel Valley Ranch 139 rooms from $325

    Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel Valley

    An idyllic setting packed full of adventures in 500 acres by Carmel-by-the-Sea. Rooms are contemporary, spacious with their own balcony, sitting room and modern bathroom. Restaurant uses locally sourced delicious ingredients to tempt you. Explore the apiary, vineyard, spa and pool to name but a few!

    Local markets  -  See the local fishermans catch at Carmel-by-the-Sea.
    Great walks  -  Along the ocean front or in the 500 acres of land.
    Back to Nature  -  Sitting on 500 acres of land.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Sixty Beverly Hills 107 rooms from $330

    Los Angeles (California)

    A sleek, smart and sophisticated hotel in prime location. An outpost of decadence and 60s cool in the heart of Los Angeles. Modern rooms are comfortable with great views of the city. Stunning rooftop lounge and bar offer exclusive views. A lively destination.

    Foodies  -  Caulfield is equal parts industrial design and Art Deco aesthetics, serving up beautifully prepared inventive American cuisine.
    City Style  -  Top notch post code, within reach of all Bevery Hills has to offer- plus stylish interiors, chic bars and glamourous crowd.
    Views  -  Excellent views of downtown LA from the rooftop terrace.
    Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • The London 226 rooms from $330

    Los Angeles (West Hollywood)

    The London is a hot spot in West Hollywood with a rooftop pool, a plethora of dining choice and a lively bar. Rooms are generous in size with all mod-cons. Restaurants serve all meals, with a complimentary continental breakfast. Fitness centre, press junket rooms are for all to use. Great location.

    Sights nearby  -  Universal Studios, Walt Disney Centre and many other film-lover 'must see's'.
    Fishing  -  Santa Monica Pier.
    Surfing  -  Venice Beach.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines 170 rooms from $345

    San Diego (California)

    Beautifully located over looking the green of Torrey Pines Golf Course and the ocean. Wood, fabric and leather give that cosy lodge feel. Foodies enjoy A.R. Valentine Restaurant or the Grill and casual laid back bar. Between the spa and the tennis courts there is something for everyone.

    Sights nearby  -  Complimentary chauffeur driven service within a 5 mile radius. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Great walks  -  Great beach walks to be had close to the lodge.
    Local markets  -  La Jolla is 12 minutes drive away.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Andaz West Hollywood 239 rooms from $345

    Los Angeles (California)

    A modern, luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard offering rooftop pool, bar, gym, in-room spa treatments and views of LA. Stylish rooms feature striking artworks and some have floor to ceiling windows to maximise the views. Riot House, serves Californian Cuisine. A superb hotel in a fantastic location.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Hollywood sign or for Family Fun: Universal Studios, Disneyland and Los Angeles Zoo are all gerat day trips.
    Fishing  -  Off Santa Monica Pier.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Avalon 83 rooms from $349

    Los Angeles

    Low-key 1950s-style elegance at LA's first boutique hotel. A relaxing pool with terrace inspired by Southen California's 'patio-lifestyle.' This hotel provides relaxation, fitness, and gourmet treats in droves. Modern interiors with a retro feel.

    Value chic  -  Quirky and glam 1950s-style boutique hotel in an ideal location, boasting yummy food and a reasonable price tag (for LA)!
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    City
    Gourmet
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Sunset Tower 81 rooms from $349

    Los Angeles

    Magnificently renovated iconic Art Deco Hollywood landmark. The Crown Jewel of Sunset Strip. Fantastic facilities blend glamour, luxury and wellbeing.

    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotel bar provides healthy lashings of old-school glamour with vintage cocktails and live jazz musicians.
    City Style  -  An iconic 1930's art deco hotel on Sunset Strip with stylish suites and a hip poolside bar.
    Historic  -  A Hollywood landmark since its inception in 1931.
    Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop Pool
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Bacara Resort & Spa 358 rooms from $350

    Santa Barbara (California)

    Ocean views, Spanish style white washed walls give a village feel - a stunning resort 15 minutes from Santa Barbara. European menu, Catalan specialties and live music at the bar are all fantastic. Comfort and views describe the rooms, with balconies and sitting rooms. Brilliant spa and activities.

    Kayaking  -  Kayaking and Paddle boards are both avaliable to rent.
    Great walks  -  Along the coast or through the Med-vibe town Gelato.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Casa Laguna Inn & Spa 22 rooms from $350

    Laguna Beach, California

    Intimate Laguna Beach hotel is the perfect quiet, relaxing spot for a romantic weekend break by the coast. Rooms are comfortable, with garden or sea views and private balconies. There is an outdoor pool and spa treatments for all. Great spot for seeing Los Angeles.

    Great walks  -  Crystal Cove State Park for a stroll along the beach.
    Private Hot Tub
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Mr C Beverly Hills 138 rooms from $350

    Los Angeles (California)

    A Beverley Hills contemporary boutique hotel decorated with imagery of bygone stars in a Venetian style. Chic rooms are modern and spacious with noteworthy comfortable beds. Restaurant with Mr. C is renowned for its European dishes and Sunday brunches. All guests have access to a pool, spa and gym.

    Great walks  -  Hollywood Walk of Fame for some star spotting.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Redbury 57 rooms from $359

    Los Angeles (Hollywood)

    Family friendly, The Redbury offers luxurious studio style suites and with views of some of LA's most iconic sites and buildings, the Hollywood Sign, Capitol Records Building and Griffith Observatory. Strong designs and colours. In-flat spa, in-flat pilates/yoga, in-flat dining/chef and car service

    Parking  -  Chauffered car available in a three mile radius
    Room service  -  In-flat dinning from Katsyu and executive chef
    Spa  -  In-flat massage, yoga and pilates
    Town
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  • Bernardus Lodge and Spa 57 rooms from $375

    Carmel Valley

    Resting in its own vineyards and forestland, this retreat is perfect for wine enthusiasts and for superb spa treatments. Rooms have fireplaces, noteworthy linens and generously large bathtubs. The restaurant caters to all dietary needs and the outdoor dining offers spectacular views. Great hideaway.

    Cycling  -  Rent a bike and explore picturesque Carmel-by-the-sea on two wheels.
    Sit-out Terrace
    Sights nearby  -  15km away is Carmel Mission Basilica and Museum.
    Back to Nature  -  Amongst the oaks and pines of Carmel Valley.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Huntley 204 rooms from $400

    Santa Monica (California)

    The ocean views and top location matched by the lively atmosphere make this a great hotel. Rooms with all mod-cons, marble bathrooms and spa baths. Restaurant offers contemporary Californian dishes and unique crafted cocktails in the skies. Venice beach has water sports, the pier for fishing and LA.

    Sights nearby  -  Santa Monica Museum of Art is worth a visit.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Cavallo Point Lodge 142 rooms from $400

    Sausalito (California)

    Formerly the residence of the U.S Army Officers, spacious contemporary rooms have views of the green hillside or San Francisco's skyline. Spa and pool for total relaxation and the Murry Circle restaurant offers a taster menu for those who want to try it all. Loads of activities and a great location.

    Cooking classes  -  Ask at reception and get into the kitchen with cooking classes for all.
    Kayaking  -  Guided kayak tours under the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Landmark  -  Golden Gate Bridge is a stones throw away.
    Sights nearby  -  Tours to Fort Baker are a must.
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  • Bardessono Hotel and Spa 62 rooms from $512

    Yountville

    A hotel that proves you can have luxury as well as an eco-friendly ethos. Geothermal systems heat the rooms and spa, whilst solar panels provide almost all of the hotel’s energy. Spacious bathrooms are designed as private spas and the restaurant favours organic ingredients and weekly wine tasting.

    Wine tasting  -  Walking distance to a number of estates, vineyards and wineries. Complimentary wine tasting in hotel.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Suites have spa baths in bathrooms
    Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop outdoor pool
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Inn at Furnace Creek 66 rooms from $409

    California

    Situated in a lush oasis, surrounded by the expansive Death Valley National park. Rooms are traditional in style & feature spectacular views of the park and the Panamint Mountains. There are facilities galore for all: tennis, hiking, swimming, photography, walking, stargazing and shopping.

    Back to Nature  -  Set amid the dramatic backdrop of Death Valley
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Outstanding location
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Shade Hotel 38 rooms from $419

    Los Angeles (Manhattan Beach)

    A sophisticated hip hotel with modern, cutting-edge monochrome designs. A lively coastal oasis just off Manhattan Beach. Somewhere to chill out and unwind after a day of watersports.

    Beach Life  -  Once a sleepy surfing town, Manhattan Beach has revamped and upscaled- but managed to maintain that quintessential vibe.
    Designer  -  Interiors by celebrity decorator Christopher Lowel.
    Surfing  -  Manhattan Beach originated as a surfing town, head down and check out the wicked waves!
    Seaside  -  Three blocks from Manhattan Beach.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hollywood Roosevelt 305 rooms from $423

    Los Angeles

    Beautifully restored Spanish colonial-style hotel in the heart of Hollywood. Impeccable facilities ooze glamour. Its bars and restaurants, including an award-winning burger joint, are nightlife hotspots. A lively destination.

    Lively  -  Two hip restaurants and no less than five bars, ranging from happening poolside to classic library lounge.
    City Style  -  On Hollywood Boulevard, with old school credentials, contemporary design and undenial able swag.
    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotel boasts a game parlor with two vintage bowling lanes and a celebrity-haunt nightclub.
    Sights nearby  -  Right across the road from the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Tablet
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  • Palace hotel 552 rooms from $425

    San Francisco

    A lavish hotel with classically designed architecture. An elitist, rich and stylish look. Gorgeous and smart guest-rooms feature 11-foot high ceilings, marble bathrooms, opulent bedding. Glass domed indoor pool, various dining options and bars. Ideal for spending your city break in true 5* luxury.

    Local exploring  -  1 block from the Financial District, 3 blocks from Union Sq, & 4 blocks from Moscone Center
    5* Luxury  -  Original architecture, luxurious bedding, expansive headboards, marble bathrooms & many opulent amenities
    Sights nearby  -  Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King memorial, Chinatown...
    Swimming Pool  -  Large and lavish indoor heated swimming pool
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  • Chateau Marmont 63 rooms from $450

    Los Angeles

    This Loire château replica is a regular haunt of the glitterati. Expect to dine on gourmet cuisine and relax by fantastic swimming pools next to A-list celebs. An iconic American hotel.

    City Style  -  Without doubt LA's most stylish hotel, chic suites, private bungalows, beautiful gardens, and a certain unexplainable glamour.
    Writing a novel  -  Throughtout the hotel's history it has been a hub for the Bohemian creative set.
    Historic  -  An iconic hotel in Hollywood, expect to dine with A-listers.
    Restaurant  -  Fine dining and gourmet cuisine by renowned chefs.
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  • L'Auberge 20 rooms from $485

    Carmel (California)

    L'Auberge is a charming luxury hotel in close proximity to Carmel Beach, multiple dining options and walking opportunities. Rooms are luxurious with all mod-cons. The Aubergine restaurant is award-winning and the in-room spa treatments are a must-try. Great spot to relax, or see the local area.

    Fishing  -  Take a Gourmet Picnic Basket with you from the kitchen.
    Great walks  -  Get walking to Point Lobos for spectacular views.
    Cooking classes  -  Prepare your lunch with the executive chef.
    Sights nearby  -  Variety of art galleries and museums.
  • Ventana Inn and Spa 34 rooms from $500

    Big Sur

    Adult-only boutique hideaway and spa with spectacular sunset views and Japanese hot baths set amid 243 acres. Rustic chic rooms & suites vary from offering fireplaces to hot tubs, mountain views to poolside. Fresh, locally sourced, sustainable produce is found at the restaurant. A romantic getaway.

    Spa  -  With Japanese baths and a plethora of treatments to choose from
    Views  -  Stunning views over Big Sur's Pacific coastline
    Seaside  -  Beautiful setting and easy access to the ocean.
    Great walks  -  Get involved in the morning hikes.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Viceroy Santa Monica 170 rooms from $544

    Santa Monica

    A glossy beach boutique hotel with a colonial atmosphere and cutting edge designs. Chic white furniture and beautiful sea views. Luxury pool area with private cabana lounging. Smart cocktail bar and elegant lounge. A lively destination near the beach - the hotel bar is a hotspot.

    City Style  -  The chic choice- champagne upon arrival, in room spa services, avant guarde interiors, hip bar and penthouse suites.
    Chic  -  Trendy-chic with cutting edge designs.
    Swimming Pool  -  Luxury Outdoor Pool
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Shutters on the Beach 186 rooms from $568

    Santa Monica (California)

    A stylish beachfront property providing the ultimate low key luxury stay in Santa Monica. With three gourmet restaurants, a spa, fitness centre, pool and private beach there is no end to the ways you can relax and unwind. Rooms are classic California cool design with nautical colours and balconies.

    Great walks  -  Grab a gelato and take a stroll down the popular Third Street Promenade.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Hotel Bel-Air 103 rooms from $645

    Los Angeles (California)

    Heart of Bel-Air in 18 acres of garden lies this 1946 Mediterranean inspired villa known for its famous clientele, spa facilities and European fusion restaurant. Rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable. Guests have access to an outdoor pool, gym and Turkish bath. A prime and beautiful location.

    Pet friendly
    Hideaway  -  On 18 acres of land in the heart of Bel Air district of LA.
    Great walks  -  Hollywood Walk of Fame for some star spotting.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Four Seasons The Biltmore 207 rooms from $645

    Santa Barbara (California)

    The 20 acres of lush garden on the oceanfront give a Mediterranean feel and beautiful Pacific views. The spacious are Spanish-esqe, with fabulous views of garden, sea or pool. Bella Vista offers organic Italian food or seafood at Tydes, with cocktails at Ty Lounge. Loads to do and a brilliant spa.

    Sailing  -  Santa Barbara Harbour and Waterfront has a lot of sailing opportunities.
    Great walks  -  Along Butterfly Beach, or even East Beach just a bit up the coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Stearns Wharf nearby for art galleries, restaurants and bars.
    Fishing  -  Readily avaliable at the local harbour or ask at reception.
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  • San Ysidro Ranch 41 rooms from $695

    Santa Barbara (California)

    This romantic ranch sits in 500 acres with Pacific Ocean views, a pool and private hot tubs. Cottages and suites are luxurious, intimate and with outdoor rain showers. The Stonehouse uses locally sourced produce. Family and pets are welcome to this adventure haven.

    Great walks  -  Explore the grounds.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Post Ranch Inn 39 rooms from $825

    Big Sur

    1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean stands, a romantic getaway with modern, spacious rooms. Mind blowing views and hot tubs come as standard with access to 3 infinity pools, 2 spas, a gym and an award-winning restaurant. Big Sur is a great base for trekking and photography. The perfect intimate spot!

    Views  -  Over the Pacific Ocean.
    Great walks  -  Point Lobos State Reserve and others treks are trails loved treks.
    Surfing  -  Pfeiffer Beach is only one mile away.
    Private Hot Tub  -  In every room.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
  • Solage Calistoga 89 rooms from $850

    Calistoga (California)

    This 'Adult playground' is in the heart of Napa Valley with pool, spa and bicycles to explore. Rooms are modern with Italian linens and stone showers. Spa offers a wide array of treatments with sauna and hot tub. Solbar offers meals and cocktails using garden produce. Great relax spot!

    Great walks  -  A range of walking, jogging and biking trails.
    Sights nearby  -  Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.
    Full of character
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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  • Montage Beverly Hills 203 rooms from $885

    Los Angeles

    A sublime urban retreat in an unbeatable location just steps from Rodeo Drive. Effortless elegance and timeless glamour come together in this luxury hotel. There are a number of excellent dining options, a lively bar, pampering spa and a rooftop pool. The epitome of Beverly Hills chic.

    City Style  -  An elegant hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills representing the Golden Age of Hollywood elegance, with a modern flourish.
    Total relaxation  -  A chic choice with plush 500-thread count Filli d'Oro sheets, extensive spa treatments, rooftop pool and lovely gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Take advantage of your central location and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a must for any visit to the city.
    Great walks  -  If you feel like a breath of fresh air there are stunning hiking trials above the city.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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With a population of nearly 40 million people and an astonishing variety of landscapes, climates and urban areas - from one-horse desert towns to endless urban and suburban sprawl - the State of California contains more variety and more riches than many entire nations, let alone other American states. The Golden State does nothing by halves. The fun part of finding the best places to stay in California is learning to appreciate the sheer variety on offer. When it comes to places to stay, California has it all: some of the world’s greatest and grandest hotels, to some of the wackiest and most off-beat.

Long-established as America’s dream factory, California is perhaps most associated with perpetual sunshine, beaches and beautiful bodies. If that’s your thing, then there is a wealth of ocean-view hotels to choose around Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Barbara, LA’s Venice Beach, Laguna Beach, San Diego and Santa Monica.

But the surfers’ paradise, as projected by Hollywood, is just one of the identities embraced by the third largest state in the union. California is no less of a magnet for nature lovers, climbers, wine lovers, movie fans, and history buffs. The famous “California state of mind” is about embracing all of the many faces of the Californian experience from vast desert wastes to primeval forests teeming with wildlife, pristine lakeland, to the residual heritage of the 17th Century Spanish missionaries and the wild west of the 19th Century Gold Rush, to today’s gritty urban culture of rap and hiphop. California truly has it all.

So whether you are there to climb in the Sierra Nevada, whose Mount Whitney is the US’s highest peak outside Alaska, or to explore the monumental Yosemite National Park or Disneyland at Anaheim, or gasp at the giant California Redwood trees of Sequoia National Park, enter San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge or shop till you drop in Beverly Hill’s celebrated Rodeo Drive, Hotel Guru knows that the best places to stay in California are diverse and dynamic, and imbued with the pulsating energy of this giant theme park of the American Dream. To paraphrase the song, welcome to Hotel Guru’s California… you can check in any time you like.

Best places to stay in California

For beach boys and girls

  • Shutters on the Beach, Los Angeles, with its tagline “Where nothing stands between you and the sand” is a supremely stylish beachfront property combining laid-back beach style with five star amenities: three gourmet restaurants, a spa, fitness centre, pool and private beach. Rooms are classic California cool design with nautical colours and balconies. A short drive from Beverly Hills and Hollywood, it’s a favourite retreat of the stars, as well as offering close proximity designer shops and its own vibrant nightlife.
  • Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Santa Monica is a bright and lively luxury boutique hotel by Santa Monica Beach with wonderful Pacific views. Rooms in classic modern American style create a sense of Mad Men-era sunny optimism, full of thoughtful touches and comfortable features in large contemporary rooms. With a heated pool and only seconds from the beach, it's perfect for both relaxing and romantic outings.
  • L'Auberge, Carmel is a “European style” luxury hotel a stone’s throw from Carmel Beach in the smallish central Californian town of Carmel-by-the-sea, between Monterey and Big Sur. Well-known for its award-winning Aubergine restaurant, L’Auburge offers a great range of dining options, and provides an excellent base for coastal, clifftop walks. The in-room spa treatments come highly recommended

For Wine Lovers

  • Carneros Inn, Napa Valley. Rustic chic just under an hour from downtown San Francisco, the Carneros is a foodies’ and wine-lovers’ heaven, famous for its Farm at Carneros fine dining restaurant. It’s not for the budget traveller, but those treating themselves have the chance to sit on their stone-paved private terrace and admire the rolling vinyards in total comfort.
  • Miliken Creek Inn is an adults-only retreat in the heart of wine country. Come here for a grown up break, with fabulous spa-treatments and wine tasting galore.

For City Slickers

  • Andaz, San Diego. Located in the heart of San Diego’s famously lively and cultural Gaslamp Quarter, the Andaz is pitched at adventurous spirits and stylish urban explorers. Just minutes from local attractions such as the world famous San Diego Zoo, its also ideally placed for the bars, clubs and shops. If you want to go further than the hotel’s highly recommended RoofTop600 lounge, the staff pride themselves in guiding guests to the best “locals only” spots.
  • Line Hotel, Los Angeles. Uncompromisingly stylish and minimalist designer hotel in the heart of LA’s Koreatown, the Line stands out from the normal run of boutique offerings. For urban fun-seekers, it is ideally placed for one of this metropolis’s most exciting districts, which claims to be the “only genuinely 24-hour district” in the city, where the nightlife is as hot as the kimchi – the chilli-infused staple dish of the Korean-American community.

For the Great Outdoors

  • The Ridge, Lake Tahoe. High in the Sierra Nevada, above the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, the Ridge offers year-round activities from skiing and other winter sports to to boating, paddle-boarding and kayaking, hiking. Or you could just admire the spectacular views. The perfect Californian getaway location.
  • Treebones Resort, Big Sur. Where better to enjoy the wide open vistas of this Californian wilderness than at Treebones, one of the pioneers of the “glamping” movement, that allows you to get close to nature without actually being uncomfortable. This family-run resort has been a local phenomenon since it opened in 2004, the owners seeing themselves as continuing the environmentally-in tune spirit of Big Sur’s original native American residents.

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