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California is as American as Hollywood, sun drenched beaches, breathtaking natural vistas on a grand scale and bustling city life. It’s the largest state by population and where you’ll find the Golden Gate Bridge, Malibu, the Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park and Disneyland and SeaWorld.
Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in California range from glamorous resorts of the golden era of Hollywood, cheap and cheerful beachside B&Bs, Rodeo Drive residences, to remote vineyard hotels surrounded by lush farmland.....and everything in between.
Some of our Californian collections:
- 10 of the Best Wine hotels in the Napa Valley
- The Best Places to Stay in Los Angeles
- The Best Places to Stay in San Francisco
- The Best Places to Stay in Palm Springs
- 6 of the Best Hotels in Silicon Valley
- 4 of the Best Hotels for Yosemite National Park
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, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Laguna Beach, San Diego, Santa Monica and Los Angeles’s Venice Beach.
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: it’s hard to believe that California, the US’s third most populous state, should have areas that are described as “wilderness” - apart from the desert of course - but the famed coastal area south of Monterey fits that description. The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, with an 80-foot waterfall as its focal point, is a stunning area of coastal beauty and the drive along Bixby Bridge is a marvel. Along with the obvious choices of Yosemite National Park, the Death Valley National Park and the Sequoia National Forest.
This is also a state for wine lovers. Napa is probably the best known wine centre in the Napa Valley, then there’s foodie favourite Healdsburg, in the heart of the Sonoma. Though St Helena, which is pretty, popular and high-end, Yountville with more Michelin stars than any other American town and old fashioned Calistoga are also good places to start.
- From the music and movies to the clothes and food, Los Angeles has an energy and promise it's impossible to duplicate. Yes, in L.A. the inexpensive sits comfortably beside the expensive. Little old delis and hot dog vans beside super clubs and Michelin starred restaurants. Markets beside big brand boutiques. Museums beside cinemas - but then this IS L.A..
- San Francisco has the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, gay rights, foggy vintage beauty, lovely liberal attitudes, fabulous food, the freshest new technologies and a multitude of micro climates.
- San Diego famously has SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, but it’s also has excellent beaches, a rich cultural life, lively nightlife - probably due to the numerous universities - a great Old Town and some fantastic museums.
- Santa Barbara has great swathes of sandy beach, lush wineries and matching, mission style architecture.
The famous “California state of mind” is about embracing all of the many faces of the Californian experience from vast desert wastes - for a gentle entry to desert life stay in Palm Springs - 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
What not to Miss
- Carmel-by-the-Sea’s pretty views and sandy beach have been attracting visitors since the 1880s and it has been especially popular with artists and writers - many who’ve been inspired to feature the famous beach fog in their work. Carmel’s Mission, founded in 1771, is said to be one of the most beautiful of California’s Spanish missions.
- Santa Barbara’s Mission is also worth visiting. It’s probably the city’s main visitor attraction. The largest in California with an unusual and impressive double bell tower. Founded in 1786, this is still an active parish church and has always been in continuous use. The churchyard, with skull carvings and Chumash artwork and graves, is another interesting attraction.
- The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, with an 80-foot waterfall as its focal point, is a stunning area of coastal beauty and the drive along Bixby Bridge is a marvel.
- Even if you don’t make it to the Napa Valley or the Sonoma Valley, while in California you should really be drinking local wines.
- They’re obvious choices but SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo…
- As is the famously fun Santa Monica pier that was the very end of Route 66 and has been delivering entertainment since construction in 1908. There’s the fun fair and arcades, restaurants and bars and also the free concerts and outdoor cinema.
- And San Francisco’s cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Alcatraz.
- And of course Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, the Griffith Observatory and Universal Studios.
- Along with obvious choices Yosemite National Park, the Death Valley National Park and the Sequoia National Forest.
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.
The Best Places to Stay in California
For Los Angeles
- The Line Hotel is an uncompromisingly stylish and minimalist designer hotel in the heart of LA’s Koreatown. 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. This is where the nightlife is as hot as the kimchi.
For San Francisco
- The Taj Campton Place in Union Square is an elegant hotel known for its hyper-attentive service and Michelin starred restaurant.
- The Hotel Vitale on the waterfront is a sleek, modern 200 room hotel with stylish decor and impressive views of the bay. There’s also a beautiful rooftop terrace and an indoor/ outdoor spa. But best of all you’re right by the trolleycar linking the city centre with Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Treasure Island. This is also one of the best places to stay in San Francisco for foodies.
- The Inn at the Presidio Is a red brick hotel in the Presidio National Park, right by the Golden Gate Bridge. Formally officer’s quarters this is the only accommodation in the park and its sleek, stylish rooms offer wonderful views.
For 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.
- Tower 23 isn’t quite what it sounds - it’s not really a tower but a beautifully designed three storey building right on the seafront. The 44 rooms have floor to ceiling sea views and there are in-room spa treatments to sample and a restaurant worth trying.
For Santa Barbara
- For something truly special book the San Ysidro Ranch. Nestled in the Montecito foothills, set amid 500 acres overlooking the Pacific. It can do some serious name-dropping (with the likes of JKF and Laurence Olivier as former guests) and its easy to see why - gorgeous rooms, beautiful gardens, muslin draped four posters and gourmet cuisine.
- Canary Santa Barbara is a beachfront hotel with 97 generously sized rooms - many with stunning views - a rooftop pool and a restaurant specialising in local produce, which naturally includes a lot of seafood.
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 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 tp designer shops and its own vibrant nightlife.
- The Oceana Beach Club Hotel 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 and is 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.
For Food and Wine Lovers
- L'Auberge in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a luxurious 20-room property close to the beach. As well as offering in-room spa treatments and plenty of charm there is also an award-winning restaurant, The Aubergine, which can also make you a lovely picnic for the beach.
- Napa Valley’s Carneros Inn, offers rustic chic just under an hour from downtown San Francisco. Famous for its Farm at Carneros fine dining restaurant it’s not for the budget traveller, but ideal for those treating themselves. Relax on your stone-paved private terrace and admire the rolling vineyards 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.
- The Hotel Healdsburg is a modern boutique hotel surrounded by lovely gardens. There's a shady, wisteria clad terrace and the 55 rooms are simple and elegant. Its Dry Creek Kitchen is renowned for seasonal dishes and there's also Pizzando for fabulous wood fired pizzas.
- The Napa River Inn is right on the river and has 66 rooms with charming, old-fashioned decor as well as a Michelin rated restaurant. And you’re within a stroll of around 20 different tasting rooms.
For Ocean Views
- Mission Ranch is situated amid 22 acres and boasts views over not only the ocean, but also Point Lobos and Carmel River Beach. The property was saved by Carmel's famous mayor (Clint Eastwood) and now offers a wide range of accommodation with doubles from just $125 per night.
- Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara is a Mediterranean feeling resort with 20 acres of lush gardens and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The Mediterranean theme spills over into the beautiful, seasonal, organic Italian restaurant and there’s also a brilliant spa.
For an Historic Stay
- Carmel-by-the-Sea has long been a stopping point along the Californian coastline and the Coachman's Inn embraces the town's itinerant culture. Awash with character, the hotel boasts charming rooms, a deluxe spa facility and is located at the heart of the town.
- 1906 Lodge has been meticulously restored. Located on the historic Coronado Island, the decor is understated, elegant and modern. This boutique hotel is ideally located for exploring the vibrant Island and is within walking distance of all the sites and beaches.
- Palm Springs’ newly renovated Sparrows Lodge has been painstakingly restored to its 1950s heyday. Rooms are full of wood, exposed stone and flag stoned floors.
For the Great Outdoors
- 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, kayaking and hiking. Or you could just admire the spectacular views.
- Where better to enjoy the wide open vistas of this Californian wilderness than at Treebones Resort, one of the pioneers of the “glamping” movement. This family-run resort has been a local phenomenon since it opened in 2004. The owners see themselves as continuing the environmentally in-tune spirit of Big Sur’s original native American residents.
- Big Sur’s Ventana Inn and Spa is a fantastic place to escape to for an adults only break. There are just 34 rustic boutique rooms, complete with hot tubs, open fireplaces and mountain views. Surrounded by 243 acres of land there’s also a romantic restaurant.
- The Carneros Inn has been converted from a farm and the collection of cottages, suites and rooms are modern and stylish. There’s also a choice of restaurants, an award-winning spa, expansive gardens with three pools and a number of hot tubs. As well as wine tastings they also offer cheesemaking classes.
- The Auberge du Soleil is a luxurious boutique hotel with breathtaking views over olive groves and vines and an outstanding restaurant.
- The Chateau de Vie is a peaceful, four bedroom chateau surrounded by lavender filled gardens. Large rooms overlook the vineyards beyond and there’s a gourmet breakfast to start the day with and a spa and pool to finish.
For the Snow
- The Ridge at Tahoe is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada overlooking Lake Tahoe. In winter it offers great access to the slopes and a ’ski paradise’, and in summer there are three tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and watersports on the lake. There are almost 800 rooms, plus a large restaurant and deli.
- Cottage Inn is a cosy B&B in a log cabin nestled into the forest, just a stones-skim from Lake Tahoe. There are 22 large, wood-furnished rooms with fireplaces and spa tubs. This is the perfect place to get back to nature.
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- Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, is California’s busiest hub, but San Francisco Airport, San Diego Airport, Oakland Airport and San Jose Airport might all be more useful, depending on where you’re starting your explorations of this state.
- If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in California - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- California is known for its sunshine, so weather-wise there’s really not a bad time to visit. April and May are particularly nice though if your aim is to see quite a bit of the state. September and October are also good months to choose if you’re looking for decent prices and shorter queues. The summer months are the most popular time to visit.
Still not sure?
- Refine your search to the best places to stay in one of California’s centres, like the best places to stay in Palm Springs for example,
- or Carmel? Napa?
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in California
Avalon Hotel Palm Springs Palm Springs 67 rooms from £80
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 sightsSpa breaks - The luxurious full-service spa, expansive gardens and 3 pools make this hotel the perfect spa break locationTotal relaxationSwimming Pool - 3 outdoor pools, including an adults-only tranquility pool, a family pool, and 2 large hot tubs surrounded by citrus treesRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs 179 rooms from £85
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 featuresSpa 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 settingRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Domain Hotel San Jose (California) 136 rooms from £86
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 TubSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Alcazar Palm Springs Palm Springs (California) 34 rooms from £94
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 hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs 57 rooms from £101
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 hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Zetta San Francisco (Union Square) 116 rooms from £130
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
Packard House Mendocino (California) 4 rooms from £101
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 hotelGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - CN Traveller
The Chamberlain West Hollywood Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 114 rooms from £130
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
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Riverside 211 rooms from £108
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 San Francisco 5 rooms from £140
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 characterRecommended by - I Escape
The Charlie Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 13 rooms from £140
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 characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Hotel La Rose Santa Rosa Beach 49 rooms from £116
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 awayLocal exploring - Visit museums, State Parks, wineries, Pacific coastline, unique shops and restaurants...Traditional - All guestrooms have marble and brass baths and feature period furnishings and dark wood decorFull of character - Old-fashioned rooms with floral patterns and large, plump beds for comfort
Galleria Park San Francisco (Financial District) 177 rooms from £150
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 sightsCity 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
Hotel Vitale San Francisco (Embarcadero (North Waterfront)) 200 rooms from £155
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 tooFoodies - 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
Babbling Brook Inn Santa Cruz, California 13 rooms from £125
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 hotelFull of character
The Rose Hotel Santa Monica (Venice) 11 rooms from £125
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
The Ridge at Tahoe Heavenly (California) 791 rooms from £125
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.
Petit Ermitage Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 80 rooms from £170
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 stunningLocal 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
Boon Hotel & Spa California 14 rooms from £133
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 propertyKayaking - Canoe or kayak the Russian RiverGreat walks - Sonoma county farm trailsBack to NatureRecommended by - I Escape
Granada Hotel & Bistro San Luis Obispo (California) 17 rooms from £133
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 characterRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Boheme San Francisco (North Beach) 15 rooms from £175
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 characterLively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - I Escape
The Landing Resort & Spa Heavenly (California) 77 rooms from £140
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
Hope Springs Palm Springs (California) 10 rooms from £144
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 BreakBack to Nature - Hot springs are all around.Restrictions on childrenSpa
The Scarlet Huntington San Francisco (California) 135 rooms from £148
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 hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Mama Shelter, Los Angeles Los Angeles (California) 70 rooms from £148
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 characterRecommended by - Tablet
Amarano Burbank Los Angeles (California) 132 rooms from £148
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/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Andaz San Diego San Diego (California) 159 rooms from £148
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 hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Normandie Los Angeles (California) 94 rooms from £152
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 characterRecommended by - Tablet
Channel Road Inn Santa Monica 15 rooms from £152
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 hotelSpaGreat walks - Good for walkers.
The Inn at the Presidio San Francisco 22 rooms from £200
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 toursCity 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 hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
Taj Campton Place San Francisco (Union Square) 111 rooms from £200
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
Sparrow's Lodge Palm Springs (California) 20 rooms from £156
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.ArtworksSights nearby - 5 minutes away from Palm Springs Art Museum.Full of characterRestrictions on childrenRecommended by - Tablet
Oceana Beach Club Hotel Santa Monica 70 rooms from £200
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 holidayBeach 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 relaxationRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Benbow Inn Garberville 55 rooms from £156
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 GiantsSecluded setting - For escaping.Back to NatureLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Farmer’s Daughter Los Angeles 66 rooms from £164
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
The Line Hotel Los Angeles (California) 384 rooms from £168
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 hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
H2Hotel Healdsburg (California) 36 rooms from £171
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 countryKayaking - The Russian RiverSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
Tower 23 San Diego (California) 44 rooms from £220
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
Berkeley City Club Berkeley 35 rooms from £172
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
Palihotel Los Angeles (California) 32 rooms from £176
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.City Style - Nightlife and sight seeing all a stones throw away.Local exploring - Right on trendy Melrose AvenueGreat 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.
Blue Lantern Inn Dana Point, California 29 rooms from £176
Breathtaking ocean views from private balconies and sun terraces. Rooms are modern with a nautical theme and loads of light. Start the day with in-room breakfast, then explore or relax at the spa. Welcome sunset with complimentary wine tastings. Don't miss the opportunity to go whale watching.Surfing - Doheny State Beach, a 62-acre park featuring a sandy beach and waves just right for surfing.Kayaking - Coastline Kayaking Adventures.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
The Carneros Inn Napa 86 rooms from £225
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 fewCountry Escape - The beautiful Napa Valley is perfect for a rural escape, and any holiday should involve a visit to a vineyard or tasting houseBack to Nature - The Di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature is a 217-acre estate housing thousands of artworks in a unique natural setting.Total relaxationRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
Crescent Hotel Los Angeles (California) 35 rooms from £180
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
Ace Hotel Downtown Downtown Los Angeles 182 rooms from £182
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 overLocal exploring - In the heart of the LA city centre, it is very well connected. 5 minutes from the Staples Centre and Fashion DistrictCity 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 expensiveSwimming Pool - A plunge pool surrounded by loungers and has fantastic views of the LA skyline- the perfect spot to relax with cocktail in handRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Chateau at Lake La Quinta California 24 rooms from £183
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 viewRestrictions on children - This is an adults only propertySwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel San Francisco (California) 372 rooms from £187
Historical landmark hotel renovated to modern luxury with art and furniture being a big feature. Rooms are bright, with great views of the San Francisco skyline. The popular Redwood Room bar is lively. Location next 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 hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Pavilion Hotel Avalon, Catalina Island 71 rooms from £187
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.FamilyFishing - 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
Hotel Yountville Yountville (California) 80 rooms from £191
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 MuseumGreat walks - Ask for a picnic and off you go.Secluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Tablet
Napa River Inn Napa 66 rooms from £194
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...Traditional - Many of the rooms are done up in Victorian styleLocal markets - Just minutes from Oxbow Public MarketRecommended by - Fodors
Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay, California 54 rooms from £195
Stunning ocean location with pool and relaxing spa treatments. The rooms are comfortable and with private sitting room, fireplace, balcony and spacious bathroom. Restaurants are walking distance and activities are many. Great spot for water sports, fishing, beautiful trekking trails and relaxing.Birdwatching - Half Moon Bay has wetland and natural preserves that create an inviting environment for more than 200 species of birds.Kayaking - Discover the world of Sea Kayaking or Stand up Paddle boarding at Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.Great walks - Stroll Historic Main Street and visit the boutiques, restaurants, bakeries and cafes.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Casa Madrona Sausalito (California) 63 rooms from £195
Stunning Victorian mansion overlooking the marina. Rooms are light, modern and boast private balconies. Poggio Trattoria dishes up daily changing Italian dishes with locally sourced produce and homegrown vegetables. Spend days unwinding in the spa; an ideal city escape.Great walks - Take long walks through the Muir Woods and along the Marin Headlands.Sailing - Spend a day sailing with the Sausalito Yacht Club.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Blackbird Inn Napa (California) 8 rooms from £195
Boutique B&B in the heart of Napa Valley's wine region offers delicious breakfast and early evening wine hour. Cosy rooms with fireplace, balcony and antique beds. Napa Valley is known for restaurants, so be sure to explore the local selection. Don't miss the stunning countryside and balloon rides.Cooking classes - The Inn is on its 7th edition of its own cook book - ask at reception to see what they do in the kitchen.Fishing - Lake Hennessey for fishing and camping.Full of characterGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles (California) 161 rooms from £195
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
Palihouse Santa Monica Santa Monica (California) 36 rooms from £195
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
Inn at Occidental Occidental (California) 16 rooms from £202
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 valleysKayaking - 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
Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara 92 rooms from £270
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 viewsLocal exploring - Only 5 minutes' drive from central Santa Barbara, with the Mission, Botanical Gardens and Municipal Golf Course all featuringBeach Life - The hotel has a free shuttle service and electric bikes to reach the Pacific beaches of Santa BarbaraSpa breaksSwimming Pool - The hotel has a heated outdoor saltwater infinity-pool with spectacular views of the Pacific OceanRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
Sunset Tower Hotel Los Angeles (California) 81 rooms from £215
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 characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Mondrian Los Angeles (Hollywood) 237 rooms from £218
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 viewsSuites - Standards, Studios, Balcony Suite, Penthouse, wickedly luxurious and all rooms have stupdendous city viewsRestaurant - Ocean to table cuisine, try the seared diver scallops, fish ceviche or fried sea urchinRecommended by - Tablet
Terranea Los Angeles (California) 582 rooms from £224
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 familyLocal 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
Hotel Drisco San Francisco (Pacific Heights) 48 rooms from £232
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
Farmhouse Inn Forestville, California 18 rooms from £300
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
L'Ermitage, Los Angeles Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) 119 rooms from £300
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 CentreCity 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
Treebones Resort Big Sur 16 rooms from £234
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 Santa Barbara (California) 23 rooms from £238
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 characterSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Ojai Valley Inn Ojai 238 rooms from £241
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 poolsPrivate Hot TubSecluded setting - For escaping.Back to Nature
Hotel Healdsburg Healdsburg (California) 55 rooms from £241
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 regionLocal markets - Healdsburg Farmers MarketGreat walks - Culinary Walking ToursSpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Sunset Marquis Los Angeles (California) 152 rooms from £246
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 characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Canary Santa Barbara Santa Barbara (California) 97 rooms from £246
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 characterRecommended by - Tablet
Rancho Valencia San Diego, California from £320
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 activitiesCountry 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 beachesSpa breaksRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux
Palihouse West Hollywood Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 36 rooms from £254
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!Local exploring - Idelly situated for getting about Sunset BoulevardCity Style - Feel like an LA local with a stay at PalihouseSights nearby - 5 minute walk from Sunset Strip and the famous nightlife spots of the Hollywood stars.Lively area - In the thick of the action.
Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel Valley 139 rooms from £254
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
Sixty Beverly Hills Los Angeles (California) 107 rooms from £258
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 poolRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
The London, Los Angeles Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 226 rooms from £258
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
The Beach House Hermosa Beach, California 96 rooms from £265
Luxurious modern oceanfront hotel with sea views a short drive from LA. Light rooms with private balcony, fireplace and daily breakfast. Use the spa and gym on site, or relax in the hot tub. Location is perfect for beach life, local restaurants and bars or simply exploring the city.Satellite / Cable TVGreat walks - Redondo Beach Marina is 15 minute walk away and great for restaurants and boutique shops.Surfing - Visit the Surfer's Walk of Fame on Hermosa Beach Pier.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines San Diego (California) 170 rooms from £269
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 OceanographyGreat 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
Andaz West Hollywood Los Angeles (California) 239 rooms from £269
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.City Style - One of LA's most iconic addresses: this property has plenty of history and stories to tell!Local exploring - Located on Sunset Boulevard you are walking distance from many of LA's best sightsSights 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.Recommended by - Tablet
Avalon Los Angeles 83 rooms from £272
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.CityGourmetRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Mr & Mrs Smith
Bacara Resort & Spa Santa Barbara (California) 358 rooms from £273
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 hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa Laguna Beach, California 22 rooms from £273
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 TubSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.SpaRecommended by - Tablet
Mr C Beverly Hills Los Angeles (California) 138 rooms from £273
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 characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
The Redbury Los Angeles (Hollywood) 57 rooms from £280
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 serviceParking - Chauffered car available in a three mile radiusRoom service - In-flat dinning from Katsyu and executive chefSpa - In-flat massage, yoga and pilatesTown
Bernardus Lodge & Spa Carmel Valley 73 rooms from £293
Overlooked by the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and resting in 28 acres of lavender, vineyard and olive orchards, the property is one of the few romantic vineyard hotels that successfully caters to couples, groups of friends and families. Spacious rooms and spectacular outdoor dining. Great hideaway.Good wine list - Full range of Bernardus WinesBack to Nature - Amongst the oaks and pines of Carmel Valley.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and heated all yearGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Tablet
The Huntley Santa Monica (California) 204 rooms from £312
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 characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Cavallo Point Lodge Sausalito (California) 142 rooms from £312
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 relaxation and the Murray 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.
The Inn at Furnace Creek California 66 rooms from £319
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 ValleyViews - Great views from hotelOutstanding locationLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Shade Hotel Los Angeles (Manhattan Beach) 38 rooms from £327
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
Hollywood Roosevelt Los Angeles 305 rooms from £330
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
Palace hotel San Francisco 552 rooms from £332
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 Center5* Luxury - Original architecture, luxurious bedding, expansive headboards, marble bathrooms & many opulent amenitiesSights nearby - Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King memorial, Chinatown...Swimming Pool - Large and lavish indoor heated swimming pool
Chateau Marmont Los Angeles 63 rooms from £351
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.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
L'Auberge, Carmel Carmel (California) 20 rooms from £379
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 Big Sur 34 rooms from £390
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 fromViews - Stunning views over Big Sur's Pacific coastlineSeaside - Beautiful setting and easy access to the ocean.Great walks - Get involved in the morning hikes.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Viceroy Santa Monica Santa Monica 170 rooms from £425
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 PoolLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
Shutters on the Beach Santa Monica (California) 186 rooms from £443
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 hotelSailing - Can be booked nearby.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles (California) 103 rooms from £503
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.Foodies - The restaurant is run by Wolfgang Puck known for his European fusion dishes.Hideaway - On 18 acres of land in the heart of Bel Air district of LA.Spa breaks - The five star La Prarie spa continues to win awardsPet friendlyRecommended by - Tablet
Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara (California) 207 rooms from £503
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.
San Ysidro Ranch Santa Barbara (California) 41 rooms from £542
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 hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Auberge du Soleil St Helena (California) 50 rooms from £605
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 valleySights 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 characterRecommended by - Tablet
Post Ranch Inn Big Sur 39 rooms from £644
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 Calistoga (California) 89 rooms from £663
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 characterRemote - Off the beaten track.
Montage Beverly Hills Los Angeles 203 rooms from £691
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