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Sun-drenched beaches, breath-taking natural vistas on a grand scale and bustling city life, California has everything. 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. 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
- 18 of the Best Californian Resorts and Hotels by the Beach
- 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
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 primaeval forests teeming with wildlife. From pristine lake land to the residual heritage of the 17th Century Spanish missionaries, from the wild west of the 19th Century Gold Rush to today’s vibrant urban culture.
So whether you want 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 on Beverly Hill’s celebrated Rodeo Drive, The 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.
Where to Stay - which town/region?
- 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 microclimates.
- San Diego famously has SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, but it also has excellent beaches, a rich cultural life, lively nightlife - probably due to the numerous universities - a great Old Town and some fantastic museums.
- 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. Newport is elegant too, more port than a beach town, but the views are big and inspiring, and the vibe is polished and relaxed. And Santa Catalina Island is just offshore and perfect for a short escape with lots of watersport activity.
- 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 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.
- In winter California is also beloved by skiers. Consider Lake Tahoe, Heavenly and the Squaw Valley.
- Then there’s Silicon Valley and San Jose… And notice that we hadn’t yet mentioned the cities…
California is a large state with many different things to see and do. Use our guide to the best places to stay in California and start to plan your West Coast adventure!
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 trolley-car 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 it's 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 to 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 are full of thoughtful touches and comfortable features. 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 Carnero's 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.
- 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 a 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 sights 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 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, 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.
For an Apartment or Villa
- If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner booking.com.
- 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 strongly advise if you plan to explore the state properly - 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 or Napa.
- Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in California
Avalon Hotel Palm Springs Palm Springs 67 rooms from £80Local 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
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. See More
Hotel Charlotte Groveland, California 10 rooms from £78Fishing - Bring your fishing gear and head to the Tuolumne River.Great walks - Walks around Pine Mountain Lake are stunning.Views - Don't forget your camera!Full of character
This historical B&B offers brilliant service, location at the gateway to Yosemite perfect for nature ramblings and family activities. Comfortable and cozy rooms come with a complimentary breakfast. Fork & Love serve a mix of classic and French cuisine with local produce. Sun, snow, hiking, climbing. See More
Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs 179 rooms from £85Local 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
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. See More
Les Artistes Inn San Diego (California) 12 rooms from £86Great walks - Life by the ocean is a vibrant one, so be sure to stroll the beaches.OpulentBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Full of character
Charming boutique in the heart of Del Mar offers a European style courtyard with ornate fireplace and seating. Rooms have balconies and are named and styled after famous artists. Almost everything is walking distance; the beach, restaurants & shops. A popular place to base your stay, prime location! See More
The Domain Hotel San Jose (California) 136 rooms from £86Local 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
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. See More
Alcazar Palm Springs Palm Springs (California) 34 rooms from £94Hideaway - Quiet spot in the Palm Spring's neighbourhood.Views - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
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. See More
Basecamp Hotel Heavenly (South Lake Tahoe) 74 rooms from £95Fishing - The hotel will happily advise you about the best fishing on the many local lakes.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterOutstanding location
Mission Ranch Carmel (California) 31 rooms from £98Birdwatching - Carmel River State Beach is home to scuba diving but more famous for the scenic bird sancutury.Sights nearby - 18th Century Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo.Great walks - Beautiful gardens and land to roam.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
This working 22-acre ranch overlooks Point Lobos and the Pacific Ocean. The large, classic rooms have fireplaces, private balconies and bathrooms. American cuisine is on the menu and the Piano Bar is popular with guests and locals alike. Tennis courts and sheep on site. Beaches a stone's throw away See More
Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs 57 rooms from £101Parking - 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
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. See More
Hotel Zetta San Francisco (Union Square) 116 rooms from £130Total 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
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. See More
Packard House Mendocino (California) 4 rooms from £101Kayaking - 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 £130City 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
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. See More
Sacred Rock Resort Mendocino 6 rooms from £108Back to Nature - Boasting an outstanding location situated on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.Views - With unfettered views over the Pacific Ocean the location here is simply stunningGreat walks - Go for long walks along the beaches and through the forest.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
A charming family-run property consisting of 6 individually styled lodges overlooking the Pacific. Rooms feature antique furniture, warm fabrics and large terraces to take in the view. A homely pub serves hearty cuisine; the perfect spot to unwind after a day in the outdoors. Very quaint. See More
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Riverside 211 rooms from £108Spa - 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.
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. See More
Glendeven Inn Mendocino 10 rooms from £139Great walks - The estate is surrounded on three sides by Van Damme State Park with miles of beautiful walks.Sights nearby - Close to all of Mendocino's best restaurants, shops and galleries.Restrictions on children - Children cannot be accomodated at this hotel.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
A boutique Inn and Spa located two miles from Mendocino and surrounded on three sides by Van Damme State Park. Rooms are light and comfortable with elegant furnishings, and spectacular views. The on-site spa is second to none, and even provides rooms for couples. The ultimate romantic getaway! See More
The Parsonage B&B San Francisco 5 rooms from £140Local 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
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. See More
The Charlie Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 13 rooms from £140Local 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
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. See More
Pelican Inn & Suites Cambria, California 48 rooms from £114Fishing - Ask at the hotel about the multitude of fishing opportunities along this beautiful coast.Great walks - Tour the historic lighthouse on the rugged windswept coast just north of Hearst Castle.Sights nearby - The iconic Hearst CastleSwimming Pool - Outdoor.
The Heritage House Resort Mendocino (5200 N Hwy 1) 47 rooms from £147Sights nearby - Head over and see the Taoist Temple of Kwan Tai, a California Historical LandmarkGreat walks - Enjoy a walk through the Coast Botanical GardensSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
The Heritage House Resort boasts a spectacular clifftop location, perched above a private beach area on Mendocino's coast. Smart and spacious accommodation with fantastic views. Lovely meals served at the restaurant, whilst the 5200 lounge is the perfect place to relax with a tipple. A top spot. See More
Monte Verde Inn Carmel 17 rooms from £116QuietFishing - An ideal deep-sea fishing spot- there are several fishing tours in the Monterey area that provide charters.Sailing - Sailing excursions leave daily for many points along the central coast.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Hotel La Rose Santa Rosa Beach 49 rooms from £116Wine 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 £150Local 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
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. See More
Gingerbread Mansion Ferndale, California 11 rooms from 155Great walks - The area is home to the Redwood National Park and more than 40 other parks, forests, wildlife reserves and recreation areas.Sights nearby - The Avenue of the Giants – a world-famous scenic drive, the most outstanding display of giant trees in California.Birdwatching - Russ Park includes 110 acres of closed-canopy forest bird sanctuary with more than 3 miles of hiking trails.Fishing - Nearby are the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers which are excellent for fishing salmon and trout.
A beautifully restored quirky 19th century mansion in Ferndale, California. Rooms feature elaborate navy and gold Victorian-inspired décor, with columns, drapes, fourposters and claw footed baths. Spoil yourself with gourmet breakfast and free afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Characterful and charming. See More
Hotel Vitale San Francisco (Embarcadero (North Waterfront)) 200 rooms from £155City 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
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. See More
Gaige House + Ryokan Glen Ellen, California 23 rooms from £159Cooking classes - Cooking and Wine Classes at Ramekins- dedicated to the home cook, from amateur to aficionado.Swimming Pool - Year round heated swimming pool.Spa - On-site spa and wellness centre.Outstanding location
A Michelin recommended hotel tucked into the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen. The 23 elegant rooms have a clean contemporary vibe with an Oriental twist! Crisp white linens, eastern antiques and modern features. Prepare to be pampered with an on-site spa, heated pool and hot tub. Heaven! See More
Skyview Los Alamos CA, California 33 rooms from £124Country Escape - Set in the bucolic landscape of Santa Barbara, the vineyard views from this hotel make it a great country escapeHideaway - With a quiet location plus a pool, bar and restaurant onsite there's little reason to leave this hotelSights nearby - Visit Sisters Antiques, an 1880 residence curated with vintage decor from multiple antique vendors and local artistsRomantic - Good for couples.
This roadside motel turned boutique hideaway is perched on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara wine country. Mid-century style is set off with rustic details in the bright guestrooms, from barn-style wooden doors to wicker bedside tables. A smart restaurant and pool complete this stylish bolt-hole. See More
Babbling Brook Inn Santa Cruz, California 13 rooms from £125Sights nearby - Natural Bridges State Beach for some shore bird spotting and seals.Fishing - Sport fishing is avaliable.Views - Great views from hotelFull of character
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. See More
The Rose Hotel Santa Monica (Venice) 11 rooms from £125Fishing - 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
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. See More
The Ridge at Tahoe Heavenly (California) 791 rooms from £125Sailing - 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.
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. See More
The Rowan Palm Springs 153 rooms from £130Romantic Break - The modern, clean lines of the hotel's suites against the dramatic natural landscape make this a great spot for a romantic breakHideaway - This desert oasis makes a great hideaway holiday destination, with several bars and restaurants onsite plus a rooftop poolFoodies - Foodies will enjoy the fresh, unpretentious food at Juniper's Table, the hotel's Mediterranean-style caféOutstanding location
This contemporary hotel offers guests a stylish oasis in Palm Springs. The natural landscape floods the cool and airy guestrooms via floor-to-ceiling windows, while the neutral palette is set off by patterned details. With a chic rooftop terrace and pool, stay here for your desert hideaway holiday. See More
Cambria Beach Lodge California 25 rooms from £170Sights nearby - Go check out the nearby Hearst Castle, the "gateway to the bohemian culture of Big Sur"Fishing - Find a quiet spot along the coast and spend an afternoon fishingGreat walks - Hike along Bluff's trail, a 2-mile walk along Moonstone BeachSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Tablet
Cambria Beach Lodge is located across the street from Moonstone Beach, Cambria. This quaint stay offers chic, beach-inspired minimalist accommodation livened up with a vibrant array of colours. Kick back on the sun terrace with a tipple and relax! Daily continental breakfasts. Great for couples! See More
Petit Ermitage Los Angeles (West Hollywood) 80 rooms from £170Local 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
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 See More
Boon Hotel & Spa California 14 rooms from £133Restrictions 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 £133Sights 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
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. See More
Maison Fleurie Yountville 13 rooms from £133Local markets - Napa Farmers Market, fresh vegetables, produce and specialty foods every Tuesday morning.Swimming Pool - Seasonal outdoor pool.Full of characterOutstanding location
This charming B&B consists of three stone and brick buildings dating back to 1873. A handy 10 minute walk from Yountville Center. Rooms feature elegant French style furnishings, exposed wood beams, rustic brick walls, sumptuous linens and large windows. Country-chic at its best. See More
Gosby House Inn Pacific Grove, California 22 rooms from £135Sailing - Adventures by the Sea offers a wide range of recreational rental activities including sailing and kayaking.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Quirky - An experience!
McCaffrey House California 8 rooms from £137Back to Nature - Explore the magnificent Sierra High Country and California's Mother Lode and visit Yosemite National Park.Fishing - Fish by the stream, on the lake shore, from a boat or even at the trout farm. Tuolumne County has it all!Full of characterOutstanding location
Hotel Boheme San Francisco (North Beach) 15 rooms from £175City 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
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. See More
Glen Oaks California, Big Sur 9 rooms from £137Secluded setting - For escaping.Great walks - Limekiln State Park has a whole host of beautiful walks.Back to Nature - Secluded cabins nestled on the edge of a redwood grove.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
MacCallum House Inn Mendocino (CA) 30 rooms from £140Foodies - The nationally acclaimed in-house restaurant offers organic cuisine with fresh, local ingredientsRomantic Break - Beautifully decorated rooms and concept of speciality baskets for all ocassionsTotal relaxation - Massages and spa services from their therapists cannot be missedWine tasting - Guided day-long tour of the regions' award-winning wines
Historic landmark in the centre of Mendocino dating back to 1882. A luxury mansion with chic, comfortable rooms that have fantastic views of the Pacific ocean. A cozy bar offers the best local wines. Outdoor pools, in-room massages and spa for your enjoyment. Gourmet breakfast included. See More
Black Bear Lodge South Lake Tahoe 216 rooms from £140Back to Nature - Set in the between Lake Tahoe and the mountains, this hotel makes a beautiful back-to-nature retreatFamilies - Families are well-catered to here, with self-catering cabins that have multiple bedroomsLocal exploring - With the lake and the mountains close by, there is lots to explore local to the hotelKayaking - Explore Lake Tahoe on a kayaking excursion, great for a family day out. Rent kayaks from the hotelRecommended by - Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC
This chic mountain retreat is located in South Lake Tahoe. The hotel offers private cabins and a lodge with rooms. The modern interiors have stone wall features and wooden beams which add an alpine feel, plus cosy fireplaces for warming up after long walks; the perfect spot for a hideaway holiday. See More
Amber House Sacramento 10 rooms from £140Sights nearby - Within a 5 minute walk from the Inn, Sutter Fort is where Sacramento once began- learn about the history of the town.Great walks - The Old Sacramento Living History Program offers tours of the city's past.Full of characterQuirky - An experience!
The Landing Resort & Spa Heavenly (California) 77 rooms from £140Views - Stunning views of South Tahoe Lake.Kayaking - Possible from Lakeside Marina.Secluded setting - For escaping.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
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! See More
Cottage Inn Tahoe City (California) 22 rooms from £140Great walks - Explore Mount Pluto. This extinct volcano erupted over 2 million years ago.Back to Nature - A log cabin in the forest next to a lake, nature is all around.Restrictions on children - No children under the age of 12.Remote - Off the beaten track.
Cozy log-cabin B&B nestled in the forest, a stones-skim away from Lake Tahoe. Large, wood furnished rooms with fireplaces, regional decor and spa tubs. The perfect back-to-nature romantic hideaway, or get the whole family into an activity frenzy with lake, mountains, rivers, valleys and more. See More
Inn at Sonoma Sonoma 27 rooms from £142Cooking classes - Cooking and Wine Classes at Ramekins Sonoma Valley's cooking school dedicated to the home cook, from amateur to aficionado.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.TraditionalDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
A casual chic inn, nestled in the famous Sonoma Valley. Decor is minimalist and sleek, with comfy beds, fire places, private balconies and seating areas. Explore the town like a local with all main attractions within walking distance, or make use of hotel bikes! Rooftop hot tub is a must! See More
Hope Springs Palm Springs (California) 10 rooms from £144Romantic BreakBack to Nature - Hot springs are all around.Restrictions on childrenSpa
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. See More
The Scarlet Huntington San Francisco (California) 135 rooms from £148Fishing - 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
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. See More
Mama Shelter, Los Angeles Los Angeles (California) 70 rooms from £148Sights 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
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. See More
Amarano Burbank Los Angeles (California) 132 rooms from £148Sights nearby - Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.Lively - Hip and happening.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
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! See More
Andaz San Diego San Diego (California) 159 rooms from £148Great 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
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. See More
Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge Tahoe City (California) 23 rooms from £152Fishing - Fishing guides, skippers and crew will help you have a fantastic day of fishing on Lake Tahoe.Views - Lake and mountain views.Romantic - Good for couples.Opulent
Views of Lake Tahoe and snowcapped mountains are reason enough; add in hospitality and a mouth watering menu and you are on to a winner. Contemporary rooms are comfortable, with fireplaces and balconies. All-American dishes centred on local produce are well deserved after a day of activities. See More
Sea View Inn Carmel 8 rooms from £152Great walks - Carmel Beach is perfect for a meditative walk and immersion in the natural beauty of the California coastline.Sights nearby - Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo and Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House.Secluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Normandie Los Angeles (California) 94 rooms from £152Sights nearby - Walking distance from the Normandie stop on the Metro Purple Line.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet
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. See More
Channel Road Inn Santa Monica 15 rooms from £152Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotelSpaGreat walks - Good for walkers.
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! See More
Hotel Figueroa Los Angeles 268 rooms from £155Foodies - The hotel's acclaimed Fig Restaurant is one of the best in town; reserve a table with your room booking to guarantee a spotLocal exploring - With an unbeatable location in downtown Los Angeles, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploringCity Style - As one of the longest-standing hotels in LA, this boutique bolt-hole is full of chic city styleGreat walks - Explore downtown LA on a long city walk, stopping in at the Grand Hope Park nearbyRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
This heritage hotel is located in downtown Los Angeles. Dating back to 1926, the Spanish colonial-style hotel has undergone a full renovation and now offers smart, cosy guestrooms featuring contemporary art and Old World accents. Home to the acclaimed Fig Restaurant, this is a chic city bolt-hole. See More
Lost Whale Inn California 8 rooms from £155Fishing - The North Coast is famous for fresh fish - albacore, tuna, halibut and salmon.Kayaking - Explore Big Lagoon State Park on a renteed kayak.Back to Nature - Explore the beaches and ancient Redwood forests.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
A charming coastal B&B, minutes from Redwood National Park. The eight well appointed rooms, each commanding spectacular views from their private balconies, follow a beach-side theme with nautical colour pairings. The seven course gourmet breakfast will set you up for the days exploring! See More
1906 Lodge San Diego (Coronado) 17 rooms from £155Great walks - Coronado Walking Tour- a leisurely guided strolls through this famous playground of Presidents and Princes.Sailing - Charter a boat from The Aolani Catamaran is San Diego's first private yacht charter company.Fishing - Go on a sport fishing trip with Action Sports.Restrictions on children - Children cannot be accommodated.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
A meticulously restored 1906 Lodge, 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 walking distance from all the sites and beaches, yet secluded enough for a romantic getaway. See More
The Inn at the Presidio San Francisco 22 rooms from £200Back 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
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. See More
Taj Campton Place San Francisco (Union Square) 111 rooms from £200City 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
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. See More
Sparrow's Lodge Palm Springs (California) 20 rooms from £156ArtworksSights nearby - 5 minutes away from Palm Springs Art Museum.Full of characterRestrictions on childrenRecommended by - Tablet
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. See More
Oceana Beach Club Hotel Santa Monica 70 rooms from £200Active 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
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. See More
Benbow Inn Garberville 55 rooms from £156Sights 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.
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. See More
Cheshire Cat Santa Barbara (California) 18 rooms from £156Sights nearby - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a great place to hear more about the area and nature.Fishing - Head to the pier and let out a line.Great walks - Along the ocean front.Full of character
Victorian B&B welcomes guests with crackling fireplaces, a flower filled garden and private terraces. Natural light floods the comfortable rooms, some have whirlpool tubs. Breakfast in bed, on the terrace or in the garden. A fantastic find in the heart of Santa Barbara. Sea or spa, be sure to visit. See More
Old Monterey Inn Carmel (California) 10 rooms from £156Great walks - Walking tours aroud the historical Monterey State Historic Park, with three museums included, happen three times a day.Sights nearby - Watch the whales from Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf.Fishing - Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf for fishing trips.Kayaking - Sea kayaking for all the family.
Boutique B&B resting in manicured gardens offering spectacular breakfast, location and romantic setting. Large classic rooms are flooded with natural light and feature fireplace, spa baths and complimentary toiletries. History and restaurants are on the cards, or relax at the spa or with a book. See More
Tenaya Lodge Fish Camp, California 244 rooms from £156Fishing - Fly fishing is a great way to spend the day with the family.Remote - Off the beaten track.Views - Great views from hotelFour poster beds - For romantics.
This luxurious activity-enthused hotel has a pool, spa and gym. Contemporary, large rooms offer modern bathrooms. California's bountiful culinary scene can be tasted in five of the in-house restaurants. Winter months offer snow based activities, while the summer sees hiking, fishing and trekking. See More
West Cliff Inn Santa Cruz, California 9 rooms from £157Surfing - Surfers hunting the biggest waves head to Steamer Lane, for beginners Cowell’s Beach is the place to go.Great walks - Take a delightful food tour of Santa Cruz and explore the wide variety of eateries.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
A chic Victorian B&B perched on a cliff across from Cowell's Beach, Santa Cruz. Breezy and comfortable rooms with plush feather mattress toppers, spa baths and gorgeous sea views. Decor is beach themed with blues, greens and whites emulating the open view from the bay windows. See More
Kimpton Everly Hotel Los Angeles 216 rooms from £158Sights nearby - The Walk of Fame is just a mile from the propertySwimming Pool - Rooftop pool
A chic hotel located in a hilly neighbourhood (near the Hollywood sign) and boasting spectacular city views. Spacious rooms are all white on white with pops of colour coming from contemporary artwork. Sip a cocktail beside the rooftop pool and dine in style at the all American restaurant. See More
The Magic Castle Hotel Los Angeles (California) 43 rooms from £159Local exploring - Located in the heart of Hollywood - walking distance from its sightsGreat walks - Take a drive up to Griffith Park and walk up to the Observatory - a stellar visitSights nearby - Walking distance from The Hollywood Walk of FameSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
A Hollywood icon, not for its hotel but for its "Magic Castle". The secret hideaway, almost impossible to access, unless you're with a magician or you stay at the hotel! The property itself is unremarkable, but is excellently located and includes a pool - gold dust in the heart of town. See More
Casa 425 Claremont, California 28 rooms from 205Sights nearby - The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Beach Terrace Inn Carlsbad, California 48 rooms from £160Fishing - Arrange a deep sea fishing trip in the nest door bay.Lively - Hip and happening.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Outstanding location
THE place to stay on the Carlsbad Bay. The sleek and understated rooms come with private balconies overlooking the spectacular beach below. Nothing has been neglected for the sake of comfort and convenience. Everything about this boutique hotel is elegant and well thought out. See More
Sands Hotel & Spa California 46 rooms from £163Spa breaks - A first rate spa offers treatments combining Western techniques with botanicals from the world-overGreat walks - Joshua Tree National Park is 45 mins' drive away; walk among desert landscapes and admire the Park’s twisted Joshua treesRestrictions on children - Adult onlyViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
This elegant boutique hotel boasts chic design with a moroccan twist by a world-renowned british designer. Sip cocktails by the poolside, relax in the spoiling spa or enjoy fusion cuisine in the trendy Pink Cabana restaurant and bar. A grown up property ideal for indulgent and rejuvenating breaks. See More
Shorebreak Hotel CA, California 157 rooms from £163Shops - The Main Street outside the hotel is buzzing with hip boutiques and surf shopsPrivate Hot Tub - The Oceanfront 2 BR Suite, Oceanview Suite King and Accessible Courtyard Suite come with large soaking tubsLocal markets - The Surf City Nights street fair and farmers market just moments away from the hotelSurfing - Surf classes and board rentals are availableRecommended by - Tablet
Chic hotel on the beach with a modern vibe. A popular in-house restaurant and bar serving fresh food and cocktails. Bike and surfboard rentals, a ping pong table and outdoor fire pits add to the relaxed atmosphere. A great spot to enjoy a sundowner drink before heading out for some fun. See More
Farmer’s Daughter Los Angeles 66 rooms from £164Foodies - 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
Carter House Inns Eureka, California from £164Great walks - Humboldt Botanical Gardens are an idyllic setting to take a leisurely afternoon stroll.Back to Nature - National forests all around.OpulentFull of character
This cozy home-away-from-home is on a leafy residential street in the Redwood region. Luxury takes form in canopy beds, whirlpool tubs and a basket of treats. Edible flowers and vegetables grown on site are used to perfection in Restaurant 301. With 3,400 wines on the menu, evenings are a delight. See More
Spindrift Inn Monterey, California 45 rooms from £165Sights nearby - If in the area you can not miss the idyllic beaches and sea lions at Point Lobos State Reserve.Great walks - Up to Point Pinos Lighthouse, which has been helping ships since 1855.Views - Ocean.Outstanding location
Monterey Bay views and prime town location complete this luxury boutique hotel's elegance and popularity. Large, naturally light rooms are complete with classic furnishing, wooden floors and fireplaces. Breakfast in bed is a real treat before heading out to explore the local history and the ocean. See More
The Line Hotel Los Angeles (California) 384 rooms from £168Great 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
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! See More
Hotel Les Mars Healdsburg (California) 16 rooms from £215Kayaking - Head to Lake Sonoma Recreational Area.Fishing - Dry Creek for fishing rainbow trout.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Heart of Sonoma Wine Country with wineries, art galleries and restaurants on the doorstep. Classically decorated rooms with fireplaces, Italian linens, marble bathrooms and breakfast. The true gateway to the world of Californian vineyards to be explored by balloon, bicycle, foot or on horseback. See More
The Upham Santa Barbara 50 rooms from £171Great walks - 5-minute drive to the beach and Stearns Wharf.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Outstanding location
Built in 1871, the Upham is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. This downtown Santa Barbara hotel comes with every modern convenience - while staying true to its historic roots. Rooms are simple, extremely comfortable and elegant. A timeless hotel, in a vibrant city. See More
H2Hotel Healdsburg (California) 36 rooms from £171Wine tasting - Situated in the heart of Northern Sonoma wine countryKayaking - The Russian RiverSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
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. See More
Holiday House Palm Springs 28 rooms from £171Total relaxation - An exceptionally cool and stylish spot, who's service is second to none, and surrounds are utterly tranquilGreat walks - Go for hikes in stark Joshua Tree National Park, around the saline Salton Sea or San Jacinto PeakSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool (all year)Restrictions on children - Over 21s onlyRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
An elegant boutique hotel set in the desert in a renovated 1950s hotel. Design is Scandi-chic with pale wood furniture set besides bold blue and white patterns. Soak up the slow pace of Palm Springs, lounge by the pool sipping cocktails and enjoy California-inspired cuisine. A chic adult-only spot. See More
Tower 23 San Diego (California) 44 rooms from £220Surfing - 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
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. See More
Berkeley City Club Berkeley 35 rooms from £172Local 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
Korakia Pensione Palm Springs 28 rooms from £173Spa - On site spa and fitness facilities.Restrictions on children - Children cannot be accomodated.Swimming Pool - Year round outdoor pool.Lively - Hip and happening.
This Moroccan & Mediterranean themed spa resort in Palm Springs is truly a unique experience! Rooms vary in features, think rustic charm, exposed beams, stone walls, whitewash with antique furnishing, Moroccan style day beds and plenty of muslin drapes. A desert fantasy land! See More
Pasea Hotel & Spa California 250 rooms from £175City Style - A contemporary beach front property pleasing surfers, night revelers and spa-goers alike.Surfing - This property takes surfing seriously even offering a 'surf butler' to arrange all your needs.Local markets - Wander around Lot 579, an artisinal market, and sample Califorinia's flavours.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
A hip contemporary beachfront property offering excellent service and an unbeatable location. Light and airy rooms are all white on white with plenty of glass and luxury bathrooms. Boasting a lively bar and superb restaurant as well as surf centre and glorious spa. Fabulous. See More
Palihotel Los Angeles (California) 32 rooms from £176City 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.
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. See More
Blue Lantern Inn Dana Point, California 29 rooms from £176Surfing - 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.
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. See More
The Carneros Inn Napa 86 rooms from £225Active 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
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. See More
Los Angeles Athletic Club Los Angeles 72 rooms from £176Great walks - Los Angeles Conservancy Walking Tours and Downtown LA Walking Tours run regularly throughout the day.Sights nearby - TCL Chinese Theatre, a cinema palace on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, is only 15 mins away.Swimming Pool - Year round indoor pool.Full of character
Newport Beach Hotel California 15 rooms from £176Birdwatching - The northern portion of Newport Bay comprises the pristine, 1,000-acre Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve.Sailing - Newport Harbor is one of the west coast’s largest recreational boat harbors, perfect for sailing, rowing and kayaking.Fishing - Chartered ocean fishing excursions allow participants to haul in sea bass, halibut, tuna and yellowtail.Surfing - With a range of beaches to choose from you won't be dissapointed.
The Gables Inn Sausalito 15 rooms from £176City Style - Set in a historic property close to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, this hotel has lots of local Sausalito styleRomantic Break - Couples love the heritage details at this hotel; book a luxury suite for a fireplace and beautiful bay viewsLocal exploring - Located close to the main Bay Area attractions, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploringSights nearby - Visit the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, one of the Bay Area's most famous landmarks
This historic inn was the first in Sausalito; having undergone a recent renovation, the hotel now offers luxury amenities in a heritage style. Unwind with plush carpet underfoot by your wood-burning fireplace before soaking in a private spa bath. Book the Bay Room for romantic views; a charming inn. See More
The Bel Air Treehouse Los Angeles (Bel Air) 4 rooms from £178Total relaxation - A stylish and tranquil base from which to explore Los AngelesHideaway - An urban oasis: a place to escape from the maddening crowdLocal markets - The Larchmont farmer's market takes place every SundaySights nearby - Take a drive to Santa Monica pier, an iconic visit
A spiritual escape in glitzy Bel Air, owner Hedda has a refreshing approach to luxury. This tranquil four suite B&B is the perfect sanctuary for weary travellers. Rooms are decorated in colourful hues with incense sticks, candles and epsom salts in the bathrooms: everything you need to unwind. See More
The Kinney Santa Monica (Venice Beach) 68 rooms from £179City Style - A hip hotel designed for the young and social.Lively - Hip and happening.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Freehand Los Angeles 226 rooms from £179Local exploring - Make the most out of Freehand's superb location to truly get to know Los AngelesCity Style - The hotel's chic and unique decor make it a standout choiceFamilies - Take advantage of the family rooms availableGreat walks - Wander around the city getting a feel for its atmopshere and take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of FameRecommended by - Tablet
Located in downtown LA, Freehand is the ideal city break. The hotel's decor features plenty of wooden influences, light hues and colourful artwork adorning the walls. Come back after a day sightseeing and relax in the outdoor pool (boasting 360-degree views) or the cocktail bar. A top-notch stay! See More
Crescent Hotel Los Angeles (California) 35 rooms from £180Great 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
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. See More
Southbridge St Helena (California) 21 rooms from £180Local markets - Gourmet markets are regualr occurances in St Helena - be sure to ask when they are on.OpulentFull of characterSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
This downtown boutique has a picturesque creeper facade, manicured gardens and relaxing water fountain. Large rooms house plush linens, fireplaces and private balconies. Pizzeria Tra Vigne serves up fresh pasta dishes and wood-oven pizzas in a classically Italian setting. So much to explore on foot! See More
Ace Hotel Downtown Downtown Los Angeles 182 rooms from £182Local 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
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 See More
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe California 80 rooms from £183Great walks - Torrey Pines, the coastal state park boasts spectacular views of the Pacific coastline, migrating birds and unspoiled beaches.Surfing - Enjoy professional surf lessons for all levels at nearby Moonlight State Beach.Views - Great views from hotelFull of character
Luxury resort in sunny Rancho Santa Fe, surrounded by 21 acres of landscaped garden. Rooms and cottages are opulent, stylish and refined. With a golf course, tennis courts, wellness spa, restaurant, fitness center and a saltwater swimming pool you really can ask for nothing more. See More
The Chateau at Lake La Quinta California 24 rooms from £183Views - 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.
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. See More
Hotel Spero San Francisco (Union Square) 236 rooms from £184Local exploring - Situated a few minute's walk to Union Square, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring in the cityFoodies - Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, the hotel's all-day restaurant and bar, is the answer to every foodie's dreamCity Style - With well-appointed suites and an unbeatable location, book this hotel for chic, San Francisco styleSights nearby - Walk to Union Square, a world-famous cultural and historical hub that dates back to 1850, now home to many luxury boutiquesRecommended by - Tablet
This luxury hotel is set steps from Union Square in San Francisco. Following a recent renovation, the hotel now offers inviting guestrooms with ambient lighting, plush textiles and stylish geometric accents. Host to local favourite Jasper's Kitchen, this hotel feels contemporary and chic. See More
Inn at Depot Hill Capitola, California 12 rooms from £187Fishing - Charter a fishing boat at Capitola Boat & Bait or The Chartle Charters.Great walks - Beautiful walks at Antonelli Brother Begonia Gardens.Kayaking - Explore the coast with Kayak Connection.Opulent
This historic Inn, a working train depot well into the 1950’s, is just 10 minutes’ walk from Capitola Beach and Wharf. Each luxurious room follows the style of a famous travel destination. Plush Italian linens, feather fourposter beds, high ceilings, roaring fires- the perfect touch of opulence. See More