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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
- 6 of the Best Hotels in Silicon Valley
- The 6 Best Hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley
- 14 of the Best Hotels near Lake Tahoe
- 13 of the Best Hotels for Yosemite National Park
- The Best Hotels for Sequoia National Park
- The Best Hotels for the Redwood National Park
- The Best Hotels for Lassen Volcanic National Park
- The Best Hotels for Point Reyes National Seashore
- The 7 Best Hotels in Orange County
- Best Hotels near Death Valley National Park
- The 6 Best Hotels with Private Pools in California
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 JFK 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 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 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 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 and open fireplaces, plus a romantic restaurant. Surrounded by 243 acres of land and boasting wonderful mountain views.
- The Carneros Inn, in the Napa Valley, 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 in St Helena is a luxurious boutique hotel with breathtaking views over olive groves and vines and an outstanding restaurant.
- Calistoga's 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 stone's-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 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.
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Best Hotels in California
Heavenly Valley Lodge Heavenly 13 rooms from £52Back to Nature - Lake Tahoe offers 300 days of sun a year, crystal clear lakes, snow-peaked mountains, vast forests and stunning natural scenerySkiing - Heavenly Valley Ski Resort shuttle picks up and drops off guests in front of the property and takes them directly to the slopesActive Holiday - Every outdoor activity imagineable is on offer; gliding, riding, skydiving, parasailing, paddle boarding, sledding & tubingValue chic - A super affordable and comfortable base from which to explore this amazing region
Intimate owner-run lodge surrounded by parkland a block from Lake Tahoe. Cosy and inviting cabin-style rooms feature fireplaces, wood and rock features; all have kitchenettes and family rooms include bunk beds. Large gardens are home to patio, deck and outdoor furniture. Great for outdoor lovers. See More
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort California from £59Groups - With a wide range of accommodation from bunk rooms to tents, this is a great option for groups of any sizeFamilies - Choose from one of the family suites and spend days enjoying some of the many activitiesBack to Nature - Near Yosemite National Park - this forest lodge is the perfect escape to natureSpa
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 sightsTotal relaxation - From the tranquil setting in verdant gardens to the excellent spa, this hotel promises guests total relaxationSpa breaks - The luxurious full-service spa, expansive gardens and 3 pools make this hotel the perfect spa break locationSwimming 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
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Downtown San Diego 184 rooms from £74Local exploring - Set in the Gaslamp district with theatres, galleries, dining, lively nightlife, and world-class shopping all on the doorstepCity Style - In the heart of downtown San Diego and featuring chic minimalist style, this hotel is perfect for a cool city breakSights nearby - Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo only a 10 minute drive from the hotelSpa - In-room spa services are avaliable on request
An urban chic boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. Rooms are modern and airy with plush European linens, huge bathrooms and spectacular vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooftop pool and bar and fun Mexican Restaurant are a real draw. A stylish stay. See More
The Rigdon House Cambria (California) 12 rooms from £77Back to Nature - A perfect base to learn about the area's abundant wildlife, explore nature reserves, visit local farms or enjoy a beach dayFamilies - The Family Suites are spacious, well-equipped and will provide parents travelling with children with a comfortable stayWine tasting - This is wine country. Visit nearby Stolo Vineyards, Harmony Cellars, Hearst Ranch Winery and Cutruzzola VineyardsSights nearby - Visit Hearst Castle and nature-lovers will really enjoy the Elephant Seal Rookery
Smart guesthouse situated in the charming coastal village of Cambria surrounded by picturesque rural landscapes. Twelve generously-sized suites are all tastefully furnished with nautical colour-schemes and wonderful bathrooms. Enjoy complimentary local wines by the cosy outdoor fire-pit. See More
Movie Colony Hotel Palm Springs (California) 16 rooms from £77Boutique - The design is definitely modern but there's a real retro feel giving it that Californian feelLocal exploring - Discover Palm Spring's design district packed with galleries, restaurants and entertainmentActive Holiday - With the Sonoran Desert on its doorstep there are plenty of outdoor pursuits on offerSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
A contemporary boutique boasting a convenient downtown Palm Springs location. The outdoor space is dominated by a large pool and snug seating areas. Inside expect chic modern rooms with vibrant colours and indulgent bathrooms. A chic little base to explore the city and surrounding desert from. See More
Calistoga Wine Way Inn Calistoga (California) 8 rooms from £77Local exploring - Visitors are spoilt for choice of what to do in the area; wine-taste, golf, hike in the Petrified Forest or take a mud bathWine tasting - The owners suggest the best local vineyards to visit based on your preferences. With over 250 in the area, this is helpfulValue chic - The lovely entry-level rooms offer a great-value option to stay in the scenic Napa ValleySights nearby - Calistoga is known as the 'Hot Springs of the West'; visit local day-spas such as Indian springs for a mud bath experience
The oldest B&B in Calistoga, this owner-run property has a chocolate-box appearance; a Cape Code facade, vine-covered porch and multi-layered gardens. 8 rooms have a romantic and quaint antique style with four-poster beds. You are walking distance to the town and a gourmet breakfast is included. See More
The Alamo Motel California 21 rooms from £78Value chic - A beautifully renovated motel offering chic luxurious style at suprisingly reasonable ratesCountry Escape - A ranch-style stay complete with barbecues, great wines, and lovely countryside to exloreGreat walks - Set out from the property and explore the many walking trails in the areaFull of character
A chic converted motel set in scenic countryside two-hours outside of Los Angeles. Airy rooms are simple and stylish with terracotta floors, free-standing baths, and crisp white linen. A feel somewhere between a modern hotel and a traditional ranch. A great choice for a rural escape. 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!Lively - Hip and happening.
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
El Primero Hotel San Diego 21 rooms from £82Local exploring - This pleasant relaxed area offers outdoor activities, marinas, theatre and attractions just 15 mins from downtown San DiegoSights nearby - Learn about the area at the Living Coast Discovery Center or enjoy a fun day out at Aquatica, SeaWorld's WaterparkGreat walks - Enjoy nearby Otay Valley Regional Park with its walking, cycling and riding trails as well as fishingSailing - Can be booked nearby.
1930s Art Deco adult-only inn located in Chula Vista. Small and family-run with friendly staff, expect compact rooms with a classic monochrome colour-scheme, wooden furniture and leather touches. Breakfast is served in the kitchen area, there's a lounge and spacious outdoor courtyard terrace. See More
Triada Palm Springs Palm Springs 56 rooms from £85Total relaxation - With the feel of a Mediterranean village, a large pool and a terrace restaurant - this is a great choice for a relaxing escapeGreat walks - Just 2km from the beginning of the Palm and Tahquitz canyon hiking trialsSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolFull of character
Based on the design of a Mediterranean village with 3 white colonial-style buildings surrounding a large pool. Airy whitewashed rooms have boldly designed headboards, tiled bathrooms and the best have balconies. The terrace restaurant serves Mexican inspired cuisine. Perfect for a relaxing escape. 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 hot tub 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 hot tub. 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 £86Whirlpool Bathtub - Book an Executive Suite or Domain Suite for a whirlpool tub in your bathroomLocal markets - San Jose Flea Market for all the trinkets you could ever want.Lively - Hip and happening.Swimming 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
Arroyo Vista Inn Los Angeles 10 rooms from £92Families - Families with children can relax knowing that the host lives on-site with her 4 children; this is a family-friendly environmentLocal exploring - Explore a lesser-visited and more down-to-earth side of LA with excellent dining and cultural sitesSights nearby - Visit Gamble House, an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture built in 1908Local markets - The local Farmer's Market has an excellent spread and is open every Thursday
Feel like a local with a stay at this quaint historic craftsman home. Tasteful rooms blend pastel colour-schemes, soft comfy fabrics and stately wooden funriture. Overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains, the outdoor veranda and porch suit balmy evenings. Hospitality only an owner-run inn can offer. See More
Alcazar Palm Springs Palm Springs (California) 34 rooms from £94Hideaway - Quiet spot in the Palm Spring's neighbourhood.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorViews - Great views from hotelRecommended 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
Hillcrest House B&B San Diego 8 rooms from £94Local exploring - A warm, inviting and homely base in a trendy area with all of San Diego's main sites nearbySights nearby - It's 10 minutes drive to beaches, Balboa Park, Sea World, Legoland, famous San Diego Zoo and the trendy Gaslamp DistrictGreat walks - Nearby Balboa Park is a historic urban park which covers over 1,200 acres. It's one of the oldest parks in the countryWhirlpool Bathtub - One room and one suite have spa baths, the suite's tub fits two people
Small owner-run B&B in the city's central Hillcrest neighbourhood. Each of the unique rooms, suites and studios are located in the main house or outhouses. Cosy with characterful decor, many have wooden floors and vintage-feel ceiling fans. Great value home-away-from-home with lots of charm. 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.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
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.Whirlpool Bathtub - Many of the rooms come with whirlpool tubsGreat walks - Beautiful gardens and land to roam.
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.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended 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
The Village at Squaw Valley Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley) 186 rooms from £101Short fly break - Reno-Tahoe International airport is an hour away - connecting with LA in just 90 minutes - ideal for a weekend breakFamilies - Apartments with up to three rooms, a nearby ski school and endless activities, this is perfect for a family breakSkiing - Set within Olympic Valley, offering miles of ski slopes with difficulty levels for all skiersGreat walks - During the spring and summer there are endless hiking trails to be explored
A charming hotel set right in the heart of the village offering near ski-in access. Accommodation options range from cosy doubles to three-bed apartments. The design is warm and traditional with fireplaces and balconies. Hot apple cider is served in the lobby and there's a Starbucks for quick bites. See More
The Pearl Hotel San Diego 23 rooms from £101Value chic - A cool 1960s-modern architectural hotel, at an affordable price in the heart of San DiegoSurfing - The hotel is within walking distance to San Diego's most famous surfing and swimming beachesSights nearby - The hotel is only a short drive from San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp QuarterSwimming Pool - Outdoor heated pool
A contemporary hotel in Point Loma nearby to downtown San Diego. Rooms are classic and comfortable with a coastal vibe, local ceramics, and walk-in rainfall showers. The restaurant serves enticing fare made with seasonal produce and delicious handcrafted cocktails. An elegant and well located stay. 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 hotelSurfing - Suitable beaches nearby.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
Rio Vista Suites Santa Cruz, CA (California) 12 rooms from £101Local exploring - This wonderful area has so much to do whatever your interest; spend days at the beach, hike, spot whales, kayak, golf or shopGreat walks - Take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz WharfAdult OnlyKayaking - Available locally.
a Boutique inn situated in a California Victorian building, close to the beach and Santa Cruz's Lorenzo river. As well as a shared living room with a fireplace, 12 suites are modern in style with leather furniture and flat-screen TVs. There is no restaurant but rooms have a microwave and fridge. See More
Winnedumah Hotel Independence, California 23 rooms from £101Local exploring - Although remote, the area has plenty to offer visitors from lavendar farms and filmscape sceneries to rich history and cultureTotal relaxation - The main feature of the property, the lounge, makes guests feel at home with a fireplace, antique piano and board gamesGroups - The two-bedroom family rooms (with Jack and Jill bathrooms) work well for families or close friends travelling togetherBack to Nature - Nature lover's will adore the vast open landscapes of mountains, lakes and rock formations - with hardly anyone around
Simple small-town hotel offering a comfortable base from which to explore the Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Built-in the 1920s, many of the furnishings are originals. Rooms have everything you need and the welcoming shared lounge is perfect for relaxing fireside evenings. See More
Mirabelle Inn Solvang 13 rooms from £105Short fly break - Just 35 miles from Santa Babara and 2 hours from Los Angeles - this makes a good option for a quick weekend wine country breakFoodies - An award-winning restaurant serves up French inspired cuisine paired with local winesAdult OnlyFull of character
A classic half-timbered Danish building set in the heart of historic Solvang. Elegant rooms are light and airy with antiques, hardwood floors, and terraces. The popular restaurant serves French inspired cuisine alongside local wines. Perfect for a weekend wine country escape. See More
LOGE Mt Shasta Mount Shasta, California 41 rooms from £105Active Holiday - Mount Shasta offers a wide range of outdoor activities all year round; spend days biking, hiking, skiing, rafting and fishingMountain biking - Everything here is designed for mountain biking enthusiasts in mind including in-room bike racks and repairsGroups - Multi-bunk rooms in the hostel offer a fun and inexpensive option for friends travelling togetherBack to Nature - Surrounded by scenic state parks, impressive mountains, forests, lakes and cascading waterfalls
Laid-back mountain lodge in Mount Shasta designed for outdoor lovers. Rooms range from spacious options in the main hotel to deluxe campsite and bunk-beds in the hostel; the latter two feature shared kitchens. A sociable cafe, outdoor BBQ, live music and fire-pit create a relaxed and friendly vibe. See More
Hotel Azure Heavenly (South Lake Tahoe) 99 rooms from £105Families - This is perfect family holiday material with a large pool and games room on site plus endless activities in the regionActive Holiday - The region is perfect for an active stay with ski resorts, nature parks for hikes, and the lake for watersportsGreat walks - This is stunning walking and hiking countryKayaking - Take a guided kayak tour on Lake Tahoe
A modern mountain retreat set by Lake Tahoe, just minutes from Heavenly Mountain Resort. Spacious rooms have a rustic chic feel with wood-panelled walls contrasting with floor-to-ceiling windows. With a games room, pool, and an efficient concierge team - this is a perfect base for an active break. 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.Full of character
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.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
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
Hotel Republic San Diego 258 rooms from £108Local exploring - Boasting a great downtown location between Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy,Sights nearby - Visit the oldest church in the city, the Chapel of the Immaculate ConceptionDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
A chic urban base offering great dining options, smart accommodation, and a roof terrace with superb city views. Rooms are simple yet stylish with white and grey tones, window seats, rain showers, and Gilchrist & Soames products. With a choice of bars and restaurants, this central stay has it all. 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
Palihotel San Francisco San Francisco 82 rooms from £109City Style - Palihotels have perfected that mix of grown-up sophistication with urban coolFoodies - Fisher Loft is a superb French restaurant and bar - worthy of a visit aloneRecommended by - Tablet
Palihotel's LA cool is a perfect San Franciscan fit. Interiors mix chic sophistication with a young trendy twist. Whitewashed exposed brick walls in the rooms are adorned with modern art, there are Smeg fridges and luxurious bathrooms too. While the French restaurant and bar is a real draw. 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
Tuck Hotel Los Angeles (Downtown) 14 rooms from £110Close to nightlife - After-hours bars, restaurants and club abound in this part of town. The rooftop bar at The Standard is famous for good reasonLocal exploring - Downtown LA is known for its archictectural landmarks, the city's Arts District, cutting-edge restaurants and hip barsSights nearby - Visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the city’s 1781 birthplace or nearby Walt Disney concert hall, designed by Frank GehryGreat walks - Wander through Chinatown and Little Tokyo. There are also guided art walks through the area
Moody night-time vibes abound in this downtown haunt. Spacious monochrome rooms with raised beds and spot lighting scream Hollywood after-party; vintage telephones and Bauhaus-style leather couches add Film Noir touches. Will suit independent travellers and those looking for a good time after dark. See More
Hotel Beverly Terrace Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) 39 rooms from £111Value chic - Amazing value considering the size of the rooms, amount of outdoor space and wonderful dining on-site in the very heart of LALocal exploring - A great base whatever you're looking for; trendy restaurants, Hollywood sightseeing, shopping, museums or galleriesSights nearby - Easily explore all of LA's famous districts from the hotel; Beverly Hills, Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive and Sunset StripGreat walks - Stretch your legs with a stroll around Greystone Mansion, a Tudor-revival house and garden in Beverly Hills
Contemporary shabby-chic 90210 boutique hotel. Housed in a mid-century building, the white and yellow colour-scheme, palm-strewn white-washed courtyard & laid-back sociable roof terrace could only be Beverley Hills. Cosy rooms have color-pops and ornate gold touches and face the courtyard or city. See More
The Victoria Inn Murphys, California 13 rooms from £112Wine tasting - There are 25+ award-winning wineries in the Murphy's area. Purchase your 'Passport Weekend' to sample a selection of local winesActive Holiday - The area offers natural outdoor pursuits in summer and winter; go white-water rafting, water-skiing, hiking, fish and skiingMinimum Stay - 2 night minimum stay on weekendsFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.
Charming owner-run inn located in central Murphys, a former mining settlement in California gold-country. Built in 'Miner’s Exchange' style, the property has spacious and indulgent guestrooms some with working fireplaces, four-poster beds, private balconies and claw-foot baths. See More
Villa Royale Palm Springs (Tahquitz River Estates) 38 rooms from £112Romantic Break - Stunning rooms in private villas invite romance in the sun at this cosy, adult only resortCity Style - A collection of stylish villas in West Palm Springs, 5 minutes from DowntownRetro/Vintage - The resort has an air of Hollywood heyday, reminiscient in its designViews - The resort offers mountain views from windows, terraces and pools
A luxury collection of free-standing villas boasting 3 swimming pools and an on-site restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean/Cali fare, perfect for couples. 5 minutes drive from Downtown, the villas are spacious and comfortable, but it is their bold, arty and vibrant design that really stands out. See More
Evergreen Lodge California 90 rooms from £112Active Holiday - Located beside Yosemite National park there are a wealth of hiking an mountain biking opportunites in the areaFamilies - With boundless space and outdoor activities, this is the perfect base for a family holidayRomantic Break - Cosy lodges, roaring fires, and complete seclusion - a great choice for outdoorsy couplesGreat walks - Hike in the Hetch Hetchy Valley, just a 10-minute drive from the hotel
Running for nearly a century, Evergreen Lodge has the outdoor escape just right. Cosy lodges have roaring fires, plenty of wood and plaid fabrics. However, the bathrooms are reassuringly modern. Outside there are activities galore from hiking trails to a saltwater pool. Back to nature perfection. See More
The Eagle Inn Santa Barbara (West Beach) 37 rooms from £113Local exploring - The inn’s proximity to both the harbour and downtown make it perfect for discovering the sights of Santa BarbaraHoneymoons - There are various romantic getaway specials for honeymoon couplesSights nearby - Visit the historic Santa Barbara Missions, the oldest Mission in CaliforniaSailing - Enjoy a coastal Cruise and sunset cruise from Santa Barbara harbour
A charming family-owned hotel set in a quiet residential area but only a moments walk from downtown, the harbour and the beach. Romantic and cosy rooms feature Spanish style decor, whirlpool spa tubs, fireplaces and balconies. Delicious homemade breakfasts are served on the patio. A convivial stay. See More
Cottage Inn by The Sea Pismo Beach 80 rooms from £113Local exploring - Only a ten-minute walk to pier and downtown- perfect for discovering the area of PismoBeach Life - Located on Pismo beach, with a private staircase leading down to the sandsGreat walks - Explore Montana de Oro State Park which has stunning trailsSurfing - There are great surfing spots nearby to the hotel
An English inspired countryside Inn situated right on Pismo Beach. Rooms are spacious and warm with fireplaces and breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific ocean. On a scorching hot day make use of the pool and beach. Well located just 10 minutes from downtown Pismo's shops and restaurants. See More
Pelican Inn & Suites Cambria 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 GardensViews - Great views from hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended 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
The Alder Inn Heavenly 24 rooms from £115Active Holiday - You are spoilt for choice for outdoor activites; there's riding, golf, lake cruises, hiking, mountain biking and wild swimmingSights nearby - Visit Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United StatesGreat walks - The summer months offer great hiking through prairies of wildflowers and pine forests with stunning lake and mountain viewsSwimming Pool - The large heated outdoor swimming pool is open between spring and fall
Family-owned and run inn located 5 mins from the lake and connected to the slopes by free shuttle. Rooms are cosy and comfortable with homely decor. A small garden offers a large pool, hot tub and outdoor seating amongst mature pine trees. Some of the area's best restaurants are walking distance. See More
Tamarack Lodge Mammoth 45 rooms from £115Active Holiday - An all year round destination for outdoor pursuits: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, golf and fishingSkiing - The property is located a mile from the Mammoth Ski Area, California's best resort for skiing and snowboardingBack to Nature - The only resort on the shore of Twin Lakes; enjoy lake views, pine forests, national parks and soaring slopesFishing - The area has excellent fly-fishing but a license is required for anyone 16 years of age and older
Rustic 1920s lodge located on Twin Lakes shore. Made up of stand-alone cabins (craftsman-style or deluxe) and rooms in the historic main lodge, classic chalet interiors include pine walls, roaring fires and cosy plaid prints. Enjoy lake-view restaurant, bar and lounge. Perfect for active families. See More
Oceanpoint Ranch Cambria 61 rooms from £116Beach Life - The incredible ocean-front location, just walking distance from the rooms, means its easy to spend your whole stay at the beachWeddings - Say your vows in front of the Pacific, enjoy a star-filled sky and lawn reception at the hotel's many idyllic wedding venuesLocal exploring - Hit the beach, go wine-tasting, explore nearby San Simeon, take scenic ocean-front hikes or enjoy local wildlifeSights nearby - Visit the vast European-style Hearst Castle, which took over 28 years to build. It's just a 10 minute drive from the propertyRecommended by - Tablet
Boutique ocean-front ranch spread over 9 acres of landscaped grounds. Modern rooms channel upmarket ranch chic with fireplaces, sea-views & a tasteful grey palette. Outdoors there is beach access, a pool, and lawn games. A laid-back relaxed vibe will appeal to romantic weekenders & families alike. 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.Views - Great views from hotel
Craftsman Inn Calistoga (California) 5 rooms from £116Wine tasting - Explore the world-famous wine region with endless vineyards on the doorstep. Try Chateau Montelena and Castello di AmorosaLocal exploring - A wonderful base for days spent exploring the vineyards, mudbaths and the town's excellent restaurants and boutiquesSights nearby - You can walk to both Golden Haven Mud Baths and Indian Springs Mud Baths for a spoiling dayLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Owner-run Calistoga B&B situated in a renovated 1912 family home. Quaint pocket windows, a covered porch and vine-laden garden make a stay feel homely. 5 elegant, spacious and contemporary rooms are named after mountains in the Napa Valley. Breakfast is included and the town has great restaurants. See More
Basecamp Hotel Tahoe City Tahoe City 24 rooms from £116Skiing - Just 15 minutes from the property is Squaw Valley which boasts 177+ ski runs plus Alpine Meadows is easily accessible tooActive Holiday - With the obvious attractions of the lake and surrounding mountains, this is a popular destination for outdoorsy typesGroups - The laidback communal feel and affordable rates make this a great option for a group active breakLively - Hip and happening.
A modern hotel with a youthful feel boasting an epic lakeside location. Rooms are simply styled with grey & white hues, minimalist furniture, and a large graphic map of the region. With indoor and outdoor communal spaces and access to ski resorts, this is perfect for a getaway with friends. See More
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
Ojai Rancho Inn Ojai 18 rooms from £117Groups - A laid back bar, BBQ grills, and a fire pit encourage communal hangs - ideal for groups of friendsShort fly break - Just an hour and a half drive outside of LA - this makes a great destination for a weekend breakWhirlpool Bathtub - Some of the King Rooms offer in room whirlpool tubs for twoGreat walks - Take the Shelf Road hike, best timed with sunset
A converted 1950s motel offering rustic-chic accommodation on the outskirts of the small town of Ojai. Rooms have a cabin feel with plenty of wood, front porches and works by local artists. A laid back bar has a casual communal feel while the swimming pool and free bikes are a real plus. See More
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
Yosemite Valley Lodge California 245 rooms from £119Back to Nature - An impressive rural setting surrounded by towering cliffs and walking distance from Yosemite FallsFamilies - Well priced family suites and plenty of activities - an ideal outdoorsy family escapeViews - The property offers extraordinary views of Yosemite FallsGreat walks - A wide range of hiking trails span out from the property
A lodge-style resort set in Yosemite Valley. A wide range of accommodation is designed in a traditional style but feels fresh and contemporary. Family rooms and bunk rooms make this a great option for families or groups. Expect numerous outdoor activities and a large pool if you'd rather just relax. 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
Ocean View Inn Montara, California 9 rooms from £122Beach Life - The beach is a 5 minute walk away. Enjoy ocean views, marine life and great surfing before falling asleep to the sounds of wavesSurfing - A great surfing location, if conditions allow there is the famous Mavericks competition between November and MarchGreat walks - It is a 15 minute walk to Point Montara Lighthouse, built in 1875, which has spectacular viewsSights nearby - San Francisco is a quick 20 minute drive away
Beach-side inn located in a small town on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Victorian property dates from 1906 and has 9 rooms and suites; all have nautical touches and large balconies from which to enjoy stunning sunsets and sea views. Enjoy memory foam mattresses and organic bathroom amenities. See More
Hotel Indigo San Diego San Diego 210 rooms from £123Business meetings - As well as spacious and modern event spaces & 24 hour business centre, the rooftop is often used for business meetings & diningPet friendly - Pets are very welcome and - very unsually - their stay is not subject to any fee. There is also a relief area and tasty treatsShort fly break - The perfect place to stay if you're flying in for a baseball game at Petco Park; some rooms look over the stadiumLocal exploring - There's lots to do in the area whether you're a sport lover, nature enthusiast or into culture and the arts
Contemporary and colourful city-centre hotel. Overlooking Petco Park baseball park in the central Gaslamp District, inviting boutique-style rooms have wooden floors, cosy mid-century furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and great views. There's a gym, 24-hour dining options and 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.Spa - On-site spa and wellness centre.Swimming Pool - Year round heated swimming pool.Views - Great views from hotel
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 artistsViews - Great views from hotel
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, CA (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
Hounds Tooth Inn California 13 rooms from £125Country Escape - Escape the busy city and retreat to the Madera County countryside amidst shaded pine forests, lakes and mountainsFamilies - Family friendly and easygoing, with a family cottage available and extra beds and cots on requestBack to Nature - A fantastic gateway to Yosemite National Park and its pristine natural vistas and trailsGreat walks - The 3 and 1/2 acre grounds offer plenty of room for quiet strolls, the surrounding countryside boasts great walking trails tooRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Charming and rustic, this little white inn set in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains is an ideal family base from which to explore Yosemite National Park. Great value for money with breakfast included. Rooms are modern (yet cosy) with sink-into beds and fireplaces. An idyllic rural stay. See More
Milliken Creek Inn Napa (California) 12 rooms from £160Romantic Break - Adults-only, with romantic spa treatments and facilities and nearby vineyards for wine-tastings- perfect for a romantic breakTotal relaxation - Unusual and luxury spa treatments on offer, beautiful gardens overlooking the Napa river, and peaceful surroundings.Great walks - Explore the garden and beyond.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
This intimate adults-only inn is on the grassy banks of Napa River and the scenic Silverado Trail. The beautiful rooms boast stylish furnishings in chocolate and cream, creating a sense of warmth and luxury. Fantastic spa treatments and a manicured riverside garden add to the idyllic setting. 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
Campbell House California 12 rooms from £126Groups - The outdoor common areas of this 12 bedroom B&B make this a great choice for groups looking for a remote getawayBack to Nature - A charming and secluded historic house set in Mojave Desert just 5-miles from Joshua Tree National ParkGreat walks - Explore the hiking and nature trails that run through Joshua National ParkSights nearby - Visit the Mojave Trails National Monuments
A historic house tucked away in Mojave Desert (just a few miles from Joshua National Park). Charming rooms have a homely feel - packed with antiques and objets d'art. Hearty homemade breakfasts are served, there's a large outdoor pool, and plenty of shady outdoor seating areas. A tranquil hideaway. See More
The Guild Hotel Downtown San Diego 162 rooms from £128Local exploring - As the hotel is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, it is perfect for discovering Little Italy and the portSights nearby - The Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego Convention Center are within a 10-minute walk awaySpa - Relax and rejuvenate with at the hotel's spa partner, AquaVieGreat walks - Petco Park is 10 minutes' walk away
A contemporary hotel situated in Downtown San Diego. Rooms are spacious, sophisticated and light with rose gold lighting, white-tiled bathrooms and luxury bath products. Sip expertly crafted cocktails and local draft beers at the Guild Bar before sampling contemporary Italian cuisine. A chic stay. See More
Buckeye Tree Lodge Three Rivers, California 22 rooms from £129Back to Nature - Escape into the wild and enjoy a landscape of granite boulders, giant trees, freshwater lakes, waterfalls & snowcapped mountainsFamilies - The large Glacier cabin sleeps up to eight people making it a perfect family getaway with balconies, patio, BBQs and river viewsActive Holiday - The location offers amazing activities year-round from rafting, climbing and snowshoeing to watersports, riding & wild swimmingWellbeing - The impressive Canopy wellness centre houses a top of the range yoga studio and offers massages, meditation and guided walks
Charming riverside eco-lodge comprised of rooms, cabins & cottages close to Sequoia National Park. Light, airy accommodation blends fresh decor with wooden touches. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, shared grills and river views. The on-site wellness studio makes it perfect for hideaway retreats. See More
White Water Cambria 25 rooms from £129Beach Life - Facing Moonstone Beach, just metres away, a quiet strip of sand offering stunning sunsets well-suited to walksTotal relaxation - Chilled vibe ideal for those looking to simply enjoy uninterrupted downtime, fresh air and killer vistasRomantic Break - Ocean View King rooms offer especially romantic outdoor soaking tubs looking over the oceanSeaviews - Sea views steal the show here. All rooms boast at least a partial ocean viewRecommended by - Tablet
Get away from it all at this idyllic ocean-facing lodge. On-trend contemporary interiors were inspired by Danish modernism; expect pale woods, muted accents and custom furnishings. Spacious rooms offer sea views, space and a zen-like vibe plus there's fab dining. Equal parts soothing and stylish. 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
Cedar Gables Inn Napa (California) 9 rooms from £130Local exploring - Feel like you're returning home after a day of wine-tasting, hiking, shopping, hot-air balooning or playing golf nearbyRomantic Break - The suites all comes with tubs designed for two; there's a whirlpool bath and even a one-of-a-kind four-poster tubWine tasting - Take a tour on the Napa Valley Wine Train or book yourself on a tour to sample some of the region's 250+ wineriesSights nearby - Old Faithful is a world-famous geyser. This natural wonder regularly shoots up thousands of gallons of boiling water
B&B situated in an 1890s Arts & Craft mansion. Step back in time with a stay in the 9 rooms and suites that feel more like staying with a friend. Wooden antique furniture, paisley throws and floral wallpapers complete the traditional feel. There is no restaurant but plenty of options in the area. See More
ARRIVE Palm Springs Palm Springs 32 rooms from £132City Style - With high-end tech, communal hangouts and chic modern design - this is a very stylish stayGreat walks - Get out the city and spend a day hiking in the desertSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolAdult Only
As the brainchild of one of the first employees of Facebook, it comes as no surprise that this hotel has some seriously high-end tech. Rooms have an industrial feel, the best have terraces with gas fires. Outside there are communal areas, poolside bar serving craft beers, and an ice-cream parlour. See More
Hidden Valley Inn Carmel Carmel Valley 25 rooms from £132Local exploring - Carmel Valley is a scenic base from which to explore Monterey Bay, Big Sur and the Californian coastLocal markets - Visit Jerome's Carmel Valley Market, a chef-run institution which sells organic local produce, including wineSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Quirky - An experience!
Family-run B&B in Carmel Valley, located on the region's famous wine-trail. Rooms, suites and studios have pool, garden or mountain views, and some have kitchenettes. Enjoy sunny afternoons at the heated pool and sun deck. Breakfast is included and the village is known for its excellent restaurants. See More
Tallman Hotel Upper Lake, California 17 rooms from £132Local exploring - Explore the wineries, local wildlife areas and the town of Upper Lake, with Tallman being the perfect basePrivate Hot Tub - The Lower Garden Rooms have traditional Japanese Ofuro soaking tubs on private patios.Kayaking - Explore County’s Rodman Slough Park by kayakSwimming Pool - The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool
A charming hotel, in the heart of Upper Lake. Country-chic rooms come with antique furnishings and marble bathrooms, and garden rooms enjoy private patios with outdoor Ofuro soaking tubs. The Blue Wing Saloon offers live music, cocktails and delicious gourmet pub fare. A scenic country getaway. See More
Phoenix Hotel San Francisco 44 rooms from £132Value chic - For San Francisco, which suffers from a lack of good mid-range options, this is an affordable and stand out stayBoutique - A little indie boutique offering a whole lot of charismaSights nearby - Take a trip to marvel at the iconic Golden Gate BridgeSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
A hip little boutique situated in the Tenderloin district, just minutes from some of the city's most famed music venues. Interiors have been completely done-up - yet still maintain their motel charm. A swimming pool takes centre stage and there's a lively bar. Popular with visiting musicians. See More
Cambria Beach Lodge Cambria 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
Coachman Hotel Heavenly 42 rooms from £133City Style - In an area dominated by classic mountain properties, the paired-back, contemporary clean aesthetic will appeal to savvy guestsGroups - The three-bedroom suite is a fab option for groups of friends travelling together looking to socialise after a day outdoorsBusiness meetings - Works as an alternative co-working space, casual off-site or relaxed meeting locationSights nearby - Guests receive complimentary access to Lakeside Park Beach with volleyball, picnic tables, kayaking and jet skiRecommended by - Tablet
Mid-century mountain motel transformed into hip boutique lodge. Easy walking distance from the lake, slopes, restaurants and sites. Enjoy design-led rooms, Apple TV, outdoor pool in summer, hot tub in winter and artisan coffee or craft beers around the fire pit. Laid-back outdoor adventure base. 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 RiverBoutique - Only 14 rooms and 3 tent cabinsGreat walks - Sonoma county farm trailsRecommended 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.Romantic - Good for couples.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
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
Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn Sonoma (California) 7 rooms from £133Local exploring - Combine Sonoma's cultural and historical sites with tasting your way around the vineyards of this scenic regionWine tasting - Sonoma is known as the birthplace of California's wine industry; there are vineyards that date from the 1880sSights nearby - Sonoma's 19th century colonial-style plaza is renowned in California. Visit Mission San Francisco Solano and Sonoma BarracksCooking classes - Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School is nearby
Owner-run B&B situated within a fully renovated 19th century farmhouse. Each room is unique but all have quaint antique beds, charming old-fashioned ceiling fans, homely colour-schemes and traditional art work; many have dual aspect. A good, comfortable base from which to explore the area. See More
Gosby House Inn Monterey 22 rooms from £135Sailing - Adventures by the Sea offers a wide range of recreational rental activities including sailing and kayaking.Views - Great views from hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Full of character
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
PlayPark Lodge Heavenly 13 rooms from £137Active Holiday - Spend days outdoors all year round with skiing, snowboarding, boating, riding, hiking, hot air ballooning and paraglidingFamilies - The well-designed family rooms come with a double bed and cosy bunk beds that will work for kids of all agesWhirlpool Bathtub - The King and Queen Suites come with spa baths and gas fireplacesLakeside - It's a 10 minute drive to Lake Tahoe
A welcoming inn with a laid-back friendly feel. Homely rooms feature cosy schemes, plush furnishings and contemporary luxe-style decor; some come with spa baths and fireplaces. The yard and spacious plot have outdoor furniture. Works equally well for couples, friends or families. See More
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
Mine+Farm Guerneville, California 9 rooms from £137Wine tasting - Sonoma Wine Country is becoming increasingly well-known for its wines. Go wine-tasting or just explore the neighbouring vineyardLocal exploring - Perfectly located within wine country, but just 20 minutes from the coast and surrounded by beautiful landscapes to exploreActive Holiday - Hike amongst towering Redwoods, canoe, kayak, fish, bike and enjoy water sports on the Russian RiverGreat walks - Go for a pleasant walk in Redwood Memorial Gardens, just a 5 minute drive from the property
Rural B&B located in a 1906 farmhouse over 2.5 acres in the Sonoma Valley countryside. 9 homely rooms are split across the main building and carriage house. The river is across the road and the gardens boast fruit trees, California oaks and a flock of chickens. Enjoy a seasonally-inspired breakfast. See More
Blue Iguana Inn Ojai (California) 19 rooms from £137Local exploring - This is a great base from which to explore Ojai's laid-back charm before spending afternoons relaxing by the inviting poolFamilies - The two bedroom suites and balconies with plenty of outdoor space will suit families or groups travelling togetherGreat walks - Take a guided herb walk to learn about the region's many medicinal plantsKayaking - Go kayaking on Lake Casitas, a local resevoir which also offers boating
Family-friendly owner-run inn located in the heart of Ojai. Decor is rustic ranch country-chic with vaulted ceilings, tile roofs and outdoor firepits. A wide range of room options spread over gardens will suit all guests. Breakfast is included and there are fantastic restaurants and markets nearby. 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.
Calistoga Motor Lodge Calistoga (California) 50 rooms from £138Spa breaks - Unique treatments such as: body scrubs with grape seeds, old-timey bath soaks, and a massage that uses a heated linen poulticeTotal relaxation - With chic clean design, three geothermal pools, and a spoiling spa - ideal for a relaxing breakSpa - Moonacre Spa specialises in unique treatments in relaxed surroundingsSwimming Pool - Three pools making use of local geothermal waterRecommended by - Tablet
A craftily converted motel offering an ultra-chic stay in Napa Valley. Modern rooms are minimalist, yet there is an undeniable retro influence. The three pools are filled with locally found geothermal water while the spa offers a unique treatment list. A hip wine country escape. See More
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 Heavenly (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
Parker Guest House San Francisco 21 rooms from £140Hideaway - A charming guesthouse with a homely feel in a trendy, yet tranquil, part of the citySights nearby - Visit nearby Mission Dolores church – where San Francisco was foundedFull of characterTraditional
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.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of character
Hotel Triton San Francisco 140 rooms from £140Local exploring - Set beside Union Square the city's best shops, the Financial District and Chinatown are all on the doorstepCity Style - Designed with Sweden's concept of hygge in mind, rooms are stylish yet homelyDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
The Landing Resort & Spa Heavenly (California) 77 rooms from £140Lakeside - Private lakeside beach, as well as the private pool.Views - Stunning views of South Tahoe Lake.Kayaking - Possible from Lakeside Marina.Secluded setting - For escaping.
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.Secluded setting - For escaping.
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
Garden Street Inn San Luis Obispo 13 rooms from £141Local exploring - A beautiful area to explore at leisure; enjoy beaches, markets, museums, historical builings, dunes and valleysRomantic Break - The claw-foot tubs and wood-burning stoves make rooms feel especially romanticSurfing - It's a 20 minute drive to Pisimo beach, a 23 mile stretch of coastline known for surfing and body-boardingSights nearby - The historic downtown is beautiful; visit the 18th century mission and traditional Spanish-style buildings
An exquisite little gem of a property in the downtown. Cosy light-filled rooms feel homely and fresh with high-ceilings, mismatched antique furniture and patterned wallpaper. There's a sweet sit-out terrace, beautiful breakfast room, fireside lounge and book-lined library. Cute and couple-friendly. 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.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Views - Great views from hotel
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
Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach 295 roomsLocal exploring - With the hotel being situated in Fashion Island and in Newport Beach, the sights and attractions of the area are very accessibleBack to Nature - Spend the day on the coastline soaking in the warm SoCal sun or launch into a day of exploration with hiking and bikingSpa - Indulge in luxurious treatments including facials, massages and wrapsSights nearby - Visit the nearby Balboa Fun Zone for a family fun day outRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
A coastal luxury hotel in the heart of Fashion Island - an iconic shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Rooms are SoCal chic with spacious marble bathrooms, some with balconies overlooking the Pacific. Indulge at the spa and dine al fresco at Oak Grill. An indulgent base in a buzzy area. See More