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ShermansTravel experts know how to pick a good hotel. Whether in the budget, moderate, or luxury price range, the hotels we recommend always meet our highly selective criteria for what amounts to an unbeatable experience. We look at location, comparing the hotel to other offerings in the area; price range, determining where the hotel falls on the scale of affordability, and whether it merits the expense; and finally, experience, that all-important benchmark covering everything from aesthetics to service. We assess every aspect of the hotel experience, from beds and views to service and that indefinable thing called vibe.

Top Hotels in California

500 West

This funky boutique property was converted from a hostel a few years back , and traces still ... more

500 W Broadway
San Diego , CA
Tags: budget | trendy | views
968 Park Spa Resort

Eco-conscious travelers can feel at home at the environmentally friendly 968 Park Spa Resort, ... more

968 Park Ave.
South Lake Tahoe , CA
Tags: spa | moderate | smart splurge | eco-friendly
Americas Best Value Laguna Inn & Suites

Although “Laguna” is in this 32-room motel’s official name,it is not located ... more

28742 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano , CA
Tags: budget
Anaheim Marriott

Yes, it’s a corporate hotel and convention site, but this one’s newly renovated with 997 rooms ... more

700 West Convention Way
Anaheim , CA
Tags: moderate | business | great value
Applewood Inn

Mediterranean-style retreat hidden among towering redwoods; rooms vary in sizeand style, from ... more

13555 Hwy. 116
Guerneville , CA
Tags: moderate | design | great value
Auberge du Soleil

These days Napa Valley has so many outstanding restaurants, inns, and spas thatit is easy to ... more

180 Rutherford Hill Rd.
Rutherford , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | jim's pick | editor pick | smart luxury winner
Ayres Hotel & Suites

Costa Mesa meets Europe in this boutique-style hotel out of the limelight butconvenient to most ... more

325 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa , CA
Tags: budget | great value | food and wine
Best Western High Sierra Hotel

This newly renovated Best Western hotel boasts an indoor pool and spa with aview, a fitness ... more

3228 Main Street
Tags: spa | family | budget
Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn

Kids 12 and under stay and eat free at this 255-room family-friendly property near Universal ... more

4222 Vineland Ave.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: family | moderate
Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows

Twelve acres of lush gardens surround the 1912 Spanish Mission-style resort, nicknamed the "Pink ... more

9641 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive | celebrity hangout | swimming pool
Beverly Wilshire

The legendary Beverly Wilshire has a long star-studded history. Since opening in 1928, it has ... more

9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles , California
Tags: luxury | spa | celebrity hangout | swimming pool
Black Bear Inn

Black Bear Inn Bed and Breakfast lies a mile from Heavenly’s Californiaski lodge. Its ... more

1202 Ski Run Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe , CA
Tags: moderate | b&b | great value
Boonville Hotel

The ten-room Boonville Hotel is owned by John Schmitt, who’s also the chef in the restaurant, a ... more

1450 Highway 128
Mendocino , CA
Tags: family | budget | great value
Brannan Cottage Inn

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this moderately pricedB&B exudes ... more

109 Wapoo Ave.
Calistoga , CA
Tags: moderate | b&b | great value
Cal-Neva Resort, Spa, and Casino

New owners took over in 2005, but the history (think public spaces filled withSinatra ... more

2 Stateline Rd.
Crystal Bay , NV
Tags: moderate | views | history | great value
Caliente Tropics Motor Lodge

This vintage ’60s motorlodge is a tiki-lover’s dream come true and a slice of ... more

411 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: budget | motel
Calistoga Ranch

Quietly tucked into the woods, this collection of bungalows feels understated and relaxed ... more

580 Lommel Rd.
Calistoga , CA
855-942-4220 or 707-531-4790
Tags: luxury | expensive
Canary Hotel

For an atmospheric getaway with easy access to the superb Santa Ynez wine valley, check into the ... more

31 West Carrillo
Santa Barbara , California
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | wine region
Casa Del Mar

The impressive seven-story building features a brick and sandstone facade,wrought-iron ... more

1910 Ocean Way
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive
Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa

A short drive from San Francisco, this waterside oasis with 63 guest accommodations, its ... more

801 Bridgeway
Sausalito , CA
Tags: luxury | trendy | views | expensive | waterfront
Cavallo Point Lodge

Part national park lodge, part high-end resort, Cavallo Point, the Lodge atGolden Gate, sits on ... more

601 Murray Circle
Fort Baker
Sausalito , CA
888-651-2003; 415-339-4700
Tags: family | moderate | historic | views | waterfront
Cedar House Sport Hotel

A cheaper and greener alternative to the big resorts is the Cedar House Sport Hotel, located in ... more

10918 Brockway Rd.
Truckee , CA
Tags: moderate | eco-friendly | local favorite | hotel restaurant
Century Inn

This is one of the newer (and best) gay, clothing-optional properties in Warm Sands, and the ... more

598 Grenfall Rd.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: moderate | gay | modern
Chamberlain West Hollywood

Fresh off a property-wide renovation (July 2010) – with a complete revampof all 114 ... more

1000 Westmount Dr.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | design | expensive | boutique hotel
Chateau Marmont

Up a narrow drive off Sunset Boulevard rises Hollywood's famous celebrity-richhotel. This ... more

8221 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | jim's pick | editor pick
Clift Hotel

This larger-than-life property beckons trendsetters, fashionistas, andcelebrities galore with ... more

495 Geary St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: luxury | design | trendy | expensive | jim's pick
Colony Palms

The newest star of the Palm Springs “it” set is a former brothelturned ... more

572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive | swimming pool | jim's pick
Days Inn & Suites Sea World/Airport

About half of the 159 rooms here are actually two-room suites, which means that a family of four ... more

3350 Rosecrans St
San Diego , California
Tags: budget
Del Marcos

Designed in 1947 by celebrated mid-century architect William F. Cody, the 17 mod rooms (4 pet ... more

225 West Baristo Rd.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: moderate | historic
Desert Riviera

Run by Oregon natives Larry and Patty Stearns, this renovated 1951 budget gem is a surefire ... more

610 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: moderate
Disney's Grand Californian

With its gorgeous A-frame lobby and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced accents, this massive hotel is ... more

1600 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | editor pick
Doryman's Oceanfront Inn

Right on the oceanfront and across from colorful Newport Harbor, this intimate 11-room inn draws ... more

2102 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach , CA
Tags: beach | romance | moderate | fireplace | food and wine
Doubletree Hotel Anaheim

It’s about ten minutes away from Disneyland, but for big families, this all-suite ... more

100 the City Dr
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | moderate
El Bonita Motel

Simple but comfortable rooms, moderate rates, and a central location make thisplace popular. ... more

195 Main St.
St. Helena , CA
Tags: family | budget | great location
El Dorado Hotel

Sleek, contemporary design in a renovated building perfectly melds old and new Sonoma. Each room ... more

405 First St. West
Sonoma , CA
Tags: moderate | trendy | views
Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites has all the amenities of a full-service hotel but with low ratesand no casino (as ... more

4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe , CA
530-544-5400 or 877-497-8483
Tags: family | moderate | all-suite | great value | great location
Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort

Right across the street from Disneyland’s main gate, you’d expect this location of ... more

1460 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | budget | great value | great location
Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

The Fairmont, with its ornate furnishings and dramatic staircases, celebratedits 100-year ... more

950 Mason St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | historic | jim's pick
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Bubbling hot springs and leafy vineyards surround the Fairmont Sonoma MissionInn & Spa, a ... more

100 Boyes Blvd.
Sonoma , CA
Tags: luxury | spa | golf | expensive | jim's pick
Farmer's Daughter

Expect a farmhouse vibe and country hospitality at this revamped motel located right across from ... more

115 S. Farifax Ave.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: family | budget | trendy
Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant

Owned by a brother and sister who are the fifth generation to run their nearby Bartolomei Ranch, ... more

In the Russian River Valley near Healdsburg
7871 River Road
Forestville , CA
Tags: romance | moderate | design | great value | editor pick | smart luxury winner
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Modeled after the original Las Vegas Flamingo, this 170-room resort stillclaims much of the ... more

2777 Fourth St.
Santa Rosa , CA
800-848-8300; 707-545-8530
Tags: budget | great value | swimming pool
Four Seasons San Francisco

Not only are the rooms top notch – panoramic views of the city, with 277 rooms and suites (the ... more

757 Market St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: luxury | views | expensive
Glenelly Inn and Cottages

Comfortable rooms/cottages feature verandas and patios as well as private baths with tubs and ... more

5131 Warm Springs Rd.
Glen Ellen , CA
Tags: moderate | b&b
Golden Gate Hotel

This family-run inn occupies an original 1913 four-story building with lots ofappeal. ... more

775 Bush St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: family | budget | b&b | historic
Good Hotel

"Great" is a much better name for the Good Hotel, a perky little "hotel with a ... more

112 7th St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: budget | trendy | great value | eco-friendly | great location
Grand Del Mar

The lush coastal canyon preserve near Del Mar is home to the Grand Del Mar hotel. Architect ... more

5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego , CA
Tags: luxury | golf | swimming pool
Hacienda Hotel

With Spanish-style rooms sprawling up a tree-filled hillside, it’s hard to believe this ... more

4041 Harney St.
San Diego , CA
Tags: family | moderate | extended stay
Hard Rock Hotel

This luxe hotel, located across from the convention center, lets music diehards live the dream ... more

207 5th Ave
San Diego , California
Tags: spa | moderate | trendy | great value
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s 512 rooms spread throughout 18 floors boast expansive lake views, two bathrooms ... more

15 Highway 50
Stateline , NV
Tags: spa | budget | casino | all-suite | views
Harvest Inn

Earning its AAA “Four Diamond” rating, everything in this 74-room(including suites ... more

1 Main St.
St. Helena , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive | gardens | inn
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort

Centrally located in Huntington Beach, resort visitors can immerse themselvesin “Surf City ... more

21100 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach , CA
Tags: sports and adventure | beach | family | moderate | biking | trendy | tennis | swimming pool | food and wine
Holiday Inn Costa Mesa

A familiar name to most travelers, this 62-room Holiday Inn is set just about half a mile from ... more

2070 Newport Boulevard
Costa Mesa , CA
Tags: budget | swimming pool | food and wine
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

A multi-million dollar renovation helmed by hip designer Dodd Mitchell put newlife into the ... more

7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: moderate | historic | celebrity hangout
Honor Mansion

A short stroll from Healdsburg’s leafy town square, Honor Mansion is a local favorite. ... more

891 Grove Street
Healdsburg , CA
800-554-4667, 707-433-4277
Tags: romance | moderate | great value

During its heyday, The Horizon, formerly L’Horizon, hosted the likes of Betty Grable, Marilyn ... more

1050 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: moderate | trendy
Horton Grand

Tucked amid the Gaslamp Quarter's clubs and restaurants, this allegedly haunted 108-room ... more

311 Island Ave.
San Diego , CA
Tags: family | moderate | historic | great value
Hostelling International - San Diego Downtown

The wide hallways and brightly colored wallsmake this place feel a little like an elementary ... more

521 Market Street
San Diego , California
Tags: budget | great location
Hotel Adagio

Straddling the border of Union Square and the Tenderloin, this hip Joie de Vivre hotel boasts ... more

550 Geary St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | trendy | boutique hotel
Hotel Del Coronado

This historic landmark evokes an Old World grandeur and ambiance unlikeanywhere else in San ... more

1500 Orange Ave.
San Diego , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | historic | expensive | swimming pool
Hotel des Arts

While the amenities aren’t the most lavish in town – some roomshave shared bathrooms ... more

447 Bush St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: budget | trendy
Hotel Erwin

With quintessential SoCal surf and a carnivalesque boardwalk at your doorstep, plus a ... more

1697 Pacific Avenue
Los Angeles , California
Tags: luxury | beach | moderate | trendy | great value | editor pick
Hotel Healdsburg

Hotel Healdsburg, in the town of the same name in California's Sonoma County,is the kind of ... more

25 Matheson St.
Healdsburg , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | jim's pick | editor pick | smart luxury winner
Hotel La Rose

Stay in one of 48 rooms in either the 1907-built main building or the newer carriage house; ... more

308 Wilson St.
Santa Rosa , CA
Tags: family | budget
Hotel Palomar

Opened in May 2008 and located just two blocks from the UCLA campus inWestwood, the 19-story, ... more

10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | design | expensive | jim's pick
Hotel Palomar San Francisco

These sleek rooms are the perfect mid-range option for those who want a greatspot near the shops ... more

12 Fourth St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive
Hotel Tomo

Although it’s part of the Best Western chain, there’s nothingchain-like about the ... more

1800 Sutter St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: budget | editor pick
Hotel Vitale

The earthy-luxe Hotel Vitale is located on the waterfront with unbeatable viewsof the Bay ... more

8 Mission St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: spa | views | expensive | jim's pick
Howard Johnson's Anaheim

Don’t balk! This one’s much nicer than your average HoJo’s, by far the nicest ... more

1380 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | moderate
Huntington Hotel

At the top of affluent Nob Hill sits the Huntington Hotel, open since 1924 andas old-world and ... more

1075 California St.
San Francisco , CA
800-227-4683; 415-474-5400
Tags: spa | moderate | historic | views | great value
Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf

For those who prefer a location near the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’sWharf, the Hyatt ... more

555 N. Point S.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | swimming pool | newly renovated
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Lushly landscaped with a decidedly tropical ambience, palm trees sway throughout this relaxing ... more

1107 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach , CA
Tags: sports and adventure | golf | beach | moderate | great value | food and wine
Inn on Randolph

Napa Valley is bed-and-breakfast happy, but prices can be as sky-high as the resorts. The Inn on ... more

411 Randolph Street
Napa , CA
Tags: moderate | b&b | great value | editor pick
InterContinental Mark Hopkins

This iconic, 19-story hotel opened in 1926 and sits right atop Nob Hill,overlooking Union ... more

1 Nob Hill
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | historic
InterContinental San Francisco

Opened in February 2008, the eco-friendly InterContinental’s modern, turquoise ... more

888 Howard St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | trendy | views | jim's pick
JW Marriott Desert Springs

There’s no quibbling – this is the area’s quintessential mega-resort, with over 833 rooms, 51 ... more

74855 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert , CA
1-888-538-9459 or 1-760-341-2211
Tags: golf | moderate | views
La Figueroa

The eclectic and whimsical hotel is bound to charm from the moment you enter the lobby, where ... more

939 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: budget | trendy
La Résidence

Most of the 24 spacious rooms and suites at this secluded property feature antiques, fireplaces, ... more

4066 Howard Ln.
Napa , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive
La Valencia

La Valencia's location alone is nothing short of spectacular: nestled cliffside in the upscale ... more

1132 Prospect St., at La Valencia Hotel
San Diego , CA
858-454-0771 or 800-451-0772
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | historic | views | expensive | editor pick
Lakeside Inn and Casino

Smaller than the big casino resorts, this two-floor 124-room hotel still hasall the same ... more

168 Highway 50
Stateline , NV
775-588-7777; 800-624-7980
Tags: budget | casino | notable chef
Ledson Hotel and Harmony Lounge

Vintners owning hotels seems to be the going trend in wine country, but this upscale six-room ... more

480 First Street East
Sonoma , CA
Tags: luxury | romance | smart splurge
Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort's serene seaside setting comes with incrediblepanoramic views that ... more

4000 Coronado Bay Road
San Diego , CA
Tags: luxury | family | expensive
Luxe Rodeo Drive

This 88-room boutique hotel has a prime address smack dab in the middle of Rodeo Drive. The ... more

360 N. Rodeo Drive
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: moderate | great location
Maison 140

The secret’s out on this Beverly Hills hideaway. Its discernable exterior will no longer mask ... more

140 Lasky Dr.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: moderate | design | boutique hotel | editor pick
Mammoth Creek Inn

This small faux-Nordic boutique hotel on the edge of town offers guests large – and affordable – ... more

663 Old Mammoth Road
Tags: moderate | views | great value
Mammoth Mountain Inn

The A-frame Mammoth Mountain Inn houses 217rooms ranging from motel-style suites to fully ... more

10001 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes , California
Tags: moderate | great location
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Contemporary-feeling rooms with superb city and Bay views are elegantlydecorated with Asian ... more

222 Sansome St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | views | expensive | editor pick
Meadowood Napa Valley

A longtime destination for wine lovers, this 250-acre property in St. Helena also wins points ... more

900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena , CA
707-531-4788 or 877-963-3646
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive
Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

Bathed in a palette of khaki, chocolate, and cream, the twelve rooms at thischic property boast ... more

1815 Silverado Trail
Napa , CA
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive
Miramonte Resort and Spa

Vastly underrated, this quiet, no-nonsense resort has 215 spacious rooms situated around a ... more

45-000 Indian Wells Ln.
Indian Wells , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive | great value | editor pick
Miyako Hotel

No surprise that most of the budget properties in car-crazy L.A. are motels -throughout ... more

328 East 1st St.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: budget

If you’re coming to L.A. to see and be seen, the Mondrian is for you.Originally designed ... more

8440 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | design | expensive | jim's pick
Montage Beverly Hills

City sister to the Laguna Beach property, this sprawling Spanish Colonial revival-style property ... more

225 N. Canon Drive
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | spa | expensive | swimming pool | jim's pick
MontBleu Resort and Casino

This huge resort has 437 rooms and suites with marble floors, Italian-inspiredfurniture, and ... more

55 Highway 50
Stateline , NV
775-588-3515 or 888-829-7630
Tags: spa | budget | casino | hotel restaurant
Movie Colony

This chic budget-boutique property with an old Hollywood décor scheme is an ideal place ... more

726 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: budget | design | boutique hotel | modern
Napa River Inn

The Napa River Inn is in the old mill built in 1884, now a modern 2.5-acre complex containing ... more

500 Main St.
Napa , CA
877-251-8500, 707-251-8504
Tags: family | moderate | great value
Napa Valley Railway Inn

These nine rooms are within converted red-and-blue cabooses and boxcars on theoriginal track of ... more

6523 Washington St.
Yountville , CA
Tags: family | budget | novelty | great location
Olympic Village Inn

This cozy three-story European-style resort tucked in the mountainside offersspectacular views, ... more

1909 Chamonix Place
Olympic Valley , CA
Tags: moderate | historic | views
Omni San Francisco

Open since 2002, the Omni San Francisco occupies a former bank building, which was originally ... more

500 California St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: family | moderate | historic | great value | great location | jim's pick
One Village Place

One Village Place (in the village, of course) offers one- to three-bedroomsuites equipped with ... more

9001 Northstar Dr.
Truckee , CA
Tags: moderate | all-suite | ski resort
Orchard Garden Hotel

California’s first LEED-certified hotel stays true to its eco-friendlymission by offering ... more

466 Bush St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | trendy
Paradise Pier

The most economical (yet still pricey) of the Disney-owned properties, the Pier’s recent rehab ... more

1717 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | moderate
Paradise Point Resort and Spa

In the heart of Mission Bay (not far from SeaWorld), Paradise Point, a member of the prestigious ... more

1404 Vacation Rd.
San Diego , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive
Parker Guest House

If you’re looking for more of a personalized experience, consider the21-room Parker Guest ... more

520 Church St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | b&b | historic | gay
Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs is the area’s premiere “it” resort – where new, ... more

4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | editor pick
Pebble Beach

When golf great Jack Nicklaus called Pebble Beach's fairways along the rockyMonterey Coast ... more

1700 17 Mile Dr.
Pebble Beach , CA
Tags: luxury | golf | historic
Petit Logis Inn

Centrally located within walking distance to many A-list restaurants, thisreasonably priced, ... more

6527 Yount St.
Yountville , CA
Tags: family | moderate
Phoenix Hotel

The Phoenix’s rock’n’roll vibe has hosted rock stars of everysort: Moby, the ... more

601 Eddy St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: moderate | celebrity hangout | swimming pool
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn

This conveniently located boutique hotel across from the main village offers 58rooms and suites ... more

1920 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley , CA
Tags: expensive | great location | hotel restaurant | boutique
Post Ranch Inn

Blessed with one of the most beautiful settings on earth, Post Ranch Inn sits on 100 acres of ... more

30 miles south of Carmel, on Hwy. 1
Big Sur , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | smart luxury winner
Ramada Maingate

It’s all about location with this one – right across the street from the Disneyland ... more

921 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | budget
Ramada Plaza Hotel Anaheim

This modern Ramada Plaza offers standardized amenities such as an outdoor pool,spa tub, and ... more

515 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim , CA
Tags: budget | swimming pool
Rancho Caymus Inn

With an eye toward Napa history and California/Spanish architecture, each ofthe 26 rooms here ... more

1140 Rutherford Rd.
Rutherford , CA
Tags: moderate | historic
Ritz-Carlton at L.A. LIVE

A renaissance continues to rock LA’s formerly business-only Downtownneighborhood, and the ... more

900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles , California
Tags: new | smart splurge | trendy | expensive | hotel bar | swimming pool | hotel restaurant
Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

This Nob Hill institution is considered among the top hotels in the world.Maybe it’s the ... more

600 Stockton St.
San Francisco , CA
415-296-7465; 800-241-3333
Tags: luxury | landmark | expensive | great location | jim's pick
Sea Shore Motel

The rates at this old-school Santa Monica motel are almost shockingly low, and though the rooms ... more

2637 Main St.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: budget | motel
Serrano Hotel

Splashed with the Kimpton hotel collection’s signature bold colors and audacious patterned ... more

405 Taylor St.
San Francisco , CA
415-885-2500 or 866-575-9941
Tags: moderate | historic | great value | great location
Shorebreak Hotel

This surfer-chic hotel capitalizes on the recent re-branding of Huntington Beach, California, as ... more

500 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach , CA
Tags: beach | moderate
Shutters on the Beach

Cape Cod in California? That's what you'll find at this seaside resort, 20minutes (without ... more

1 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | beachfront | jim's pick
Sir Francis Drake

Located off the Powell Street cable car line, Sir Francis Drake is a Kimptonproperty dropped ... more

450 Powell St.
San Francisco , CA
800-795-7192; 415-392-7755
Tags: moderate | historic
SLS Hotel

The initials of this Philippe Starck-designed hotel can mean many thingsaccording to the long ... more

465 South La Cienaga Blvd
Los Angeles , California
Tags: moderate | trendy | great value | swimming pool
Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge offers studios and one-bedroom to three-bedroom condo suitesclose to the ... more

201 Squaw Valley Peak Rd.
Olympic Valley , CA
Tags: family | moderate
St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach

High on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the 400-room Tuscan-style St. Regis is one classy ... more

1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point , CA
Tags: luxury | sports and adventure | golf | beach | smart splurge | food and wine
St. Regis San Francisco

One of San Francisco’s finest hotels, the St. Regis, occupies prime realestate in a ... more

125 3rd St.
San Francisco , CA
415-284-4000; 877-787-3447
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive | jim's pick
Stevenswood Resort and Spa

Stevenswood is set amid towering trees across the highway from the ocean,surrounded by a ... more

8211 N Highway 1
Littleriver , CA
Tags: luxury | spa | smart splurge | design
Sunset Marquis

The Sunset Marquis is a favorite hideaway for celebrities like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and ... more

1200 Alta Loma Rd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | spa | villa | expensive | celebrity hangout
Sunset Tower Hotel

This recently-restored Art Deco jewel maintains the understated glamour of itsgolden-era heyday. ... more

8358 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive | great value | jim's pick
Tahoe Biltmore

This economical hotel offers amazing value, whether in the stately '40s lodge or quaint ... more

P.O. Box 115
Crystal Bay , NV
Tags: gambling | family | budget | casino | trendy
Taj Campton Place

The intimate, elegant Taj Campton Place is located just off Union Square in theheart of downtown ... more

340 Stockton St.
San Francisco , CA
866-9691825; 415-781-5555
Tags: luxury | historic | expensive
Tamarack Lodge

This lakeside lodge was built in 1924 as a rustic summer retreat for the family and celebrity ... more

163 Twin Lakes Road
Mammoth Lake , California
Tags: smart splurge | historic | expensive
The Anabella

Between the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland Resort, this small-scaleCalifornia ... more

1030 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | budget | great location | swimming pool | food and wine
The Chateau Tivoli

This bed-and-breakfast occupies a 19th-century building right up the streetfrom the famed ... more

1057 Steiner St.
San Francisco , CA
Tags: budget | b&b
The Disneyland Hotel

The resort’s original hotel has sizeable rooms, a relaxed, upscale atmosphere, 5 dining ... more

1150 Magic Way
Anaheim , CA
Tags: family | moderate | great value | editor pick
The Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

Arguably, the only reason to brave the tourist zone north of Pier 39 is theFairmont Heritage ... more

900 N. Point St.
San Francisco , CA
888-991-4300; 415-268-9900
Tags: family | all-suite | historic | expensive
The Georgian

Built in 1933, Santa Monica's majestic "Lady," as she was fondly dubbed by the ... more

1415 Ocean Ave.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: moderate | historic | landmark | boutique hotel
The Keating Hotel

Über exclusive and worth every cent, the 35 sleek rooms  and suites here were designed ... more

432 F St.
San Diego , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | trendy | expensive
The Lodge at Sonoma

Modern 182 guestrooms seem even more luxurious thanks to the lodge’s Raindance Spa, one of the ... more

1325 Broadway
Sonoma , CA
Tags: luxury | resort | expensive
The Orlando

The recently renovated Orlando hotel is located just half a mile from theBeverly Center mall, a ... more

8384 W. Third St.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: culinary | moderate
The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Though young compared to most Beverly Hills grande dames, the 18-year old Peninsula has a ... more

9882 South Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive | swimming pool
The Resort at Pelican Hill

Anchored by Pelican Hill Golf Club with two Tom Fazio-designed courses, this scrumptious ... more

22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S.
Newport Coast , CA
Tags: luxury | sports and adventure | spa | golf | beach | family | smart splurge | trendy | swimming pool | food and wine
The Resort at Squaw Creek

Located at the base of Squaw Valley, this nine-story 195-acre ski-in/ski-outresort houses 405 ... more

400 Squaw Creek Rd.
Olympic Valley , CA
Tags: luxury | golf | expensive
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Hovering atop a 150-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean, this peaceful andestate-like ... more

1 Ritz-Carlton Dr.
Dana Point , CA
Tags: luxury | spa | beach | tennis | swimming pool | food and wine
The Sofia Hotel

Renovated in 2006, the Sofia is one of downtown's most affordable boutiquehotels. The Italianate ... more

150 W. Broadway
San Diego , CA
Tags: moderate | great value | boutique hotel | editor pick
The Standard

For the young and the hip, the Standard is the hot place to stay, see, and be seen. Set smack ... more

8300 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: moderate | trendy | great value
The Westin Monache Resort

One of the newest resorts in the Village at Mammoth, the Westin Monache islocated 75 steps above ... more

50 Hillside Drive
Tags: luxury | expensive | fireplace | great location
Thompson Beverly Hills

You might pass by the Thompson if you’re not careful. The side-street entrance seems like ... more

7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles , California
Tags: moderate | trendy | views | celebrity hangout
Tower 23

Unlike most other seaside cities, San Diego doesn’t have much in terms of luxury on the ... more

732 Felspar St.
San Diego , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive | boutique hotel
Ventana Inn and Spa

The elegant digs at the Ventana Inn and Spa grant a lavish retreat seamlesslyintegrated into 243 ... more

48123 Highway One
Big Sur , CA
831-667-2331; 800-628-6500
Tags: spa | hiking | kayaking | expensive

Santa Monica's Viceroy is loaded with such tantalizing eye-candy, evennon-designer enthusiasts ... more

1819 Ocean Ave.
Los Angeles , CA
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | design | trendy | jim's pick | editor pick
Viceroy Palm Springs

Kelly Wearstler of KWID Designs created the décor at this sophisticated andcheerful boutique ... more

415 S. Belardo Rd.
Palm Springs , CA
Tags: luxury | expensive
Vintage Inn

Eighty luxury guestrooms, all with vaulted ceilings, private balconies, whirlpool bathtubs, ... more

6541 Washington St.
Yountville , CA
800-351-1133 or 707-944-1112
Tags: luxury | design | villa | expensive | editor pick
W Hotel San Diego

For a hip scene in downtown San Diego, the W is the place to go. Whether you're there to hang ... more

421 West B St.
San Diego , CA
Tags: moderate | boutique hotel
Wyndham Orange County

Just a couple of blocks from South Costa Plaza and the Orange County PerformingArts Center, this ... more

3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa , CA
Tags: moderate | trendy | great value | great location | food and wine | lake

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