Luxury Hotels and Lodges in California

Whether you want to channel the Rat Pack at a glamorous Hollywood haunt, ride the waves from a classic beach condo, or escape to the Great Outdoors at a timeless lodge: our luxury hand-picked hotels will have you California-dreaming.

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Anderson Inn Morro Bay

Location: California | USA

Anderson Inn is a quaint little family-run-and-owned hotel on the Californian coast in the seaside town of Morro Bay. Right by the beach and overlooking the harbour where seals and otters play, this friendly inn is a real hidden gem on the west coast and the perfect spot to restore weary travellers after a long drive up or down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Best for: Guesthouse or Inn, Boutique Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Seriously special

Casa del Mar

Location: California | USA

Think glamorous Mediterranean beachfront villa but in sunny Santa Monica overlooking the Pacific surf - Casa del Mar was an exclusive beach club in the twenties and is now a luxurious hotel ideal for an escape to the seaside, which draws even the locals to its restaurant or for an evening drink on the terrace.

Best for: Honeymoon, Romantic, Beach, Setting & Views

Hotel Zetta

Location: California | USA

Hotel Zetta is considered to be one of the funkiest hotels in San Francisco, thanks to its beautiful neo-classic architecture and its vast range of facilities from in-room spa treatments to a decadent cocktail lounge. Part of the Magellan Luxury Hotels Group, Hotel Zetta oozes style and sophistication, and is in an ideal central location.

Best for: Chic Design, Setting & Views, City Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Hotel Zoe

Location: California | USA

In a city as bohemian and artistic as San Francisco, Hotel Zoe fits right in. A fashionable boutique hotel in the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, it is perfect for exploring the many attractions of this iconic Californian city.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, Food & Wine, Water activities

La Playa Carmel

Location: California | USA

Once a magnificent mansion gifted by an artist to his wife, the luxurious La Playa hotel in Carmel by the Sea, a city popular with celebrities including Clint Eastwood, offers alluring charm right on the beach. Affectionately known as the ‘Grande Dame of Carmel’, this beautiful hotel treats everyone like royalty.

Best for: Romantic, Service & Hospitality, Beach, Luxury Hotel

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Location: California | USA

Just outside the south gate of Yosemite, Tenaya Lodge is a great base for exploring the incredible sights of California’s most famous national park. Yosemite truly is a year-round destination; summer hiking around this area affords outstanding views and the winter brings plenty of skiing and ice-skating opportunities, so it’s hard to pick a bad time of year to travel. Tenaya’s comfortable cottages and inviting spa are brilliant retreats to escape to after a day in the stunning wilderness.

Best for: Walking & Trekking, Wildlife & Nature, Setting & Views, Lodge

Hotel Oceana

Location: California | USA

The Oceana Beach Club Hotel is a quintessential Californian – carefree, friendly, stylish, and in the constantly sunny mood that goes hand-in-hand with Santa Monica’s endless summers. The Oceana brings together the luxuries of a boutique hotel and the comforts of a beach home in a great location for stretching out by the sea or dipping into the L.A. city scene.

Best for: Setting & Views, City Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Luxury Hotel

Andaz West Hollywood

Location: California | USA

This boutique hotel on Sunset Boulevard is cool and hip, with an impressive art collection, stylish accommodation, fabulous food, personalised service and a rooftop pool with fantastic views over LA that is THE place to retreat to after a day’s sightseeing.

Best for: History & Heritage, Romantic, Setting & Views, City Hotel

Post Ranch Inn

Location: California | USA

Spectacular views are the order of the day at the Post Ranch Inn on California’s Big Sur coastline. With rugged mountains on one side and the endless Pacific Ocean on the other, the clifftop vantage point of Post Ranch gives it a privileged position in this beautiful region. This is an adults-only bolthole and is a wonderful stop-off point for travellers exploring Highway One.

Best for: Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, Luxury Hotel, Honeymoon

Hotel Bel-Air

Location: California | USA

Hotel Bel-Air is one of the most famous hotels in Los Angeles, oozing refined elegance and Old Hollywood luxury. The 12-acre grounds are a retreat from the bustle of LA and Beverly Hills, a discreet hideaway for the rich and famous, and a fabulous, tranquil bolthole for everyone else.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Family-friendly, Honeymoon

Bardessono

Location: California | USA

Based in Yountville, Bardessono is a spa-oriented hotel that acts as a perfect base for eating and drinking away your time in the beautiful Napa Valley. Within easy reach of the many Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries, Bardessono is a luxury hotel surrounded by Michelin-star restaurants and with excellent facilities for relaxing after a day exploring the region.

Best for: Eco-tourism, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Honeymoon

Evergreen Lodge

Location: California | USA

Still keeping its charming, old-fashioned feel from when it was built in the 1920s, Evergreen Lodge is a historic lodge hidden amongst the ancient woods that border Yosemite National Park, only an hour from the park’s heart.

Best for: Family-friendly, Wildlife & Nature, Spa & Wellness, Service & Hospitality

Farmhouse Inn

Location: California | USA

The Farmhouse Inn is a boutique farmhouse-style inn that allows you to experience an authentic Sonoma County lifestyle while enjoying all that the hotel and its surroundings have to offer, from dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant to visiting one of the hundreds of wineries nearby. Guests have voted the Farmhouse Inn one of the best hotels in the world.

Best for: Guesthouse or Inn, Boutique Hotel, Hideaway, Service & Hospitality

Hotel Vitale

Location: California | USA

Hotel Vitale sits on the Embarcadero waterfront, guaranteeing spectacular views over the bay and San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, as well as being near the ferry terminal – a ferry ride around the bay makes for a spectacular day trip - and the city’s top attractions aren’t far away either. Fantastic food, tempting spa treatments and exemplary service are also on the menu here. 

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Food & Wine, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel

Ventana Inn and Spa

Location: California | USA

Ventana has an awe-inspiring setting, nestled in 243 acres beside the beautiful rugged coastline of Big Sur, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. This is an idyllic stopping off point on a scenic journey along the iconic Highway One.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Guesthouse or Inn, Service & Hospitality

Glen Oaks

Location: California | USA

Glen Oaks is a chic boutique hotel on Highway One in California’s Big Sur, a 1950s motor lodge that was renovated in 2005 as a vintage-style ‘boutique motel’. Today the main lodge retains original features, such as adobe walls and 1950s design pieces, while the collection of rustic but luxurious cabins are perfect for relaxing in privacy amid the redwoods.

Best for: Peace & Quiet, Off the Beaten Track, Setting & Views, Lodge

Hotel Cheval

Location: California | USA

Hotel Cheval is a luxury boutique hotel in the town of Paso Robles, in the wine region of the same name on California’s Central Coast. The hotel is perfectly located for exploring the hundreds of wineries in the surrounding area, and its sommelier will help you organise a customised tour.

Best for: Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion, Romantic, Peace & Quiet

The Battery

Location: California | USA

As part of the private members’ club of the same name, The Battery is one of San Francisco’s trendiest places to see and be seen. The hotel is open for public bookings, and as guests you enjoy the same access to the club’s bars and wellness facilities as regular members.

Best for: Chic Design, Food & Wine, Service & Hospitality, City Hotel

Cavallo Point Lodge

Location: California | USA

Cavallo Point Lodge is based in the old US Army base Fort Baker, on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge in quirky San Francisco. Dating from 1901, the buildings have been transformed into comfortable accommodation after the military left the post and since then the quaint white buildings with the red tiled roofs offer some of the most historical accommodation in San Francisco.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Food & Wine, Romantic, Service & Hospitality

Spanish Garden Inn

Location: California | USA

Channelling Santa Barbara’s signature Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the Spanish Garden Inn is a little gem, centrally located just blocks from downtown’s liveliest promenade. Revel beneath its red-tile roofs and white adobe walls and beside its bubbling fountain courtyards before exploring this sunny southern city, cruising down its palm-lined streets to its seaside strand, reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

Best for: Guesthouse or Inn, Boutique Hotel, Cultural Immersion, Service & Hospitality

Autocamp Santa Barbara

Location: California | USA

Autocamp Santa Barbara is a luxury campsite made up of classic aluminium Airstream trailers, renovated to modern standards of luxury. In a serene campsite perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding coastline but with downtown Santa Barbara right on your doorstep, this place promises the best of both worlds.

Best for: Owner-run, Chic Design, Family-friendly, Cultural Immersion

Belmond El Encanto

Location: California | USA

Luxuriating on the hillside above Santa Barbara, surrounded by verdant greenery and with the glistening Pacific Ocean forming the horizon, the Belmond El Encanto is one of the most private retreats in the area and ideal for a bit of time out on the Californian coast. With outstanding views, this is a wonderful, stylish and intimate hotel for those who prefer not to stay by the bustle of the beachfront.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Romantic

Casa Laguna

Location: California | USA

Casa Laguna is a historic luxury hotel in Laguna Beach, California, perched high on the coast overlooking the ocean. A castle-like maze of Mission-style, red-roofed, white buildings dotted with palm trees, this has alternately been a private residence, artists’ colony and hotel over a colourful century-long history.

Best for: Romantic, Beach, Setting & Views, Boutique Hotel

Tamarack Lodge

Location: California | USA

Tamarack Lodge is a collection of luxury alpine lodge style accommodations, brilliantly located for exploring the beautiful natural scenery of Mammoth Lakes. Hiking, fishing, biking and more are on offer at this resort, which also has its own cross country ski centre.

Best for: Romantic, Rustic, Off the Beaten Track, Lodge

The Inn at Death Valley

Location: California | USA

Built where three natural rivers converge at the foot of the Funeral Mountains, which nourish the 1,500 date trees that are peppered around the hotel, the Inn at Death Valley is an elegant hideaway with palm-fringed gardens, spring-fed pools and Spanish Mission-inspired architecture.

Best for: Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Walking & Trekking, Riding

The Ranch at Death Valley

Location: California | USA

A watery bliss in the heart of the desert, The Ranch at Death Valley has welcomed guests into its western-styled embrace since 1933, and offers an ideal family setting within Death Valley National Park, with its spring-fed swimming pool, outdoor tennis court and dramatic views over the desert, mountains and gardens.

Best for: Setting & Views, Family-friendly, Walking & Trekking, Riding

L'Horizon

Location: California | USA

L’Horizon is an elegant luxury hotel in Palm Springs, California, which encapsulates the vintage glamour of the golden age of Hollywood courtesy of designer Steve Hermann. The hotel has a long and refined history, with Hollywood stars and US Presidents among its esteemed guests throughout the 1950s, and serves world-class gourmet cuisine under the stars in its al fresco restaurant.

Best for: Chic Design, Romantic, Spa & Wellness, Service & Hospitality

Wuksachi Lodge

Location: California | USA

Wuksachi Lodge is a signature hotel in the heart of Sequoia National Park. Beautifully crafted with cedar and stone, the lodge offers a unique combination of warm Californian hospitality and modern amenities in an unparalleled mountain setting, with many of the park's attractions right on your doorstep.

Best for: Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Peace & Quiet, Rustic

Calistoga Ranch

Location: California | USA

From the fine wine at check-in to the fleet of Mercedes cars which are available for guests to use during their stay, everything at Calistoga Ranch is exceptional, luxurious and delightful. One of the very best five-star hotels in the Napa Valley, the ranch is run by wonderful, attentive and professional staff making it the perfect place to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and serene atmosphere of the region.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Honeymoon, Romantic, Food & Wine

Shutters on the Beach

Location: California | USA

Oceanfront luxe at its very best, Shutters on the Beach on Santa Monica’s promenade blends understated Californian class with a relaxed informal vibe, in the perfect location for unwinding on the beach or heading for the bright lights of Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Setting & Views

Treebones Resort

Location: California | USA

Along the Big Sur, Treebones is a retreat unlike any other. In one of California’s most scenic areas, Treebones is a collection of yurts designed to give travellers a close-to-nature experience atop the cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. With stunning panoramic views, this ‘glamping’ site offers a truly exceptional stay along California’s beautiful Highway One.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Eco-tourism, Unusual, Setting & Views

The Standard West Hollywood

Location: California | USA

On Sunset Boulevard, The Standard in West Hollywood is slick, cool and right in the heart of the Los Angeles VIP party, where hip scene-sters gather around the pool to top up their tans. Crisp white modern styling features throughout the hotel, which embodies 1950s American kitsch with an unapologetic party spirit.

Best for: City Hotel, Chic Design

The London West Hollywood

Location: California | USA

Part LA glamour, part British class, The London West Hollywood ticks all the boxes of a first-rate hotel with its central location, a few blocks from prestigious Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, its gourmet dining and stylish, roomy open-plan suites.

Best for: City Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

Chateau Marmont

Location: California | USA

An L.A. cornerstone and go-to choice for celebrities in town, the Chateau Marmont is legendary, having played host to every film star imaginable since its opening in the golden era of the late twenties. Modelled on a chateau in the Loire Valley, this exclusive hotel is a plush hideaway for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Hollywood.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, City Hotel

Tower 23

Location: California | USA

The on-trend, hipster-magnet Tower23 resides on San Diego’s fashionable Pacific Beach. A modern hotel with a super-sleek, stylish vibe, Tower23 is a perfect base for relaxing in San Diego, with the rest of the city at the hotel’s fingertips. Gorgeous, high-end La Jolla is located a five-minute drive to the north of Tower23 and to the south is the downtown area of museums, restaurants and bars.

Best for: Food & Wine, Beach, City Hotel, Honeymoon

La Valencia La Jolla

Location: California | USA

Since 1926, the Mediterranean-influenced La Valencia La Jolla has been a San Diego institution, known for its murals, Spanish mosaics and pale pink exterior – and so-named ‘The Pink Lady’. Located in the chic La Jolla district, La Valencia is perfectly positioned to enable guests to enjoy this Mexican-inspired, pretty and upmarket area of San Diego. With the beach right at the doorstep of La Valencia, the hotel is perfect for a stylish, ocean-side getaway.

Best for: Honeymoon, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, Romantic

Hotel del Coronado

Location: California | USA

The Hotel del Coronado (or The Del, as it is known) is one of the most historic hotels in southern California, at over 120 years old, and is famous for – amongst other things – providing the setting of Some Like it Hot in 1958 and hosting Marilyn Monroe (and allegedly JFK). The red-tiled turrets and rooftops and white-washed walls of The Del sit right on the beach in the upmarket Coronado Island, in the eternally-sunny San Diego.

Best for: Family-friendly, Beach, Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel

The Marker

Location: California | USA

This stylish boutique hotel is full of San Francisco charm and quirky touches. Housed in an iconic, historic building near Union Square, it has luxurious, colourful interiors and offers exceptional, personalised service, and outside its doors, many of this bohemian city’s attractions are just a stone’s throw away, including its top theatres, restaurants and boutiques.

Best for: City Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

Hotel Drisco

Location: California | USA

This Edwardian hotel sits atop Pacific Heights and provides flawless service, elegant rooms and a delectable buffet breakfast in an upmarket district of San Francisco.

Best for: Family-friendly, Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

The Inn at Presidio

Location: California | USA

A Georgian-style mansion nestled in the Presidio – an old US Army base – the Inn is a unique hotel in San Francisco overlooking the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The Inn has a privileged position in the park, at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – a fabulous location for those who prefer to be outside the city centre, but within striking distance of all the best attractions and districts

Best for: City Hotel, Luxury Hotel

Loews Regency San Francisco

Location: California | USA

With outstanding views across the super-cool city of San Francisco, the Loews Regency San Francisco is sleek, classic and offers excellent service, perfect for the most discerning of travellers.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Family-friendly, Honeymoon

Carmel Valley Ranch

Location: California | USA

This fun, playful resort off California’s Highway One is perfect for a stop-over whilst road-tripping down the stunning Pacific Coast Highway. Just inland from the coast and surrounded by picturesque scenery and the vineyards of Carmel Valley, this is the type of hotel in which you can either completely chill out with your book by the pool, or take advantage of the wide range of activities on offer – something which should also keep the kids occupied!

Best for: Setting & Views, Family-friendly, Hideaway, Lodge

Bodega Bay Lodge

Location: California | USA

Bodega Bay Lodge is the classic coastal Californian retreat. Romantic, serene, but just a stone’s throw from the vineyards and wineries for which Sonoma County is so renowned, this is a homely, inviting lodge which combines the quiet seclusion of a coastal perch with the amazing food and wine that this area has to offer.

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Beach, Off the Beaten Track

Brewery Gulch Inn

Location: California | USA

The Brewery Gulch Inn manages to seamlessly combine upscale accommodation with rustic, authentic style, complementing its picturesque surroundings at Mendocino Bay. The hotel is the perfect balance between rural lodge, with its redwood and timber exterior, and luxurious hotel, thanks to sophisticated interiors and thoughtful service.

Best for: Setting & Views, Guesthouse or Inn, Boutique Hotel, Peace & Quiet

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Location: California | USA

A Highway One institution, The Lodge at Pebble Beach has been a luxury staple along the Pacific Coast Highway since 1919 and today it is still a classic hotel along California’s Central Coastline. Golf is one of the major reasons people travel to The Lodge at Pebble Beach, but regardless of whether you play or not, the hotel is renowned for its long-standing good service and excellent views across the coast.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Spa & Wellness, Seriously special

Carneros Inn

Location: California | USA

This beautiful hotel sits in a quiet area of California’s wine lands, surrounded by vineyards and rolling open countryside. Carneros Inn is perfect for a luxurious, relaxing stay in the famous vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valleys and benefits from its position at the edge of the major wineries, where you’ll find that much-coveted peace and quiet, but from where you can still easily access all the top imbibing spots of Napa and Sonoma.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Setting & Views, Lodge, Luxury Hotel

Miliken Creek Inn and Spa

Location: California | USA

A quiet hotel with only twelve rooms, Milliken Creek is a luxury resort with an abundance of world famous wineries and restaurants beyond its gates. Lush hills roll across the valley, which provides the setting for one of the most romantic holidays in California, and with the little personal touches around Milliken Creek, this is one of the most intimate hotels in which to enjoy your stay in Napa.

Best for: Romantic, Peace & Quiet, Setting & Views, Guesthouse or Inn

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Location: California | USA

A sprawling resort of white-washed Spanish-style buildings with terracotta-tiled roofs sat under the mountainside in a quiet secluded area of southern California, Ojai Valley Inn is a luxury resort for the discerning traveller. Although the resort is tucked away in the Californian countryside, Ojai Valley Inn has much to offer its guests with multiple activities on offer, but with plenty of options to relax and rejuvenate too.

Best for: Peace & Quiet, Hideaway, Setting & Views, Guesthouse or Inn

The Parker

Location: California | USA

On 13 acres of landscaped gardens framed by palm trees and mountains in the distance, The Parker has everything you need for a desert escape – three pools, a chic bar and restaurants, sports lawns and courts - all presided over by the cool, retro air that’s a mainstay in Palm Springs. Designed by Jonathan Adler, it’s stylish without sacrificing comfort and luxury and the gardens alone are worth the visit.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Romantic, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Location: California | USA

A luxurious resort on the coast of California’s Orange County, Pelican Hill is a fabulous getaway for families or couples. The award-winning spa and gorgeous bungalows and villas make this a great five-star hotel in the upmarket location between surf-havens Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which reside in the ever-sunny south of California.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Family-friendly, Spa & Wellness, Water activities

Surf and Sand Resort

Location: California | USA

Sat right on the beach, The Surf and Sand Resort is a rare commodity in high-end Laguna Beach. With a fabulous restaurant, excellent views, great surf and a beautiful beach – as the name suggests – right on the doorstep of the resort, this is an ideal hotel for families or couples who want to make the most of the famous Orange County beaches of southern California.

Best for: Honeymoon, Water activities, Romantic, Beach

Montage Laguna Beach

Location: California | USA

Laguna Beach sits on the southern coast of California, in Orange County. Offering beautiful beaches and excellent surf, Laguna Beach is the perfect spot for a luxury US beach break and the Montage Laguna Beach is the ideal base. With comfortable, plush accommodation and stunning views, the Montage also delivers excellent service.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Water activities

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