Luxury Hotels in California

Once again, we are not short of recommendations for California when it comes to luxury places to stay; with hotels, inns and ranches aplenty. For those searching for isolation, we've got the perfect hideaways deep in the forests of Yosemite National Park for you. Or how about the Post Ranch Inn, which is as close as you can physically get to the breath-taking views of the Big Sur coast, as it quite literally hangs off the edge of the cliff. For a taste of classic Hollywood, the Beverly Hills Hotel, or 'Pink Palace' as it is also known, is located just a stone's throw away from Rodeo Drive and other iconic locations, with the hotel itself having played host to many of the world's elite over the years. These and many more are among our top picks for luxury hotels in California.

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Tenaya Lodge

North America > USA > California

A great alternative to the Ahwahnee Hotel, Tenaya Lodge is just outside Yosemite National Park’s south gate surrounded by almost 50 acres of beautiful forest. This lovely stone and timber lodge has the feel of an alpine lodge with a Native American twist. Read more

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee)

North America > USA > California

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel sits in splendid isolation in the middle of the Yosemite Valley and for setting alone would rank as the best hotel in the National Park. Read more

Shutters on the Beach

North America > USA > California

Shutters on The Beach is simply the ultimate incarnation of the Californian experience. The hotel evokes a sense of comfortable elegance that one might find in a grand, yet unpretentious, beach home, all with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline. Read more

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire

North America > USA > California

In the heart of Beverly Hills, just a few expensively shod footsteps from renowned Rodeo Drive shops, the recently renovated Beverly Wilshire blends tradition with trend. Read more

The Resort at Pelican Hill

North America > USA > California

The Resort at Pelican Hill is a place where guests can get a feel for the Med – well, in California. By this we mean the design is that of a Venetian countryside estate, with grounds that are filled with olive, fig and pine trees and rows of lavender, wonderfully located along the Orange County... Read more

Beverly Hills Hotel

North America > USA > California

Known as ‘The Pink Palace’, the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912 when there was not even a city called Beverly Hills yet, hosting the world’s elite with its excellent service ever since. The hotel is located on glamorous Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills, surrounded by acres of... Read more

SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

North America > USA > California

SLS Beverly Hills is a totally sleek boutique hotel in the enviable location of Rodeo drive and Beverly Hills’ celebrity hotspots. Read more

PaliHouse

North America > USA > California

The Mediterranean-Moorish architecture of PaliHouse dates back to 1927, when sleepy Santa Monica sat at the end of the Los Angeles rail road. Today, it houses a trendy boutique hotel two blocks back from the beach, amid swaying Californian palms. Read more

Cavallo Point

North America > USA > California

Cavallo Point is a historic boutique hotel just 15 minutes south of Sausalito. It occupies an enviable position at the base of San Francisco’s most noteworthy landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. Read more

Hotel Zetta

North America > USA > California

If Soho House were to open a hotel in San Francisco (watch this space) it would look a lot like the Zetta Hotel. This ultimate Californian city hang out comes complete with oversized cushion chairs, pool tables, funky light fittings and a clientele of hip creative types (with the odd business... Read more

Hotel Vitale

North America > USA > California

The eco-friendly Hotel Vitale occupies an enviable position at the foot of the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront of the Bay of San Francisco. Read more

St Regis San Francisco

North America > USA > California

Located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, the city’s cultural hub, the St Regis is in the heart of this lively city. Read more

Clift Hotel

North America > USA > California

The Clift is in the centre of San Francisco, just a stones throw from Union Square, and combines old-school elegance with a distinctly modern touch. Read more

The Fairmont San Francisco

North America > USA > California

This grand dame in trendy San Francisco sits atop Nob Hill, one of the highest points in the city, and so offers guests stunning views of the city and the bay below. Read more

Post Ranch Inn

North America > USA > California

This cliff hanger luxury hotel - it literally does hang over the cliffs - is one of the few places to stay along the Big Sur (of this standard anyway), meaning guests can explore uninterrupted to their hearts content. Read more

Four Seasons Santa Barbara

North America > USA > California

The Four Seasons group acquired this Spanish-style 1920's hacienda during the Reagan era and restored the 22-acre property to make the most of its historic charm. Read more

Belmond El Encanto

North America > USA > California

Dating back to the 1920’s, El Encanto has been meticulously restored by Belmond, and aims to capture the romance and glamour of that era. Read more

Pebble Beach Resort

North America > USA > California

Famous for its four extraordinary golf courses (that have hosted the US Open five times) as well as incredible facilities and settings. Read more

Canary Hotel

North America > USA > California

Canary Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, complete with roof top pool and just a short bike ride from the beach. Read more

Anderson Inn

North America > USA > California

For guests looking for understated luxury, look no further - The Anderson Inn is a family run contemporary boutique hotel, and nothing says quintessential seaside home stay than the hotel’s stunning spot on the waterfront in Morro Bay. Read more

Ventana Inn & Spa

North America > USA > California

Sat atop a hill overlooking the rugged Big Sur coastline, the Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious adult’s only retreat set within 243 acres of forest, meadows and gardens. Read more

Carmel Valley Ranch

North America > USA > California

A short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and the lovely Monterey Peninsula sits the Carmel Valley Ranch, a luxurious place to stay along the California coast, surrounded by 500 acres of country estate. Read more

Hotel Yountville

North America > USA > California

Yountville is the gastronomic capital of Napa Valley, and Hotel Yountville arguably the best place to stay therein. Read more

Auberge du Soleil

North America > USA > California

Auberge du Soleil began life as a highly acclaimed restaurant. Today the fantastic restaurant remains, and rooms have been added. Read more

Solage Calistoga

North America > USA > California

Napa and Sonoma Valleys are sonomanous (sorry) with elegant country properties that verge on the cutesy, but Solage Calistoga breaks the mould in style. Read more

Calistoga Ranch

North America > USA > California

The ranch is tucked away in a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley, just outside the historic town of Calistoga. Read more

Farmhouse Inn

North America > USA > California

Located in Sonoma County, this intimate family-run property started out as a humble B&B, and retains that personal feel. Though there's nothing humble about the accommodation, which in true Ralph Lauren fashion has taken an English look and done it better than the original. Read more

Kenwood Inn

North America > USA > California

Located in the Valley of the Moon and surrounded by vineyards, oak trees and fruit trees, guests would be forgiven for thinking they’d gone to sleep in America and woken up in the Tuscan foothills, such is the Italian villa feel to Kenwood, and the Apennine Mountain-like scenery from the bedroom... Read more

The Carneros Inn

North America > USA > California

Sitting pretty in 27 acres of grapevines, orchards and rolling farmland in the heart of the Napa Valley, the Carneros Inn is a luxurious retreat from which to indulge in some of California’s finest wine and dining experiences. Read more

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

North America > USA > California

Tucked in the heart of California’s renowned wine country, set beside the scenic Silverado Trail on the grassy banks of the Napa river sits this hidden beauty, perfect for those seeking a combination of wine tasting and relaxation. Read more

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