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California hotels include coastal retreats, chic urban hotels or simple lodges with fantastic settings

We’ve hand-picked some of the best hotels in California from rustic national park lodges and charming wine country inns to luxurious coastal retreats and iconic city addresses. Rub shoulders with A-listers at The Beverly Hills Hotel and sleep with the soundtrack of roaring falls at Yosemite Valley Lodge or crashing waves at the Hotel Del Coronado. We’ve picked out some spots with awesome views like Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn and Canary – A Kimpton Hotel in Santa Barbara and Wuksachi Village and Lodge in Sequoia National Park.

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

4

Award winning spa and restaurant.

This welcoming hotel is an ideal base for exploration of the Wine Country. Enjoy daily afternoon wine tastings in the heart of Sonoma County and fanta...

Rooms: 226
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes from San Francisco airport
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Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa Valley

4

Wonderful food, wine & spa experience at an award-winning resort.

Rolling vineyards, Tuscan-style guestrooms and an underground spa set in the beautiful Napa Valley. The resort’s signature restaurant, Siena, blends I...

Rooms: 322
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes from San Francisco airport
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River Terrace Inn, Napa Valley

4.5

A tranquil retreat overlooking the Napa River

This boutique hotel is set on the serene Napa River within walking distance of historic Napa. The Terrace Café serves excellent cuisine along with the...

Rooms: 106
Transfers: Approx. 1½ hours from San Francisco airport
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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

5

Family friendly lodge a couple of miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park.

One of the best things about Yosemite is that it surrounded by beautiful wilderness areas. The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite makes the most its secluded se...

Rooms: 302
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours from San Francisco airport.
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The Ranch at Death Valley

3

A historic ranch within the national park

Park of the Furnace Creek Resort which was established as a working ranch in the 19th Century, the ranch is a firm favourite with guests to Death Vall...

Rooms: 224
Transfers: 2 hours
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The Westin Monache Resort

4

Providing a comfortable base and mountain views

An ideal base for year-round outdoor adventure, the Westin Monache is located at the heart of Mammoth Lakes in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada mou...

Rooms: 210
Transfers: Approx. 6½ hours from San Francisco airport
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Wuksachi Village & Lodge, Sequoia National Park

2.5

Sequoia National Park's premier accommodation.

A great base from which to explore the beautiful Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this simple lodge has a fantastic location. You will be a 10...

Rooms: 102
Transfers: Approx. 4¼ hours from both San Francisco and Los Angeles airports
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Yosemite Valley Lodge

Enjoy views of Yosemite Falls.

This simple lodge has the ultimate national park setting in the heart of Yosemite Valley, and almost at the base of the famous Yosemite Falls. Flowing...

Rooms: 245
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours from San Francisco aiport
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Yosemite View Lodge

3

Traditional lodge close to the National Park entrance.

Less than five minutes from Yosemite National Park’s western entrance, the Yosemite View Lodge is attractively situated between the Merced River and p...

Rooms: 335
Transfers: 4 hours
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Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara

5

Elegant hotel in the hills above Santa Barbara.

The luxurious Belmond El Encanto sits in beautiful gardens in the hills above the city of Santa Barbara. The orginal 1920s features have been recently...

Rooms: 92
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes from Los Angeles airport
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Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara

4

Combining californian charm with Kimpton sophistication.

In the heart of Santa Barbara, close to an array of bistros and shops, and just steps away from the lively State Street, this charming hotel reflects ...

Rooms: 97
Transfers: Approx. 1¾ hours from Los Angeles airport
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Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, Monterey

3

Hacienda-inspired hotel in Monterey's Old Town.

This welcoming hotel sits at the heart of Monterey’s charming Old Town, ten minutes walk from Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey and a short drive from histor...

Rooms: 171
Transfers: Approx. two hours from San Francisco airport
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Intercontinental the Clement, Monterey

4

A waterfront hotel at the heart of Monterey's famous Cannery Row.

In an enviable position on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row, this hotel has fantastic bay views. You will be just steps from the main atttractions of Mon...

Rooms: 208
Transfers: Approx 2 hours from San Francisco airport
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La Playa Carmel, Carmel by Sea

3

Historic mansion in the heart of Carmel.

Just a short walk from the Carmel-by-the-Sea beach, this turn-of-the-century mansion has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The hotel is fill...

Rooms: 75
Transfers: Approx. 2 hours from San Francisco airport
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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

5

Luxurious retreat for nature lovers

Awe-inspiring might be an overused term, yet for this luxury inn on the heart of the Big Sur region it’s an apt description. And that’s mainly because...

Rooms: 41
Transfers: Approx. 2½ hour from San Francisco airport
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Ventana Big Sur

4.5

Deep in the forest with spectacular ocean views.

The luxurious adults-only Ventana Inn & Spa was built as a place to escape complete with roaring fireplaces, Japanese hot baths, a rustic restaurant, ...

Rooms: 62
Transfers: Approx. 2¾ hours from San Francisco airport
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Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego

5

A perfect indulgent beachside retreat.

Affectionately known as The Del, this stunning hotel is something of a San Diego icon. The hotel has a very interesting and varied history; it is beli...

Rooms: 678
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from the airport
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Hotel Solamar – a Kimpton Hotel, San Diego

4.5

Luxurious and contemporary

This Kimpton hotel sits in San Diego’s up-and-coming East Village neighbourhood, which is just a short distance away from the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter....

Rooms: 235
Transfers: Approx, 15 minutes from the airport
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Catamaran Resort & Spa, San Diego

4

On Mission Bay, a short walk from the Pacific Coast

A tropical hideaway designed for soaking up the sun, the exotic Catamaran Resort sits on Mission Bay’s shorefront, overlooking the beach and the bay’s...

Rooms: 313
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from San Diego airport
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Avalon Palm Springs

4.5

Luxurious spa hotel in downtown Palm Springs.

This popular design hotel sits at the edge of the city in the shadow of the San Jacinto mountains. The style here is elegant glamour and there’s a del...

Rooms: 70
Transfers: Approx. 10 minutes from Palm Springs airport and 2 hours from Los Angeles airport
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Handlery Hotel & Resort, San Diego

3

Friendly, family run and in a fabulous spot for easy access to San Diego’s attractions.

This friendly, family-run hotel offers easy access to San Diego’s main attractions, including the Old Town, making it a popular choice with families. ...

Rooms: 217
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from San Diego airport
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Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego

4.5

Striking vistas of the city’s skyline across San Diego Bay.

This well-equipped and elegant resort sits on its own 15-acre private peninsula in the prestigious district of Coronado. It also adjoins a marina and ...

Rooms: 439
Transfers: Approx. 25 minutes from the airport
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Renaissance Palm Springs

4

A fantastic choice for golfers

Just a two-hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego, the heady desert oasis of Palm Springs is famed as one of the best destinations in the US f...

Rooms: 410
Transfers: Approx. 10 minutes from Palm Springs airport and 2 hours from Los Angeles airport
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Hotel G

4

A popular choice with the young and trendy, this hotel sits right at the heart of the city’s shopping district.

The Hotel G first opened its doors in 1908 as the Fielding Hotel and has since been added to and renovated, most recently in 2014, to create the moder...

Transfers: Approx. 30 minutes from the airport
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Argonaut Hotel

4

A historic waterfront hotel with a nautical theme is located just steps the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.

If you are looking for a stylish hotel, located close to many of the city’s attractions – including the piers from which the bay and Alcatraz cruises ...

Rooms: 252
Transfers: Approx. 45 minutes by BART plus a 5 minute walk from the airport or 30 minutes by road
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Fairmont San Francisco

5

A favourite amongst return visitors, this prestigious Union Square hotel overlooks the city and bay.

From the moment you reach the beautiful Fairmont San Francisco you will be struck by the striking exterior and classically-styled public areas. The el...

Rooms: 591
Transfers: Approx. 25 minutes from the airport
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The Handlery Union Square

3.5

Family owned and run for three generations, The Handlery occupies a prime location just half a block from Union Square.

This charming Union Square hotel makes a change from the big brand hotels and prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and personalised service. You w...

Rooms: 377
Transfers: Approx. 25 minutes from the airport (by own arrangement)
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Villa Florence

4

A little slice of Italy close to historic Union Square, San Francisco’s premier shopping and dining district.

This centrally located hotel offers a mix of old world charm and modern amenities. The Villa Florence has recently gone through extensive renovations ...

Rooms: 182
Transfers: Approx. 30 minutes from the airport
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica

5

Overlooking the sweeping Santa Monica beach this is a luxurious property in an unrivalled location.

Some hotels are all about the location, some pride themselves on providing exceptional service, while others seek to create a luxurious environment. T...

Rooms: 300
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from the airport
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Loews Hollywood Hotel

4

Centrally located in Hollywood, the Loews is stylish, contemporary and right at the heart of the action.

You can’t get much closer to the iconic sights and entertainment venues of Hollywood than this uber-modern city hotel. The Loews Hollywood Hotel has a...

Rooms: 632
Transfers: Approx. 40 minutes from the airport
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The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills

5

Playing host to the annual Golden Globe Awards, this luxury hotel is part of Hollywood history.

At this Hilton managed you can follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty and iconic politicians. The style here is sleek and sophisticated yet not ...

Rooms: 569
Transfers: Approx. 30 minutes from the airport
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