The most important decision in traveling is making sure you have the right accommodations. In California, hotel choice will surely change your experience in terms of rest, relaxation, and unique onsite amenities. The Golden State is never short with options, particularly for those looking for the quaint and quiet luxury of boutique hotels. Here are 11 that should be on any California traveler’s radar.
Big Sur is the perfect destination for travelers seeking tranquility. The area features unforgettable landscapes, world-class hiking trails, and Instagrammable landmarks, like the Bixby Creek Bridge. The Post Ranch Inn is a favorite among those seeking luxury and immersion in nature.
Calistoga Ranch sits in a private canyon in the upper Napa Valley, surrounded by towering oaks, majestic hills, a bubbling stream, and a private lake. Even the architecture of the Calistoga Ranch incorporates nature, resulting in a fully immersive experience. Foodies and wine connoisseurs will appreciate the ranch’s onsite restaurant.
Bardessono is a perfect getaway for the eco-conscious traveler. The building is partially powered by solar panels and boasts a LEED Platinum certification, but doesn’t skimp on luxury in the slightest. Each room in the hotel is designed for private in-room spa services and the hotel restaurant features a menu made of delicious local ingredients.
The French-inspired Auberge de Soleil is is a strictly adults-only luxury inn. The hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant offers delicious food and incredible views of Napa Valley. Other amenities at the very upscale resort include a spa, outdoor pool, gym, yoga pavilion, and even a sculpture garden.
Hotel Kabuki, a Joie De Vivre Boutique Hotel, is a boutique hotel in San Francisco. The Japanese-themed hotel is located in Japantown. It boasts 218 rooms, a captivating modern design, a Zen garden, and a koi pond. The hotel also offers complimentary afternoon sake. What’s more, it’s pet-friendly.
The Spindrift Inn on Cannery Row is situated right on the Mcabee Beach in Monterey. Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast (served to the rooms, on a silver platter no less). The hotel also offers complimentary social gatherings for guests, including a gourmet wine and cheese reception with coffee and tea every afternoon in the lobby.
View of Pacific from Hotel Room | Courtesy of Tower 23 Hotel
This boutique hotel in Pacific Beach offers a perfect blend of chic style and relaxing vibes. As gorgeous as the hotel itself is, however, the real beauty is Tower 23’s sprawling views of the Pacific. Dinner at the hotel’s renowned restaurant, JRDN, is a must.
The Ventana Inn offers rustic luxury like no other. In addition to its flagship resort, the hotel also offers “glamping” packages, which allow visitors to experience “outdoor splendor with a luxury twist.” The Ventana Inn has something for everyone, from hiking trails with stunning views of Big Sur for the outdoor enthusiast to a world-class spa for those seeking R&R.
The Inn Above Tide boasts unparalleled views of the bay. The hotel is close to many of San Francisco’s best attractions (the Golden Gate bridge is just five minutes away) and steps away from a Ferry that will have guests in downtown San Francisco in just 20 minutes. But, even if guests don’t want to venture far from the hotel, amenities like complimentary bicycles will keep them happily occupied.
The Malibu Beach Inn is an oceanfront boutique hotel | Courtesy of Malibu Beach Inn
Malibu Beach Inn is a luxury boutique hotel on Carbon Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway. No guest will miss the magical view of the Malibu sunset since each room comes with a private balcony. The hotel’s luxury and views can’t be matched. The hotel’s spa offers everything from facials to yoga classes and those seeking adventure off-property can call on the hotel’s reception team, which will help guests plan adventures in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and even DTLA.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa makes its mark with themed escapes with retreats like Movement and Fitness, Sleep and Respite, and Stress and Balance. The resort also offers year-round activities, like bicycling, yoga, and pilates, making it a perfect destination for the active traveler.