Best Hotels in California

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the 377 best hotels in California based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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    The Beverly Hills Hotel
    Beverly Hills, CA
    #1 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1219 reviewsTripAdvisor (1219)
    Free WiFi

    The Beverly Hills Hotel is iconic to La-La Land lore, made famous by The Eagles tune "Hotel California." But the Pink Palace has racked up quite a few fabled stories: Katharine Hepburn is said to have jumped into the pool fully clothed, and Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed six honeymoons here. Today, this Dorchester Collection hotel continues to cater to discerning travelers with stylish guest rooms (equipped with marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access and gourmet minibars), business amenities and a supreme Sunset Boulevard location. Travelers say the customer service is just as legendary as the hotel itself, praising the hotel staff for its attentiveness. And the on-site Polo Lounge is not only known for its celeb-spotting – it's known for serving up a mean breakfast as well.

    Beverly Hills, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1219 reviewsTripAdvisor (1219)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Peninsula Beverly Hills
    Beverly Hills, CA
    #2 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 955 reviewsTripAdvisor (955)
    Free WiFi

    A favorite among professional and leisure travelers alike, this luxury hotel has an inside edge on other hotels by truly coddling its guests. Why should you have to wait until 3 p.m. to check in? The Peninsula Beverly Hills will make your room available to you whenever you need it  even from the moment your plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport. Do you need to hold onto your room until 8 p.m. on your last day? No problem  The Peninsula also allows you to check out whenever is most convenient for you. And the first-class treatment doesn't end there. This hotel on South Santa Monica Boulevard is also known for its sumptuous garden villa suites (which come with complimentary fruit selections, flat-screen TVs, and large marble bathrooms), its rejuvenating Peninsula Spa and the mouthwatering fare served at the on-site see-and-be-seen restaurant, The Belvedere. Recent guests describe the hotel as "perfection" ... but at a price: room rates here are on the expensive side. 

    Beverly Hills, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 955 reviewsTripAdvisor (955)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Auberge du Soleil, An Auberge Resort
    Rutherford, CA
    #3 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 750 reviewsTripAdvisor (750)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Situated in the quiet town of Rutherford in Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil beautifully showcases the area's stunning vistas. But there's more than scenery to boast about here. This Auberge property also offers a well-equipped fitness center and spa, and you can arrange additional off-site activities, such as hot air balloon rides and golf outings, through the concierge. Should you prefer to stick around the resort, you can lounge away the hours by the pool, tour the Aerena Sculpture Garden or enjoy some private meditation in La Pagode. Foodies adore the gourmet meals served at the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and expert wine pairings. For a more relaxed atmosphere, you can grab a bite to eat at the Bistro & Bar. At the end of the day, luxury-seekers love the spacious guest rooms, which boast private balconies or terraces, fireplaces, as well as contemporary artwork and bath oils and candles for the room's soaking tubs. But keep in mind that a stay at this bit of heaven on earthas it is often described by visitorsdoesn't come cheap.

    Rutherford, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 750 reviewsTripAdvisor (750)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    #4 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 360 reviewsTripAdvisor (360)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    About a 30-minute drive north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that's why people love it. This Relais & Châteaux property brims with carefully manicured greenery on top of plenty of amenities and activities to woo any type of traveler. Visitors are complimentary of the respectful, thoughtful staff while guest rooms stun for their aesthetic. Accommodations here exude a Mediterranean ambiance with hacienda-style architecture, hardwood furnishings and colorful design accents, as well as deep-soaking tubs and private balconies or patios. For pampering, Rancho Valencia's spa offers indulgences such as herb-infused body wraps and a variety of massage therapies. The delicious cuisine served at the on-site Veladora restaurant complements the serene environment.

    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 360 reviewsTripAdvisor (360)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Fairmont Grand Del Mar
    San Diego, CA
    #5 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1981 reviewsTripAdvisor (1981)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    About 20 miles north of central San Diego in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers coastal California visitors a hearty helping of luxury from the moment they enter the lobby. Guests rave about the incredibly spacious guest rooms, saying that the deep-soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers and rich Tuscan decor makes for a relaxing stay. And if that isn't enough, there's also a five-star spa, swimming pools and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The Grand Del Mar also receives high marks for its cuisine; the hotel's Addison and Amaya restaurants serve award-winning French and Mediterranean fare coupled with regional wines. Add to that the hotel's consistently friendly customer service, and it's easy to see why guests frequently refer to their stays here as five-star experiences. As a member of the Fairmont portolfio, this hotel allows guests to earn and redeem Fairmont President's Club perks.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1981 reviewsTripAdvisor (1981)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Bel-Air
    Los Angeles, CA
    #6 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 789 reviewsTripAdvisor (789)
    Free WiFi

    A member of the esteemed Dorchester Hotel collection, Hotel Bel-Air offers Los Angeles lodgers a taste of respite and romance within easy commuting distance of big city sights (though, not much is within walking distance). Sprawling across 12 acres in the Bel Air Estates neighborhood, this luxury hotel adopts the aura of 20th-century glam. With fine Italian linens, expansive terraces, charming gazebos and an actual Swan Lake, the Hotel Bel-Air is better suited to relaxation seekers than meeting-making movers and shakers. Guests appreciate the property's quiet atmosphere and superb customer service, while the guest rooms and suites win visitors over with bright, airy decor and tech-savvy amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and in-room iPads. Also, the Hotel Bel-Air Spa and the outdoor pool ensure that travelers return home refreshed and rested.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 789 reviewsTripAdvisor (789)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort
    Calistoga, CA
    #7 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 833 reviewsTripAdvisor (833)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    When you can simply borrow a Mercedes-Benz for an afternoon drive through wine country at no extra cost, you know you're experiencing the epitome of luxury. Here at Calistoga Ranch in northern Napa Valley, guests rejoice in luxury amenities that include the Mercedes-Benz Drive Program, a private lake, a private wine cave and more. And when they need a little rest and relaxation, visitors head to Calistoga's spa for outdoor lakeside treatments or a dip in the on-site mineral pool. If your interests lie more in gastronomy, head to The Lakehouse where vino makes the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant's California cuisine. Travelers say they relish the privacy and comfort offered in this Auberge resort's free-standing guest accommodations, which feature fireplaces, private decks and outdoor rain showers, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows and warm, wooden decor.

    Calistoga, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 833 reviewsTripAdvisor (833)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Montage Beverly Hills
    Beverly Hills, CA
    #8 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 781 reviewsTripAdvisor (781)
    Free WiFi

    This hotel looks like it belongs somewhere along the Mediterranean Sea, with classic archways, soaring columns, trickling fountains and polished walkways. But previous guests assure that the amenities found here befit discerning Beverly Hills clientele. Located just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive, the Montage Beverly Hills treats visitors to amenities such as a sprawling spa, rooftop pool and refined American cuisine at The Restaurant. Guest rooms here are as sumptuous as the rest of the property: Design elements such as antique wooden furnishings, upholstered chaise lounges and marble and mosaic tiled bathrooms that evoke old Hollywood-era glamour. Plus, rooms include more modern amenities such as in-room tablets, flat-screen flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. According to many recent visitors, the Montage Beverly Hills is the place to go for L.A. luxury.

    Beverly Hills, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 781 reviewsTripAdvisor (781)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
    Beverly Hills, CA
    #9 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 909 reviewsTripAdvisor (909)
    Free WiFi

    Guests of all ages (and pets, too) can expect star treatment at this Viceroy property. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, L'Ermitage pulls out all the stops, boasting spacious, swanky suites complete with walk-in closets, platform beds, complimentary internet access and private bars. (And for those traveling with pets, the hotel is happy to provide everything from beds to welcome treats.) If you're here on business, the hotel's in-room business centers will ensure your 9-to-5 doesn't suffer from the change of scenery. And for those looking to relax, L'Ermitage boasts a full-service spa and a rooftop pool with 360-degree views of the city. The hotel's on-site eatery, Avec Nous, is a French-style bistro. The hotel's location sandwiched between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica puts guests within reasonable driving distance of multiple points of interest, including Venice Beach and the Griffith Observatory. Note that valet parking is $50 per night, though.

    Beverly Hills, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 909 reviewsTripAdvisor (909)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    #10 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4338 reviewsTripAdvisor (4338)
    Free WiFi

    About 32 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Terranea Resort is a palatial resort in the city's backyard. Many rooms look out onto the Pacific Ocean from balconies and come equipped with a long list of luxury amenities, including flat-screen TVs, four-fixture stone bathrooms and Wi-Fi access. (Covered by the $40 daily resort fee.) But most guests appreciate what's outside their quarters, particularly the fitness center and multiple pools. The hotel also houses a noteworthy spa, and visitors are in awe of the expansive, manicured grounds  all 102 acres. This family- and pet-friendly resort has eight delectable eateries and watering holes. Of those, Catalina Kitchen is the true standout with its breakfast and patio setting.

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4338 reviewsTripAdvisor (4338)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Bardessono
    Yountville, CA
    #11 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1389 reviewsTripAdvisor (1389)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Visitors are impressed with the Bardessono's environmental stewardship, daring architecture and exceptional service. This LEED Platinum Certified hotel in Yountville, California, is dedicated to protecting the environment while providing a luxury experience for guests. Accommodations are heated and cooled using an underground geothermal system, while rooftop solar panels keep the lights on. Visitors are certainly respectful of Bardessono's mission, but they're more vocal about the property's deluxe amenities, praising the guest rooms' huge bathrooms and modern technology. The on-site spa and outdoor pool are also popular features, and many visitors are quick to praise the personalized customer service. Don't miss eating at the traveler-recommended Lucy Restaurant & Bar, which serves up seasonal, locally sourced cuisine and an extensive list of wines.

    Yountville, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1389 reviewsTripAdvisor (1389)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Rosewood CordeValle
    San Martin, CA
    #12 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 285 reviewsTripAdvisor (285)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Recent visitors say that CordeValle — located just 30 miles southeast of downtown San Jose, California — serves as an indulgent retreat from Silicon Valley. The isolated setting wins over guests with its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. While here, travelers can work on their golf game at the surrounding course, or practice their backhand on the tennis courts. For a more relaxing day, plan to lounge alongside the heated outdoor pool, or book a massage or a skin treatment at Sense Spa. Guests can indulge their senses further at the three eateries; previous guests say that the food here is expensive but worth the price. What's more, visitors can head to the on-site winery for a tour and some tastings. At the end of the day, CordeValle's 45 enormous rooms enchant many previous visitors with their fireplaces, private patios and spectacular views. Yet travelers say that it's the friendly customer service staff at this Rosewood property that makes staying here truly enjoyable.

    San Martin, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 285 reviewsTripAdvisor (285)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Ojai Valley Inn
    Ojai, CA
    #13 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1850 reviewsTripAdvisor (1850)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Previous guests praise the rejuvenating and romantic powers of the Ojai Valley Inn, located about 40 miles east of Santa Barbara, California. Hosting an 18-hole golf course, several tennis courts and an award-winning spa, the Ojai Valley Inn's sprawling grounds have all the makings of a relaxing getaway. Ojai Valley Inn's 303 guest rooms and suites boast elegant grey and white decor, as well as custom bedding, flat-screen TVs with DVD/Blu-ray players and in-room pantries. (Some rooms also feature private balconies and fireplaces). Between enjoying Ojai Valley Inn's facilities and heading off to bed, travelers recommend sampling the cuisine at one of the on-site eateries; The Oak is the standout, with diners saying that outside seating and tasty lunch and dinner offerings will make you want to return to again and again.

    Ojai, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1850 reviewsTripAdvisor (1850)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
    Truckee, CA
    #14 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1126 reviewsTripAdvisor (1126)
    Free WiFi

    Sweeping mountain vistas and rustic furnishings are just two of the many reasons why guests are drawn to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Others include fantastic customer service, great food and a sumptuous atmosphere. With a ski-in/ski-out location near the shores of Lake Tahoe, California, this Ritz allows visitors prime access to the slopes and two nearby championship golf courses. As for the hotel itself, on-site amenities include a tranquil spa and several gourmet restaurants. As far as lodging goes, recent guests raved about the large rooms, comfy beds and beautiful setting. Rooms and suites adopt a mountain lodge feel with stone fireplaces, wood trim and beautiful views. Guests generally loved their stay here, however, some visitors lamented the resort fee, especially given the hotel's high room rates.

    Truckee, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1126 reviewsTripAdvisor (1126)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Lodge at Torrey Pines
    La Jolla, CA
    #15 in Best Hotels in California
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1413 reviewsTripAdvisor (1413)
    Free WiFi

    If you like hiking, golfing, swimming and sunning, you might be interested in booking a stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Here you'll have the state park to the north and the La Jolla beaches to the south. You can enjoy the woodsy, rustic ambiance of coastal California all throughout the hotel. Guest rooms feature hardwood furnishings and overlook the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course, and cozy fireplaces can be found in the hotel's common areas. The Lodge also features an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center. Visitors loved the unique touches here, including the kilt-wearing doormen and the delicious California cuisine at A.R. Valentien restaurant. Guests will also have access to the spa and the adjacent Torrey Pines Golf Course. The hotel does charge a $35 daily fee, which covers an array of amenities like property-wide Wi-Fi access and balls for use on putting greens.

    La Jolla, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1413 reviewsTripAdvisor (1413)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi