Best Destination Hotels in California

Destination Hotels & Resorts became part of the Two Roads Hospitality family in 2016. Each of the... READ MORE
Destination Hotels & Resorts became part of the Two Roads Hospitality family in 2016. Each of the brand's nearly 40 desert resorts, oceanfront villas and ski lodges evokes the geography of a particular region of the U.S. or Mexico through decor: L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks California's dramatic seaside landscape, while Stowe Mountain Lodge's 18-hole golf course, ski-in/ski-out access and inviting Hourglass bar offer cozy retreats from Stowe, Vermont's winterscapes. Regardless of location, Destination properties emphasize relaxation and recreation (often in the form of spas and golf courses), and every property contains conference facilities. Plus, members of the brand's Destination Delivers loyalty program receive extra perks like free room upgrades or late checkout at select properties. The following Destination Hotels hold spots on our Best Hotels in the USA and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings.

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    L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel
    Del Mar, CA
    18.8 miles to city center
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1202 reviewsTripAdvisor (1202)
    Free WiFi
    At the center of the Del Mar Village north of San Diego, L'Auberge Del Mar offers lavish comforts in a relaxed setting. Recent guests say that the friendly staff – particularly behind the front desk – were always eager to lend a hand. With plush beds and a light color palette, the rooms exude a quaint rather than ritzy atmosphere, according to visitors. The property also encourages visitors to take advantage of the treatments offered at Spa L'Auberge and the fresh seafood served at both Coastline and Living Room. But travelers say L'Auberge's best asset is its proximity to the beach – just a short downhill walk. The hotel's location also places guests near boutique shops, golf courses and Del Mar Racing track. Though there are hefty resort and parking fees at this hotel, other amenities like a fitness center, business center and complimentary shuttle service make staying here worthwhile.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Carmel Valley Ranch
    Carmel, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviewsTripAdvisor (1814)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
    Guests gush over the gorgeous landscapes (spanning across 500 acres) that surround the Carmel Valley Ranch, not to mention the stunning golf course, the massive fitness center and the sensual Spa Aiyana. But back to the great outdoors: While here, don't miss the chance to roam the ranch's wide lavender fields to learn about beekeeping. Guests recommend eating at the Valley Kitchen for fresh, locally sourced dishes and outstanding customer service, or head to the River Ranch Café for a more casual vibe. And then there are the suites, where you can spread out in anywhere from 650 to 1,200 square feet of space, which all include 42-inch flat-screens with Blu-ray players, Travertine fireplaces and free wireless internet.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Resort at Squaw Creek
    Olympic Valley, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2314 reviewsTripAdvisor (2314)
    Free Parking
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    Surrounded by lush mountain areas, a golf course and a variety of outdoor amenities, the Resort at Squaw Creek provides the ultimate escape. Those looking to explore can enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley Ski Resort, heated pools and a water slide, an ice-skating rink, and hiking and biking trails. (A resort fee covers most amenities.) While those looking to settle in can take advantage of the property’s elegant accommodations, featuring pillow-top beds, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffee makers. Suites add gas fireplaces, kitchenettes, and stereos. There are also penthouses, which features washer/dryers. An on-site hydroponic garden supplies the resort’s several eateries, including a fine-dining steakhouse, an Italian restaurant, a casual pub, a patisserie and a poolside bar. Additional amenities include a fitness center, a full-service spa, a children’s program, a shopping center and event space. Recent guests rave about the amenities and sweeping views, but a few of them note that the property's $25 resort fee is a bummer.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Paradise Point, A Destination Hotel
    San Diego, CA
    8 miles to city center
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 890 reviewsTripAdvisor (890)
    Free WiFi
    Occupying its own 44-acre island in Mission Bay, Paradise Point offers guests a wide variety of ways to pass the time. Not only is the island flanked by quiet beaches, the resort also boasts five pools (including one reserved just for adults), an 18-hole mini-golf course, a surf school, five tennis courts, a spa and a basketball court. Travelers appreciate the resort's sense of isolation, despite its busy location near SeaWorld and Mission Beach Park. While guests were thoroughly appreciative of the resort's address, accommodations get mixed reviews, with some saying rooms needed an update, or a good cleaning. Guests say to really sink your teeth into this resort experience, book a room with a private lanai. As for dining, Paradise Point houses four restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, from fresh seafood to pizza.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel De Anza, A Destination Hotel
    San Jose, CA
    0.3 miles to city center
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 694 reviewsTripAdvisor (694)
    Free WiFi
    Although it was built in 1931, Hotel De Anza doesn't seem to be showing its age, according to recent guests. The hotel's location in downtown San Jose puts guests close to many attractions including the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks hockey team. Should you prefer a night in, you can enjoy a tasty Italian meal at the hotel's award-winning restaurant, La Pastaia. Previous visitors also recommend unwinding in the Hedley Club Lounge, which regularly hosts live jazz music. The rooms – which were renovated in 2015 – are on the small side (starting at 218 square feet), but well-equipped with complimentary wireless internet access, Illy coffee makers and iHome radios. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour fitness center. And if you're struck with late-night hunger pangs, simply head to the front desk for a complimentary "Midnight Snack Box," which includes a sandwich, chips and candy.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi

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