Best Hilton Hotels & Resorts in California

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With a portfolio of more than 540 hotels and resorts spread across 78 countries, Hilton has been a recognized name in the hospitality industry since 1927. Hilton properties range from airport hotels to sprawling destination resorts – regardless of which hotel you choose, booking a room in most of Hilton's properties will grant you access to a signature Hilton bed. A member of the Hilton Worldwide brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts participates in the Hilton Honors rewards program, so members can receive free stays and complimentary perks. The Hilton properties that appear below have earned spots on our Best Hotels in the USABest Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels in Canada rankings lists.

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    Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, A Hilton Resort & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1722 reviewsTripAdvisor (1722)
    Free WiFi

    Overlooking the Pacific from its seat about 5 miles south of Carlsbad, the Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach provides a great home base for beach-going families. Recent travelers say that the Hilton's pool area was large enough to keep the kids occupied for hours, and the free shuttle service to LEGOLAND saves visitors the hassle of finding (and paying for) theme park parking. After a long day at the park, refuel at Chandler's Restaurant, which offers coastal cuisine that suits taste buds of all ages. As for accommodations, visitors will find guest rooms here are spacious and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, cozy beds and complimentary wireless internet access, though several recent guests thought the rooms should be updated. Guests who leave the kids at home can take advantage of the spa and a number of nearby world-class golf courses. Because of its Hilton connection, this resort takes part in the Hilton Honors loyalty program.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1722 reviewsTripAdvisor (1722)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
    Huntington Beach, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2324 reviewsTripAdvisor (2324)

    This Hilton resort is all about location. Every guest room at The Waterfront Beach Resort – which cozies up to the sands of Huntington Beach about 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles –has an ocean view. Of course, while the beach is a main draw here, guests also reserve praise for the resort's pool and fitness center. After a day in the sun, cool off at Shades Restaurant & Bar, which serves up classic American fare (don't miss the magician-accompanied Champagne brunch on Sundays). Although the in-room decor isn't exactly innovative, the accommodations here receive compliments for their spacious layouts and comfortable accoutrements. Each of The Waterfront Beach Resort's guest rooms comes equipped with a private balcony, a signature Hilton Serenity bed, a flat-screen TV and high-speed Internet access (for a fee). What's more, members of the Hilton Honors rewards club can earn and redeem points here.

    Huntington Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2324 reviewsTripAdvisor (2324)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hilton Los Angeles San Gabriel
    San Gabriel, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 853 reviewsTripAdvisor (853)
    Hilton Los Angeles San Gabriel is a 3.5 star hotel located at 225 W Valley Blvd in Los Angeles. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 853 reviews.
    San Gabriel, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 853 reviewsTripAdvisor (853)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5652 reviewsTripAdvisor (5652)

    In addition to its proximity to the convention center, Petco Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront wins guests over with scenic views of San Diego Bay. Similar to most Hilton properties, this hotel offers a host of amenities to make everyone happy, from business travelers to families. Rooms here are dressed in neutral decor and feature plasma-screen TVs, high-speed internet access and signature Serenity beds. The property also houses a fitness center, a pool and a full-service spa, as well as multiple in-house eateries and lounges. For those looking to see the city, the hotel concierge can help arrange guided sightseeing tours. In fact, for many recent guests, it was the Hilton's high level of customer service that will prompt them to book here again. Plus, members of Hilton's Honors rewards program can receive special perks here.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5652 reviewsTripAdvisor (5652)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Beverly Hilton
    Beverly Hills, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4179 reviewsTripAdvisor (4179)

    The Beverly Hilton is a classic, but some say it can't keep up with the newest, hippest hotels of Los Angeles. In fact, it's probably better known as the home of the Golden Globe Awards (which take place annually in the International Ballroom) than it is as a place to spend the night. However, the 569 rooms – which feature Egyptian cotton linens, Bose Wave music systems and BABOR Beauty toiletries – hint at luxury, though some guests say that the accommodations here feel dated. The hotel staff, on the other hand, earns props from visitors, who say that The Beverly Hilton's employees were friendly and efficient. For a true taste of Hollywood glam, grab a table at CIRCA 55, a 1950s-inspired restaurant that serves up tasty plates of California fare. Or, lounge by the largest heated hotel pool in Beverly Hills. You'll find this L.A. standby in Beverly Hills, of course, along Wilshire Boulevard.

    Beverly Hills, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4179 reviewsTripAdvisor (4179)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
    Universal City, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4482 reviewsTripAdvisor (4482)
    Free WiFi

    Across the street from Universal Studios Hollywood, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City has excellent access to the downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood areas, which makes it popular with business and leisure travelers alike. Most guests report that the hotel is a standard Hilton property with (thankfully) no surprises. Guest rooms are outfitted in neutral decor and come equipped with Hilton's signature Serenity beds, free wireless Internet access and minifridges. Still, some guests say that the rooms could use a facelift as they show some wear. This property also houses two pools, a fitness center and several eateries, and members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty programs can earn and redeem points here.

    Universal City, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4482 reviewsTripAdvisor (4482)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton San Francisco Financial District
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4372 reviewsTripAdvisor (4372)

    This Hilton's units are completely contemporary, adding extra style to visitors San Francisco stay. The 543 guest rooms feature Hilton's signature Serenity beds, flat-screen TVs and large work desks with ergonomic chairs. And the hotel's location, on the fringes of Chinatown and the Financial District, make it a convenient choice for business and leisure travelers alike. However, a central seat does have its downside  some guests, particularly those who stayed on floors closer to street level, complained of late-night noise. Should you need a little extra relaxation, the Hilton San Francisco Financial District houses an on-site day spa, as well as a fitness center. What's more, this property participates in the Hilton Honors program, offering rewards that can be redeemed for free nights in Hilton properties around the globe.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4372 reviewsTripAdvisor (4372)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3637 reviewsTripAdvisor (3637)
    Free WiFi

    With easy access to SeaWorld, Mission Beach and downtown San Diego, this Hilton makes a great home base for sightseers. And the property's business center, meeting venues and Wi-Fi access make it a good choice for business travelers as well. Those who visited for work and leisure found the Hilton San Diego Resort to be an enjoyable place to stay. Recent guests praised the views afforded by the accommodations, as well as the in-room amenities (which include 42-inch flat-screen TVs and balconies or patios). Guests of the Hilton can also take advantage of the property's water sports equipment, its on-site spa and its outdoor pool. Come dinnertime, the American cuisine served at Acqua earns rave reviews, while the relaxed atmosphere at the poolside Fresco's makes it a great dining spot for those looking for good food in the sun. Some guests do lament the high price of staying here, though members of the Hilton Honors rewards program can see some of their costs mitigated with room upgrades and other perks.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3637 reviewsTripAdvisor (3637)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
    Burlingame, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1918 reviewsTripAdvisor (1918)

    About 5 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport in Burlingame, California, the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront is not the airport's closest hotel, but it does feature nice views of the San Francisco Bay and less noise from passing planes. Travelers say that the guest rooms are nothing special, but most report a pleasant stay thanks to amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, ample work space and pillow-top beds. You will have to pay for internet access in your room, but Wi-Fi in the lobby is free of charge. This Hilton hotel also houses a fitness center and a pool (a highlight for those traveling with kids). When it's time for a meal, the excellent views offered at the in-house restaurant, Windows on the Bay, receive high praise from patrons. However, some recent guests rail against the charge for parking  save some dough by leaving the car at home and using the hotel's complimentary shuttle to get to the airport on time. Thanks to its Hilton ties, Hilton Honors members can earn and redeem points here.

    Burlingame, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1918 reviewsTripAdvisor (1918)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
    La Jolla, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1809 reviewsTripAdvisor (1809)

    This hotel near Torrey Pines State Reserve offers all the amenities you'd expect in a Hilton, including flat-screen TVs, Hilton Serenity beds and high-speed internet access (for an extra fee). But guests reserve the most praise for the hotel's proximity to the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Guests can enjoy views from the rooms, most of which put the golf course and the Pacific Ocean in plain sight. The hotel also earns praise for its expansive outdoor pool and its three in-house restaurants. However, some guests complain that parking on hotel premises can be a headache: The garage can fill up quickly, and even if you can get a spot, it'll cost you $30 to $35 per night. However, members of the Hilton Honors rewards program can use rewards to cover some nightly expenses.

    La Jolla, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1809 reviewsTripAdvisor (1809)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hilton Palm Springs
    Palm Springs, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1588 reviewsTripAdvisor (1588)
    Free WiFi

    Situated on East Tahquitz Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs, California, the Hilton Palm Springs gives you prime access to the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Convention Center, a casino and an array of shops and restaurants. But there's plenty to do on-site, too. If you desire a quintessential Palm Springs vacation, relax by the outdoor pool or treat yourself to a Palm Springs-inspired treatment (think: desert stone massages) at the spa. You can also break a sweat in the hotel's fitness center, mingle with friends in Harvey's Lounge or savor casual American dishes at one of two restaurants. Previous visitors raved about the property's spa treatments, but some said the gym and the restaurant's breakfasts were nothing special. Most, however, were impressed with the hotel's tidy and spacious accommodations. Each has a neutral color palette with blue patterned carpets and colorful artwork, plus amenities like Hilton's signature beds, desks with ergonomic chairs, flat-screen TVs and patios or balconies. According to several past guests, room rates are a bit high when you factor in the property's cons, but if you're a Hilton Honors member, you can use rewards points to pay for your room.

    Palm Springs, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1588 reviewsTripAdvisor (1588)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton Santa Clara
    Santa Clara, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1513 reviewsTripAdvisor (1513)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Hilton Santa Clara offers a coveted location that appeases a variety of travelers. Not only does the hotel sit across the street from the Santa Clara Convention Center, it's also just one block from Levi's Stadium (home of the San Francisco 49ers) and less than 2 miles north of California's Great America theme park. Guests say the address is the most favorable quality of the hotel, though accommodations were another high point. Rooms are equipped with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, signature Hilton Serenity Beds and minifridges. There is also a small, terrace pool, as well as a fitness center. Those in town for work will appreciate the various business amenities on-site, including meeting rooms, a business center and express mail services. The only gripe among recent lodgers? Because the property shares a parking lot with Levi's Stadium, the area can get hectic when there are football games. On the plus side, if you're a Hilton Honors program member, you can earn or redeem points here. 

    Santa Clara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1513 reviewsTripAdvisor (1513)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton Checkers Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1484 reviewsTripAdvisor (1484)

    If you want basic luxury with no frills and no fuss, then travelers would recommend this downtown Los Angeles hotel, which dates back to the 1920s. But if you're looking for special treatment and lodging that exceeds expectations, this should not be your first choice. Guests say the 193 guest rooms are standard and comfortable  if a little small  and contain 42-inch flat-screen TVs, queen or double beds and coffee makers. It's this hotel's location that impresses; you will find that the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles offers convenient access to the STAPLES Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Plus, members of the Hilton Honors loyalty program can enjoy extra perks here.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1484 reviewsTripAdvisor (1484)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1003 reviewsTripAdvisor (1003)

    Although some recent guests said rooms located near the elevators and those overlooking the adjacent freeway were noisy, overall, many past visitors enjoyed their stays at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. Located in San Diego's Mission Valley neighborhood, this Hilton outpost sits within 5 miles of top attractions like Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo and has a 24-hour business center, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. Additional perks, such as access to a lounge that serves free breakfast daily, are available if you stay in an upgraded guest room or suite, and all accommodations come with amenities like flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minifridges. Room decor in each space is modern with cream and brown tones, gray accent fabrics and wooden furnishings. When you're ready to grab a bite to eat, you can choose from several eateries along Mission Valley's main thoroughfare, Camino De La Reina, or the on-site Polanco Kitchen & Bar. Past diners described the restaurant's Mexican-inspired cuisine as tasty but pricey. If you're a member of the Hilton Honors rewards program, you can help offset food costs by paying for your room with points.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1003 reviewsTripAdvisor (1003)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hilton Long Beach
    Long Beach, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1497 reviewsTripAdvisor (1497)
    Free WiFi

    The Hilton Long Beach is located adjacent to Long Beach, California’s, One World Trade Center and is less than a mile from the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and hot tub with a sundeck, as well as an on-site restaurant, a lobby bar and a cafe. Contemporary accommodations include ergonomic desks, coffee makers and MP3 players. Continental breakfast, Wi-Fi access and valet parking are available for a fee. Hilton Honors members can earn and redeem points here, and they also receive some amenities for free. Recent guests praise the hotel’s central location, but they note the sometimes spotty customer service.

    Long Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1497 reviewsTripAdvisor (1497)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi