Best Preferred Legend Collection Hotels in California

One of four Preferred Hotels & Resorts collections, Preferred Legend properties provide modern... READ MORE
One of four Preferred Hotels & Resorts collections, Preferred Legend properties provide modern digs that are influenced by their surroundings. All Preferred Legend hotels and resorts – there are more than 80 throughout 25 countries – boast top-notch restaurants and full-service spas, alongside stellar personal service and amenities like pools, archery, golf courses and beach access. And because the Legend collection falls underneath the Preferred portfolio, members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points and perks during their stay, such as free nights and welcome amenities upon arrival. You can find several Preferred Legend Collection properties (listed below) on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings lists.

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    Montage Beverly Hills
    Beverly Hills, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 786 reviewsTripAdvisor (786)
    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 786 reviewsTripAdvisor (786)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Montage Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1477 reviewsTripAdvisor (1477)
    Free WiFi

    The Montage Laguna Beach epitomizes the relaxed class and beauty for which Southern California is known. The property's location (right along the shore just south of downtown Laguna Beach) is a particularly popular perk among guests. Accommodations at the hotel also include feather-top beds and marble bathrooms, not to mention beautiful turn-of-the-century decor and private terraces or balconies that overlook the ocean. But don't plan on spending too much time in your room. In addition to enjoying the large beach area, you can lounge poolside, shop at the in-house boutiques, receive spa treatments and eat gourmet meals at one of three on-site restaurants. If you happen to be here for date night, recent guests say that the intimate atmosphere and the locally sourced California cuisine at Studio will set the tone for a romantic evening. There are also family programs for children, though previous visitors say that the upscale environment at Montage Laguna Beach is better suited for couples.

    Laguna Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1477 reviewsTripAdvisor (1477)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Post Ranch Inn
    Big Sur, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1248 reviewsTripAdvisor (1248)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    A pristine retreat along the Pacific Ocean less than an hour south of Monterey in Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn is renowned for its rustic atmosphere and indulgent comfort. Guests delight in the views from their guest rooms, gazing at either rising mountains or the expansive seas. The hotel's 39 rooms were designed for utter relaxation – you won't find TVs here, but rather wood-burning fireplaces, private hot tubs and binoculars to help you see more clearly from your personal deck. Should you need your fix of TV, you can head to the library, although the inn's activities should be enough to keep you busy. When visitors are not taking advantage of the on-site amenities – the pools (some of the world's most beautiful), spa, yoga classes and star-gazing excursions, to name a few – they are appreciating the great outdoors on local hikes or watching the sun set over nearby Pfeiffer Beach. No matter how you choose to spend your stay, previous visitors insist that a meal at Sierra Mar must work its way into your schedule. 

    Big Sur, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1248 reviewsTripAdvisor (1248)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Ojai Valley Inn
    Ojai, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1864 reviewsTripAdvisor (1864)
    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 1864 reviewsTripAdvisor (1864)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach
    Pebble Beach, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    For golf fans, a stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach – which sits on the 18th hole of the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links – is a dream come true. You won't regret requesting a room that overlooks the fairway and the Pacific Ocean. Aside from the outstanding views, recent visitors rave about the staff, calling them professional and attentive. There are five exceptional bars and restaurants on-site, as well as multiple shops. Access to the Beach & Tennis Club is also free for guests. Just keep in mind that you must stay at least two nights at the Lodge (or The Inn at Spanish Bay or Casa Palmero) to get a reserved tee time on the course, and you'll have better luck securing a spot if you book your tee time when you reserve your hotel room.

    Pebble Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Carneros Resort and Spa
    Napa, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1482 reviewsTripAdvisor (1482)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting just a few miles southwest of Napa, California, Carneros Resort and Spa is often described by recent travelers as charming and quiet. Accommodations consist of cottages, suites and homes. Many previous visitors recommend reserving a cottage for an added sense of privacy. (Guests also suggest requesting a room that's not near the highway for a more peaceful night's sleep.) But no matter which type of lodging you choose, you'll find yourself with a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee machine, heated bathroom floors and a private outdoor patio with a garden. When you crave a change of scenery, take some time to explore all 28 acres of the property – you'll find a vegetable garden, two pools with hot tubs, a general store, three restaurants and The Spa at Carneros. Other amenities – such as weekend fitness classes, use of loaner bicycles and on-site parking – are covered by the property's daily $32 resort fee.

    Napa, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1482 reviewsTripAdvisor (1482)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Inn at Spanish Bay
    Pebble Beach, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 781 reviewsTripAdvisor (781)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Like its sister properties, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and Casa Palmero, the Inn at Spanish Bay caters mostly to avid golfers and luxury travelers. Guests praise the staff for their exceptional service and friendly dispositions. The rooms, many of which face the ocean, are spacious, with flat-screen TVs, complimentary internet access and minibars – some accommodations even come with fireplaces and balconies. There are many restaurants and bars that reside in the Pebble Beach complex, but Pèppoli and Roy's are the true culinary standouts. Just keep in mind that you must stay at least two nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Casa Palmero or The Lodge at Pebble Beach to reserve a tee time on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Located along 17-Mile Drive, closer to Monterey than Pebble Beach, the hotel allows guests to enjoy easy access to all the shops and eateries near Cannery Row.

    Pebble Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 781 reviewsTripAdvisor (781)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi