Best Marriott International Hotels in California

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The Marriott family – which includes Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Autograph Collection Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels and Delta Hotels, as well as 23 other brands – has garnered high praise from travel experts and guests alike for its ability to balance a 50-year-old legacy with innovative luxury. Marriott combines a high level of customer service with a drive to provide visitors with a unique experience at every hotel. What's more, Marriott Rewards offers frequent guests (including former members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and the Starwood Preferred Guest programs) a range of perks, such as free nights and priority late checkout. Members can strive for Silver Elite, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Platinum Premier Elite or Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador membership status for bonus rewards. Many of Marriott's 6,500-plus properties appear on our Best Hotels in the USABest Hotels in the Caribbean, Best Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels in Canada rankings lists; those properties are listed below.

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    The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
    Truckee, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1137 reviewsTripAdvisor (1137)
    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 1137 reviewsTripAdvisor (1137)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1508 reviewsTripAdvisor (1508)
    Free WiFi

    Located on the southern fringes of Chinatown, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco earns high praise from recent guests, who say that the hotel makes for a convenient choice for both business and leisure travelers. The rooms here are dressed in blue and white and Frette linens, as well as a variety of high-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, coffee makers and high-speed internet access. Visitors to this property will also have access to the in-house Spa L'OCCITANE by the Bay and its full list of treatments, as well as the raved-about contemporary Californian cuisine served at Parallel 37. But for many guests, the highlight of staying here was the exceptional level of customer service they received. Visitors say that the employees were friendly and respectful, providing an overall feeling of being treated like royalty (though you may have to shell out like royalty to stay here).

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1508 reviewsTripAdvisor (1508)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The St. Regis San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1472 reviewsTripAdvisor (1472)
    Free WiFi

    This modern masterpiece of a hotel in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood features 260 guest rooms and suites, all equipped with rainforest showers, minibars and several flat-screen TVs (including one in the bathroom). Accommodations here are exceptionally roomy, but if you want to spread out, book a Metropolitan Suite, which boasts about 1,000 square feet of space. Travelers rave about the digs here, but what they especially enjoy about this St. Regis property is its location (near a number of the city's most popular attractions), its modern decor and its friendly service staff. The contemporary American cuisine served at Grill Restaurant also sits well with guests. Room rates here are high, but visitors believe the experience is worth the lofty price. And If you're a Marriott Rewards loyalty club member, you can use or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1472 reviewsTripAdvisor (1472)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
    Dana Point, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2588 reviewsTripAdvisor (2588)
    Free WiFi

    When booking a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, guests expect to receive superb service. And that's what they get. On top of that, they get a breathtaking ocean view and gorgeous grounds just northwest of Dana Point Marina. If you need any help reaching inner peace, the well-reviewed spa is happy to accommodate you. And this is no ordinary Ritz: In addition to the standard pool-tennis-fitness center combination, this property has access to several area golf courses and some excellent surfing waves. Plus, guests can explore the local environment with expert naturalists on eco-adventures organized by the hotel. As for dining, you can satiate your appetite at one of several on-site eateries. And when it comes time to call it a day, you won't be disappointed with the accommodations. Previous visitors love the serene pastel blue and cream decor in the guest rooms, as well as the private balconies and technology such as flat-screen TVs and internet access (included in the $50 daily resort fee). 

    Dana Point, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2588 reviewsTripAdvisor (2588)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The US GRANT, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2723 reviewsTripAdvisor (2723)

    The son of Ulysses S. Grant (the 18th president of the United States) opened this luxury downtown hotel in 1910. Today, THE US GRANT, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego gives guests a taste of Old World glamour coupled with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minifridges and marble bathrooms. The hotel also houses a fitness center and The Grant Grill, which is critically acclaimed and known for its fresh Californian cuisine. However, this Luxury Collection property probably isn't the ideal hotel for sun-seekers, since it's pretty far from San Diego's most popular beaches. On the other hand, it's quite close to many of the city's top attractions, and if you're a Marriott Rewards member looking to redeem or accrue reward points, this could be the place for you.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2723 reviewsTripAdvisor (2723)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1701 reviewsTripAdvisor (1701)
    Free WiFi

    This Ritz outpost is located about 9 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California, in Rancho Mirage. The hotel's suites feature balconies, stone bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs, beds with 400-thread-count Frette linens and Nespresso coffee makers. But with the resort's ample amenities, guests won't want to spend all their time in their rooms. The property has multiple pools and a spa boasting treatments like the Coconut Body Polish and the Sec-He Rock Ritual. Plus, nearby hiking trails and the on-site fitness center offer ample opportunities for exercise. When it's time for a bite to eat, try the casual cuisine at the Air Pool Bar or go for a more upscale meal at  either The Edge Steakhouse or the State Fare Bar & Kitchen. Recent guests said the hotel's setting is beautiful but warn of exorbitant prices for everything from food at the on-site restaurants to the mandatory valet parking. Keep in mind that because of its Marriott ties, the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage allows Marriott Rewards members to earn perks or use points to cover stays at the property.

    Rancho Mirage, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1701 reviewsTripAdvisor (1701)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
    Half Moon Bay, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2328 reviewsTripAdvisor (2328)
    Free WiFi

    The palatial Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay's jaw-dropping setting atop sea cliffs along the Pacific Coast is hard to beat. As its name suggests, this Ritz-Carlton property is in Half Moon Bay, California, located between San Francisco and San Jose. But the exceptional service is what has most travelers talking: From the congenial front desk staff, to the spa therapists to the restaurant servers, travelers praise the entire staff for its friendliness and efficiency. But that's not all guests have to say. The Ritz's guest rooms earn a thumbs-up for their goose-down bedding, marble bathrooms and spacious floor plans, and those traveling with pets will be pleased to know that accommodations here are animal-friendly. But don't plan on spending too much time in your room. Through the concierge, you can book surf lessons, bird watching excursions, bike rides, Segway tours, horseback rides and even whale watching tours. Back at the resort, you'll find two golf courses, a spa and four eateries. Families like to take advantage of the Ritz Kids Day Program, which includes trips to the beach, as well as movies and s'mores at the fire pit.

    Half Moon Bay, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2328 reviewsTripAdvisor (2328)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1783 reviewsTripAdvisor (1783)

    The Palace Hotel first welcomed guests in 1875 as the world's largest and most luxurious hotel. But the earthquake of 1906 destroyed the property; the building that stands now was constructed in 1909. Still, the Palace wins guests over with its historical charm: The lobby draws attention with marble floors and high ceilings, and the guest rooms house more contemporary furnishings (alongside amenities such as high-speed internet access). But to truly experience the Palace in all its timeless glory, sit down to afternoon tea underneath the glass ceiling and crystal chandeliers of the Garden Court. (For dinner, head to the Pied Piper Restaurant, which serves traditional American fare.) There's also a pool and fitness center on-site, which is perfect for those looking to recharge. Guests love the luxurious interiors and appreciate the cozy guest rooms. The staff also get a thumbs up as well for their warm, welcoming attitudes. What's more, as a member of the Luxury Collection hotel family, the Palace gladly welcomes guests looking to pay with or earn rewards through the Marriott Rewards program.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1783 reviewsTripAdvisor (1783)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley
    St. Helena, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    Free WiFi

    Located in St. Helena, a city in California's Napa Valley region, Las Alcobas is conveniently situated within 10 miles of can't-miss wineries like Frog's Leap, Castello di Amorosa and Robert Mondavi. But oenophiles will find plenty to enjoy on-site, too. This boutique property features the upscale Acacia House (helmed by "Top Chef Masters" winner Chris Cosentino), as well as an outdoor pool with a fire pit and pool bar. R&R-seekers can take advantage of the hotel's spa, where guests will find a steam room, a fitness center and a yoga studio. Following a day spent wine tasting or unwinding by the pool or in the spa, visitors can retreat to one of 68 guest rooms or suites. Each offers neutral decor with wood wall accents and a plethora of amenities, including a flat-screen TV, a freestanding bathtub and complimentary Wi-Fi access. And in select upgraded accommodations, travelers have access to private balconies, decks or terraces with fire pits and privacy curtains. Overall, past guests enjoyed their stays at Las Alcobas, citing the "incredible" staff, delicious food and "amazing" rooms as highlights. However, a few cautioned that some rooms are not adequately soundproofed. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Rewards members can earn or use points here.

    St. Helena, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 732 reviewsTripAdvisor (732)

    Sitting on the fringes of downtown L.A. just a short walk from the STAPLES Center and The Grammy Museum, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has what it takes to make it in this town. The hotel's 123 guest rooms and suites exude an aura of "California cool" with wooden and cream-colored furnishings, crisp white linens and bright splashes of color. Meanwhile, in-room amenities such as iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and large windows with sweeping city views ensure that you'll be living it up L.A.-style (you can also enjoy skyline views from the hotel's 26th-floor outdoor rooftop heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi). To keep you looking fabulous, the Ritz houses a 24-hour fitness center and an 8,000-square-foot spa, not to mention a pool lined with cabanas. And if you're looking to see and be seen, the in-house WP24 Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck provides the trendy atmosphere, as well as plates of contemporary Chinese cuisine. Despite all its modern amenities, visitors insist that the Ritz stands out among its (equally pricey) competition thanks to attentive customer service. Plus, if you're a Marriott Rewards member, you can earn or redeem points for choosing to bed down here.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 732 reviewsTripAdvisor (732)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
    Marina Del Rey, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 782 reviewsTripAdvisor (782)

    Right on the marina and about 5 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey attracts visitors with its picturesque location. Guests describe the rooms here as comfortable, with warm blue and gold tones reflecting the hotel's harbor vistas (not to mention balconies and feather beds). Visitors also appreciate this Ritz's convenient and luxurious amenities, such as the bicycle rentals  perfect for riding along the boardwalk  and the waterfront pool and whirlpool. Make the most of the hotel's harborfront location with some California cuisine at Wave Poolside Bar + Grill, or sample the locally sourced small plates at Cast & Plow. For even more pampering, indulge in a treatment at Sisley Spa. Though a stay here can cost a pretty penny, you can offset the cost (or earn points) with Marriott Rewards.

    Marina Del Rey, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 782 reviewsTripAdvisor (782)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
    Los Angeles, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2451 reviewsTripAdvisor (2451)

    The L.A. LIVE area is a complex of stadiums, open-air plazas and theaters. Some of the best-known tenants include the Microsoft Theater, the Grammy Museum and the STAPLES Center. So this JW Marriott is in a prime spot for sports fanatics and audiophiles. This hotel is also great for business travelers  previous guests recount how they could easily walk to the city's financial district from the hotel, while guest rooms come equipped with wireless internet access (for a fee) and access to the JW Marriott's business center. In terms of decor, rooms here take their inspiration from the California climate, boasting bright yellow and blue hues, along with 42-inch TVs, iPod docking stations and minifridges. And if you'd like to take advantage of the weather, the hotel beasts a rooftop pool (and adjacent bar). When you're ready to grab a bite to eat, you've got three full-service restaurants at your fingertips, including WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. Plus, if you're a member of the Marriott Rewards program, you can earn and redeem points while staying here.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2451 reviewsTripAdvisor (2451)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2095 reviewsTripAdvisor (2095)

    Some say the SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills is cool, both in good and bad ways. First the good: This standout property of hotelier Sam Nazarian is decked out in sleek furniture and just enough detailing to carve out a distinct personality without overwhelming visitors. For example, you'll find the acronym "SLS" branded on much of the hotel paraphernalia, each time offering a different meaning (coffee cups urge you to "sip liquids slowly"). Plus, the staff is often described as attentive, friendly and helpful with any questions or issues that arise. And now the not-so-good: Some guests say that the hotel's 'round the clock party atmosphere disrupts sleep. Luckily, rooms are well equipped and boast floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, Sealy beds and rain showers. And to end on a high point: This hotel on South La Cienega Boulevard does have what's becoming the norm in L.A. – a modish rooftop pool and a Ciel Spa. Plus, since this property is affiliated with the Marriott brand, members of the Marriott Rewards club can earn and redeem points when staying here.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2095 reviewsTripAdvisor (2095)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
    Goleta, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2630 reviewsTripAdvisor (2630)
    Free WiFi

    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara in Goleta, California, has all the essentials of a luxury seaside resort – a spa, several infinity pools, multiple dining venues and, of course, dramatic Pacific Ocean views. The Ritz's 358 luxurious guest rooms feature gas or wood-burning fireplaces, marble showers and private patios or balconies, not to mention flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. When it's time for a meal, head to the oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, to feast on steak, seafood and more. Many guests are quick to note that the prices here are steep, especially if you indulge in a spa treatment or a fancy meal. But overall, visitors say they very much enjoyed their stay, chalking their good times up to excellent customer service and the property's relaxed atmosphere.

    Goleta, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2630 reviewsTripAdvisor (2630)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Lido House, Autograph Collection
    Newport Beach, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 97 reviewsTripAdvisor (97)

    The Lido House enjoys a prime spot in the center of Newport Beach, California, with the bay and beach just a short walk away in either direction. But past guests attest the location isn't the only reason to visit. Recent travelers laud the Marriott-affiliated Lido House's attentive and warm staff members, beautifully decorated rooms and cool amenities. The hotel features a spa, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a rooftop bar with impressive ocean views (a guest favorite), and the sleek American-inspired Mayor's Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen. As for the rooms, expect a mix of modern and casual interiors alongside amenities like pillow-top mattresses, minifridges, complimentary bottled water and flat-screen TVs with Netflix. Upgrade to an Ocean View room for superb water views from a private balcony. Although most travelers rave about the hotel's service, a few visitors did encounter billing issues during their stays. If you're a Marriott Rewards member, you can earn or accrue loyalty points here.

    Newport Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 97 reviewsTripAdvisor (97)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating