Best Preferred Hotels & Resorts in California

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With more than 600 independent properties across 85 countries, Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers its guests unique luxury experiences and quality customer service. Each hotel must conform to the brand's Preferred Standards of Excellence – an anonymous, annual inspection carried out by third-party experts to ensure top-notch service is provided – to remain a Preferred property. And within each collection (Preferred Legend Collection, Preferred LVX Collection, Preferred Lifestyle Collection and Preferred Connect Collection), travelers can expect amenities like locally inspired restaurant menus and full-service spas. Several Preferred properties also feature kids clubs, swimming pools and beach and ski slope access. What's more, members of the brand's I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points – which can be redeemed for free nights – and perks, such as free Wi-Fi access and welcome amenities, during their stays. Popular collections in Preferred Hotels & Resorts appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada, Best Hotels in Mexico, Best Hotels in Bermuda and Best Hotels in Europe rankings lists; the U.S. News-ranked Preferred Hotels & Resorts are listed below.

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    Pendry San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 964 reviewsTripAdvisor (964)

    Though it's only been open since February 2017, the Pendry San Diego has already made a long-lasting impression on its guests. Reviewers raved about the hotel’s ample amenities, well-appointed interiors and unbeatable location in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Recent guests also praised the chic decor in rooms, which have Fili D'oro bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi access and 50-inch TVs. Other standout hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, a rooftop pool and six restaurants and bars. Lodgers were appreciative of the on-site dining options (especially the seafood-focused Lionfish), but also suggested guests take advantage of the Pendry's stellar location by visiting the Gaslamp Quarter's trendy bars and restaurants. And since this property is part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts family, members of the iPrefer loyalty program can apply or accrue points here.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 964 reviewsTripAdvisor (964)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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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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    Hotel Californian
    Santa Barbara, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 31 reviewsTripAdvisor (31)
    Free WiFi

    According to recent visitors, a stay at the Hotel Californian is worth the high room rates, the $30 daily resort fee and the $38 valet parking fee. Adjacent to the Santa Barbara, California, waterfront in the city's Funk Zone area, this Preferred LVX outpost delivers Spanish colonial-style architecture and modern Moorish decor. Guests will find large flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers, custom Hotel Californian bath products, stocked cocktail carts, Martyn Lawrence Bullard furnishings, light fixtures and wallcoverings inside all of the stylish accommodations. What's more, the property features a Moroccan-inspired spa, multiple meeting rooms (including a rooftop deck and a ballroom) and two restaurants – Goat Tree and Blackbird. Goat Tree offers casual breakfast fare and picnic baskets with seasonal items, while Blackbird features Mediterranean-influence cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. No additional facilities are available on-site; however, members of the iPrefer program can earn or redeem points while staying here.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 31 reviewsTripAdvisor (31)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great 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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    Casa Palmero
    Pebble Beach, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 69 reviewsTripAdvisor (69)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The smallest and most intimate of the Pebble Beach Resorts, Casa Palmero is an exquisite, 24-room property along the fairways of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The attention to detail is evident throughout this Italian villa-inspired property: Guests claim that staff members bend over backward to make guests comfortable, including delivering breakfast baskets to your room each morning and replenishing flowers in your room daily. Not to mention, there are complimentary cocktails served at the hotel every evening. Should you want to explore beyond the premises, guests are allowed access to the Pebble Beach resort's Beach & Tennis Club, as well as the spa. Keep in mind that you need to stay at least two nights here, at The Inn at Spanish Bay or at The Lodge at Pebble Beach to get a reserved tee time on the course. And be sure to book the tee time when you reserve your room to ensure your spot. As a member of the Preferred portfolio, iPrefer members can earn and use points here.

    Pebble Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 69 reviewsTripAdvisor (69)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good 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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    Farmhouse Inn
    Forestville, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 752 reviewsTripAdvisor (752)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Set in Forestville, California among the Sonoma vineyards and surrounded by gardens, the Farmhouse Inn is a quaint retreat. The inn's 25 rooms and suites feature varied amenities, but most include feather beds, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access and bathrooms with jetted tubs and steam showers. The property is also home to a spa with treatments that use ingredients harvested on-site, as well as a seasonal outdoor pool and a hot tub. The Michelin-starred restaurant at Farmhouse Inn is lauded for its tasty cuisine and excellent wine program. Many said dinner at the restaurant was the highlight of their stay (though note, you should book reservations several weeks in advance). And those with a sweet tooth can cap off their night with s'mores around the fire pit. While most enjoyed their stays, several noted that a vacation here will cost a pretty penny. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Farmhouse Inn is part of the iPrefer rewards program, meaning members can earn points and redeem perks here.

    Forestville, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 752 reviewsTripAdvisor (752)
    4.0-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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    Sunset Marquis Villa + Suites
    West Hollywood, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)

    Many of Los Angeles' hotels celebrate the city's showbiz heritage. The Sunset Marquis specializes in catering to those in the music industry. Billy Idol, Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Ozzy Osbourne, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more have cut a track or two in the on-site NightBird Recording Studios. They then stayed after hours to chill at Bar 1200, which serves a long list of trendy cocktails. Recent guests aren't swayed by celebrity but rather by the ultra-cozy beds in the villas and suites, which also feature rainforest showers, minibars, flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access (for a fee). And when you're not rocking out or hitting the hay, spend some time by one of the hotel's two heated pools or sample the small plate offerings at catavina restaurant. You'll find the Sunset Marquis just off Sunset Boulevard in the hippest part of West Hollywood. What's more, members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn and redeem points here.

    West Hollywood, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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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
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    Huntington Hotel
    San Francisco, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1622 reviewsTripAdvisor (1622)

    When you check in at the Huntington Hotel, you'll be be amazed at its opulent lobby. And according to recent lodgers, this five-star treatment extends to the hotel's customer service. Visitors say the hotel staff made them feel as if they were the only people there. And this property's elegance extends from check-in to one of the best spas (if not the best spa) in San Francisco, the Nob Hill Spa, named for the Huntington's trendy location. When you're not out on the town, you can kick back in one of the spacious guest rooms, all of which feature flat-screen TVs, iPod-compatible stereo systems and wireless internet access. The Huntington also houses its own eatery, The Big 4 restaurant, where contemporary American cuisine is served. Should you crave different flavors, the hotel employees can help direct you to a variety of nearby restaurants.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1622 reviewsTripAdvisor (1622)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    La Valencia Hotel and Spa
    La Jolla, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1340 reviewsTripAdvisor (1340)
    Free WiFi

    Towering atop La Jolla Cove and staring down at the bright blue of the Pacific Ocean, La Valencia Hotel and Spa is all about location. And yet, the Mediterranean-style hotel also receives praise from recent guests for the cuisine served in its two main restaurants  Café La Rue and THE MED  and the friendly service provided by hotel staff. Known as "The Pink Lady of La Jolla" because of its rosy exterior, this hotel houses uniquely styled guest rooms. No matter which room you end up in, you'll find amenities like plasma TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, Keurig coffee makers and minibars. For an ocean view, be prepared to shell out a pretty penny. But if you're willing to look out onto La Jolla's little city, you'll save some bucks.

    La Jolla, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1340 reviewsTripAdvisor (1340)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Hollywood Roosevelt
    Los Angeles, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2571 reviewsTripAdvisor (2571)
    Free WiFi

    This property is perfectly placed and perfectly named: Here, the ambiance exudes the old-school glamor that once made the surrounding neighborhood – Hollywood – famous. Numerous vacationers have detailed the fun atmosphere, the always lively pool (site of some of this town's most notorious parties) and the bubbly staff. The food is also fantastic: If you're a burger lover, fellow foodies insist you try one of the 25 Degrees restaurant's signature sandwiches. Guest rooms here receive praise for their custom Sferra linens, flat-screen TVs and minibars (stocked with Dean & DeLuca treats). However, because this hotel is known for its parties, some guests complain of loud, sleepless nights. If that's something you can live with, though, you can find the Hollywood Roosevelt on Hollywood Boulevard, of course. Members of the iPrefer loyalty program use or earn points by choosing to stay here. 

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2571 reviewsTripAdvisor (2571)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi