Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in California

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
    Sausalito, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1456 reviewsTripAdvisor (1456)
    Free WiFi
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    Sausalito, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1456 reviewsTripAdvisor (1456)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Southbridge Napa Valley
    St. Helena, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 180 reviewsTripAdvisor (180)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    In the cute town of St. Helena, Southbridge Napa Valley delivers a quality stay. Recent visitors like the spacious rooms, quaint location and the convenience of the Health Spa Napa Valley across the street. Still, this rather small property is lucky to share some amenities with its sister property, Meadowood Napa Valley. For example, guests here are invited to dine at the highly acclaimed Restaurant at Meadowood. But that's not to say that sticking around Southbridge won't lead to a decent meal – the hotel is within walking distance of several notable eateries. But for the high room rates, some visitors expected more from their stay, claiming that the guest rooms here, though comfortable, weren't anything too special.

    St. Helena, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 180 reviewsTripAdvisor (180)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi