Best Boutique Hotels in California

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    Montage Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach, CA
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Montage Laguna Beach epitomizes the relaxed class and beauty for which Southern California is known for. 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, 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.
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    Post Ranch Inn
    Big Sur, CA
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • 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.
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    Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection
    Calistoga, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Solage hardly misses a step when it comes to pleasing guests. This Auberge Resorts outpost's 89 suites and studios are set on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped property and come equipped with amenities such as LCD televisions, iPod docking stations and high-speed internet access. And recent lodgers praise the quality of the beds and the extra large bathrooms. Guests also rave about the complimentary cruiser bikes that give personality to the resort. And the lodging decor – composed of neutral hues, expansive windows and fairly simple accents – makes for a relaxing respite. Meanwhile, the Michelin-starred Solbar restaurant garners rave reviews for its outdoor dining space and inventive "California soul food." The Spa Solage is also unique for its "mud bar" and on-site geothermal pools. You'll find this hotel on the northern fringes of Calistoga in northern Napa Valley.
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    Auberge du Soleil, Auberge Resorts Collection
    Rutherford, CA
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Situated in the quiet town of Rutherford in Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil beautifully showcases the area's stunning vistas. But there's more than scenery to boast about here. This Auberge property also offers a well-equipped fitness center and spa, and you can arrange additional off-site activities, such as hot air balloon rides and golf outings, through the concierge. Should you prefer to stick around the resort, you can lounge away the hours by the pool, tour the Aerena Sculpture Garden or enjoy some private meditation in La Pagode. Foodies adore the gourmet meals served at the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and expert wine pairings. For a more relaxed atmosphere, you can grab a bite to eat at the Bistro & Bar. At the end of the day, luxury-seekers love the spacious guest rooms, which boast private balconies or terraces, fireplaces, as well as contemporary artwork and bath oils and candles for the room's soaking tubs. But keep in mind that a stay at this bit of heaven on earth – as it is often described by visitors – doesn't come cheap.
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    Bardessono
    Yountville, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Visitors are impressed with the Bardessono's environmental stewardship, daring architecture and exceptional service. This LEED Platinum Certified hotel in Yountville, California, is dedicated to protecting the environment while providing a luxury experience for guests. Accommodations are heated and cooled using an underground geothermal system, while rooftop solar panels keep the lights on. Visitors are certainly respectful of Bardessono's mission, but they're more vocal about the property's deluxe amenities, praising the guest rooms' huge bathrooms and modern technology. The on-site spa and outdoor pool are also popular features, and many visitors are quick to praise the personalized customer service. Don't miss eating at the traveler-recommended Lucy Restaurant & Bar, which serves up seasonal, locally sourced cuisine and an extensive list of wines.
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    Belmond El Encanto
    Santa Barbara, CA
    1.1 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Although it doesn't hug the Santa Barbara coast – you'll find this hotel on the northern fringes of the city – Belmond El Encanto earns praise for its beautiful setting and excellent views. The property's suites all feature private terraces or patios looking out toward the ocean, along with hardwood floors, marble bathrooms and, in some cases, fireplaces. Although the outpost's homey accommodations may be hard to leave, the property houses a number of amenities worth checking out, such as The Spa at El Encanto, an infinity-edge swimming pool and 7 acres of gardens to explore. And recent guests sing the praises of the California cuisine served at the Dining Room. Visitors can also opt for light American fare at The Lounge.
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    Hotel Drisco
    San Francisco, CA
    2.4 miles to city center
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    Only two blocks east of the Presidio, Hotel Drisco offers sightseers a convenient jumping-off point for exploring some of San Francisco's most famous sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts. Travelers say that the top-notch customer service here made them feel like royalty, adding that the intimate atmosphere made for a relaxing stay. Hotel Drisco's guest rooms feature neutral tones and luxurious amenities, such as pillow menus, gourmet honor bars and a nightly turndown service (that includes chocolate shortbread cookies). Although there is no restaurant, Hotel Drisco serves a continental breakfast every morning, as well as wine and hors d'oeuvres every evening – both included in the room rate. The property also houses a fitness center and a DVD lending library.
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    Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection
    Calistoga, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    When you can simply borrow a Mercedes-Benz for an afternoon drive through wine country at no extra cost, you know you're experiencing the epitome of luxury. Here at Calistoga Ranch in northern Napa Valley, guests rejoice in luxury amenities that include the Mercedes-Benz Drive Program, a private lake, a private wine cave and more. And when they need a little rest and relaxation, visitors head to Calistoga's spa for outdoor lakeside treatments or a dip in the on-site mineral pool. If your interests lie more in gastronomy, head to The Lakehouse where vino makes the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant's California cuisine. Travelers say they relish the privacy and comfort offered in this Auberge resort's free-standing guest accommodations, which feature fireplaces, private decks and outdoor rain showers, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows and warm, wooden decor.
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    Bernardus Lodge & Spa
    Carmel Valley, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Unlike many of its Monterey Peninsula competitors, the Bernardus Lodge is situated away from the beach in the rugged hills and vineyards of Carmel Valley, California. With Nespresso coffee makers and a complimentary wine bar stocked with Bernardus wines, the guest rooms at this property aspire to a homey atmosphere that encourages you to indulge. Guests also appreciate the large tubs and the private balconies or terraces overlooking the property's gardens and the nearby mountains. The boutique resort's romantic side can be found at its restaurant and in the spa, which offers couples treatments. And despite the availability of wireless internet, guests find this the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world. Lastly, guests should not neglect exploring the Bernardus Winery, which offers daily tastings. Though this hotel charges a daily resort fee, it includes free parking and a 24-hour concierge service, among other amenities.
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    Rosewood CordeValle
    San Martin, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Recent visitors say that CordeValle — located just 30 miles southeast of downtown San Jose, California — serves as an indulgent retreat from Silicon Valley. The isolated setting wins over guests with its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. While here, travelers can work on their golf game at the surrounding course, or practice their backhand on the tennis courts. For a more relaxing day, plan to lounge alongside the heated outdoor pool, or book a massage or a skin treatment at Sense Spa. Guests can indulge their senses further at the three eateries; previous guests say that the food here is expensive but worth the price. What's more, visitors can head to the on-site winery for a tour and some tastings. At the end of the day, CordeValle's 45 enormous rooms enchant many previous visitors with their fireplaces, private patios and spectacular views. Yet travelers say that it's the friendly customer service staff at this Rosewood property that makes staying here truly enjoyable.
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    North Block Hotel
    Yountville, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Located in Yountville, California, the North Block Hotel sits within close proximity of several Napa Valley wineries. And according to recent guests, the hotel's convenient location is the best part of staying here. Some visitors say that North Block's room rates are steep given the experience. But those who enjoyed their visit cite the hotel's spa, pool area and in-house Italian restaurant, Redd Wood, as major perks, as well as North Block's excellent customer service. The property's 20 guest rooms come with private balconies or patios, bathrooms with rain showers and, in many rooms, fireplaces. And though visitors to this boutique hotel are ultimately here to relax, complimentary wireless Internet access keeps guests in the loop with work and friends.
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    Mr. C Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA
    7.1 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    "Fabulous," "classy" and "amazing" are just some of the words guests use to describe the Mr. C Beverly Hills, a boutique hotel located in one of L.A.'s trendiest neighborhoods. Those who stay here will find their rooms outfitted in handcrafted Italian furniture, flat-screen TVs and Carrera marble bathrooms, as well as furnished balconies that provide great views of the City of Angels. However, some visitors note that even Mr. C's pillow-top mattresses and Casa Rovea linens don't ensure a good night's sleep – many guests cite late-night noise as their main qualm. Should you need a little extra refreshment, stake out a lounge chair by the pool. The Restaurant at Mr. C satisfies cravings for classic Italian fare with a menu stocked with pizza and pasta. But be prepared to watch your bank account take a hit: Visitors say that a stay here cost them a pretty penny. Plus, the hotel charges an additional $31.18 daily amenity fee. But Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and complimentary upgrades.
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    Casa Palmero
    Pebble Beach, CA
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • 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.
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    Pendry San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    2.4 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    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.
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    Farmhouse Inn
    Forestville, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • 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.
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    Carneros Resort and Spa
    Napa, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • 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 22 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 $36 resort fee. Members of the I Prefer program can offset costs by cashing in points here.
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    Petit Ermitage
    West Hollywood, CA
    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This West Hollywood hotel prides itself on offering a bohemian atmosphere, one that guests revel in. Pay attention to details like the antique furnishings, the mosaic tile and the oriental rugs that outfit each of the guest suites — these are little touches that previous lodgers particularly praise. But don't think that this hotel is stuck in the past: Guest suites here also house iPod docking stations, wet bars and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Previous visitors also gush over the romantic rooftop pool and the other romantic rooftop areas. And another bonus to staying at Petit Ermitage is its central location; from here you can easily drive to Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica or Venice beaches and Universal Studios. However, some guests do mention that the $46 valet parking fee and the $25.41 nightly amusement fair were disappointing additional costs.
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    Nobu Hotel Palo Alto
    Palo Alto, CA
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located in the heart of Palo Alto, California, Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto is an 83-room boutique hotel. The property's downtown Palo Alto location is highly walkable, and guests of the hotel are within easy reach of the nearby Stanford University campus and many restaurants and businesses. For those looking to stay on-site for meals, the hotel's ground-floor restaurant, Nobu Palo Alto, serves locally influenced dishes and Japanese-inspired fare concocted by acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Considering the hotel has a dedicated technology concierge who can answer tech-related questions and connect guests with local tech companies, it's safe to say that this Leading Hotels of the World outpost – which participates in the brand's Leaders Club loyalty program – is geared toward the tech crowd. Guests compliment the property's friendly staff and stylish, modern design found inside its facilities and rooms. All accommodations are outfitted with private balconies or terraces, flat-screen TVs, minibars, Illy espresso machines and beds appointed with pillow-top mattresses. Rooftop suites offer views of the city and the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains.
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    The Inn Above Tide
    Sausalito, CA
    6 miles to city center
    • Free Breakfast

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    Recent guests described The Inn Above Tide as "dreamy," "magical" and "romantic," and it's easy to see why. Situated on the waterfront in Sausalito, California, every accommodation in this 33-room hotel offers views of the San Francisco Bay, the city skyline, Alcatraz and Angel Island. But the unforgettable vantage point isn't all The Inn Above Tide offers guests: Accommodations are equipped with binoculars, upscale toiletries, iPod docking stations and, in select rooms and suites, fireplaces and private decks (a worthy splurge, according to past lodgers). No matter which room type you choose, you'll have access to the inn's wide range of amenities, including a daily continental breakfast, an evening wine and cheese reception and loaner bicycles. You can also arrange for in-room spa services (for an additional fee). Though the inn doesn't have a fitness center, pool or restaurant on-site, its convenient waterfront location means Sausalito's eateries and shops are just steps away, a major plus for recent visitors. What's more, the ferry terminal is within walking distance of the property, making trips across the bay a cinch.
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    Argonaut Hotel
    San Francisco, CA
    1.5 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Guests of this hotel in Fisherman's Wharf will feel as if they've just stepped aboard a cruise ship, even though the Argonaut Hotel sits firmly on solid ground. Guest rooms – which are decked out with nautical artifacts – offer spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. (Just note that these vistas don't come cheap, according to some travelers.) Meanwhile, common areas like the lobby and the in-house seafood restaurant, Blue Mermaid Restaurant, feature vibrant colors and fun, quirky furnishings. Visitors especially appreciate the excellent customer service and variety of amenities available, including a fitness center, spa and business center. Other guests, however, lamented the high price for parking. However, it's close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Lombard Street earn high marks among travelers.
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    The Garland
    North Hollywood, CA
    8.1 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    True to its North Hollywood location, this 7-acre boutique property embodies a cool retro atmosphere that will transport you back to the glamour of 1970s L.A. Though the hotel completed a $20 million makeover in 2015, it didn't abandon its past: Rooms are a nod to the hotel's '70s roots with bright orange accents and vintage-inspired furniture, but they're also equipped with more modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access and minifridges. When you're not in your room, take time to explore the rest of the property. The hotel offers complimentary activities for guests like its "Dive-In Movie Night," where a film is screened poolside, plus a gift shop featuring locally sourced and California-inspired items (think California wines and specialty cookbooks). Even though you're within walking distance to a bevy of eateries, you'll want to stick around for at least one cocktail at the trendy Lobby Bar and a bite at The Front Yard, the hotel's on-site restaurant. When you want to explore off-property, The Garland's got you covered there, too: The hotel offers complimentary trolley service to Universal Studios and CityWalk, which made it a standout among its L.A. peers according to recent guests. Travelers also loved the laid-back ambiance of the property, with many saying it was an ideal hideaway thanks to the comfortable rooms, unique public spaces and exceptional service.
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    MacArthur Place
    Sonoma, CA
    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located in downtown Sonoma, the recently refreshed MacArthur Place wins praise from guests for its intimate atmosphere and pleasant decor. Travelers find this hotel's 64 rooms to be comfortable, clean and homey with their cozy furnishings, LED televisions and minifridges. Meanwhile, the on-site spa offers a long list of massages, skin treatments and specialty services that will lull stressed-out visitors into a relaxed haze. And though MacArthur Place's central locale puts it within easy reach of a number of Sonoma eateries, previous guests recommend sitting down to dine at Layla Restaurant for vibrant Mediterranean fare. Just beware of the 10% daily resort fee when booking your accommodations here.
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    L'Horizon Resort & Spa
    Palm Springs, CA
    1.9 miles to city center
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    The adults-only L'Horizon Resort & Spa is home to 25 bungalows spread throughout the 3-acre property. Each bungalow is equipped with an outdoor patio, Le Labo toiletries, spacious marble bathrooms, HD smart TVs and Nespresso coffee machines. Some of the more luxe bungalows overlook private pools and secluded yards. In addition to the spacious rooms, the resort offers a spa, a restaurant, multiple pools and ample outdoor activities and amenities, including morning yoga, guided hikes and complimentary bike rentals to explore the surrounding Palm Springs area. Guests have plenty of praise for this boutique resort: They say that the grounds are beautiful, that the cuisine served at the SO•PA restaurant is delectable and that the staff members are smiling and attentive. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World brand, the hotel participates in the Leaders Club loyalty program.
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    Andaz Napa
    Napa, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    A short stroll from the Oxbow Public Market, the Andaz Napa brings exceptional service and comfortable accommodations to the center of downtown Napa. In fact, it's this hotel's ideal location that charms guests most, as they can walk to numerous restaurants and shops. There's also plenty of praise for the Andaz's guest rooms, which feature hickory hardwood floors, white marble bathrooms and 42-inch flat-screen televisions. The hotel's exemplary service and complimentary evening wine tastings, self-parking and Wi-Fi earn extra kudos. Some guests found this Andaz property a bit on the pricey side, but because the property is a member of the Hyatt family of hotels, rewards program members can earn and redeem rewards points here.
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    Bodega Bay Lodge
    Bodega Bay, CA
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Located on the Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay Lodge caters to the outdoorsy, luxury traveler. After a long day of deep sea fishing, kayaking, hiking or sunbathing at the beach, guests are thrilled to come back to this hotel's accommodations, outfitted with fireplaces, balconies, LCD flat-screen TVs, and minifridges. Overall, previous guests report having an excellent time here. Travelers love the tranquil atmosphere found at the spa, which provides a long list of massages and skin treatments, plus the hotel offers a heated swimming pool, a whirlpool and a fitness center. Guests can take a daytrip to the nearby wineries such as Marimar Estate Vineyards, located just 15 miles away. Staying in wine country also means the chance to taste test some local vintages, which go great with the fresh, coastal cuisine served up at Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen. Last, but certainly not least, visitors are quick to praise the hotel staff, which wins over recent travelers with friendly and efficient service.

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