Hipmunk Hotels: The Best Hotels In California

There are many states within the USA that remain unheard of to many people from other parts of the world, but California is definitely not one of them. When thinking about California, three words spring to mind: sun, fun, and beaches. Whether you’re in the process of planning your trip to California, or if you’re just curious to know what it has to offer, here are the very best locations to visit and the best California hotels they have to offer.

Hipmunk Hotels: The Best California Hotels

Costa Mesa

Just under 40 miles south of Los Angeles, Costa Mesa is one of California’s hidden gems. It features one of the largest shopping malls in the country, is within close proximity to Disneyland, and is ideal for tourists who are fans of all things historical. A great hotel option in Costa Mesa would be the Marriott Hotel, an affordable hotel with all kinds of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool. If you’re on a super tight budget, opt for the Santa Ana Travel Inn.

Best California Hotels: Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa: photo on Flickr by Nauly22CC BY-SA 2.0

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a jam-packed seaside city in Orange County with something for everyone. Visitors can spend the day on Huntington State Beach, explore the famous Huntington Library, or shop ’til they drop at the Bella Terra Mall. The Quality Inn & Suites is a perfect choice of accommodation for those on a budget, whereas the Waterfront Beach Resort is a little more on the luxurious side.

Best California Hotels: Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach: photo on Flickr by Robert Bejil / CC BY-SA 2.0


Napa is famous for its vineyards and wineries, top-of-the-range restaurants, and beautiful views. Visitors can hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train, catch a show at the Napa Valley Opera House, or take advantage of the stunning late 19th century architecture. The Napa River Inn provides guests with a fitness center, modern rooms, and even a spa. On the other hand, the Napa Discovery Lodge is a super affordable option which still offers guests many amenities.

Best California Hotels: Vineyards - Napa Valley
Vineyards – Napa Valley, California: photo on Flickr by AurimasCC BY-SA 2.0

Palm Springs

This Californian desert city is renowned for its modern, stylish hotels, spas, vintage boutiques and unique architecture. Not only is there a zoo for visitors to enjoy, but there’s also a museum dedicated to World War II, a Botanical Garden, and a water park. For those traveling on a tight budget, the Quality Inn is a fantastic accommodation option, whereas the Hyatt Palm Springs offers more luxury and amenities, including rooms with a private balcony and outdoor swimming pool & hot tub.

Best California Hotels: Palm Springs Marilyn Monroe Statue
Palm Springs Marilyn Monroe Statue: photo on Flickr by Fred Miller / CC BY-SA 2.0

San Luis Obispo

Situated between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is a more low-key place with a lot to offer tourists. Head to the Botanical Garden to take advantage of the miles of trails, or check out the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. If you’re a fan of hiking, then you’ll definitely be a fan of this hidden gem of a city, too. Stay at the Best Western Plus Royal Oak Hotel for a luxurious room and a chance to take a dip in the outdoor pool, or save your money at the Super 8 Motel. There really is something for everyone.

Best California Hotels: Mission San Luis Obispo
Mission San Luis Obispo: photo on Flickr by Bryce Edwards / CC BY-SA 2.0

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at www.natteringblonde.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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