Best Western Dry Creek
On four well-landscaped acres on the hillside above Old Town’s restaurant row, the Hacienda has 200 rooms over eight buildings, neatly decorated in Mission style, some with pull-out sofas. Add in a workout room and Jacuzzi...
Just a short walk from the beach, this reliable roadside chain boasts a workout room. Spacious, spic-and-span rooms have a dash of tropical flair, some with lime-green accent walls and aloha-print comforter covers. No pool, but the ocean's right there .
Namesake palms adorn the lobby and grounds around this archipelago of three Polynesian-style buildings housing the resort’s 174 rooms, pools and hot tubs. It has comfortable, well-maintained, upper-end-chain-motel-style rooms, plus free bike rentals...
Westwood & Around
Now part of Four Seasons, the Beverly Wilshire has corked Rodeo Dr since 1928. The rooms in both the original Italian renaissance wing and in the newer addition have been updated...
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This petite, immaculately kept inn, filled with Southwestern knickknacks and Native American weavings, is an intimate spa-resort, perfect for adults. There's 15 rooms on 10 acres. One pool is clothing-optional. Most rooms have kitchenettes...
Kudos for all the freebies (DVDs, continental breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, evening milk and cookies) and the newer Mediterranean-style front section, although some rooms are noisy. It's three blocks north of the beach...
On a busy block downtown, this haute multistory hotel has a rooftop pool and sunset-watching perch for cocktails. Stylish accommodations show off four-poster Spanish-framed beds and all mod cons...
Disneyland & Anaheim
You’ll find more than candy canes at this oh-so-cute motel, with welcoming grounds bursting with gorgeous blooms. Rooms have all mod cons, plus down comforters and plantation shutters...
Laguna’s most romantic B&B is built around a historic 1920s mission revival house surrounded by flowering gardens. Smallish rooms include those inside former artists’ bungalows from the 1930s and '40s. All have fluffy beds and some have Jacuzzis...
Lace curtains and Victorian accents swirl through the six rooms of this restored historic home.
Palm Springs & The Coachella Valley
A classic Mid-Century Modern motel complex with large open spaces, the Chase has immaculately kept, oversized rooms that are cozy while exuding designer-sleek. It’s great value, with friendly service and free afternoon cookies.
This two-story, family-owned motel is an excellent value, set around a small parking area with a little pool. It offers loaner bikes for easy getaways and cookies and iced tea in the lobby...
Palm Springs & The Coachella Valley
At this 1947 gem, designed by William F Cody, groovy lobby tunes usher you to a saltwater pool and ineffably chic rooms. And it's steps from the shops and eats of downtown Palm Springs' village.
This 2nd-floor oceanfront B&B was built 1891 and retains that Victorian country style. Each of the 11 rooms is unique, and some boast ocean views, fireplaces and deep soaking tubs...
A 27-room budget boutique-style motel with good-sized rooms and correspondingly ample flat-screen TVs.
Overlooking the wharf from its hillside perch, this retro-chic boutique-on-the-cheap hotel is as stylish as Santa Cruz gets. Rooms have all mod cons, while the beach is just steps away. Hit happy hour at ocean-view Aquarius restaurant.
Book well ahead for this mid-valley motel; up-to-date rooms, hot tub and sauna.
This exceedingly cozy Spanish-style former mansion from 1902 has rooms and suites around an outdoor courtyard of shops, restaurants, pool, hot tub and barbecue grills. Rooms are charming in an antiquey sort of way, though nothing fancy.
Immaculate single-story motel.
Around Death Valley National Park
The 44 rooms here have had a recent makeover, resulting in new carpets and neutrally hued furniture.
Santa Monica's original grand dame of hotels, Fairmont Miramar is a block from the bluffs and the promenade, shaded by gorgeous old trees, and home to a fabulous restaurant and one of Santa Monica's best night spots...
It’s hard not to be charmed by this rambling owner-operated oasis a basketball toss from LA Live. Global-chic rooms blend Moroccan mirrors, Iraqi quilts, and Kurdish grain-sack floor cushions with paper lanterns from Chinatown...
Wear white linen and live like Jay Gatsby at the oh-so-cushy 1927 Biltmore hotel on Butterfly Beach...
Death Valley National Park
Tailor-made for families, this rambling resort has been subjected to a vigorous facelift resulting in rooms dressed in desert-color decor, updated bathrooms and porches with comfortable patio furniture...
Downtown & Civic Center
Exuberant staff greet your arrival at this downtown boutique charmer, a 1911 hotel styled with contemporary art and handsome furnishings in soothing jewel tones...
Overshadowed by the neighboring Hotel Del, the Glorietta is built in and around the neoclassical 1908 Spreckels Mansion – (11 rooms in the mansion, 89 in boxier two-story buildings)...
Sonora & Jamestown
For a lovable alternative to Gold Country's cookie-cut chains, this historic hotel hits the sweet spot. Rooms feature period decor and guests take to rocking chairs on the wide porches in the evening...