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The 13 best beach hotels in california

Many travelers want to spend their vacation relaxing on the beach. With 840 miles of coastline, from San Diego to San Francisco, plenty of beachside cities suit your style. We’ve visited hundreds of California hotels to see how they stack up against the competition. So look at our best beachfront hotels in California and get inspired!

    Post Ranch Inn

    Post Ranch Inn is not only the most beautiful coastal hotel in California but also one of the most exceptional properties in the world. The 39-room property offers a romantic and intimate stay in a beautiful natural setting. The hotel is built into the cliffs of Big Sur, and the organic architecture is impressive, seeming to grow out of the ground next to the hotel’s surrounding redwoods. The spacious, eco-sensitive rooms have ocean or mountain views (which are sometimes obstructed by the pervasive fog that the area is known to many for) and feature floor-to-ceiling windows to better display upon retreat. Rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces, heated floors, outdoor showers or Jacuzzis, private terraces, organic bath products, and linens, but no TVs or alarm clocks, as the hotel strives for a calm ambiance. The award-winning spa focuses on rejuvenating services and even has an on-site shaman; The Sierra Mar restaurant is one of the best in Big Sur. The hotel’s cliffside pools are stunning, and free services (like yoga and stargazing) abound.

    Advantage
    One of the most beautiful hotels in the United States, if not the world
    Magnificent views of Big Sur abound
    Three on-site pools: two “hot” sunbathing cliffside pools kept at 104 degrees and a lap pool
    The hotel-housed restaurant is arguably the best in Big Sur, with tremendous views
    The acclaimed spa offers unique treatments, including shaman sessions
    Free morning yoga, meditation sessions, nature walks, and stargazing
    Stunning organic architecture
    eco-friendly practices (guests can even borrow a Lexus hybrid)
    Plenty of free snacks, including those from the well-stocked minibars
    dedicated service
    Adults-only establishment (a con for some)

    Cons
    The spa has only four treatment rooms (though guests can request services in their rooms)
    small gym
    There are no TVs or alarm clocks in the rooms (a pro for some)
    Pervasive fog can block ocean views
    Adults-only establishment (a pro for some)

    Summary
    The 39-room Post Ranch Inn is one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States — if not the entire world — and offers a romantic, intimate stay amid gorgeous natural surroundings. The hotel is built into the cliffs of Big Sur, and the organic architecture is impressive, seeming to grow out of the ground next to the redwoods surrounding the hotel. The spacious, eco-sensitive rooms have ocean or mountain views (which are sometimes obstructed by the pervasive fog that the area is known to many for) and feature floor-to-ceiling windows to better display upon retreat. Rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces, heated floors, outdoor showers or whirlpool tubs, private decks, organic bath products, and linens — but no TVs or alarm clocks as the hotel strives to achieve a peaceful environment. The award-winning spa focuses on rejuvenating services and even has an on-site shaman; the restaurant, Sierra Mar, is one of the best in Big Sur; the hotel’s pools are stunning, and free services (like yoga and stargazing) are plentiful.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

    The romantic, 261-room Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay serves the Ritz-Carlton name well, offering stunning rooms, a lavish spa, and gorgeous bay views — though the fog sometimes makes it hard to glimpse. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel has excellent outdoor facilities, including oceanfront fire pits and a manicured 18-hole golf course. Rooms are spacious, elegant, and understated, with beautiful marble bathrooms and quaint shutters covering windows.

    Advantage
    Superb oceanfront location on a cliff overlooking the bay
    Luxurious 5,000 square meter spa
    Well-kept golf course surrounding the bay
    Beautiful outdoor spaces, including fire pits and gardens
    Multiple biking and walking paths to explore
    Luxurious bathrooms with bathtubs
    Wifi (included in resort fee)

    Cons
    expensive restaurant
    there is usually fog
    No major attractions within walking distance

    Summary
    The romantic, 261-room Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay lives up to the Ritz-Carlton name, offering stunning rooms, an extensive spa, and gorgeous views of the bay — though the fog makes it sometimes hard to get a good look. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel has excellent outdoor facilities like ocean-facing fire pits and a well-kept 18-hole golf course. The rooms are spacious and elegant but simple, with beautiful marble bathrooms and quaint shutters covering the windows. The fire pit rooms come with (obviously) cozy outdoor fire pits overlooking the rocky shoreline. But the on-site restaurants are underwhelming and expensive, and the indoor pool is mediocre.

    Sea Rock Inn

    The intimate Sea Rock Inn is an upscale bed and breakfast with resort touches, offering suites and cottages with panoramic ocean views and wood-burning fireplaces. Binoculars are provided for whale watching from private decks or the large lawn, which slopes gently to the edge of the rocky Pacific cliffs. The inn isn’t fancy but charming, with knotty pine furnishings, lush flower beds, and whimsical paintings and sculptures. The cabana-style rooms have plush beds from which guests can view the ocean.

    Advantage
    Quiet location with panoramic views of the ocean and the sound of the waves
    Delicious (accessible) breakfast with quiche, fresh bread, and home-baked scones
    Ocean-view rooms with private terraces and wood-burning fireplaces
    Beautiful garden with wooden benches and chairs for whale watching
    afternoon tea and brownies, and a bottle of wine on arrival,
    Small spa with massages and sauna
    Bike rentals and bike trails are available on-site
    Children over 12 years only
    Free WIFI

    Cons
    No children under 12 years of age
    Fee for the use of the sauna
    no gym
    TVs are small and tube-style, not flat screen

    Summary
    The intimate Sea Rock Inn is a luxury bed-and-breakfast with resort touches, offering suites and villas with panoramic ocean views and wood-burning fireplaces. Binoculars are provided for whale watching from the private decks or the large lawn, which slopes gently to the edge of the rocky Pacific bluffs. The inn isn’t fancy but charming, with knotty-pine furnishings, lush flower beds, and whimsical paintings and sculptures. Cabana-style rooms have luxury beds from which you can see the sea.

    Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

    This upscale resort is easily the best option in Pismo Beach, with an oceanfront location, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a lovely full-service spa. The property was previously a condominium building, and all rooms are large, sophisticated suites with full kitchens. It’s hard to find fault, and most guests find few complaints. But it’s worth noting that there’s no direct beach access (a stairway just north of the property) and a nightly resort fee (though it covers a lot, including bike and beach chair rentals).

    Advantage
    The property offers fantastic ocean views
    infinity pool
    Large, sophisticated suites with full kitchens
    Gorgeous, upscale spa
    Farm to Table Restaurant, Lido
    Great fitness center
    free bike rentals and area maps
    DVD, board game, and lawn game rental

    Cons
    resort fee
    There is no direct access to the beach
    limited organized activities for children

    Summary
    This luxury resort is hands down the top pick in Pismo Beach, with an oceanfront location, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a gorgeous full-service spa. The property was formerly an apartment building, and all rooms are large, sophisticated suites with full kitchens. As a result, it’s hard to find, and most guests find little to complain about. But it’s worth noting that there’s no direct beach access (there’s a stairway just north of the property) and that there is a nightly fee (though it covers a lot, including bike and beach chair rentals).

    Terranea Resort

    One of the few mega-resorts in Southern California, the 100-acre, 582-room Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes offers a range of features unrivaled among Los Angeles-area properties, including a world-class spa, nine holes of golf, six restaurants, three swimming pools, and beautifully manicured grounds.

    Advantage
    Spectacular views; an excellent place for hiking
    Huge spa with outdoor pool and heated jacuzzi
    9-hole golf course
    Spacious and luxurious standard rooms
    One of the only hotels in Los Angeles with a Kids Club

    Cons
    It does not have a sandy beach
    Far from most Los Angeles attractions
    extra daily fee
    late check-in
    There are no bars or discos in the area

    Summary
    One of Southern California’s few true mega-resorts, the 100-acre, 582-room Terranea at Rancho Palos Verdes offers an array of features unmatched among Los Angeles-area properties, including an outstanding spa, 9-hole golf course, six restaurants, three swimming pools, and splendidly manicured parks.

    The Inn Above Tide

    A quiet alternative to busy downtown San Francisco hotels, the luxurious Inn Above Tide is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the ferry in quaint and upscale Sausalito (the scenic ferry ride to the city lasts about 30 minutes). The 31 upscale rooms here have sweeping bay views, and most feature patios overlooking the water. However, while there are a spa, complimentary breakfast, and free wine and cheese receptions, the lack of a pool and on-site restaurant may put some visitors off.

    Advantage
    The tranquil location overlooking Richardson and San Francisco bays
    Sophisticated rooms have binoculars, and all have bay views
    Most rooms have terraces and fireplaces
    Complimentary wine and cheese reception daily
    free continental breakfast
    Bikes available for loan
    Free WIFI
    Cons
    Valet parking fee
    There is no restaurant in the hotel
    Summary
    A quiet alternative to busy downtown San Francisco hotels, the luxurious Inn Above Tide is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants, and ferry in quaint, ritzy Sausalito (the scenic ferry ride into town takes about 30 minutes). The 31 sophisticated rooms have views of the bay and most come with patios overlooking the water. Unfortunately, while there are a spa, complimentary breakfast, and free wine and cheese receptions, there needs to be a pool and on-site restaurant to put off some visitors.

    Valencia Hotel

    The historic and upscale La Valencia hotel has maintained its prime location on the Pacific Ocean in the heart of sunny La Jolla since it was built in 1926. The Pink Lady, as it is affectionately called, a nod to Pepto’s pink exterior, was renovated in 2014, bringing it into this century with an updated Spanish style. Two restaurants, a lively bar, and an oceanfront Spanish-inspired saltwater pool are just part of the charm of this one-of-a-kind property. Expect to pay extra for wifi and breakfast. Pool-facing villas and rooms aren’t very private, but they include great touches like double showers and (some) outdoor fireplaces.

    Advantage
    Quaint and convenient site on the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla
    Elegant rooms, suites, and villas with (some) outdoor fireplaces and ocean views
    Fabulous Spanish-style outdoor pool has plush sun loungers and sea views
    The hotel’s restaurant, La Med, serves three meals a day indoors or out
    Cafe la Rue does European bistro cuisine for lunch and dinner
    The Lounge Room offers live music
    Poolside cocktails and snacks
    In-room and poolside spa services
    Free WIFI
    24-hour fitness center and business center — plus 24-hour room service
    Beautifully landscaped meandering garden grounds
    Unique gifts for guests celebrating special occasions
    small animals are accepted
    Counseling Les Clefs d’Or

    Cons
    Daily charges for required valet parking, breakfast, and pets
    Lower-floor rooms can be noisy from the pool and restaurants
    Villas on the first floor facing the pool are not very private

    Summary
    The historic, upscale La Valencia Hotel has celebrated its prime location on the Pacific Ocean in the heart of sunny La Jolla since it was built in 1926. La Señora Rosa, as it is affectionately called — a nod to Pepto’s exterior rose — was refurbished in 2014, bringing it squarely into this century with an updated Spanish style. Two on-site restaurants, a lively bar, and a Spanish-inspired saltwater pool with ocean views are just part of the charm of this unique property. Expect to pay extra for free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Villas and pool-facing rooms aren’t very private, but they include great details like dual shower heads and (some) outdoor fireplaces. Small pets are allowed for a fee – a huge benefit in a state where puppies are considered part of the family.

    Beach Village at Del

    Beach Village at Del is the most luxurious section of the iconic Hotel del Coronado, offering large luxury cabanas right on the sand. Beach Village guests get exclusive extras than Hotel del Coronado guests: private pools, use of the Windsor Club Cottage, complimentary buffet breakfast, and better in-room amenities like iPod docks, fireplaces, kitchens, and terraces. The beachfront location is impossible to beat, and Beach Village guests get free beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas.

    Advantage
    Large villas and cottages, all with fireplaces and terraces
    Some units have hot tubs or fire pits
    Large bathrooms, all with separate showers and tubs
    Private pool and hot tubs that are quieter than the pool at the Hotel del Coronado
    Free breakfast
    Exclusive access to the Windsor Club Cottage
    Luxury spa with pool, steam rooms, and hydrotherapy tubs
    Gourmet California Kitchen at 1500 Ocean
    Wine, chocolate, and cheese at the Eno Wine Bar
    Access to the pool and facilities at the Hotel del Coronado

    Cons
    Cost for valet service
    Resort fee (covers Wifi)
    Privacy issues on some terraces

    Summary
    The Beach Village at Del is the most luxurious section of the iconic Hotel del Coronado, offering large luxury cabanas right on the sand. Beach Village guests enjoy exclusive amenities that Hotel del Coronado guests do not: private pools, use of the Windsor Club Cottage, a complimentary breakfast buffet, and better amenities such as iPod docks, fireplaces, kitchenettes, and terraces. The beachfront location is impossible to beat, and Beach Village guests get free beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas. But prices are high, and there are a few flaws: Some ground-floor units have privacy issues due to foot traffic, there’s an extra charge for Wi-Fi and parking, and some complain that the service isn’t as transparent as it should be for a hotel of this level.

    Bay Lodge Winery

    Advantage
    Beautiful location, an hour north of San Francisco on the Pacific Ocean
    Magnificent ocean views from every guest room
    wood-burning fireplace and private balcony in all rooms
    Outdoor full-service pool and spa for ultra relaxation
    Free daily wine hour
    Free (excellent) coffee in the lobby
    large gym
    Smoking is not allowed
    environmentally friendly practices
    Bikes available to borrow
    Free Wi-Fi and parking

    Cons
    A car is necessary to explore the area
    Some of the rooms are dark
    Some guests complained that the siren noise was annoying at night.

    Summary
    The 83-room, upscale Bodega Bay Lodge sits on seven spectacular ocean-view acres, an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The property is an integral part of the Sonoma landscape, with lush gardens, stone walls, and fire pits dotting the grounds. Wine tastings, good coffee, and hearty artisan food add to the luxurious ambiance. Spacious rooms with hardwood floors, comfortable seating areas, and balconies with phenomenal views combine to make the lodge a destination.

    Montage Laguna Beach

    With beautifully landscaped grounds, an elegant spa, and modern rooms (all with stunning ocean views), this hotel is arguably the most peaceful and relaxing in Orange County, California. It sits directly on the beach, and the building’s “U” shape allows for stunning views from the lobby and all pools, restaurants, and rooms.

    Advantage
    directly on the beach
    impeccable facilities
    Beautiful pool and pool deck
    excellent spa
    Stunning views from every room
    No resort fee
    Cons
    Internet is $15.95 (for up to seven days)
    Spa clients can only use the lap pool
    Rooms are small compared to nearby luxury hotels
    $30/day for parking
    Summary
    With beautiful facilities, a sleek spa, and modern rooms (all with stunning ocean views), this hotel is arguably the most peaceful and relaxing in Orange County, California. It is perched directly on the beach, and the “U” shape of the building allows for amazing views from the lobby, all pools, restaurants, and rooms.

    Sea & Sand Inn

    The 22 rooms at this cliffside motel are cozy and spacious, and all have beautiful views of the Pacific. The inn is conveniently located near the boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz and offers a continental breakfast every morning and complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoon. An outdoor patio and deck allow for proper relaxation in the California sun.

    Advantage
    Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean
    Homey rooms, all with water views
    Close to many attractions
    Complimentary continental breakfast and wine and cheese hour in the afternoon
    Free parking and rooms with free Wi-Fi
    24-hour reception service
    Cons
    room decor is a bit outdated
    Not all units have a mini-fridge or a flat-screen TV
    There is no air conditioning or fans in the rooms
    thin walls
    Summary
    The 22 rooms of this cliffside hotel are comfortable and spacious, and all have beautiful views of the Pacific. The hotel is close to the boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz and offers a continental breakfast each morning and complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoon. An open-air patio and deck allow for proper relaxation in the California sun.

    Shutters on the Beach

    A spot known for celebrities, Shutters on the Beach has an atmosphere of formal opulence, expensive artwork in its lobby and restaurants, luxurious features, and rooms belonging to a billionaire’s beach house. Its beachfront location and caring service are hard to beat, but Casa Del Mar rivals it with a more intimate atmosphere and better amenities.

    Advantage
    Built directly on Santa Monica State Beach, with magnificent views and access to the water, pier, and boardwalk
    Beautifully decorated rooms with large bathrooms, soaking tubs, and balconies; many have ocean views
    Beachfront pool with stylish loungers and cabanas for rent
    Shore, Casual Beachfront Cafe & Bar – Pacific Ocean Views
    1 Peak for gourmet cuisine from the California coast.
    Living room lounge for cocktails, tea, bites, and special nights, with ocean views
    ONE Spa for relaxing treatments and nail services.
    Vintage-inspired gym with modern equipment and steam room.
    Bicycles to rent on the beach.
    Cozy lobby with two fireplaces and a grand piano, known as a local hot spot
    Valet parking (for a fee)
    Cons

    Daily resort fee (covers Wi-Fi, newspapers, beach activity center, and two drinks)
    Fee for valet parking (standard in Santa Monica)
    Not all rooms have ocean views
    Two-night minimum stays are required during peak times.

    Summary
    If you’re dreaming of a hotel on the beach in Los Angeles, California, Shutters on the Beach is your only option, and it’s a good one. The luxurious hotel has a chic ocean cabana vibe, and the 198 rooms and suites were impeccably designed by Michael Smith and feature huge soaking tubs and cozy details. Features include an oceanfront pool, luxe spa, three gourmet restaurants/bars, and Pacific Ocean views from virtually every corner. In addition, its Santa Monica location puts the boardwalk and shops of the 3rd Street Promenade within walking (or biking) distance. Downsides include a resort fee and an extra charge for valet parking. The sister hotel next door, Casa del Mar, is the only other beachfront hotel in Los Angeles, and it has more of a Mediterranean villa vibe (and occasional lower rates).

    L’Auberge Del Mar

    The 120-room L’Auberge Del Mar is among the best hotels on the Southern California coast. It’s located in beautiful Del Mar Village, right next to the beach, and its farm-to-table restaurant is exceptional. But while the rooms are cozy and have high-tech amenities, some of the views could be better, and few have soaking tubs.

    Advantage
    Located in the charming town of Del Mar, with direct access to the beach
    Stylish rooms with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Keurig coffeemakers
    Rooms have private balconies or terraces, some with ocean views and fireplaces
    Plenty of outdoor living space with several ocean-view terraces
    Acclaimed restaurant with farm-to-table dishes, plus alfresco dining and two bars
    An outdoor pool and hot tub with loungers, cabanas, and ocean views
    Luxury Full-Service Spa
    Modern gym and two tennis courts
    Extensive meeting and event facilities
    Cons
    mandatory resort fee
    Spotty Wi-Fi signal reports
    The pool is small
    Rooms facing the parking lot can be noisy
    Do not take baths in most rooms
    Only valet parking available for a fee
    Summary
    The 121-room L’Auberge Del Mar is a luxury beachfront property in beautiful Del Mar Village and one of the best hotels on the Southern California coast. Lovely, homey rooms have private balconies or terraces, some with ocean views, though others have lackluster views of the parking lot (and noise could occur). The hotel’s renowned restaurant serves farm-to-table food, and there are two bars (one with live music) and alfresco dining on a terrace overlooking the coastline. Guests can enjoy a dose of pampering at the full-service spa or work up a sweat in the hotel’s modern fitness center or two tennis courts. The pool is small, but it offers cushioned loungers and cabanas and a direct path to the beach. Rates include a mandatory resort fee, which covers facilities and Wi-Fi, but the signal is reportedly patchy and slow.

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